Traveling to Ireland for your hiking adventure?
This page aims to help you with all the information you require to plan your journey to Ireland…
Travel to Ireland by plane
Dublin, Belfast City Airport and Belfast Airport are the main airports in Ireland. Ireland’s main national airline is Aer Lingus. But Ryan Air and Aer Arann Islands also carry the Irish flag. Often they offer promotional airfares, so it is worth keeping an eye on their websites to get a good deal to suit your needs.
Please note: We always advise you on which airport to fly in to. Please take this into account when booking your flights as it makes the journey to your first accommodation much easier and, very often, cheaper.
Travel to Ireland by Ferry or Boat
Irish Ferries, Stenaline, A Ferries, P&O Ferries and Direct Ferries all operate regular sailings to Ireland. Ferries go from several British ports like Holyhead, Fishguard, Fleetwood, Stranraer and from Le Harve and Cherbourg in France to Dublin Port, Dun Laoghaire, Rosslare and Cork.
If you want to bring your own car you will need your motor registration book, a Green Card or insurance certificate and a driving license. Note that your car must not be driven by an Irish resident except by a garage hand.
Using pubic transport in Ireland
Public Transport has much improved in the last 20 years in Ireland and so have the websites where one can find which bus or train to take to you destination.
If the below websites do not answer your query or if you are not sure it is giving you the best travel solution please contact us and we will be delighted to verify any options you are considering.
An excellent website covering your public transport options during your walking holiday in the Republic of Ireland is: http://www.journeyplanner.transportforireland.ie/
The website covering all public transport options for your walking Holiday in Norther Ireland is: http://www.translink.co.uk
What travel documents are required when travelling to Ireland?
To enter the Republic or Northern Ireland, you need a valid passport. While e-passports are commonly used now, they are not a necessity to enter Ireland. UK citizens do not require a passport to enter Ireland, but carriers by air or sea require some form of identification with a photograph (usually either a passport or driving license with photo).
EU citizens are required to have a passport or national identity card; while citizens of all other countries must have a valid passport. ALWAYS check what form of ID is required with your individual airline, ferry company or travel agent before traveling.
Citizens of the EEA member states (the 27 countries of the European Union EU, together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and many other countries including USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand do not require visas to gain entry to Republic or Northern Ireland. The full list of countries whose citizens do NOT require a visa can be found here.
Citizens of all other countries should contact their local Irish Embassy/Consulate prior to traveling to the Republic of Ireland, and visitors to Northern Ireland should contact their local British Embassy/High Commission or Consular Office. Irish visa information can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs website and citizens information website, and information on the UK (for visiting Northern Ireland) can be found on the Home Office website.
From July 2012 extending for a period of four years, tourists from 14 nations that previously did require a visa to holiday in the Republic will not need a separate Irish visa if they have a short-term UK visa. Check here for a list of the countries able to avail of this visa waiver scheme.
Embassies and visa contacts
A full list of Irish Embassies, is available here:
The Department of Foreign Affairs
Tel: +353 1 478 0822
Information for Northern Ireland is available from your local British Embassy or Consulate, for details please contact:
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tel: + 44 207 008 1500