Although at the outer edge of Europe, Ireland occupies a convenient stepping stone location between the North America and Europe. Dublin is one of the region’s busiest airports while Cork is one of Europe’s fastest growing. Primary airlines servicing Irish airports from Europe are Aer Lingus and Ryanair.

By Sea/Ferry

A direct seasonal ferry service to Cork, is available from mainland Britain, through Swansea with Fastnet Lines and from mainland Europe through Roscoff with Brittany Ferries. Dublin Port has access to Holyhead in Wales while from Rosslare, you can sail to Fishguard, England and Roscoff and Cherbourg, France.

Bus and Train

Ireland is a small island – there is no town more than 100 km from the sea. However with the number of remote peninsulas and rugged mountains, it can take over ten hours to drive from north to south, leaving plenty room for adventure. There are regular and very extensive bus services available at, while our rail service offers state of the art locomotives (with wifi) and a punctual service. Tip! Always book online for cheaper train fares to avoid being shocked at the station!

Irish Tourist Board

Check the Irish Tourist Board’s web­site for information about tour operators and short-term accommodation.

Visas and Passports

Most western world passport holders can visit Ireland for 90 days without a visa. See visa section.

Moving from the UK

Ireland and Great Britain have a special border relationship. To enter from the UK, a driver’s licence will be sufficient when travelling via plane or ferry.


Cars that have been more than six months in your ownership may be brought in duty free when you move. You’ll still have to pay annual Vehicle Registration Tax and car insurance.

Pets and Animals

Good news! A European Union wide Pet Travel Scheme and Pet Passport Scheme began 1 January 2012. Dogs and cats require a microchip and various vaccinations before entering Ireland.