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from Cardiff to Dublin

You can get from Cardiff to Dublin by train, bus or flight.

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General Information about the journey from Cardiff to Dublin

Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, is separated by 440 kilometres and the Irish Sea from Dublin, which is the capital city of the Irish Republic, also known as Eire. Rail and bus journeys both include ferry crossings, which are inclusive in the ticket price. Flying is the quickest option with the most plentiful services, but at just seven hours for some train routes, the train also presents an affordable alternative.

Buses from Cardiff to Dublin

National Express EuroLines is the bus operator for this journey, with just two daily departure at 15.05 p.m. and 22.25 p.m from Cardiff Sophia Gardens to Dublin Port or Dublin Coach Station in the city centre. The overnight journey takes 15 hours and a little under 12 hours respectively. Coaches all have toilet facilities and most are also air conditioned. Both journeys involve a change. The stopover for the later bus is just 35 minutes, making this faster option.

Trains from Cardiff to Dublin

Trains between Cardiff Central and Dublin Port are operated by Arriva SailRail and Irish Ferries. There are two daily departures at 8.05 a.m. and 11.21 a.m., with the journey taking 7 and 9 hours respectively. Transfer from Dublin Port to the city centre or other stops within the city is by private bus which runs 7 days a week. The journey takes around 15 minutes.

Flights from Cardiff to Dublin

A wide range of nonstop flights are offered by Flybe.com, AerLingus, British Airways and Ryanair. With regular flights throughout each day, there are plenty of options from which to choose. The journey takes just over four hours.