We want to go from UK to Ireland or vice versa. Where do we catch ferry and how long is the trip?
Ferry from holyhead to Dublin port or dun laoighre. Depends on boat between 99 minutes and three hours. Look up steana line or Irish ferries.Edited: 30 August 2012, 08:24
You will find it very difficult to bring a hire car between the UK Mainland (as opposed to Northern Ireland) and the Republic.
There are ferries to Dublin and Dun Laoghaire from Holyhead as mentioned. There are also ferries from Fishguard and Pembroke to Rosslare in Co. Wexford.
My favourite ship is the Ulysses which is a cruise ferry run by Irish Ferries and which goes from Dublin-Holyhead-Dublin. It takes 3.5 hours and is a lovely relaxing journey. She's also very stable in rough weather - which is fairly common on the Irish Sea.
Tony2Phones prefers Stena :o)
Just be aware that if you take a high speed ferry - very efficient if you are on a time schedule they may be cancelled due to bad weather but if so you will be put on the nearest available cruise ferry (i.e. if the Irish Ferries high speed was due to leave at 2.30 and the Ulysses was due to leave at 2, you'd be given a place on the 2.00 sailing)
Unless you have a lot of baggage Fly. If you are going to rail and sail buy your ticket from any mainline UK station the day before and Dublin Connoly as your destination will put you on Stena Line. Dublin will put you on Irish ferries
Be aware that many of the ferryports in the UK are in relatively remote locations - e.g. Holyhead in Wales which is the main UK port serving Dublin. In estimating travel times, you need to factor in the time taken to get to these ports in the first instance. Typically, a 9.00am departure from London using a sail / rail option via Holyhead will not get you to Dublin until circa 5.30pm.
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