How to Travel to Ireland

How to Travel to Ireland
Travelers come to Ireland for its countryside charm, rolling emerald hills, and the chance to relax and drink Guinness with locals in the pubs that make Ireland famous. From the beautiful and curious rocky expanse of the Burren to the gorgeous mountains and peaceful lakes of the Beara Penninsula -- Ireland is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe to visit.

To get started in planning your trip to Ireland you need to consider what sights you would like to see, how you plan on traveling around Ireland, and what types of accommodations you would like to stay in.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things To Do In Ireland

Things You’ll Need:
  • Ireland guidebook Map Notebook Timetables of bus schedules Phone numbers of rental car companies Computer
  • Ireland guidebook
  • Map
  • Notebook
  • Timetables of bus schedules
  • Phone numbers of rental car companies
  • Computer
Step 1
Purchase a guidebook for Ireland or borrow several from your public library. The Let's Go series is written by students and is great for budget travelers. The Fodor's and Lonely Panet series are good options for travelers with a variety of budgets.
Step 2
Decide where to go. Ireland is a land of abundant natural beauty with its emerald hills, curious geological formations and seaside cliffs. Ireland also is home to several large cities with museums, exhibits, and pubs. Some travelers plan their trips around certain festivals or events such as St. Patrick's Day.
Step 3
Discover Ireland's outdoor recreation opportunities. Rock-climb, hike, or bike in Killarney National Park or explore the underground caves in the Burren.

Getting Around Ireland

Step 1
Book a flight into one of Ireland's regional hubs -- Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Galway, or Belfast. Round-trip fares to Ireland are highest during the peak travel months of June through August.
Step 2
Travel by bus. Buses are a cheap and convenient way to travel through Ireland. Bus companies such as Bus Eireann offer an unlimited bus service card that allows you to ride the bus for a certain number of days.
Step 3
Travel by car. Renting a car is ideal for those wanting the freedom to go where they wish during their travels. Although driving may be more convenient than the bus system, renting a car in Ireland is quite expensive. According to Lonely Planet, weekly car rental costs from $225 for a small car to $500 for a five-seater. As of September 2009, the price of gasoline runs around 1 euro/liter, which comes out to about 6 dollars/gallon.

Finding Accommodations in Ireland

Step 1
Choose accommodations for your visit to Ireland. Ireland has a huge array of lodging options from luxury hotels, bed and breakfasts, and budget hotels to hostels housed in old castles. The types of accommodations you choose will have to do with your budget and the level of comfort you desire.
Step 2
Splurge for at least a one-night stay in a bed and breakfast. In Ireland, bed and breakfasts are typically private homes that rent out room to travelers. Hosts will provide plenty of information about the area and are even known to take their guests out for tours. Bed and breakfasts range in price from very reasonable to very steep so make sure to inquire about the cost while making your reservations.
Step 3
Make reservations in a hostel. For budget travelers, hostels are the cheapest accommodations. Not only for young people, hostels in Ireland are very welcoming to families and older travelers. Join the Hostelling International Association in your own country to get discounts on your stays in Ireland.

Tips & Warnings

 
For cheaper airfares and lodging, travel in the low season from mid-September to May. Pack a raincoat. Ireland is notoriously rainy with some areas getting up to 270 days a year of rain.
 
For cheaper airfares and lodging, travel in the low season from mid-September to May.
 
Pack a raincoat. Ireland is notoriously rainy with some areas getting up to 270 days a year of rain.

Article Written By Wren Mcilroy

Based out of Salt Lake City, Wren Mcilroy has been writing outdoor recreation and travel-related articles for 3 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and biology from Winona State University in Minnesota.

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