Around Chapter 20

Getting Around

Here I’m going to give you the know-how to get around the island without learning from scratch when you arrive.

I will outline the following:

  • Good forms of transport,
  • Public transport prices,
  • local transport systems,
  • Nationwide systems,
  • Rentals,
  • Travel to the UK and France.

The absolute best way to see Ireland is to rent a car and get out into the countryside. For those wary of driving on the left, you can also find your way to many great sights using Ireland’s bus and train systems.Or we’ll be happy to get you a private driver which will do all the work for you…

Tip:

 

Wherever you start, don’t spend your whole honeymoon there! (Unless you really like it)… The biggest mistake tourists make when visiting Ireland is staying in the one location the whole time. At the end of the day it’s only 1 part of Ireland. There is a lot more to do. Rent a car and head into the sunset! Or hop on a bus or train.


Advice:


After the wedding you may want to change your second name asap, hold on until after your honeymoon because you could face issues with your passport… “One of the recurring issues faced by honeymooners is the name under which their trip is booked. Indeed many brides book their trip under their new married name but don’t change their name on their passport which can create a lot of issues when travelling. We suggest to book their trip under their maiden name to avoid any unpleasant surprises.” – Sophie Pigott, Marketing Manager at Weddings online

Car Rental

There are 5 major airports in Ireland- Dublin, Knock, Shannon & Cork and there are lots of car rental companies near the airports.We need to know your budget and vehicle preference before we can schedule your car to be waiting upon arrival. Chances are; you can get the car you want if you let us know early.Regardless of what car you chose; you are fully ensured and you don’t need to worry about milage because it is unlimited. Clarify the insurance policy with the dealer anyway.

The advantage of renting a car is freedom. If you enjoy driving that is a big bonus! And it can work out cheaper than public transport in the long run. After the ‘Celtic Tiger’, national roads have been restored to driving excellence and there is no better way to explore the romantic driving routes.If you get travel sickness and plan to avoid bendy roads you can take the motorway. It is a more direct route with less bends but you’ll have to pay to pass through toll-bridges which will cost 2.90 for cars.If you want to go inner city sightseeing – you will save time by walking or taking public transport because it may be pretty hectic to drive yourself.

National Transport System

Ireland have a good bus system, it is kinder on the budget in long journeys rather than small. The 2 biggest bus services are Bus Eireann & City Link. The fares are similar.There are usually discounts for online purchases. Prices vary depending on how common the route is so let us know where you want to go so we can get a rate

Here are some examples…

 

  • From Dublin to Galway ranges from €13 to €15.
  • From Dublin to Cork costs around €21, From Cork to Kilkenny costs the same.
  • From Galway to Killarney costs around €30.
  • From Tralee to Dingle costs around €14.50.
  • From Westport to Belfast costs around €32.40

Irish Rail is the major train system in Ireland. It is usually more costly than bus transport because it is more comfortable. For example Dublin to Galway costs €35 and Dublin to Kilkenny costs €22.50. Many counties usually has their own urban rail system. For example Dublin has the Dart and Commuter trains and Cork has the Cork Suburban Rail System. These are reasonably cheap but can be busy throughout the day.

Local Transport System

Dublin have the Luas and Dublin Bus. The Luas is a tram system which goes through the heart of the city out to more secluded areas. The fare depends on journey length. Ticket machines operate beside every stop. It ranged from €1.49 to €2.40 one-way.Dublin Bus stops are very frequent and many have electronic signs stating which bus stops there. The fare ranges from €1.95 to €3.60 depending on where you are going. They only take coins and do not give change. Galway also have a similar system, fares ranging from €1.90 to €3.50.

Bicycle Rental

Ireland has some incredible cycling routes and it is better than a car for exploring because you can go off track. You can get really adventurous and discover beautiful places like no one else.

Ireland has some incredible cycling routes and it is better than a car for exploring because you can go off track. You can get really adventurous and discover beautiful places like no one else.

Bike Hire Ireland are a western-based company which offer one-way bike rental, this means you don’t have to drop it back to the store you got it from. They have 7 stores throughout the west, so you can drop it into any of them…Convenient right? 🙂

The drop-off locations- are Connemara: Clifden and Westport.
Burren: Doolin and Ennis.
Kerry: Killarney, Tralee and Dingle.

You can rent the bikes out daily for around €15 – €20 or $17 – $22.80, the one-way bike rental costs €40 or $45.60 per person. This has to be booked 21 days in advance.The prices vary depending on whether it is a regular bike or E-bike and they vary slightly between companies.


Note: All bike rental companies require a deposit, usually between 100-300 depending on the bike

Motorcycle Rental

If you want to tour the island with wind in your hair and a free feeling, you can rent a motorcycle and experience Irish roads in a different way. The price depends on the motorcycle you want but they range from around €120 to €230 per day.Some stores offer a small discount for a longer rental, for example €20 less per day for 7 days.

Boat Rental

If you don’t feel like driving, cycling or taking our coach tour… you can rent a boat! 🙂 No I am not talking about a little dingy or paddle boat. Ireland has brilliant canal systems so it is relatively easy to travel from place to place.It is not for everyone, but Hey! You two aren’t everyone :).This could be a uniquely romantic adventure for both of you. It applies a different lens to see Ireland through.3 days is the shortest boat rental off a company, you can rent them for a day or half day through private sales. Price varies depending on the boat & length of rental. It can get pretty expensive but you can rent a boat for as little as €350 but the usual cost is around €550 – €600.

About Ed


Hi.
My name is Ed short for Edgar. Mixed blood of Latvian and Ireland
I have lived in Mullingar town for most of my life. Traveling around the country is my favorite pass time activity, I have been to many places, and love to explore all the nooks & crannies of Ireland. The beauty of Ireland's landscape is unbelievable sometimes you feel like in a different country. From the serenity of the walk at Glendalough to the humbling feeling of being beside Cliffs of Moher is truly amazing to experience.
When I travel throughout Ireland the hospitality is the one thing that stood out most! Cork is my personal favourite as the people are so nice and welcoming my highlight was the Titanic experience where you feel like one of the passengers who are about to board the ship from the heartbreak pier that still stands to this day.
In Ireland you will always get the warmest welcome in any B&B. My other hobbies are cooking horse riding and fishing. I can’t wait to share the experiences with you for your Trip of a lifetime to this amazing Green Isle.
Sláinte (Cheers)

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About Donna


Hey, my name is Donna and I'm from the town of Mullingar in the Heart of Ireland.

One of my passions is exploring and from my experience, Ireland is a beautiful country to explore. I have so many recommendations but for newcomers to Ireland I definitely opt to send you to Westport for Croagh Patrick & Clew Bay, perfect for hiking scenery and beautiful seafood, 

My favorite place in Ireland is Galway City - I love going for a meal with my friends, followed by a stroll down the cobbled streets, before popping into one of the Traditional Irish Pubs like  An Púcan.

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About Rita


Hi, I’m Rita and I am living in Kilkenny, the Marble city.

Born in Portugal, I fell in love with Ireland from the moment I landed here. I intended to stay for 6 months, and 6 years after I just cannot imagine my life without the Irish ‘craic’. 

Working in Events & Tourism for the last years has been so rewarding - bringing people to see all the magical, undiscovered spots in this country is what I wake up for every day. I have made memories that will last a lifetime, and I work towards creating the same experiences for others visiting the Emerald island. 

My favourite place in Ireland is probably the Dingle Peninsula, where bumpy roads bring the Atlantic ocean and green mountains together. The seafood is just as brilliant as the landscape, which I couldn’t forget to mention, being the foodie that I am!

You could say I am biased when I pick Kilkenny as one of my other top spots - I just can’t get enough of this lively mediaeval city branded by its hospitality.

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About Tina


Hi my name is TinaMarie, I have been working in Travel for over 15 years now and still love it as much as when I just started. There is something very special about bringing people to Ireland because we live here we take pride in our wonderful little country and want the whole world to experience what we are lucky enough to have on our doorstep.

Without a shadow of a doubt my favourite county and city in Ireland is Galway simply due to the dual aspect living you can have in this area the beauty and serenity of the Connemara countryside and the diverse cultural living of Galway city. Come and see firsthand how friendly and welcoming the Irish people are , Stop waiting and make the trip of a lifetime!

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About Sinéad


Hey! My name is Sinéad. I'm from Longford, the heart of the midlands. I'm a countryside girl at heart, depsite living in the capital for a few years while studying. I love the hustle bustle of Dublin city centre, there's always so much going on and so much to do. Although, you can't beat the tranquility of the Irish countryside in my opinion!

Apart from my hometown, one of my favorite place in Ireland has got to be 'The Kingdom' (Kerry). The scenery is just unparalleled. From the idyllic wild Atlantic coasts to our selection of well-known mountain ranges, and everything in between. The ring of Kerry is definitely a must see, the nightlife is pretty great too!!

On my weekends I love to cheer on my local Gaelic football teams. I'd definitely recommend catching a GAA match on your travels!

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About Jessica


Hi, my name is Jessica,

I'm from the town of Mullingar, known as the hidden heartlands of Ireland. Travel is my passion, every weekend I try to visit a few different counties here in Ireland and also explore new and exciting countries. Unfortunately there is just not enough time to visit everywhere I want too on our beautiful island of Ireland, Naturally the next best thing is to help make others dreams come true with the trip of a lifetime to our fair isle!

My two favorite places in Ireland is Galway and Kerry. They are full of great culture, food, scenery, and of course many traditional Irish pubs!! There is always a great lively buzz no matter what time of year you visit.

I look forward to working with many of you in the near future to offer my knowledge, guidance and support for your trip of a lifetime.

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About Ronan


Hey!

My name is Ronan and I'm from Mullingar (the heart of the Midlands). I have a passion for travelling and have been all over the world. However, my most favourite place in the world is the west of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way. From seeing Basking sharks in Keem bay in Achill Island (Mayo), to having a lovely relaxing pint of Guinness in Salthill in Galway, to taking in the majestic Cliffs of Moher in Clare and kayaking alongside dolphins in Dingle bay (Kerry) - it's all just amazing. Oh, and not to forget the delicious Skellig chocolates while looking out at Skellig Michaeal in Kerry, yum!

I love all things sport and food - when I'm not travelling around Ireland I'm cooking up a storm in the kitchen and watching some local GAA (our national sport). I can't wait to help you out and make your trip to Ireland, the trip of a lifetime!

Céad mile fáilte mo chara - (A thousand welcomes my friend).

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