You can get from Manchester to Dublin by train, bus or flight.
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|Distance||165 miles (266 km)|
|Available travel modes||Flight|
|Fastest mode||Flight • £32 • 55 min|
|Popular travel companies||Ryanair|
Take a flight to travel 165 miles (266 km) between Manchester and Dublin. Ryanair is the main travel provider operating this route. Travellers can even take a direct flight from Manchester to Dublin.
Travel from Manchester to Dublin is popular with residents of Manchester, the United Kingdom's third biggest city. Only 165 miles (266 kms) and a short trip across the Irish sea separate them. Dublin is a popular weekend destination, as well as being a gateway to the rest of Ireland for longer trips. You can travel directly by plane with a flight time of around 55min.
Alternatively, you can take a train to Holyhead port in Wales, a journey of around 2h 45min and then take a ferry to Dublin. Depending on whether you take the fast ferry or the slower cruise ferry, the crossing will take from two hours to four hours. Flights, trains and ferries operate seven days per week.
A direct flight from Manchester airport to Dublin is the quickest way to travel this route. Just 308 kilometres in distance, a flight will see the journey is completed in the fastest amount of time. However, travellers can also take the bus which is also a simple way of completing the journey, driving directly from Manchester to Dublin with no additional stops.
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If you book well in advance you’ll find the cheapest way to get to Dublin from Manchester is by plane. Ryanair flies directly from Manchester Airport (MAN) to Dublin Airport (DUB). You can also make savings on the train and ferry option by booking well in advance also. There are a number of crossings to Dublin per day and the larger car ferry tends to be cheaper than the so-called fast ferry services. Prices also tend to be cheaper if you take the early morning sailings.
Direct flights from Manchester to Dublin are the fastest route between the two cities with a journey time of around 55min. However, bear in mind that you also have to travel to the airport in Manchester and arrive 2h in advance of your flight. Then, on arrival in Dublin Airport, you will need to travel to your destination. There’s no train connection at Dublin Airport so the quickest way to the city is by taxi or bus. Both city’s airports are very busy so allow for transit time within the airport campus too. The train to Holyhead takes around 2h 45min and the fast ferry to Dublin takes 2h and arrives in the port near the city centre. You might find that, despite the short flight time, a train and bus combination can be just as fast.
Dublin Bridge. Source: Shutterstock
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Trains to Holyhead in Wales and onward by ferry to Dublin depart from Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria. Both departure points have a similar travel time of between 2h 45min and 3h 15min. They connect with ferry services in Holyhead seven days a week. Some of the train services will require a change in Chester. On arrival by ferry to Dublin there is no onward train connection. You will take a bus or taxi the 2 miles (3.3 kms) to the city centre’s main bus station (Busaras) and train station (Connolly Station) which are beside each other.
Arriva is one of the best-known rail providers on this route. They operate a SailRail service that connects with specific ferry sailing times. Travel times are from 2h 45min to 3h 15min, depending on connections. A complete train and ferry Manchester to Dublin travel time would be around 7h-8h, depending on connections.
Ryanair dominates this route with direct flights to Dublin (DUB) from Manchester seven days a week. You can also take an indirect flight from Manchester with British Airways via London Heathrow (LHR). However this will require a transit time of between 4h to 6h in Heathrow. Ryanair’s direct flights are the cheapest (when booked in advance) and the fastest. Once you arrive in Dublin Airport (DUB) you have the choice of a bus or taxi to the city centre. There is no rail connection at Dublin Airport.
Ryanair is the most popular airline on this route. It offers flights to Dublin from Manchester every day and, if booked in advance, is usually the cheapest provider also. The flights are direct and the airports in both cities are the main airports for those regions with all the amenities you would expect from a major airport, including local transport connections, retail and refreshments.
Dublin College. Source: Shutterstock
A SailRail ticket will connect you with Dublin via an Irish Sea crossing by ferry. Two ferry providers operate passenger services on this route: Irish Ferries and Stena Line. Both offer fast ferry services with smaller ferries that take around 2h to complete the journey as well as larger car ferries that take around 4h. On both services you will have access to amenities like restaurants, children’s play areas, comfortable seating, bars, retail and entertainment. You can upgrade to executive seating in quiet areas also. There are a number of sailings offered by each company every day. It’s a busy route with tourists and business travellers as well as hauliers.
Irish Ferries offer around four sailings per day between Holyhead and Dublin. They operate a cruise ferry and the faster Swift service. Trains from Manchester generally connect with one of these sailings. There is a quick 30min checkin and you will need to be at the desk at least 1hr before your sailing. Onboard you will find food and drink services, children’s entertainment - including a cinema on the cruise ferry - and retail.
You will arrive at the Irish Ferries terminal in Dublin Port, which has bus and taxi connections to take you the two mile journey to the city centre. Stena Line is the other main operator on this route, offering similar frequency of sailings and amenities onboard. Stena Line also arrives at Dublin Port but with a separate arrivals terminal. Bus and taxi services are available to connect you with the city centre.
Dublin is a very popular destination for couples from Manchester on romantic weekend trips as well as for larger groups such as hen and stag parties. The centre of Dublin is vibrant and busy with bars, restaurants and clubs as well as an easily accessed cultural quarter that includes museums, book shops and galleries. There are many historical and literary destinations in Dublin such as Trinity College, Dublin Castle and the GPO that offer great experiences for tourists.
The retail heart of the city is Grafton Street where you can listen to buskers and storytellers as you pursue the shops on this pedestrianised route. It’s an increasingly international city and you can try almost every kind of cuisine in its busy restaurant scene with lots of outdoor dining options at all times of the year.
|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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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.
One stop flights are available with Flybe, take anywhere from 6 to 12 hours. Direct flights are also available from British Airways and Aer Lingus, with departures from Manchester airport occurring regularly throughout the day. Direct flights take around 4 hours to complete including waiting times.
The National Express offer coach journeys from Manchester coach station to Dublin Busáras, via the eurolines branch, with coaches departing once a day. Each coach normally departs from Manchester at 7:45 p.m, arriving in Dublin at 6:30 a.m the next day, just under 10 hours later. There are no additional stops, but rather just one straightforward journey.
Travel between Manchester, United Kingdom and Dublin, Ireland is: Partially open.
International entry is allowed at this time for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom.
Conditions of entry into Ireland:
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government of Ireland has imposed the following measures:
This information was last checked on 15/10/2021. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip between Manchester and Dublin.
Return travel to Manchester, United Kingdom from Ireland is: Fully open.
Entry into United Kingdom is allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Ireland.
Requirements for reentering United Kingdom:
All travellers must abide by the following measures in United Kingdom to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the country:
The above information about your return travel to Manchester, United Kingdom was last verified on 20/10/2021. 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 Manchester from Dublin.
Your travel option from Manchester to Dublin includes taking a flight.
A flight is the fastest way to get from Manchester to Dublin with an average travel time for this route around 55 min.
The distance between Manchester and Dublin is around 165 miles (266 km).
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Yes, there is a direct service from Manchester to Dublin:
As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to Dublin tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you book tickets for this journey.
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