It is relatively straightforward to get to Ireland from anywhere in the world via direct or indirect flights. The majority of travellers coming to Ireland arrive by air while many from GB and some from north-western mainland Europe might opt for a ferry on which they can bring their own car. The information below will help you to get your bearings by highlighting the options available and providing links to useful search and compare transport platforms.
Ireland can be reached via scheduled commercial services via 15 arrival points. Nine airports throughout Ireland handle flights to and from GB, Europe and beyond. The red markers on the map below show the locations of these airports. Six ferry ports along the east and south coasts handle sailings to and from GB, France and Spain. The blue markers on the map below show the locations of these ferry ports. It may also be possible to arrive in Ireland using private aircraft and private boats at these and other permitted locations.
Air travel offers the greatest selection of routes into Ireland via its nine airports. If you are planning an Irish adventure and are likely to arrive by air, you can search and compare all the flight options on Skyscanner. All Irish airports have pick-up and drop-off locations for hire cars making Ireland a perfect fly-drive destination. One-way rentals are possible if you want to fly into one airport and depart from another. For example, if you are driving the entire length of the world-famous Wild Atlantic Way, you could fly into Cork Airport (ORK) and out from City of Derry Airport (LDY).
Ferries are a good option if you are travelling to Ireland from GB, France or Spain, especially if you want to bring your own car, campervan or motorhome. If you are likely to arrive by sea, you can search and compare all the ferry options on Direct Ferries. One-way ferry bookings are possible if you want to sail into one port and depart from another. For example, if your Ireland adventure is part of a bigger tour which also includes GB, you could sail into Dublin or Rosslare and out from Belfast or Larne.