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Travel to Ireland by ferry

Travelling to Ireland by ferry is one of the most popular ways to get to Ireland.

There are two routes operating between England and Ireland, with 25 departures per week. Operators include Irish Ferries, Brittany Ferries, Stena Line and P&O ferries, as well as IOM Steam Packet for those travelling from the Isle of Man.

This means that you will have a degree of flexibility when planning your excursion.

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Travel to Ireland by plane

Travelling to Ireland via plane is another very popular way of getting to Ireland. Although a little more expensive, this method is more suited to destinations that lie far from a port. There are 10 airports in the Republic of Ireland, with key airports including Dublin, Knock, Shannon and Cork.

London has the highest volume of flights heading to these destinations on a daily basis. They can also be reached from other UK airports, including Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cardiff, Jersey, the Isle of Man, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and many more.

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Travel to Ireland by car

Although the ferry and plane are the primary modes of transport, you may want to use a car to travel from the port or airport. Indeed, driving in Ireland can be particularly rewarding in its more rural, scenic areas.

Some ferry users may be able to get their car over to the country for an extra cost.

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Use our Ireland travel guide for ideas on getting to Ireland.

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