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There are 5 ways to get from Belfast to Kilkenny by bus, train or car

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Bus Aircoach  •  4 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to Dublin Airport 705-x / ...
  2. Take the bus from Red Cow LUAS to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre 600

$25 - $41

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Train, bus  •  4 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place Train Station to Connolly Enterprise Service
  2. Take the bus from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre 600

$47 - $69

Bus Bus Eireann  •  5 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to Busáras X2a / ...
  2. Take the bus from Dublin City South, Georges Quay to Kilkenny, Ormond Road 717 / ...

$46 - $58

Train  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place Train Station to Connolly Enterprise Service
  2. Take the train from Heuston to Kilkenny MacDonagh Kildare/Waterford Service

$66 - $94

Drive  •  2 h 55 min

  1. Drive from Belfast to Kilkenny 181.9 miles

$35 - $60

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The cheapest way to get from Belfast to Kilkenny is to bus which costs £19 - £35 and takes 4 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Belfast to Kilkenny is to drive which costs £30 - £45 and takes 2 h 55 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Belfast to Kilkenny. However, there are services departing from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre and arriving at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre via Dublin Airport and Red Cow LUAS. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 10 min.

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The distance between Belfast and Kilkenny is 146 miles. The road distance is 181.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Belfast to Kilkenny without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 10 min and costs £19 - £35.

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It takes approximately 4 h 10 min to get from Belfast to Kilkenny, including transfers.

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Belfast to Kilkenny bus services, operated by Aircoach, depart from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre station.

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The best way to get from Belfast to Kilkenny is to bus which takes 4 h 10 min and costs £19 - £35. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £50 - £75 and takes 5 h 14 min.

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Belfast to Kilkenny bus services, operated by Dublin Coach, arrive at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Belfast to Kilkenny is 182 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 55 min to drive from Belfast to Kilkenny.

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Map of how to get from Belfast to Kilkenny.
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  • Distance: 145.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 10 min

What companies run services between Belfast, Northern Ireland and Kilkenny, Leinster, Ireland?

You can take a bus from Belfast to Kilkenny via Dublin Airport and Red Cow LUAS in around 4 h 10 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Belfast to Kilkenny via Connolly, Busáras Luas Stop, Heuston Luas Stop, and Heuston in around 5 h 14 min.

Train operators
Irish Rail
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place Train Station to Connolly
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Heuston to Kilkenny MacDonagh
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
irishrail.ie
Bus operators
Aircoach
Phone
+353 1 844 7118
Website
aircoach.ie
Bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to Dublin Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
aircoach.ie
Bus Eireann
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to Dublin Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $23
Schedules at
buseireann.ie
Bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to Busáras
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $35
Schedules at
buseireann.ie
Dublin Coach
Website
dublincoach.ie
Bus from Red Cow LUAS to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
dublincoach.ie
Bus from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
dublincoach.ie
Eurobus
Website
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Red Cow LUAS to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $14
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $15
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie
JJ. Kavanagh
Phone
+353 818 333 222
Website
jjkavanagh.ie
Bus from Dublin City South, Georges Quay to Kilkenny, Ormond Road
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Schedules at
jjkavanagh.ie
Bernard Kavanagh & Sons
Phone
+353 56 8831189
Email
info@bkavcoaches.com
Website
bernardkavanaghcoaches.com
Bus from Ulster Bank George's Quay to Kilkenny, Ormond Road
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $20
Schedules at
bernardkavanaghcoaches.com

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