The three major international hubs for Ireland are:


Shannon Airport 

Shannon Town, County Clare.

Shannon Airport is located close to Limerick City, and provides easy access to all of County Clare's attractions including The Burren, the Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Castle. A motorway joins the airport to Galway City, while high quality roads connect the airport to Cork City, County Kerry and beyond. For many people, Shannon Airport offers an easy access point to the West Coast of Ireland.


Dublin Airport

Dublin, County Dublin.

Ireland's largest airport offering the widest choice of international routes. The airport handles 75% of all air traffic into Ireland. The airport consists of two terminals, and is located about 11km/7 miles north of Dublin city centre. The airport is very handy when visiting Dublin City, or travelling around the East of Ireland.


Cork Airport

Cork, County Cork.

Located about 8km/5 miles south of Cork city, with flights to/from a range of European destinations.  There are no direct long-haul flights, although it is possible to connect in Heathrow or Amsterdam. Handy for the South, South West, South East and South Midlands.





No current scheduled services

(Handy for the South East)

Kerry Airport 

(For all Kerry - not far from Killarney)

Galway Airport

Currently Closed

Knock Airport

(Mayo and the West)

Sligo Airport

No current scheduled services

(the North West)

Donegal Airport

(Donegal and the North West)


There are also a number of airports in Northern Ireland whose proximity to the Republic of Ireland make them an option for visitors planning to tour both parts of the island of Ireland or who want to access either the North West or the North Eastern regions of the Republic of Ireland.

Belfast International Airport  - transatlantic and international flights. Handy for Northern Ireland, the North East and North West regions of the Republic of Ireland.

Belfast City (George Best) Airport - scheduled flights to/from mainly UK airports and charter flights to/from European destinations. Handy for Northern Ireland, the North East and the North West.

City of Derry Airport - scheduled flights to/from Dublin, UK airports and Alicante (Spain) and charters to/from European destinations.  Handy for the North West.



Ferries to/from Ireland from abroad operate out of four main areas:  Dublin Port, Dun Laoghaire Port, Rosslare Europort and Cork Harbour (Ringaskiddy).

To get to Ireland from the UK

Irish Ferries www.   operate ferries from Holyhead in Anglesey, North Wales to Dublin Port  and from Pembroke in South Wales to Rosslare, Co. Wexford

Stena Line operate ferries from Holyhead in Anglesey, North Wales to Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire Port and from Fishguard in Pembrokeshire, West Wales to Rosslare, Co. Wexford

P & O Ferries  operate ferries from Liverpool to Dublin Port.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company operate a ferry from Douglas, Isle of Man to Dublin.

If you're planning to travel to Ireland by foot or want an alternative to air travel, you can buy an all-in-one rail and ferry tickets called SailRail. With SailRail you can travel from any UK rail station to a wide range of destinations in Ireland via Holyhead - Dublin/Dun Laoghaire Port or Fishguard - Rosslare. Tickets can be purchased up to 12 weeks in advance from website or at any staffed UK rail station.

To get to Ireland from France

Irish Ferries operate ferries  from Roscoff and Cherbourg to Rosslare and from Cherbourg to Dublin

Stena Line operate from Cherbourg to Rosslare

LD Lines operate from Saint-Lazaire to Rosslare. 

Brittany Ferries www. sail from Roscoff to Cork.




You can also come into the Republic of Ireland via Northern Ireland's ferry services or airports. 

This is a link to a site with information about  the main commercial aviation airports on the island of Ireland. The map shows the location of the airports using the international aviation three letter IATA code.