The main international airport is Dublin Airport located approximately ten kilometres north of the city centre. It is served by a large number of buses, coaches and taxis.
There are also a number of regional airports. Visit Irish Airports for more information.
Irish Rail operates city and commuter services in Dublin and Cork as well as intercity services throughout Ireland. The Transport for Ireland Journey Planner includes all Irish Rail services.
In Dublin, a reusable smart card, the Leap Card can be used on Dublin Bus, Luas, DART, Commuter Rail services and some selected regional bus services.
Another useful ticket is the Freedom Pass which gives three days unlimited travel on Dublin Bus including Airlink and the Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus.
The bus is a popular form of transport used in Ireland. Bus Éireann runs the national bus and coach network and Dublin Bus is the biggest public transport provider in the Greater Dublin Area.
The Transport for Ireland Journey Planner includes Dublin Bus services.
LUAS is the Light Rail Transit System in Dublin and there are two Luas tram lines, the Red line and the Green line.
Taxis are readily available in Irish towns and all approved taxis have yellow and blue roof and door signage. Taxis may be hailed on the street, picked up at a taxi rank or ordered by phone/app.
All taxis are metered and charges are the same throughout the country. Few taxis have facilities to take credit or debit cards in the cab.
A range of major car rental companies are located in Dublin Airport arrivals hall and operate throughout the country. While a rental car is not really necessary for the Dublin city centre it may be useful if you are planning to travel to regional towns.
Many rental cars in Ireland are manual transmission and it is advisable to book well ahead, if you require automatic transmission and especially in summer months.
If you are driving in Ireland, the following may be useful;
- In Ireland they drive on the left, the same as Australia.
- Street signs are in both English and Irish.
- Blue signs indicate Motorways.
- Road signs generally show distance in kilometres not miles.
- Moderately major roads are numbered, but in general, roads outside of cities are not known by names and do not have name signs. Instead, it is important to know what village is next on your route.
- Country roads can be narrow and winding.
There are various ferry routes into Ireland, as well as within the country including Stena Line, Irish Ferries and P&O European Ferries.
There is a wide range of accommodation for all budgets in Dublin and across Ireland.
There are dining options at all levels in Dublin and throughout Ireland.
Service charges of 10 to 15 per cent are sometimes added as gratuities on hotel and restaurant bills. Where service is not added, it is usual to leave a tip of 15 per cent. A tip of five to 10 per cent in addition is expected in the top restaurants.
Taxis will expect a 10 per cent tip or at least rounded up to the nearest Euro.
Other tipping is discretionary.
Ireland is a major tourist destination and sources of information include: