Travelling in Ireland by air

Ireland's compact size means air travel is not essential, but if you need to fly here's how you do it

With Ireland being a modestly sized island with an extensive and speedy train network and modern motorways connecting the main cities, there’s little need for too many internal flights. The only internal flights on the island of Ireland are the Dublin-Kerry route, which takes approximately 40 minutes, and flights to all three of the Aran Islands with Aer Arann. Flights to the Aran Islands leave from the very picturesque setting of Connemara Regional Airport with a journey time of approximately eight minutes. There are no flights between the islands themselves.

There are four international airports on the island of Ireland:

Shannon Airport

Dublin Airport

Cork Airport

Belfast International Airport

City of Derry Airport

In addition, there are seven regional airports:

Waterford Airport

Kerry Airport

Galway Airport

Ireland West Airport Knock

Donegal Airport

Belfast City (George Best) Airport

Connemara Regional Airport

Sligo Regional Airport is almost exclusively for charter or corporate flights and is not served by a regular carrier.

Visitors to Ireland will need their passport at all times when travelling internally on the island of Ireland.