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    Dublin DART

    by kymbanm Written Sep 21, 2004

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    I was very pleasedwith how easy the DART was to use and navigate. We traveled from Greystones into Dublin a couple of times, and then into Howth for a hike about Howth Head.

    The prices were reasonable, time was not an issue and the ability to look around and see the sights as we rode was a plus.

    It's disconcerting to not find a paper schedule, but I never had to wait long for a train to arrive, and the routes are clearly posted above each door of the train to help keep track of the stops.

    Tains passing at rush hour
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    Bus Eireann

    by Joenes Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When you don't have a car Bus Eireann is a good substitute.The buses are very comfortable and you can get all sort of different passes that will make it cheap as well
    The only problem is that to some destinations there are only 2 or sometimes just one connection a day but from what I understand they are rapidly improving this
    Since I had only 16 days to see as much of Ireland as I could I even planed the bus times ahead through the internetsite of Bus Eireann and it all worked out perfectly.

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    take the ferry from Killimer to Tarbert

    by globetrott Written Jan 5, 2008

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    Of course you will mostly have enough time to drive all the side-roads along the Westcoast, but sometimes you might be in a hurry and will be glad to save some petrol and time by taking the carferry from Killimer to Tarbert across the river Shannon. The mouth of the river Shannon is quite wide and long there and instead of driving 137 extra km ( 85 miles )you simply have to wait a few minutes for the ferry, pay around 13 Euros one way for cars and small motorhomes and take a ferry-ride of ca. 20 minutes. This makes sense, when you want to get from Co.Kerry to the Burren and places like Kilkee, Kilfenora,Milltown Malbay or Ennistimon and the Burren.
    For updated prices and timetables of that ferry-connection - please check the webpage below !!

    take the ferry from Killimer to Tarbert
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    take the airplane to the Aran-islands

    by globetrott Written Jan 5, 2008

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    There are various ferries taking you to the Aran-islands but the best means of transportation to get to Inismore & the other Aran Islands might be to take an airplane in my personal opinion ! When you are lucky you may take great photographs of the island and Fort Aengus from above. The fare for such a flight of just 30 minutes is 45 Euros for the return-ticket.In 1995 I had been at the small airport of Spiddal, but I did not reserve in advance and a large tourbus had occupied all flights available and so I decided to take the ferry again. A reservation for the flight is highly recommended, also for the Aer Arann Islands shuttle-bus taking you from Galway city to Spiddal. That bus starts at Kinlay House Hostel, on Merchants Road which is just off Eyre Sqare.

    Fort Aengus in Aran Islands
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    Jaunting Car in Muckross Park

    by globetrott Written Jan 7, 2008

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    Jaunting Cars are the traditional means of transportation for all tourists in order to explore Muckross Park. At the large car-parks outside of the Park you will see plenty of them, chasing for their customers.
    Such a ride takes mostly about 45 minutes and these carriages may take between 4 and 8 persons. I do not remember the price, but it was not so very much and you better fix a price in advance.
    Of course you may as well walk easily to Muckross Abbey and the other places of interest in Muckross Park, and you may finally still jump on one of the carriages passing by very frequently all over the park.
    Muckross Park is quite a wide area, and when you want to save time and still see all of it, you better take one of these "tourist traps"

    dont step in !! ;-)
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    The best way to enjoy Ireland

    by BarbaraForza Updated Jan 23, 2005

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    As soon as I arrived in Dublin I decided to get a bus up to Galway and then I started to move around...hitch-hiking!
    It might be dangerous for a young girl to travel alone, but nothing ever happened to me while I was in Ireland and I really enjoyed meeting people. Every person I met has been extremely kind with me and this make my travel to Ireland a good experience indeed!

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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.

    747 Airlink sign outside Terminal 1 Plenty of spaces for luggages Boarding the 747 Airlink bus Bus route on the bus with the names of hotels Limited seating capacity at bottom deck
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    Tarbert - Killimer Ferry - Saves time and kms.

    by Maryimelda Updated Jul 20, 2010

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    When travelling by road down the west coast to Co. Kerry or vice versa, there is a lot of time to be saved by using the Tarbert vehicular ferry between Killimer, Co. Clare and Tarbert, Co. Kerry. The difference between using the ferry and driving right around is 137 kms.
    The ferry leaves Killimer every hour on the hour and Tarbert every hour on the half hour. No reservations are necessary.
    There is a great little visitor's centre on the Killimer side where you can get a coffee and snack or some good locally made souvenirs. Parking is available but if the traffic is heavy, be sure to get your car into the line or you may have to wait till the next sailing.

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    Hire a car!

    by Vintom Updated Oct 2, 2003

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    The train services in Ireland are not the most frequent in the world, and the service only really covers a few of the major cities. The bus servies are extensive and you can get to anywhere you want to go within reason.

    But for me I have found the best option is to hire a small car at the airport and give yourself the freedom to go as you please.

    You will always see something that takes your eye as you drive along, with your own car you simply stop and take a look for as long as you like. There is no real traffic problems, apart from the major cities during the rush hours. Irelands roads, while not being the best in the world are no way the worst and a pleisure to drive on at most times.

    The last car I rented for 5 days cost approx £100. / $145.00 fully inclusive of insurance.

    Tour bus in Galway
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    Hop on and off

    by Vintom Updated Oct 5, 2003

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    Dublin and a couple of other cities in Ireland have a hop on hop off tourist sight seeing bus service. A great way to see the city if you are physically challenged, or just downright lazy. Why not do the full circuit and then go back to the places that sound the most interesting to you.

    Dublin city tour bus
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    River Cruising

    by Goner Updated Sep 8, 2003

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    After our short trip across the River Shannon, I thought river cruising might be another way of exploring Ireland. The River and Canal Cruising facilities are well developed in Ireland. The waterways are among the cleanest in Europe. The River Shannon is the longest river (350kms) and is the most popular river cruising route. The new Shannon Erne Waterway links the River Shannon with the Erne across the frontier in Northern Ireland. Other popular waterways include the Grand Canal and the River Barrow.

    Cruiser Rental Companies:
    Tara Cruisers Limited, IRL-Carrick-on-Shannon
    Tel +353 78 20736
    Fax +353 78 21369

    Emerald Star Line, 47 Dawson Street, IRL-Dublin
    2 Tel 0353 1 679 8166
    Fax +353 1 679 8165

    Athlone Cruisers, Jolly Mariner, IRL-Athlone, (Co Westmeath)
    Tel +353 902 72892
    Fax +353 902 74386

    Derg Line, IRL-Killaloe, (Co Clare)
    Tel +353 61 376 364
    Fax +353 61 376 205

    Celtic Canal Cruisers, IRL-Tullamore, (Co Offally)
    Tel +353 506 21861
    Fax +353 506 51266

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    AirCoach

    by Goner Updated Sep 10, 2003

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    If you arrived at Dublin airport the connection to the aircoach is simply achieved by exiting the arrivals hall outside.The coach terminal is across the road on the left from the arrivals door. You should make your way across the pedestrian crossing and present yourself to the driver or ground staff. 6 Euros one way, return 10 Euros.

    Aircoach provides a 24-hour luxury coach service between Dublin Airport and Dublin city. They operate two routes, Ballsbridge and Leopardstown, which serve Dublin’s top hotels and places of business.

    You can buy a ticket directly from a company rep at the stop just outside the arrivals building at DAP or from the driver at any of the stops on the route.

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    Shannon River Ferry

    by Goner Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The main tourist routes of the West of Ireland's Shannon Region are linked via the Killimer-Tarbert car ferry. This 20 minute journey across the Shannon Estuary will save 85 miles (137 km) from ferry terminal to ferry terminal.

    Times may vary, check schedules.

    1st April - 30th September Departure, Monday - Saturday, Sunday
    every hour on the hour
    07.00 - 21.00
    09.00 - 21.00
    Tarbert
    every hour on the half hour
    07.30 - 21.30
    09.30 - 21.30
    1st June - 30th September
    (peak holiday season)
    Two ferries operate, to give an additional half-hourly service between 10:30 and 18:00 from each side.

    1st October - 31st March Departure- all week
    every hour on the hour
    07.00 - 19.00
    10.00 - 19.00
    Tarbert
    every hour on the half hour
    07.30 - 19.30
    10.30 - 19.30

    River Shannon
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    Stena Lines Across the Irish Sea

    by Goner Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The ferry across the Irish Sea to Ireland from Fishguard, Wales to Rosslare is operated by Stena Lines. At the Rosslare Ferryport there is a rail and a bus station. You can rent cars and book bed and breakfast places there also.

    We bought a ticket in London for the train to Fishguard and then Stena Lines across the Irish sea to Rosslare Harbor.

    CROSSING TIME:
    3 Hours 30 Minutes
    CHECK IN TIME:
    Individuals: 30 Minutes
    Groups: 60 Minutes

    For more info go to the Stena Lines website listed below.

    Rosslare Ferry Port
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    The Dart

    by Goner Updated Jul 24, 2008

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    We stayed 11 miles south of Dublin in Dun Laoghaire. Instead of driving in Dublin, we left the car in Dun Laoghaire and took the Dart. The station was across the street from our B&B so we hopped on the train and made a quick trip into Dublin's Tara Station that is just a 5 minute walk to O'Connell St. and a 15 minutes from Temple Bar.

    Visitors to Dublin should experience the scenic DART suburban rail service. The train runs along the coastline providing maritime and mountain views. Journey time approx 40 minutes each way. But try to avoid using this service for sightseeing on weekdays during peak periods - ie 07h00 to 09h30 and 16h30 to 19h00.

    Dublin's Dart
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