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1. Posted by Ptitefleur (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


I will come to Ireland for the first time during 2 weeks (18th june to 2nd july 2008)
I will travel this my son 16 years old. I will come by plane to Dublin and I would like visiting Ireland by bus or train.
Is it easy to move in Ireland by common transport ? I decided this to meet people and perhaps I'll quiet afraid to drive on left !
How can I organise my trip to visit the most places? I'will book in Youth hostel

Thanks for your information.

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

So far as I know, it's not terribly convenient to travel Ireland by train or bus. I'd guess it's doable and I'm sure many have done it before, but I believe trains don't cover much of the island and busses don't always run to smaller or out-of-the-way towns, or at least not very often. Between big places--like Dublin to Belfast--is pretty simple, but I'd guess that going off to see the coast may prove a bit complicated.

Some natives may be able to help out more!

3. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

It is possible to explore using public transport (I don't drive so I had no choice !! )........

I think the main thing to establish here would be where you want to see, do you have a list of destinations or sites ? From this we can help establish the transport methods , time vs money vs feasibility......

PM me if you need further help..


4. Posted by carlsr (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


Im from Ireland & altho its easy to get to Dublin & belfast via train & buses it is harder to get to other places wifout a car!

Wher do u plan on travelling 2?

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Train sucks for Ireland. Bus is much better. Check out the tourist passes offered by Bus Eireann.

6. Posted by Sio (Budding Member 31 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I agree, bus is probably the best way to see the country. Depending on where you want to go. If you plan to stay on the east coast then the bus is quite good. Bus Eireann is the company you should look up.

If you want to go to another city, Galway or Cork the train is expensive but somewhat nicer than the bus. The bus takes a bit longer but not too significant. Galway has a good bus service to see smaller, seaside, country towns. Again depends on what you want to do!


7. Posted by Ptitefleur (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Many thanks all for your answers !

I would like to stay 4 days in Dublin, going to Galway, perharps Cork too. Fisrt, I have to find where i will stay.
Of course, when I will in Dublin I will take information in a "tourist office".
What do you think about youth hostel ?

8. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

This is the website to check more routes -

But to give you an idea of bus times and costs

Dublin - Cork
Adults one way - €10.80

Time - 6 hours 25 mins

Cork - Galway
Adults one way - €15.30

Time 4 hours 20 mins

For an idea of festivals that may be occuring around your visit , check out:

[ Edit: Edited on May 26, 2008, at 5:55 AM by Rraven ]

9. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

As far as hostels go I've stayed at the Avalon House and have enjoyed it. Not the best hostel I've ever stayed, but far from the worse. It's big and a bit noisy, but the front desk staff are generally very helpful and it's a good setup to meet other travellers if you want to. There's free internet, a very basic breakfast, a good location, and linens are included. There are no lockers in the rooms, but there are some near that front desk that can be rented for 1 euro a night. Cheers!