Getting to Ireland

Ireland has no physical links to any of its neighbouring landmasses. Therefore, it can only be reached from overseas by making use of airlines and ferry services.

Airlines and Airports

Ireland’s two main airlines are Aer Lingus and Ryanair. Many of the world's major airlines also operate scheduled services into Irish airports.

Dublin Airport is Ireland’s principal airport. The other major international airports are Shannon and Belfast International. These all handle trans-Atlantic flights as well as links to and from Great Britain and mainland Europe. Several smaller airports dotted around Ireland also handle flights to and from Great Britain and mainland Europe.

Ireland's international airports are:

Dublin Airport (DUB); Belfast International Airport (BFS); Cork Airport (ORK); Shannon Airport (SNN).

Ireland's regional airports are:

George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD); City of Derry Airport (LDY); Galway Airport (GWY); Waterford Airport (WAT); Knock Airport (NOC); Donegal Airport (CFN); Kerry Airport (KIR); Sligo Airport (SXL).

Ferries and Ports

The ferry companies operating Irish routes are Irish Ferries, Stena Line, P&O, Norfolk Line, Fastnet Line, Isle of Man Steam Packet, Brittany Ferries, and Celtic Link.

Ferries can be taken to Ireland from Scotland, England, Wales, Isle of Man, and France. Ireland’s main passenger ferry ports are located in (clockwise from north) Larne, Belfast, Dublin, Dún Laoghaire, Rosslare, and Cork. Most routes have traditional ferry and fast ferry options.