If you're planning a trip to Ireland, you'll want to find ways to see as much of this diverse
island as possible. Here are a few of the options for getting from place to place quickly and
Unless you're going to be in Ireland for an extended period of time, it's generally not worth
it to rent a car. It's tough to get used to driving on the left, the traffic can be a hassle, and
you have so many other options! However, if you want complete freedom to traverse the
countryside and set your own schedule, there's obviously no better method than a rental car.
Just be prepared, if you're going into the rural areas, to stop for long periods behind flocks
of obstinate sheep.
Ireland has many highly experienced cab drivers who are willing to make fairly long trips.
Although this is one of the more expensive ways to get around, it's a great opportunity to get
an insider's views on what to do at each stop along your itinerary.
Ireland is crisscrossed by a network of extremely efficient trains, and watching the coun-
tryside fly by from the comfort of a train seat can be one of the most enjoyable parts of your
trip! The one disadvantage of going by train is that nearly all the routes go through Dublin,
which can be inconvenient for certain itineraries.
Fortunately, if there's no direct train route to your destination, you can always take Bus
Eireann (pronounced “AIR-ann”), which covers even the most remote corners of the island.
These buses are, of course, much slower than a train, but they follow equally picturesque
routes and afford many opportunities for through-the-window photography.