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1. Posted by angel88 (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

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Dear All,
What is the best way to travell around in Ireland by train or by bus or maybe rent a car?
Thanks!
Stefanie

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Car, hands down, unless you're just travelling between a few big cities. Ireland (north and south) is not known for its bus or train service. Dublin has pretty good public transportation within the city itself, but everywhere else it's frustratingly poor.

3. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 10y

Quoting tway

Car, hands down, unless you're just travelling between a few big cities. Ireland (north and south) is not known for its bus or train service. Dublin has pretty good public transportation within the city itself, but everywhere else it's frustratingly poor.

nice to see your being honest tina! the services are absolutely crap! they do run dont get me wrong but infrequently and expensive!

best bets, get a car or hitch rides with people - a service worht recommending if ya wanna get to belfast, dublin or cork is www.aircoach.ie ! goes every hour from dubs to belfast.

if your thinking of staying long - my bro's got a cheap and cheerful car he's looking rid of! pm me for details!

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Quoting smythy

nice to see your being honest tina! the services are absolutely crap! they do run dont get me wrong but infrequently and expensive!

Not to mention never on time. If the Belfast schedule says a bus is coming at 10:00, good luck catching one before 10:40...

5. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

yep car

other argument, if you do travel by bus, you're sick within an hour..

6. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Gotta agree with every one on this - Ireland North & South is crap for public transport - trains limited destinations - from Belfast there are bus services - taking you between Belfast - Derry from where you can catch a service into Donegal - but if you do decide to go with public transport be prepared to wait!

Have fun - btw the weather here is crap wet and cold at the moment!!

7. Posted by abcdf (Full Member 557 posts) 10y

If you rent a car its cheaper to reserve a car online. We paid for one at one of the rental places and it was twice what was advertised online. Oh and when we were leaving the rental car place... the couple who just returned a car was charged for a broken axel... or something crazy. Just a thought to keep in mind when renting cars.. I havent had any experiences like that but I heard from the locals that the locals like to take advantage of tourist, especialy cab drivers.

8. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 10y

I would strongly recommend to hire a car!!!!
Dublin, as they have mention, and the area around it, is OK, but for the rest of the country (except links between the most important cities: Cork, Galway, etc...) is rather poor.
I suggest you to do the same thing as I did: to rent a car for few days and see where the road takes you. Roads aren't the best, at least compared to those in Spain, and I am not used to driving on the other side, but it was OK. It just takes you 15 minutes to get used to driving inside out!!!!!
Plus, they have very good deals, and it gives you such a freedom to be able to decide where to stop, when,... I had a great road trip, with a friend of mine!!!! We got so much closer after that: it was just us, the car, the music and a country to discover!!!

YOu'll love it!!!!

9. Posted by AnnaKaren (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

I'm going to Ireland as well... My sister and I are going three weeks in june and july and I can't wait

But i just read about car renting and it seems like that it's like here in Denmark, that you have to be 21 most of the places... Does anyone of you you know if there are rental firms where you can rent if you're 20?

10. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Hi There are firms in Belfast - McCausland being one of them for further around the country lm not sure - l would expect that you would have more of an excess to pay though. Public transport may be a bit crap BUT it does exist - trains run between Belfast & Dublin or Dublin and Cork. The bus network is better - whilst slow, still the major roads have under gone a great upgrade in recent years! Enjoy the craic - you will have lots of fun and if you need anything further just send me a message.

Purdy