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    Hop on hop off bus in Dublin

    by hopang Updated Sep 10, 2013

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    Hop on hop off bus is a great way to get around and visit the major tourist attractions in the city of Dublin especially when you have only several days to spend your vacation in the city. You are able to see the city's buildings and sights from the comfort of an open double decker bus. You may purchase your sightseeing tour tickets from Dublin Visitor Centre at 17 O'Connell Street Lower in the heart of Dublin, or alternatively you may purchase online from the comfort of your home before arriving at the city of Dublin. They even offer an online discount of 15%. A two day ticket costs just €18.00 per adult, €16.00 per student or senior and free of charge for children. Operating hours of hop on hop off bus service are between 9.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. daily during the summer months with shorter operating hours during the winter months.

    This hop on hop off bus service has roughly 30 stops including the popular tourist attractions of Guiness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol, Old Jameson Distillery, St. Patrick's Cathedral, National Gallery of Ireland, National Museum of Ireland, St. Stephen's Green, O'Connell Street, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park, Trinity College, Heuston Rail Station, Famine Memorial and the Convention Centre. Of course you can hop off the bus to visit the attraction and hop on again at any of their destinations. A full bus route circle lasts approximately 90 minutes.

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    Dublin International Airport

    by hopang Updated Sep 10, 2013

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    Dublin International Airport is located approximately 10 kilometers north of the city of Dublin. The airport offers good bus and taxi services to the capital of Ireland as well as to other major cities in Ireland. Metro underground train service has been planned for the future to link the airport with the city of Dublin. If you intend to travel by bus from the airport to the city center of Dublin, the use of 747 Airlink bus service is highly recommended. It costs just €10.00 return ticket per adult. The service is efficient with plenty of luggage space.

    Dublin International Airport has two passenger terminals, i.e. terminal 1 and terminal 2. Terminal 1 opened to the public in 1972 and can handle up to 20 miliions passengers annually although Dublin International Airport has history that dates back to the early 1930s. Terminal 2 opened for services only in 2010 and can handle another 15 millions passengers annually. They definitely plan for the future passenger arrivals.

    Dublin International Airport today handles approximately 20 millions passengers annually and passenger arrivals from all over the world have been increasing steadily each year. Dublin International Airport is operated by Dublin Airport Authority. Approximately 50 airlines use Dublin International Airport today mainly to continental Europe, United Kingdom and the USA.

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    747 Airlink

    by hopang Updated Aug 31, 2013

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    747 Airlink is one of the most efficient express bus services plying between Dublin International Airport and the city of Dublin. There are of course other coaches plying the same route as well. It takes slightly less than half an hour to travel between Terminal 1 of Dublin International Airport and O'Connell Street in the city of Dublin. Since we were staying at Hotel Castle at Greater Denmark Street just north of O'Connell Street, we alighted at Cathal Brugha Street bus stop. You can see the location of numerous bus stops in the city of Dublin at the below website before its final destination at Heuston Rail Station.

    The bus is double decker and there are plenty of spaces for luggages at the bottom deck. Bottom deck has limited seating capacity and passengers can walk up to the upper deck for more seating and of course better view. There is even a route map of the various bus stops in the city with names of the hotels on the ceiling of the bus.

    The fare of 747 Airlink is the cheapest we believe. It costs just €6.00 one way and €10.00 return per adult. We bought our return tickets from Spar shop at the arrival hall of Terminal 1. Bus tickets can also be purchased from tourist information desk and rail/bus sales counter at the arrival hall of Terminal 1. 747 Airlink travels through a long tunnel on the way to the city to avoid traffic jams near the city center. We are very sure 747 Airlink is the choice of most passengers travelling to the city of Dublin from Dublin International Airport.

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    Quickest way between Kerry and Clare.

    by pfsmalo Written Nov 1, 2012

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    An enjoyable way to get from West Kerry up to Couny Clare, instead of taking the route all the way up into the traffic of Limerick, is to go to Tarbert and take the ferry across.to Killimer. My part of the trip from Ballybunion to Ennis saved 40 kms. Only takes about 20 mins to get across and I am sure the views of the Shannon are nicer than the suburbs of Limerick and without the inherent traffic problems.

    Price was 18€ for the vehicle including all passengers, but can be had for cheaper by booking online.

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    Renting a car - Automatic for the first timer

    by RickinDutch Written May 16, 2012

    I've driven in Ireland over several multi week trips. I am a Yank with lots of manual transmission experience but what I would advise from my own experience is to get an automatic transmission your first time out. Trying to shift with your left hand and adjust to looking the correct direction at roundabouts and turning into the correct lane and keeping it all straight in your head is a little much. First trip to Ireland, I went back the next day and switched out to an automatic at Shannon. Big jump in cost but offset by a much more enjoyable drive.
    The only other observation I have is that by the end of your week of driving, you'll be fine to drive wherever you want in Ireland.

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    From Dublin airport to Belfast by bus

    by MalenaN Written Oct 25, 2011

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    For me it was much cheaper to fly in to Dublin than to Belfast and as there is a bus from Dublin airport to Belfast that was a good option for me. Goldline service 200 runs every hour (almost) between Dublin and Belfast. The buses leave 20 minutes past every hour from Dublin Airport and leave Belfast on the hour.

    My flight was supposed to land at 11.20 so I hoped to catch the 12.20 bus. To my luck the plane landed almost 25 minutes too early so I could take the 11.20 bus. The bus stop is Stop 8 Atrium Road and it is only a few minutes away from the arrival hall. Just follow the signs from the arrival hall and turn right as you leave, cross the road, walk through a building and you will have the bus stop on your left. Tickets can be bought from a machine at the bus stop, but can also be bought on board the bus. I bought a return ticket for 20 Euro (February 2011) and they are valid for one month. The bus made a few stops along the way and arrived at Europa BusCentre in Belfast 2 hours and 5 minutes after we had left Dublin airport. From the bus station it was only a 10 minutes walk to the hostel where I was going to stay.

    Going back to Dublin airport I took the bus leaving 8.00 from Belfast. Suddenly the bus stopped and a man came aboard asking for passport or id-card. I saw we were standing in front of a sign saying Welcome to County Louth and I realised this was the boarder to The Republic of Ireland.

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    AirLink

    by MalenaN Written Oct 25, 2011

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    To and from the airport it is very convenient to use AirLink buses. When you go out of the arrival hall take the left exit and you will see the green double decker just outside. It takes about 30 - 35 minutes to the central bus station of Dublin, Busaras, which is the end stop. From the same spot you can take the bus back to the airport. The ticket is 6 Euro (February/March 2007).

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    Bus to Croke Park

    by gomexico Written Jun 14, 2011

    The taxi is an easy trip. Quick. Simple. The hotel is located between the city centre and the airport. I stayed in a different hotel just last week, close by and I attended a couple of matches at Croke. If you're a traveler who likes public transport and to save maybe 30 Euro, the city bus is an option - as indicated above. Either the #41 or #16A will get you close. I've gotten off the bus at the Drumcondra DART/Rail station. Bus fare depends upon distance traveled; zones. It's an exact fare system, no change is given. Enjoy the trip.

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  • Sightseeing tour by car. FANTASTIC!!

    by petethetraveller Written Apr 27, 2011

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    Hi All, Long time reader, first time poster. Love the forum and always check here for tips when using a new service, especially on travel. It is a great resource. I wanted to share my experience of a recent dealing with a company specialising in travel and chauffeured services. As I say first post for me, but I was so delighted with them I wanted to share it! I had a key client of my company coming to visit our Dublin offices recently, and being Irish-American they wanted to see some of the sites while here. The guy was travelling with his wife and kids, and wanted to see an ancestral home, and some other stuff like Glendalough, Powerscourt etc. Normal tourist stuff, but quite spread out and they only really had a limited window to do it. I was asked to pull together an itinerary for this family, to follow on from our meetings and to be honest I was struggling. They didn’t want to drive, so that ruled out car hire. All the sites were rural and quite dispersed so public transport wasn’t an option. So on the off chance I contacted Optimum Chauffeur Drive Ireland, who are used by my company as our corporate chauffeur firm. I didn’t think they would be interested in doing a public/family type thing, but might give me a lead that would. How wrong I was! The guys at optimum were brilliant! They pulled together a great day for the family, in a nice car with a knowledgeable driver who acted as a tour guide. He escorted them around, arranged tickets fort he attractions that needed it, and even arranged a lunch stop off en route which they loved. It turns out they do this all the time, and often for the American visitors.. The feedback from the guys who took the tour was fantastic, they said it made their trip to Ireland (and I came out looking very good for arranging it!) So if you are looking for a chauffeured service in Ireland, or to arrange a tour I cannot recommend these guys highly enough. They seem to really pull out the stops and the whole package was very very reasonable, far less than I would have expected. Thanks Optimum! www.optimumchauffeurdrive.ie P

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    SailRail tickets from Dublin to London

    by ManInSeat61 Updated Apr 22, 2011

    You can buy a 'SailRail' combined ferry & train ticket from Dublin Ferryport to London or ANY train station in Britain (York, Bath, Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, wherever) for just 40 euros, any time, any day, one price covers both the ferry AND the connecting trains.

    Book it online at www.irishferries.com.

    Tickets can be collected at Dublin Ferryport.

    The price is fixed: It's 40 euros even if you need to travel tomorrow! Dublin-London 40 euros, Dublin-York 40 euros, Dublin-Edinburgh 40 euros, an amazing bargain.

    Recommended service leaves Dublin Ferryport 08:05, arrives London around 17:38 after a relaxing and scenic crossing of the Irish sea by cruise ferry, and a trip along the north Wales coast by air-conditioned inter-city train to central London.

    It's 6 euros extra if you use their Swift fast ferry rather than the excellent cruise ferry 'Ulysses'.

    Tip: For 18 euros more you can use the VIP Club Lounge on the Ulysses with complimentary tea, coffee, red and white wine and smoked salmon canapes.

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    The Hop On Hop Off Buses in Dublin

    by msaardvark Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The absolute best way to tour Dublin is to use what they call "The Hop On and Hop Off Bus". Essentially, these buses are run by a couple of different companies but really do the same tour. A ticket is purchased for a 24 hour period and you can get off and on as many times as you want. The tour takes you to about 15 of Dublin's most popular tourist sites and if you like one you can exit the bus and then get back on when you're ready. If you have only a short time in Dublin this will give you a good overview. If your stay is more than a few days you can return to one of the stops for a lengthy visit.
    These buses are double decker and the best view is from the top level but bring a sweater because you are basically sitting outside, it can be cold up there.
    You can make reservations ahead of time but unless you're traveling at the very peak of tourist season I don't think it's really necessary.

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    Local bus from airport to Temple Bar & Dublin city

    by tekiegirl Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The airport bus (Airlink), which will take you from Dublin International Airport into the city centre, costs €6 (Jul 2008 price), but if you want to go to Temple Bar, or other places on the route, you can get the local bus (16A) and pay €1.90 (Jul 2008 price) for the 40-60 minute ride.

    Route information and times for the 16A can be found here: http://www.dublinbus.ie/your_journey/viewer.asp?route=16a

    You can search for bus routes via the same website: http://www.dublinbus.ie/home/
    You can also buy tickets online.

    NOTE: You will need exact change to buy tickets on the local Dublin buses, or you can buy from ticket machines located at some stops, including the airport, with coins or €5 notes (it doesn't accept larger notes), and get change.

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    A driving tour from Dublin to South and West

    by scanos Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    See my web site for maps for places listed
    My recommendation is not to hire a car from Dublin because it is a very difficult city to navigate and find parking spaces. Instead, I would use public transport to get to Dublin and pick up car in Cork or Kilkenny. The latter is a wonderful place and accessible by train or bus. There are cheap flights to Cork again from where you could pick up a car. From Kilkenny you could follow this itinerary

    - day 2 Kilkenny - South through Tipperary - stop Rock of Cashel and Cahir Castle Overnight any B&B in North Cork
    - day 3 Clonakilty West Cork (same if you were coming from Cork) Glengariff, Kenmare / Killarney lakes overnight Killarney
    - day 4 Clare and Burren overnight Clifden or Oughterard in Galway
    - day 5 - Connemara . Achill Island overnight Westport
    Westport return car train to Dublin

    This will still leave one rest day

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  • GUIDED TOUR: Tyr Na Nog

    by martina.liberati Updated Apr 4, 2011

    I went with Tyr Na Nog around Ireland (north & south) for 6 days... this is our itinerary:

    DAY 1 Dublin to Cork City
    - the Rock of Dunamase, the remains of a 12th century castle perched high on a rocky outcrop,
    -Rock of Cashel, one of the most spectacular archeological sites in Ireland.
    -Cork City, the second largest city in the Republic where we have the opportunity to sample the fine Murphy’s or Beamish Stout both brewed locally.

    DAY 2 Cork City to Doolin
    Blarney Castle where you will climb the steps to the top of the castle and perform strange acrobatic ritual to kiss the Blarney stone to receive the gift of eloquence
    -Killarney National Park and take a walk up to (or a dip into) the stunning Torc Waterfall.
    -ferry ride across the mouth of the River Shannon before a drive to Doolin village.
    DAY 3 Doolin to Westport
    Cliffs of Moher (700ft)
    - the Burren, which is a moonscape of limestone
    - Galway
    - Connemara, the heart of the bogs.
    - Westport
    DAY 4 Westport to Derry
    -Sligo TO climb up the Hillside Tomb of Queen Maeve at the top of Knocknarea
    - Donegal Coastline
    - Benbulben & the final resting place of W.B. Yeats.
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    - Derry
    DAY 5 Derry to Belfast
    We start the day with a local guide who will take us walking around the old city of Derry, intriguing us with stories of Derry past and present.
    - Dunluce Castle,
    - Giants Causeway,
    - Glens of Antrim
    DAY 6 Belfast to Dublin
    -opportunity to take the famous Black Taxi Tour (7£) around Belfast where you get an insight into the recent history of this divided land, with an opportunity to visit areas not normally on the tourist itinerary.
    -Monasterboice, a 6th century monastic settlement,
    - Slane, home to Slane Castle, the annual venue for big outdoor rock concerts. In 2001, U2 filled the venue with over 180,000 over two weekends.
    - Boyne Valley, famous for the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, to the Hill of Tara, the coronation site of the Irish High King’s until the arrival of Christianity in the 5th century.

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    Getting around by bus and rail

    by kevarms Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Planning my trip I have found the website for Ireland's national bus company (Bus Eireann) incredibly useful. It has printable timetables even down to the smallest routes.

    Busiest days seem to be Friday and Sunday.

    This site also links directly to the train service (Iarnrod Eireann). The site is as useful but the network is nowhere as nearly comprehensive.

    Typical fares:
    Bus - Dublin to Waterford (one-way) EUR 10.50
    Train - Dublin to Waterford (one-way) EUR 22

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