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By Car

Many attractions are easily accessible by car in about an hour from Dublin. The roads are good in the regions around the city, although traffic can be a problem—particularly during rush hour, when all roads around Dublin slow to a crawl. In reasonable traffic, Newgrange and Knowth are about an hour north of the city; Kildare Town and its nearby attractions are just under an hour to the southwest; and Glendalough is about an hour's drive south. The Dublin Tourist Office has excellent road maps.

By Bus

Bus Éireann (www.buseireann.ie; 01/836-6111) operates services from the central bus station (Busáras) out to each of the regions listed in this chapter, although there aren’t always practical links to the more remote sites. If you’re looking to visit attractions by bus, the best bet is probably to take a tour. 

By Train

Irish Rail (www.irishrail.ie; 1850/366-222) trains leave Dublin's Heuston station for Kildare at least once an hour. The journey takes between 25 and 45 minutes. Several direct trains depart daily from Dublin’s Connolly station to Wicklow; the journey takes an hour.

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.