You can pack up and jump in the car, or car hire is also readily available around Ireland if you don't have your own wheels handy. However, depending on your destination, public transport or sharing options are also available to get to - and around - your chosen holiday spot. There are plenty of choices available. Check out some options below.
Transport for Ireland
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Bus Éireann operates a network of bus routes linking towns, villages and cities. Bikes can be brought on Bus Éireann buses in the luggage compartment which incurs a fee. Regional bus companies operate in most parts of the countries linking towns with cities.
Large towns and cities have bus services available, such as Dublin Bus, and information on individual routes nationwide can be found on the Transport for Ireland website.
Bus Eireann also operates specific tours of Ireland’s Ancient East and Wild Atlantic way with their hop on / hop off Open Road ticket.
The Intercity rail service provided by Iarnród Éireann connects major towns and cities across Ireland. Small dogs and cats can be carried free of charge in the passenger compartment. While luggage can be stored in overhead racks, luggage racks at carriage ends and "in-between seat" spaces.
All InterCity trains have bicycle carriage facilities, where the bicycle spaces are within the passenger compartment. These routes are restricted to two bicycles per service. Bicycles that are folded and covered can be carried on all services free of charge. Charges apply on all intercity routes.
A bicycle can be carried up to a maximum of 1.8 metres in length and up to 0.865m in width. It is recommended that customers reserve their bicycle spaces online where available in advance of travel. Just select the bicycle option when you are reserving a seat.
Local rail services, commuter trains and the DART link parts of Dublin and Cork with the city and nearby regions.
The Luas light rail service is available in Dublin. Park and ride facilities can be used to access the city without a car. There are 67 stations on two lines servicing the city centre and surrounding areas.
Bike rentals are available in towns and cities across Ireland and also in popular cycling areas such as Greenways and forest parks. In Dublin, bike sharing services such as Bleeperbike and dublinbikes are available for a hop-on, hop-off bike service. Or check out Coca Cola bikes in Cork, Galway and Limerick.
Car sharing services, such as GoCar, are available in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Drogheda and Dundalk. Their fleet of vehicles include small cars, family sized cars and vans, all are available on hourly and daily rates.