Whether you’re flying to Ireland to explore your ancestral home or arriving to discover the contemporary Dublin scene, the Emerald Isle will welcome you as it captivates you. Lose yourself at the lakes of Killarney, catch the culture at Cork or be blessed by the Blarney Stone. The lush green hills, rolling countryside, and some of the best – and best-kept secret - beaches in Europe are all just a short hop from your Irish airport.
The days in Ireland are at their longest, and the weather at its kindest, in the summer months. It is during this time that flights to Ireland are at their most popular, although the festive season also sees a spike in demand, as do the inevitable shenanigans that surround St Patrick’s Day.
The temperatures do certainly drop significantly in winter, when Ireland’s lush, green hills soak up the regular downpours. But, while you may not be able to enjoy Ireland’s horse riding, hiking and golf, you can snap up a bargain flight and opt to relax by a warming log fire.
Try booking a flight during spring and fall: airfares are cheaper, the weather is usually good and the crowds are nowhere to be seen.
Flying to such a small country, it’s always worthwhile exploring alternative airports to see if flights are cheaper. Even if this means trading a direct for a connecting flight you may find that the difference in time is not always that much – but the savings can be great. Click on our ‘Nearby airports’ option to explore alternative arrival – and departure – points.
Another trick to try is to use our ‘My dates are flexible’ tick box. This will return flight results that immediately show you the prices across a number of days. It’s amazing what difference a day or two can make to the cost of your flight to Ireland.
You can filter and sort your results on the left-hand side of the results page to show only direct/connecting flights or refundable/non-refundable flights. Often non-refundable flights are a lot cheaper.
The capital city of Dublin offers the main gateway into Ireland for American visitors, followed by Cork. Other Irish airports include Donegal, Ireland West Airport Knock, Kerry, Shannon and Waterford.
Dublin Airport is located around six miles north of the city. There are nearly a thousand buses and coaches making the trip to and from the airport each day, so it shouldn’t be too taxing to get into the heart of the action or out into the country. Taxis and car hires are also widely available.
From Cork Airport buses are also your best option. The services available from Cork are plentiful and cheap – and offer easy access to much of Ireland. If you’re in a rush there are taxis and car hire options available near the terminal building.
Airlines offering flights from USA to Ireland include:
With stunning scenery demanding you make frequent, unplanned stops, hiring a car in Ireland is undoubtedly your best option to see all those coastal and scenic views.
Ireland’s train network offers less than comprehensive coverage, although it can be perfect if you are just travelling between major towns and cities. Book train tickets online and fares are significantly cheaper.
Dublin’s light-rail train makes getting around the city easy, covering its southern areas and center. And the DART — Dublin Area Rapid Transit — service can take you further if required.
Traveling by bus is probably the most convenient public transport option. It’s affordable, reliable and offers pretty much complete coverage of the country.
Ireland’s attractive capital probably needs no introduction: dive headfirst into the party, take in the serene spaces of St Stephen’s Green, shop till you drop in Grafton Street and imbibe the liquid delights of the Guinness Storehouse.
The Aran Islands
If the contemporary buzz of Dublin leaves you cold you can discover how we once lived on these remote islands.
Things get all arty and bohemian here, as pub poetry nights, galleries, street theatre and festivals converge in one distinctive Irish locale.
Ireland’s two highest mountains, miles of moorland, prehistoric sites and a spectacular coastline can all be appreciated here.
To really get away from it all keep going west to the Connemara National Park. This beautiful area is perfect for solitary walks and atmospheric drives.
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