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Flying into Dublin but want to tour west Ireland.

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Flying into Dublin but want to tour west Ireland.

We found flights that are cheaper into Dublin then Shannon. We're wanting to tour the Western part of Ireland. We would prefer not to rent a car. Does anyone think it would be better to just pay the extra $200 to fly into Shannon to be closer to the West coast, then to try and figure out how to travel from the Dublin area? Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Flying into Dublin but want to tour west Ireland.

If you don't want to rent a car, you will have problems getting to some of the more scenic areas in the west, as many if not most are not readily accessible by public transport. You also need to consider how you would get from Shannon to whatever location you plan to be based in. Galway, Ennis and other towns north of Shannon are reasonably accessible by bus, but heading south from Shannon to locations in Kerry and Cork may require you to travel to Limerick, change bus and head onwards from there.

Without a car, you need to consider basing yourselves in a town such as Galway or maybe Killarney. You would be able to take coach tours from either location to some of the scenic areas on the west coast.

For details of public transport from Shannon Airport, see http://www.buseireann.ie/inner.php?id=167.

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2. Re: Flying into Dublin but want to tour west Ireland.

i would fly to dublin and save the dollars but as domhnall said tou might be better based in galway, , you can get bus from airport to galway or have a day in dublin then get bus or train to anywhere, ps its cheaper to hire car in the citys than the airport.,enjoy

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3. Re: Flying into Dublin but want to tour west Ireland.

citymouse22,

If you're not renting a car then it's best to fly into Shannon ... that $200 savings is now lost on a train ticket, bus ticket and time (4 hours +) to get to the west coast.

Renting a car is the best way, in my opinion, to see Ireland -- you really set your own pace rather than waiting for a bus.

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4. Re: Flying into Dublin but want to tour west Ireland.

You can talke a bus a bus or a train to Galway or Cork from Dublin City Centre, but the price of a train ticket may negate any savings, but bus will be cheaper (though far slower). It is true that some of the sights may be difficult to access without a car, so you may want to consider guided day tours, or a longer tour, possibly even from Dublin, to ensure you don't miss some things you may want to see.

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5. Re: Flying into Dublin but want to tour west Ireland.

You didn't say when and how long is your visit to Ireland. If you come to Dublin then you don't really need to hire a car as there are plenty of busses, trains and tours to avail of..

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6. Re: Flying into Dublin but want to tour west Ireland.

We will be landing in Dublin and taking a bus from the airport to Galway. The schedule seemed to be very frequent between the two cities. We are planning on using Galway as our base in Western Ireland.

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7. Re: Flying into Dublin but want to tour west Ireland.

If you are set on western Ireland and no car then Galway is your best choice. Lots of bus and tour options. You can easily bus to Galway from either airport. If you change your mind about the car then Shannon airport is the best choice, though still not the only choice. Much smaller airport easy to get in and out of, not to mention the shorter drive on that first day.

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8. Re: Flying into Dublin but want to tour west Ireland.

shannon airport is easier to leave from than dublin as it is so much smaller but arrival in dublin is not a problem...if your city of choice is galway, shannon would be much closer and you wouldn't lose precious time traveling from dublin to galway....remember also, if you travel by bus, you have to tote your luggage everywhere you go.....not to mention the lost time waiting for the bus, and time lost while they stop all along the way.....

not renting a car, as has been stated, limits you to what you will be able to see due to buses not being readily available to the priceless little villages.....in the end, not renting a car and doing day trips and tours from anywhere will end up costing you as much, or more than car rental......also, you will have to travel at their pace and if you find a place you would like to explore, or a place you really aren't in love with and would want to leave, you're stuck.....

good luck.....

Edited: 16 January 2011, 18:19
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