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Travel Information from Bristol to Dublin

distanceDistance200 miles
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range£8 - £356
fastestFastest modeFlight • £356 • 1 h
carriersPopular travel companiesEuropean Air Express

Travel 200 miles by coach, flight, ferry or train to Dublin from Bristol. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are European Air Express among others. Travellers can even take a direct from Bristol to Dublin.

Travelling from Bristol to Dublin

It's possible to travel from Bristol to Ireland's capital city by bus, train or plane. However, considering the overland route includes a 3-hour ferry trip across the Irish Sea from Holyhead to Dublin, in most cases it makes more sense to fly. By bus or train, you'll be covering approximately 530 kilometres and these journeys are not necessarily cheaper than a direct one-hour flight. The bus from Bristol Coach Station to Dublin takes between 12 and 14 hours while the train leaving from Bristol Temple Meads and arriving at Dublin Port takes around 8 hours.

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Quick Guide to Dublin

Must Know: Dublin has an extensive bus network, but just a couple of train and tram lines.
Must See: When in Dublin don't miss going on a tour around the Guinness Storehouse
Must Do: Go to see the Book of Kells, written by Irish monks in 800 AD - one of the most beautiful manuscripts in the world.
Did you know? Dublin is home to the largest walled park in Europe - 5 times the size of London's Hyde Park.

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Travelling from Bristol to Dublin


Arriva trains offer train routes from Manchester to Dublin via ferry. A handful of daily departures are spread out conveniently throughout the day, usually starting as early as 9:00 a.m. The main point of origin for this journey is Manchester Oxford road, where an Arriva train will travel to Holyhead, Wales, in just under 3 hours. From here, a changeover takes place, moving passengers from train to ferry. The journey will end with the Ferry docking in Dublin ferry port, with the entire journey from Manchester to Dublin taking between 6 and 8 hours.


This is not only the quickest route, but it can actually work out cheaper to fly depending on the airline and time of departure. Ryanair and Aer Lingus both offer direct flights from Bristol Airport to Dublin Airport. They take one hour and there are about four flights offered per day from early in the morning until the late evening. The morning flights are cheapest with the price increasing as the day goes on. Total travel time, including transport to and from airports as well as check-in and waiting time, is about four hours. When calculating costs, remember to take into account any train or bus fare needed to travel to and from airports.


National Express offers two trips per day, both departing from Bristol Coach Station and connecting with the Holyhead to Dublin ferry. From Dublin port, the bus continues into the city, ending its journey at Wilton Terrace bus stop. The first bus leaves in the afternoon and takes just over 12 hours, while the second departs late evening and takes 14.5 hours. The price varies quite considerably depending on the time you choose and how far in advance you book, so it's best to plan ahead if going by bus. This option is usually only slightly cheaper than taking the train.

Travel Tips: Travel from Bristol to Dublin

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Travel from Bristol, United Kingdom to Dublin, Ireland is: Fully open.

Is international entry into Dublin from Bristol restricted?

International entry is currently allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival to Dublin, Ireland from Bristol?

Entry Requirements:

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the COVID-19 safety measures to follow in Dublin, Ireland?

The government of Ireland has imposed the following measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Social distance requirement: metre (s) ( feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Recommended

The above information was last verified on 03/08/2022. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip from Bristol to Dublin closer to your planned date of departure here.

Return travel to Bristol, United Kingdom from Ireland is: Fully open.

Are there any travel restrictions on reentering United Kingdom from Ireland?

Entry into United Kingdom is allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Ireland.

Are there requirements to self-quarantine on arrival into United Kingdom from Ireland?

Requirements for reentering United Kingdom:

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the requirements for social distancing and wearing face masks in United Kingdom?

All travellers must abide by the following measures in United Kingdom to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the country:

  • Social distance: metre (s) ( feet)
  • Face masks: Regional advice

The above information about your return travel to Bristol, United Kingdom was last verified on 08/08/2022. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to your planned date of travel to Bristol from Dublin.

You can travel to Dublin from Bristol 4 different ways: coach, flight, ferry or train.

A train service offers the cheapest way to travel from Bristol to Dublin, which costs on average £8.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Dublin:

A train journey is usually £47 less than a journey to Dublin by coach, which costs on average £55 for the same trip.

A train journey is usually £348 less than a journey to Dublin by plane, which costs on average £356 for the same trip.

The fastest way to get to Dublin from Bristol is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h.

There are alternative travel options to Dublin that can usually take longer:

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The Bristol to Dublin distance is approximately 200 miles.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from Bristol to Dublin:

  • Most travellers who book a coach ticket from Bristol to Dublin depart from Bristol, City Centre to Dublin, Dublin Airport.
  • Most travellers board their plane from Bristol Airport and arrive in Dublin Airport.

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Bristol to Dublin:

  • You can travel by plane from Bristol to Dublin with European Air Express, and you can find European Air Express Bristol to Dublin tickets for £356 on Omio.
Many of our customers who book a trip from Bristol to Dublin often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like London, Edinburgh or Paris. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Bristol and Dublin itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Dublin and any of these top destinations today!

When planning your trip from Bristol to Dublin, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Coach tickets are costing £55 one way on average.
  • Plane tickets are costing on average £356 one way.
  • Train tickets cost £8 one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets between Bristol and Dublin online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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