Travel 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
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.
You can also check out TUI Airways.
Please note: We always advise you on which airport is most convenient. Please take this into account when booking your flights to travel to Ireland as it makes the journey to your first accommodation much easier and cheaper.
Travel to Ireland by Ferry or Boat
Irish Ferries, Stenaline, A Ferries, P&O Ferries and Direct Ferries operate regular sailings to Ireland. Ferries go from several British ports like Holyhead, Fishguard, Fleetwood, Stranraer, and Le Harve and Cherbourg in France to Dublin Port, Dun Laoghaire, Rosslare, and Cork.
If you want to bring your own car, you need your motor registration book, a Green Card or insurance certificate and a driving license. Note that an Irish resident must not drive your car except by a garage hand.
Using pubic transport in Ireland
Public Transport has improved in the last 20 years in Ireland, and so have the websites where one can find which bus or train to take to your destination.
If the below websites do not answer your query or are not sure it gives you the best travel solution, don’t hesitate to get in touch with 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 Northern 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. Still, carriers by air or sea require some form of identification with a photograph (usually either a passport or driving license with a photo).
EU citizens must 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 travelling.
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 the 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 before travelling to Ireland. Visitors to Northern Ireland should contact their local British Embassy/High Commission or Consular Office. You will find Irish visa information on the Department of Foreign Affairs website and citizens information website. You can find information about visiting Northern Ireland (UK) 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