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There are 6 ways to get from Cardiff to Dundalk by train, car ferry, bus, car or plane

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Train, car ferry  •  12h 38m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Holyhead
  2. Take the car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin
  3. Take the train from Connolly to Dundalk

Cheapest option

Train to Bristol, fly, bus  •  5h 3m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Dublin (DUB) BRS - DUB
  3. Take the bus from Zone 14, stop 111951 to Dublin Road, stop 100521

4 alternative options

Bus, car ferry via Aberystwyth  •  16h 8m

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff, Central Station JM to Aberystwyth, Bus Station Stand 7 T1c
  2. Take the bus from Aberystwyth, Bus Station Stand 4 to Caernarfon, Bus Station T2
  3. Take the car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin
  4. Take the bus from 3Arena, stop 106421 to Dublin Road, stop 100521

Bus, car ferry  •  22h 51m

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff North Road to Liverpool One
  2. Take the car ferry from Bootle to Dublin
  3. Take the bus from 3Arena, stop 106421 to Dublin Road, stop 100521

Drive, car ferry  •  8h 26m

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Holyhead
  2. Take the car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin
  3. Drive from Dublin to Dundalk

Train to Birmingham, fly, bus  •  7h 28m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Dublin (DUB) BHX - DUB
  3. Take the bus from Zone 14, stop 111951 to Dublin Road, stop 100521

Cardiff to Dundalk by train, walk, car ferry and bus

The journey time between Cardiff and Dundalk is around 12h 38m and covers a distance of around 578 km. This includes an average layover time of around 2h 55m. Operated by Transport for Wales, Stena Line, Dublin Bus and others, the Cardiff to Dundalk service departs from Cardiff Central and arrives in Dundalk. Typically 28 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

28 Weekly Services
12h 38m Average Duration
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International entry into Ireland from United Kingdom

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Rules to follow in Ireland

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Ireland from United Kingdom.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Dundalk is 1850 24 1850.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Dundalk is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Dundalk is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1850 24 1850.

No, but conditions apply when returning to United Kingdom from Ireland.

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Last updated: 13 Jan 2022
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The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Dundalk is to train and fly and bus which costs £35 - £95 and takes 5h 3m.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Dundalk is to train and fly and bus which costs £35 - £95 and takes 5h 3m.

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The distance between Cardiff and Dundalk is 355 km.

The best way to get from Cardiff to Dundalk without a car is to train and car ferry which takes 12h 38m and costs .

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It takes approximately 12h 38m to get from Cardiff to Dundalk, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Bristol Airport to Dublin Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Aer Lingus and Ryanair offer flights from Bristol Airport to Dublin Airport.

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There are 34+ hotels available in Dundalk. Prices start at €87 per night.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Dundalk.
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  • Distance: 354.9 km
  • Duration: 12h 38m

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Dundalk, Ireland?

There is no direct connection from Cardiff to Dundalk. However, you can take the train to Holyhead, take the walk to Holyhead, take the car ferry to Dublin, take the walk to Ferry Terminal, stop 2270, take the line 53 bus to Mabbot Street, stop 4380, take the walk to Connolly, then take the train to Dundalk. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Cardiff to Dundalk via Aberystwyth, Bus Station Stand 4, Caernarfon, Bus Station, Holyhead, Dublin, Ferry Terminal, stop 2270, East Road, stop 2278, and 3Arena, stop 106421 in around 16h 8m.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bristol to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€15 - €120
Flights from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€13 - €200
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Bristol to Dublin
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €210
Flights from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €340
Train operators
First Great Western Service
Phone
+44 3457 000 125
Email
gwr.feedback@gwr.com
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€18 - €23
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€18 - €23
Anytime Day 1st Class
€30 - €45
Bus operators
New Adventure Travel
Phone
+44 29 2044 2040
Email
sales@natgroup.co.uk
Website
natgroup.co.uk
Bus from Cardiff, Central Station JM to Aberystwyth, Bus Station Stand 7
Ave. Duration
3h 44m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
New Adventure Travel
Lloyd's Coaches
Phone
+44 1654 702100
Email
info@lloydscoaches.com
Website
lloydscoaches.com
Bus from Aberystwyth, Bus Station Stand 4 to Caernarfon, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
Lloyd's Coaches
Bus Eireann

Bus and coach operator Bus Éireann operates local bus services throughout Ireland, including city bus services in Cork, Galway, Limerick, and Waterford, as well as commuter and intercity bus services throughout the country. Fares vary by region and distance; purchase tickets with cash on the bus or use a Leap Card.

Contact Details
Phone
1850 836 611
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from 3Arena, stop 106421 to Dublin Road, stop 100521
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€10 - €15
Website
Bus Eireann
Bus from Zone 14, stop 111951 to Dublin Road, stop 100521
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€10 - €15
Website
Bus Eireann
Ferry operators

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