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BY PLANE

Most visitors arrive to Ireland by plane at any one of five airports around the country. All of these airports offer direct onward connections to the Wild Atlantic Way regions so all you have to do is choose your destination and get exploring.  
 

Dublin Airport 

Located just outside of Dublin City, Dublin Airport is roughly a 3hr drive from three of the Wild Atlantic Way’s key towns and cities, whether Donegal in the Northern Headlands, Galway City in the Cliff Coast (?) - approximately midway between the beginning and end of the route - or Cork City on the Haven Coast in the south. 

Several easy options are available for travel to the Wild Atlantic Way from Dublin Airport, including public and private bus and coach transport, and a wide range of car rental companies. Some buses offer direct transport to locations along the route, while others bring you into Dublin City Centre, from where you can connect to a wider range of options for customised travel.  

Train services from Dublin City can be accessed via taxi from the airport (approximate cost €30)  or any one of several, frequent bus services, including Dublin Bus 747, to the major Intercity railway stations at Heuston and Connolly.   Dublin Airport is Ireland’s national airport, serving major airlines worldwide.  


Shannon Airport

Shannon Airport it is the second busiest airport in Ireland and is a significant connections hub for international flights. Transport services to all major cities on the Wild Atlantic Way by public and private operators, as well as taxi and car hire are available onsite.  

The 51 bus, operated by Bus Eireann and located a 3 minute walk from the terminal, offers an hourly service to Limerick Bus Station, which is an easy 1m walk to Limerick Colbert railway station. From there, you can connect to Limerick Junction station and routes to the rest of the country. The journey by bus from the airport to the bus station takes approximately 30 minutes.  

Aer Lingus operate daily flights at Shannon to and from London Heathrow, while Ryanair operate flights to London Gatwick and a number of other European destinations.  

Shannon Airport provides almost direct access to the Cliff Coast of the Wild Atlantic Way, which encompasses southern County Galway, County Clare, coastal County Limerick and northern areas of County Kerry. The airport is located just over an hour’s drive from the Cliffs of Moher - Ireland's number one visitor attraction and a Signature Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way.

The closest major city to Shannon Airport is Galway, with a 1hr 15m drive time. Cork City is next, at just under 2hrs driving, while Donegal in the north is roughly 3h 45m away.  
 

Cork Airport

The perfect jumping off spot for travellers wishing to start their Wild Atlantic Way adventure at its southernmost point, Cork Airport is conveniently located just south of Cork City at roughly a 20m drive. From there, the Haven Coast, which comprises southern parts of County Cork and Cork City itself, and the Southern Peninsulas region - West Cork and the southern areas of County Kerry - are the first regions you’ll explore as you make your way northward along the route. For those looking to start their trip in Galway City, it’s approximately a 3hr drive via the N20 to the City of Tribes. Donegal is around a 5hr journey by car along the M8.  

Bus and coach services run to Cork, Galway, and Limerick, while taxi and car hire are also available.   For passengers wishing to connect to train services, the 226 bus operated by Bus Eireann, located outside the main terminal runs a twice hourly service to Cork Kent station, the major railway hub for Cork City with connections to around the country. The bus journey takes roughly 40 minutes.  

Cork Airport is served daily by Aer Lingus and Aer Lingus Regional, Flybe, Ryanair, WOW Air, Swiss, Norwegian, Iberia Express and Volotea airlines
 

Ireland West Airport Knock  

Ireland West Airport Knock is conveniently located in the heart of the west of Ireland, within an hour’s drive of the coast. This is the perfect place to arrive by plane for visitors wishing to start their Wild Atlantic Way journey at the top; Donegal town is around 1hr 45m away, while Malin Head, one of 15 Signature Discovery Points and the northernmost point on the route is roughly a 3hr 20m drive from the airport.  

Ireland West Airport Knock is located on the main N17 North – South road, halfway between Galway and Sligo. There are daily flights from UK regional airports and regular flights from Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands.   Bus Eireann operates coach services to Ireland West Airport Knock from Galway, Sligo, Donegal and Mayo.  

The nearest railway station to Ireland West Airport Knock is Claremorris (31km) or Ballyhaunis (22km). These stations can be accessed by airport cabs or via the 64 bus, located a 2min walk from the terminal building at Lurga, Knock Airport bus stop. Also operated by Bus Eireann, the 64 takes approximately 28 minutes to reach the Claremorris, Dalton Street stop, and from there it’s roughly a 7m walk to the Claremorris railway station, with connections to Dublin and the rest of the country.  
 

Kerry Airport  

The nearest airport to the kingdom of Kerry and the famous Ring of Kerry route, Kerry Airport is a small hub offering a limited number of flights per day with Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Etihad airlines.  

Bus services from Kerry Airport to Tralee, Killarney and Limerick are available outside the main terminal, along with taxis to nearby areas. 

Farranfore train station, offering services to Killarney and Tralee, is less than a ten minute walk from the airport, and if you are travelling by car, the national route N21 will take you to Cork City in approximately 1hr 30m, to Galway City to the north in roughly 2hr 30m, or further on to Donegal in around 5hr.  

 

BY CAR  


With 2,500km of scenic route spanning six diverse Irish regions, the Wild Atlantic Way is made for exploring by car. You can hit the road in your own set of wheels or avail of the wide range of rental car agencies in operation all over Ireland. Visitors to Ireland should note that the majority of cars are manual transmission; it is recommended that drivers who prefer an automatic book well in advance in order to avoid disappointment.    
 

From Dublin…

For visitors to Dublin wishing to visit the Wild Atlantic Way by car, a large range of car hire services are available both from Dublin Airport or from various locations around the city.   Dublin City is encircled by the 45.5km-long M50 motorway; with many itineraries comprising some travel time on the M50, your best route out of the city will depend on your starting point. The M50 and certain other large motorways may include tolls, so you may choose to explore the quieter country roads as an alternative.    
 

To Donegal

From Dublin Airport - 238km/3hr 3m approx.
Follow the signs for R132 and take it to the M1. Follow M1, N2 and A5 to Drumlish Rd/B4 in Omagh, Northern Ireland. Follow B4, A35 and R232 to N15 in County Donegal, Ireland, then take the exit for R267.
Get full route details and alternative routes here.

From Dublin City Centre North - 248km/3hr 19m approx.
Follow E Wall Rd/R131 to M50. Take M1, N2 and A5 to Drumlish Rd/B4 in Omagh, United Kingdom. Follow B4, A35 and R232 to N15 in County Donegal, Ireland, then take the exit for R267.
Get full route details and alternative routes here.

From Dublin City Centre South - 253km/3hr 35m approx.

Take R148 to N4 in South Dublin. Follow M4 and N4 to Leitrim. Take the R299 exit from N4. Get on the N15 in County Donegal from R280, then take N15 and follow it to N267.
Get full route details and alternative routes here.
   

To Galway

From Dublin Airport  - 214km/2hr 26m approx.
Follow the signs to the M50 Southbound. Take the M4 and M6 all the way to N6 in Galway. Take R339 to downtown Galway City.
Get full route details and alternative routes here.

From all locations in Dublin City Centre - 209km/2hr 35m approx.
Follow R148 and N4 to M4 in South Dublin. Take the M4 and M6 all the way to N6 in Galway. Take R339 to downtown Galway City.
Get full route details and alternative routes here.
 

To Cork

From Dublin Airport - 264km/3hr 2m approx.
Follow the signs for the M50 Southbound and take Exit 9 to Kildare. Follow M7 and M8 to N8 in Cork. Take the N8 exit and follow signs to downtown Cork City.
Get full route details and alternative routes here.

From Dublin City Centre North - 254km/3hr 4m approx.
Follow R148, R810 and N7 to M7 in Kildare. Follow M7 and M8 to N8 in Cork. Take the N8 exit and follow signs to downtown Cork City.
Get full route details and alternative routes here.

From Dublin City Centre South - 253km/2hr 57m approx
Take Naas Rd and N7 to M7 in Kildare. Follow M7 and M8 to N8 in Cork. Take the N8 exit and follow signs to downtown Cork City.
Get full route details and alternative routes here.

   

From Cork...

Travellers wishing to road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way from Cork can take advantage of Cork City’s proximity to the most southerly point on the route at Mizen Head. Located at a 124km jaunt from the city along scenic country roads, the headland is one of 15 Signature Discovery Points and a must-see on any Haven Coast itinerary.   A variety of car hire services are available from Cork Airport and at various locations around Cork City.  
 

To Donegal

423km/4hr 56m approx.
Take Maylor St to Merchant's Quay/N8, then take M8, M7, N80, N52,  M6, N6, N61, N4, and N15 to R267 in County Donegal, following the signs for Donegal. If coming from Cork Airport, follow signs to Cork City via N27, then follow route above. Get full route details and alternative routes here.  
 

To Galway

197km/2hr 42m approx.
Take Maylor St to Merchant's Quay/N8, then take N20, N18, M18 and N18 to R446 in Galway. Follow signs for downtown Galway City. If coming from Cork Airport, follow signs to Cork City via N27, then follow route above. Get full route details and alternative routes here.   There are more than 30 custom driving itineraries are available along the Wild Atlantic Way, lasting anywhere from a few hours to several days, and all are open year-round, making planning a breeze. Check out Itineraries to discover more.
 

BY RAIL
   

From Dublin

Dublin City has two main Intercity train stations - Dublin Connolly and Dublin Heuston. Be sure to check your itinerary carefully to ensure you arrive at the correct station for your departure.   Ticket prices can vary widely; always check Iarnród Éireann for the lowest fares.    
 

To Northern Headlands (Northern and Mid Co Donegal, Donegal Town)

 There is currently no train service from Dublin to locations in Co Donegal. See By Bus section for travel options.    
 

To Surf Coast (Southern Co Donegal, Coastal Co Leitrim, Co Sligo, Northeastern Co Mayo)

Several Intercity trains run daily from Dublin Connolly to Sligo MacDiarmada station. Tickets cost a maximum of €38.05 for an adult single and €40.05 for return.   
 

To Bay Coast (Western Co Mayo, Northern Co Galway, Galway City)  

Intercity trains run a few times a day from Dublin Heuston to Ballina, Co Mayo, including Sundays. Tickets cost a maximum of €41.60 for an adult single and €43.25 for return. 

Intercity trains run a few times a day from Dublin Heuston to Castlebar, Co Mayo, including Sundays. Tickets cost a maximum of €40.00 for an adult single and €42.45 for return. 

Several Intercity trains run daily from Dublin Heuston to Galway Ceannt station. Tickets cost a maximum of €36.65 for an adult single and €39.10 for return.

   

To Cliff Coast (Southern Co Galway, Co Clare, Coastal Co Limerick, Northern Co Kerry)

Several Intercity trains run daily from Dublin Heuston to Ennis, Co Clare. Tickets cost a maximum of €63.10 for an adult single and €72.50 for return.

   

To Southern Peninsulas (Southern Co Kerry, Western Co Cork) 

Intercity trains run a few times a day from Dublin Heuston to Tralee Casement station, Co Kerry, including Sundays. Tickets cost a maximum of €68.55 for an adult single and €82.00 for return. 

Intercity trains run a few times a day from Dublin Heuston to Killarney, Co Kerry, including Sundays. Tickets cost a maximum of €68.55 for an adult single and €82.00 for return.

   

To Haven Coast (Southern Co Cork, Cork City)

Several Intercity trains run daily from Dublin Heuston to Cork Kent station. Tickets cost a maximum of €65.65 for an adult single and €79.50 for return.

     

From Cork

Many routes to the Wild Atlantic Way from Cork require a connection at Dublin Heuston station. Several Intercity trains run daily from Cork Kent station to Dublin Heuston station. Tickets cost a maximum of between €65.65 for an adult single and €79.50 for return.
 

To Northern Headlands (Northern and Mid Co Donegal, Donegal Town)

There is currently no train service from Cork to locations in Co Donegal. See By Bus section for travel options.    
 

To Surf Coast (Southern Co Donegal, Coastal Co Leitrim, Co Sligo, Eastern Co Mayo)

Train service from Cork to Sligo MacDiarmada station is available via travel from Cork Kent station to Dublin Heuston station, then onward to Sligo MacDiarmada. See Dublin Heuston to Surf Coast > Sligo MacDiarmada.

     

To Bay Coast (Western Co Mayo, Northern Co Galway, Galway City) 

Train service from Cork to Ballina, Co Mayo is available via travel from Cork Kent station to Dublin Heuston station, then onward to Ballina. See Dublin Heuston to Bay Coast > Ballina. 

Train service from Cork to Castlebar, Co Mayo is available via travel from Cork Kent station to Dublin Heuston station, then onward to Castlebar. See Dublin Heuston to Bay Coast > Castlebar. 

Train service from Cork to Galway Ceannt station is available via travel from Cork Kent station to Dublin Heuston station, then onward to Galway Ceannt. See Dublin Heuston to Bay Coast > Galway Ceannt.

   

To Cliff Coast (Southern Co Galway, Co Clare, Coastal Co Limerick, Northern Co Kerry)

Train service from Cork to Ennis, Co Clare is available via travel from Cork Kent station to Dublin Heuston station, then onward to Ennis. See Dublin Heuston to Bay Coast > Ennis.

     

To Southern Peninsulas (Southern Co Kerry, West and Northwest Co Cork).

Intercity trains run a few times a day from Cork Kent station to Tralee Casement station, Co Kerry, including Sundays. Tickets cost a maximum of €36.10 for an adult single and €44.75 for return.

Intercity trains run a few times a day from Cork Kent station to Killarney, Co Kerry, including Sundays. Tickets cost a maximum of €27.80 for an adult single and €36.75 for return.

Haven’t found your route? Visit Iarnród Éireann to discover more more ways to explore the Wild Atlantic Way by rail.

 

BY BUS

Although Ireland’s rail network is extensive, there are many locations on the Wild Atlantic Way that can only be accessed by road. Let someone else do the driving by hopping on board one of Ireland’s many public or private bus services.   Ireland’s national bus network, Bus Eireann, provides hundreds of daily routes, including Expressway lines from Dublin to Cork, Limerick, Tralee, Killarney, Galway, Ballina, Sligo and Donegal Town, and regional, rural and town-to-town services throughout the Wild Atlantic Way regions.  

A number of private bus operators also offer the option to travel in style, with some even offering tours so you can take in the scenery with the help of a knowledgeable on-board guide. Finally, a wide range of specialised tour operators can be found virtually everywhere along the route; all you have to do is sign up, sit back, and soak it all in.  
 

From Dublin  

Public 

Bus Eireann provides services from various locations in Dublin to numerous locations along the Wild Atlantic Way. Visit their website for routes, timetables and fares and to plan your journey.

 

Private

Dublin Coach offers two coach services from Dublin City Centre and Dublin Airport to some of the top locations the Wild Atlantic Way: the M7 Express bus serves Limerick, Ennis, Killarney and Tralee daily, while the M9 Express service runs 7 days a week between Dublin and Cork.

GoBus provides round-trip service from Galway to Dublin Airport and Dublin City Centre on the 720 bus, as well as round-trip to Cork on bus 707.

Citylink offers several daily routes to Galway from Dublin Airport and Dublin City Centre.

Aircoach provides several daily return services to Cork from Dublin City Centre and Dublin Airport via the 704X bus route.

Be sure to visit Transport for Ireland to find more routes by bus.  
 

Tours 

John McGinley are a Donegal-based luxury coach tour company with a dedicated depot in Dublin City. They offer daily tours to the Inishowen Peninsula in Co Donegal and back. Packages include accommodation, visitor attractions, ferry connections and more.

Paddywagon Tours run regular tours from Dublin City Centre to popular Wild Atlantic Way locations such as the Cliffs of Moher, Cork City, the Dingle Peninsula, Galway and the Ring of Kerry on their fleet of luxury coaches. A wide range of packages are available, most of which include accommodation.

Kennedy & Carr offer guided day tours from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Kerry.
 

From Cork  

Public

Bus Eireann provides services from various locations in Cork to numerous locations along the Wild Atlantic Way, including the 51 bus which runs directly from Cork to Galway, where connections for separate bus routes to Sligo, Clifden, and Donegal can be made, and the 40 bus, with service to Tralee and Killarney. Visit their website for routes, timetables and fares and to plan your journey. You can also visit Transport for Ireland to explore alternative operators and routes.
 

Private 

A range of private bus operators depart from Cork City to locations along the Wild Atlantic Way. Check Transport for Ireland for detailed routes, timetables, maps, and fares.

Tours 

Kavanagh Travel offer a four-day West Cork and Kerry coach tour package departing from Bantry, Co Cork and including accommodation, boat trips and cruises, dinner and bed and breakfast, and more.

Paddywagon Tours run regular tours from Cork City to the Cliffs of Moher, the Dingle Peninsula, Galway and the Ring of Kerry on their fleet of luxury coaches. A wide range of packages are available, most of which include accommodation.

O’Brien Coach Tours provide itineraries from Cork City to West Cork and the Mizen Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry, and the Cliffs of Moher.

Kennedy & Carr offer guided day tours from Cork to Kinsale and West Cork, the Ring of Kerry, Dingle, and the Cliffs of Moher.
 

Other routes  

Galway to Clifden via private coach with Citylink. 

Galway to Westport via custom bus with Butler’s Tours. 

Killarney to Dingle and the Ring of Kerry with Paddywagon Tours.

Yeats Ben Bulben Tour from the Rosses to Sligo Town with Sligo Tours.

Still haven’t found your ideal tour? Find plenty more operators, routes and destinations here.  



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