Getting Around Ireland

Getting Around in Ireland

The transport system in the Republic of Ireland is not as good as the one in Northern Ireland, but it is easy to manage if you are travelling between major cities and towns. The country is too small for air travel within the country, but the major cities like Dublin or Belfast are still linked with flights. The rail and road network is pretty good in the country.

Getting Around Ireland By Air

Since the motorway network has been improved extensively, the number of domestic flights here have been reduced. Moreover, the country is too small to have proper air travel. There are short distance flights only between Dublin, Kerry and Donegal.

Getting Around Ireland By Other

Luas, or the tram system, is one of the specialities of Dublin There are two lines, first one being the red line that operated from The Point near Dublin's docklands to Tallaght in the south west of the city. The Green line runs from St. Stephen's Green to Bride's Glen. It also helps in connecting the Connolly and Hueston railway stations.

Getting Around Ireland By Rail

The major operator of railways in Ireland is by Irish Rail which operate to and from Dublin to other parts of the country. The frequency of trains is commendable, especially between Dublin and Cork. Tickets can be booked in advance online. Dublin has two main stations. Trains to Belfast, Sligo, Rosslare and Wexford run from Connolly Station while the ones to Cork, Limerick, Tralee, Ennis and Waterford run from Hueston Station.

Getting Around Ireland By Road

The most convenient way of travelling in Ireland is by road. There are various car hire companies like Europcar, Irish car rentals and Hertz which provides you cars on rent if you have an International Driver's License. Caravanning is another interesting way of exploring the places in the country where the public transport doesn't reach. The taxi services in the major cities are also decent and they have a National Fare basis, so there is no scope for fraud. There is an extensive intercity network of bus services run by Bus Eireann and Ulsterbus.

Getting Around Ireland By Water

The most availed water travel option are the Shannon cruises which helps you travel from one town to the other in a leisure manner. There are a few canals in Ireland and one can travel through that.

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