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Getting There

By Bus-- Bus Éireann (www.buseireann.ie; 01/836-6111) operates direct service several times a day from Dublin’s central bus station (Busáras), into Kilkenny, Wexford, and Waterford. The journey to Kilkenny takes upwards of 2 hours; to Wexford and Waterford, closer to three.

By Train -- Irish Rail (www.irishrail.ie; 1850/366-222) operates several trains daily between Dublin and Kilkenny, Wexford, and Waterford. The journey to Kilkenny takes about 90 minutes; to Waterford, a little over 2 hours; and to Wexford, 2 1/2 hours.

By Ferry -- Ferries from Britain sail to Rosslare Harbour, 19km (12 miles) south of Wexford Town. See Irish Ferries (www.irishferries.ie; 0818/300-400) or Stena Line (www.stenaline.com; 01/907-5555) for bookings and information.

By Car -- The journey from Dublin to Kilkenny, Waterford, or Wexford is nearly all via motorway. From Dublin to Wexford, take N11 south. For Kilkenny, take E20, then M7 southwest out of Dublin, then split off onto M9. If you’re heading to Waterford, stay on M9 for another 50km (31 miles) after the turnoff for Kilkenny. The drive to Kilkenny is about 1 1/2 hours, and to Waterford or Wexford about 2 hours, but considerably longer if you’re caught in Dublin’s terrible rush hour traffic. For car rental information in Dublin, click here

By Plane -- Until 2016 there were a handful of regular, scheduled flights from the European mainland into tiny Waterford Airport, Killowen (www.waterfordairport.ie; 051/846-600), 9km (5 2/3 miles) south of Waterford Town. As of this writing it had closed to all but private jets, but a couple of budget airlines may resume service in the future—check the website for the latest.

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.