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There are 3 ways to get from Dublin to Kilkenny by train, bus or car

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Train

  1. Take the train from Heuston to Kilkenny MacDonagh

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre

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Drive

  1. Drive from Dublin to Kilkenny

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The cheapest way to get from Dublin to Kilkenny is to bus which costs €11 - €20 and takes 1h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Dublin to Kilkenny is to drive which costs €25 - €40 and takes 1h 19m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay and arriving at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 40m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Heuston and arriving at Kilkenny MacDonagh. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 38m.

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The distance between Dublin and Kilkenny is 101 km. The road distance is 123.4 km.

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The best way to get from Dublin to Kilkenny without a car is to train which takes 1h 38m and costs €13 - €17.

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The train from Heuston to Kilkenny MacDonagh takes 1h 38m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Dublin to Kilkenny bus services, operated by Dublin Coach, depart from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay station.

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Dublin to Kilkenny train services, operated by Irish Rail, depart from Heuston station.

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The best way to get from Dublin to Kilkenny is to train which takes 1h 38m and costs €13 - €17. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €11 - €20 and takes 1h 40m.

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Map of how to get from Dublin to Kilkenny.
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  • Distance: 101 km
  • Duration: 1h 38m

What companies run services between Dublin, Ireland and Kilkenny, IE-KK, Ireland?

Irish Rail operates a train from Heuston to Kilkenny MacDonagh every 4 hours. Tickets cost €13 - €17 and the journey takes 1h 38m. Alternatively, Dublin Coach operates a bus from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre every 3 hours. Tickets cost €11 - €14 and the journey takes 1h 40m. Two other operators also service this route.

Train operators
Bus operators
Dublin Coach
Phone
+353 (0)1 465 9972
Email
info@dublincoach.ie
Website
dublincoach.ie
Bus from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€11 - €14
Website
Dublin Coach
J.J.Kavanagh & Sons
Phone
+353 818 333 222
Email
info@jjkavanagh.ie
Website
jjkavanagh.ie
Bus from Dublin City South, Georges Quay to Friarsinch, Newpark Hotel
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€14 - €20
Website
J.J.Kavanagh & Sons
Bernard Kavanagh & Sons
Phone
+353 56 8831189
Email
info@bkavcoaches.com
Website
bernardkavanaghcoaches.com
Bus from Dublin City South, Georges Quay to Kilkenny, Ormond Road
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€13 - €17
Website
Bernard Kavanagh & Sons

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

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Dublin to Kilkenny train services, operated by Irish Rail, arrive at Kilkenny MacDonagh station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Dublin to Kilkenny is 123 km. It takes approximately 1h 19m to drive from Dublin to Kilkenny.

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There are 24+ hotels available in Kilkenny. Prices start at €100 per night.

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