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There are 3 ways to get from Athlone to Waterford by train, bus or car

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Train  •  3h 38m

  1. Take the train from Athlone to Kildare Galway Service / ...
  2. Take the train from Kildare to Waterford Kildare/Waterford Service

$44 - $64

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Bus  •  3h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Athlone, Athlone Bus Station to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station 73

$30 - $45

1 alternative option

Drive  •  2h 5m

  1. Drive from Athlone to Waterford 111.3 miles

$24 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from Athlone to Waterford is to drive which costs 21€ - 35€ and takes 2h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Athlone to Waterford is to drive which costs 21€ - 35€ and takes 2h 5m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Athlone, Athlone Bus Station station and arriving at Waterford, Waterford Bus Station station. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 55m.

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No, there is no direct train from Athlone to Waterford. However, there are services departing from Athlone and arriving at Waterford via Kildare. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 38m.

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The distance between Athlone and Waterford is 142 km. The road distance is 178.1 km.

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The best way to get from Athlone to Waterford without a car is to train which takes 3h 38m and costs 35€ - 60€.

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It takes approximately 3h 38m to get from Athlone to Waterford, including transfers.

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Athlone to Waterford bus services, operated by Bus Eireann, arrive at Athlone, Athlone Bus Station.

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Athlone to Waterford train services, operated by Irish Rail, depart from Athlone station.

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The best way to get from Athlone to Waterford is to train which takes 3h 38m and costs 35€ - 60€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 40€ and takes 3h 55m.

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Map of how to get from Athlone to Waterford.
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  • Distance: 88.9 miles
  • Duration: 3h 38m

What companies run services between Athlone, Ireland and Waterford, Ireland?

You can take a train from Athlone to Waterford via Kildare in around 3h 38m. Alternatively, Bus Eireann operates a bus from Athlone to Waterford twice daily. Tickets cost $30 - $45 and the journey takes 3h 55m.

Train operators
Irish Rail
Phone
+353 1 836 6222
Email
digital@irishrail.ie
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Athlone to Kildare
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
Irish Rail
Train from Kildare to Waterford
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
Irish Rail
Bus operators
Bus Eireann
Phone
1850 836 611
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from Athlone, Athlone Bus Station to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
Bus Eireann

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Athlone to Waterford bus services, operated by Bus Eireann, arrive at Waterford, Waterford Bus Station.

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Athlone to Waterford train services, operated by Irish Rail, arrive at Waterford station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Athlone to Waterford is 178 km. It takes approximately 2h 5m to drive from Athlone to Waterford.

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There are 149+ hotels available in Waterford. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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