Ferries can be the ideal way to visit, allowing you to bring your car for the ultimate Ireland road trip, while cruise ships can take you to Ireland from anywhere in the world.
Dublin Ferryport is situated two miles from the centre of Ireland's vibrant capital city, and is accessible from Ireland’s road and rail network. Dublin Port Tunnel is situated within the port complex and provides quick access to the M50 and M1 motorways, the main routes to the north and south of the country. A public bus service and an Express Bus Transfer operate from the terminal building to the bus and train stations in Dublin City Centre.
Belfast Harbour is easily accessible from Belfast city, located close to the motorway network off Junction 1 of the M2 Motorway. The 96 Metro bus service runs frequently from Upper Queen Street, near Belfast City Hall, to the terminal. There is also a taxi-share scheme in operation to the city centre, which is offered by black public hire taxis just outside the main terminal building.
Port of Cork
Cork Ferry Port, also known as Ringaskiddy Ferry Port, is situated on the south coast, about 30 minutes drive away from Cork city and 25 minutes from Cork Airport. There is easy road access to and from the ferry terminal, and taxis are available outside. There is no train connection, but Bus Éireann runs a regular service between the terminal and Cork city.
The Port of Cork also has a dedicated cruise terminal in Cobh, where luxurious liners stop each day to take in the pretty harbour town. This was historically the last stop for ships on their way to America, and it was here that the Titanic picked up its final passengers. Cobh is just 25 minutes from Cork city, with regular trains and buses running from the town.
Rosslare Ferry Port
Rosslare Ferry Port is situated in the south-eastern corner of Ireland and offers easy access to the midlands, south and south west of Ireland via the N25 and along the east coast to Dublin via the N11. There is a train service to Dublin only, but the train station is situated 15 minutes’ walk away from the terminal. There are bus services to Dublin as well as numerous services to Waterford, Cork and Killarney, and it is an ideal location to start exploring Ireland’s Ancient East.
Port of Larne
Larne ferry terminal is just seven minutes from Larne town and 35 minutes from Belfast, making it an ideal spot to start your Ireland journey. Translink runs train services to Larne town and Larne Harbour stations from a number of destinations, including Belfast Lanyon Place and Belfast Great Victoria Street. The coast around Larne is renowned for its beauty and The Gobbins cliff path, about 20 minutes drive away, is a must-visit. Carnfunnock Country Park also lies relatively near Larne and is popular with caravaners due to its camping facilities.