The Republic of Ireland has three major international airports. They are, in order of size, Dublin (DUB) (tel. 1/814-1111; www.dublinairport.com), Cork (ORK) (ttel. 021/413131; www.cork-airport.com), and Shannon (tel. 061/712000; www.shannonairport.com). Northern Ireland’s main airport is Belfast International Airport (BFS) (tel. 028/9448-4848; www.belfastairport.com).
The Republic of Ireland has seven smaller regional airports, all of which offer service to Dublin and several that receive some (very limited) European traffic. They are Donegal, Kerry, Knock, Sligo, and Waterford. In Northern Ireland, the secondary airports are Belfast City Airport and Derry City Airport. Airline service to these smaller airports changes frequently, so be sure to consult your preferred airline or travel agent as soon as you begin to sketch your itinerary.
If you’re traveling to Ireland from Britain or the Continent, traveling by ferry is a good alternative to flying. Several car and passenger ferries offer reasonably comfortable furnishings, cabin berths (for longer crossings), restaurants, duty-free shopping, and lounges.
Prices fluctuate seasonally and depend on your route, time of travel, and whether you are on foot or in a car. It’s best to check with your travel agent for up-to-date details, but just to give you an idea, the lowest one-way adult fare in high season on the cruise ferry from Holyhead to Dublin starts at around £30. A car usually costs about £80 including one adult passenger, £30 per extra adults, £15 per extra child.
Irish Ferries (tel. 0818/300-400 in the Republic of Ireland, or tel. 353/818-300-400 in Northern Ireland/U.K.; www.irishferries.ie) operates from Holyhead, Wales, to Dublin, and to Rosslare from Pembroke, Wales, to Rosslare, County Wexford. They also sail from Cherbourg and Rosscoff in France.
Stena Line (tel. 01/204-7777; www.stenaline.com) sails from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire, 13km (8 miles) south of Dublin; from Fishguard, Wales, to Rosslare; and from Cairnryan, Scotland, and Liverpool, England, to Belfast, Northern Ireland.
P&O Irish Sea Ferries (tel. 0871/664-2121 in Britain, tel. 01/407-3434 in Ireland, or tel. 352/3420-808-294 in the rest of the world; www.poferries.com) operates from Liverpool to Dublin and from Cairnryan, Scotland, to Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.