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There are 6 ways to get from Dublin to Chester by car ferry, car, train, bus and ferry, bus or plane

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Recommended option

Car ferry, drive  •  5h 3m

  1. Take the car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
  2. Drive from Holyhead to Chester

£42 - £50

Cheapest option

Bus and ferry, bus  •  12h 3m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Dublin to Birmingham 871
  2. Take the bus from Birmingham New Street Station to Chester Bus Interchange Uk021

£17 - £22

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Car ferry, train  •  6h 18m

  1. Take the car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
  2. Take the train from Holyhead to Chester

£59 - £141

Fly to Manchester, train  •  4h 15m

  1. Fly from Dublin (DUB) to Manchester (MAN) DUB - MAN
  2. Take the train from Manchester Airport to Chester

£49 - £198

Fly to Liverpool, train  •  3h 55m

  1. Fly from Dublin (DUB) to Liverpool (LPL) DUB - LPL
  2. Take the train from Liverpool South Parkway to Chester

£32 - £234

Fly to Leeds Bradford, train  •  5h 39m

  1. Fly from Dublin (DUB) to Leeds Bradford (LBA) DUB - LBA
  2. Take the train from New Pudsey to Chester

£66 - £508

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Chester is 111.

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The social distance requirement in Chester is 2 metres.

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The cheapest way to get from Dublin to Chester is to bus and ferry and bus which costs €19 - €26 and takes 12h 3m.

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The fastest way to get from Dublin to Chester is to fly and train. Taking this option will cost €35 - €280 and takes 3h 55m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Dublin to Chester. However, there are services departing from Dublin and arriving at Chester Bus Interchange via Birmingham New Street Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 3m.

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The distance between Dublin and Chester is 140 miles.

The best way to get from Dublin to Chester without a car is to car ferry and train which takes 6h 18m and costs €65 - €170.

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It takes approximately 5h 3m to get from Dublin to Chester, including transfers.

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Dublin to Chester bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Dublin station.

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

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Dublin to Chester bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Chester Bus Interchange station.

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

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Map of how to get from Dublin to Chester.
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  • Distance: 139.9 miles
  • Duration: 5h 3m

What companies run services between Dublin, Ireland and Chester, England?

There is no direct connection from Dublin to Chester. However, you can take the car ferry to Holyhead then take the drive to Chester. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Dublin to Chester via Holyhead and Holyhead in around 6h 18m.

Airlines
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Dublin to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £180
Flights from Dublin to Leeds Bradford
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£50 - £550
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Dublin to Manchester
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£16 - £85
Flights from Dublin to Liverpool
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£5 - £110
Flights from Dublin to Leeds Bradford
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£16 - £110
Train operators
Transport for Wales
Website
tfw.gov.wales
Train from Holyhead to Chester
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£40 - £60
Website
tfw.wales
Train from Manchester Airport to Chester
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£28 - £40
Website
tfw.wales
Train from Liverpool South Parkway to Chester
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£16 - £24
Website
tfw.wales
Bus operators
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus and ferry from Dublin to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£9 - £12
Website
National Express
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Birmingham New Street Station to Chester Bus Interchange
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
£7 - £10
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ferry operators
Irish Ferries
Phone
+353 818 300 400
Email
info@irishferries.com
Website
irishferries.com
Car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£28 - £32
Website
Irish Ferries
Car
£100 - £120
On Foot
£28 - £32

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There are 343+ hotels available in Chester. Prices start at £75 per night.

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The best way to get from Dublin to Dublin Airport is to bus which takes 11 min and costs €6 - €10.

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