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|Travelling to and within Ireland.
To enjoy travelling in
Ireland one has to have first travelled to Ireland. As Ireland
is an island nation, travelling to Ireland means arriving by
either air or sea. One also has to consider the modes of
transport on offer to travel around this wonderful country.
If you intend to arrive by air, you will enter the country
through one of four airports. For visitors arriving on flights
directly from/through North America either Shannon or Dublin
airports will be your destination. Shannon Airport due to its
proximity to Cork & Kerry is the most ideal destination. Dublin
Airport is Ireland's biggest airport, serving the North Atlantic
routes, Middle and Far Eastern routes and European routes.
Regular shuttle flights are available between Dublin and both
Cork and Kerry Airports. Cork Airport can be reached from many
European destinations as well as from all over the world if you
change flights at either London or Dublin. Cork Airport is, at
the most, just two hours away from a stay in the Cork / Kerry
region. Your final choice of arrival airport is Kerry Airport.
Kerry Airport can be reached by flights from the U.K., or
Düsseldorf. If you intend to arrive by sea, which is ideal for
those who wish to use their own car, there is a choice of 3
ports of arrival. The closest port of arrival is Ringaskiddy,
which is just outside Cork City. Next Rosslare, which is located
in the southeast corner of Ireland and is suitable for those who
prefer a shorter sea journey. Finally Dun Laoghaire just outside
Dublin links with Holyhead in North Wales for visitors coming
through from the Midlands and Northern England.
If you have arrived in Ireland by air or sea at Dublin / Dun
Laoghaire or by sea at Rosslare, a comfortable way to travel
onward to Cork or Kerry is by train (Iarnród Éireann). Kent
station in Cork is less than 5 minutes walk from the city
centre. It is also possible to change trains at Mallow to
Millstreet, Killarney and Tralee. For Killarney and Tralee this
will cost a small bit extra. Full timetables are posted at all
stations. Travelling by bus (Bus Eireann) is a cheap way to get
around Ireland and a great way to meet people. Often very lively
conversations will develop during your journey, with plenty of
advice given for your stay in Ireland. The Dublin Bus Navigator
is useful for finding your way around the capital city. The
cheapest way to travel by bus is to get a rambler ticket
available from most bus stations. These give unlimited travel on
all Scheduled services - excluding Day Tours. If you are
travelling as a group of 10 people or more, then why not hire a
coach for your stay in Ireland. This way you will be chauffeured
day and night to you chosen destinations in safety and with no
worries about who drinks and who does the driving! For complete
travel independence a car is your best choice whether you bring
your own or hire one. The roads in Ireland are uncluttered and
once off the main National primary routes, roads are considered
crowded if you see another car going in the same direction and
one coming against you at the same time. For those who want to
travel at a leisurely pace and enjoy the fresh air, Ireland is
ideal cycling country. Bicycles can be hired nationwide. Finally
hitchhiking is perfectly safe in Ireland, for those on a low
budget this is an ideal way to get around and meet people.
Getting a lift is quite easy, especially if you have the flag of
your country sewn onto the back of your backpack and displayed
so drivers can see it easily. Many local people in Ireland
hitchhike so you will often have competition at the best
locations for a lift, which is usually between the 30m.p.h., and
40m.p.h. signs on the road-leaving town.
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