There are 9 ways to get from Edinburgh to Kilkenny by train, night train, car ferry, bus, bus and ferry, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train, night train, carferry, bus  •  19 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Crewe
  2. Take the night train from Crewe to Fishguard Harbour
  3. Take the carferry from Fishguard to Rosslare
  4. Take the bus from Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Harbour to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station 40 / ...
  5. Take the train from Waterford to Kilkenny MacDonagh

$308 - $451

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Fly Edinburgh to Dublin, bus  •  5 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Dublin (DUB) EDI - DUB
  2. Take the bus from Red Cow LUAS to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre

$33 - $145

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Train, bus, bus and ferry  •  19 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Preston
  2. Take the bus from Preston, Lancashire to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Manchester to Dublin 880
  4. Take the bus from Red Cow LUAS to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre 600

$115 - $228

Bus, bus and ferry  •  20 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Manchester to Dublin 880
  3. Take the bus from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre 600

$50 - $69

Drive, carferry  •  7 h 47 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Cairnryan
  2. Take the carferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
  3. Drive from Belfast to Kilkenny

$106 - $138

Train to Glasgow, fly to Dublin, bus  •  6 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Dublin (DUB) GLA - DUB
  3. Take the bus from Red Cow LUAS to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre

$50 - $157

Fly Edinburgh to Belfast (Aldergrove), bus  •  7 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Belfast (Aldergrove) (BFS) EDI - BFS
  2. Take the bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to Dublin Airport
  3. Take the bus from Red Cow LUAS to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre

$76 - $186

Fly Edinburgh to Cork, bus  •  7 h 48 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Cork (ORK) EDI - ORK
  2. Take the bus from St. Patricks Quay to Kilkenny, Ormond Road

$59 - $213

Train to Newcastle, fly to Dublin, bus  •  7 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Newcastle
  2. Fly from Newcastle (NCL) to Dublin (DUB) NCL - DUB
  3. Take the bus from Red Cow LUAS to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre

$51 - $236

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Kilkenny. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre via Manchester, Outside Connolly Station and Dublin City South, Burgh Quay. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 20 h 4 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Kilkenny is 282 miles.

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Kilkenny without a car is to train and night train and carferry and bus which takes 19 h 1 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 19 h 1 min to get from Edinburgh to Kilkenny, including transfers.

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Edinburgh to Kilkenny bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Edinburgh station.

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The quickest flight from Edinburgh Airport to Dublin Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Edinburgh to Kilkenny bus services, operated by Eurobus, arrive at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre station.

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Hainan, Ryanair and Aer Lingus offer flights from Edinburgh Airport to Dublin Airport.

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There are 115+ hotels available in Kilkenny. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport is to tram which takes 32 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Kilkenny.
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  • Distance: 282 miles
  • Duration: 19 h 1 min

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Kilkenny, Leinster, Ireland?

There is no direct connection from Edinburgh to Kilkenny. However, you can take the train to Crewe, take the night train to Fishguard Harbour, take the walk to Fishguard, take the carferry to Rosslare, take the walk to Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Harbour, take the bus to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station, take the walk to Waterford, then take the train to Kilkenny MacDonagh. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Edinburgh to Kilkenny via Preston, Preston City Centre, Railway Station, Preston City Centre, Bus Station (Preston Bus Station Stand 21), Preston, Lancashire, Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St, Manchester, Dublin, Busáras Luas Stop, Red Cow Luas Stop, and Red Cow LUAS in around 19 h 7 min.

Airlines
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $240
Flights from Glasgow to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Flights from Edinburgh to Cork
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $330
Flights from Newcastle to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $250
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $240
Flights from Glasgow to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Flights from Glasgow to Dublin via Donegal
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $300
Flights from Edinburgh to Cork via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $330
Flights from Newcastle to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $250
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $200
Flights from Glasgow to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$16 - $150
Flights from Edinburgh to Cork via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $200
Flights from Newcastle to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$16 - $200
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $150
Hainan
Website
hainanairlines.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$50 - $320
Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Crewe
Ave. Duration
3 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$140 - $220
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$85 - $130
Anytime Day Single
$140 - $220
Train from Edinburgh to Preston
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$110 - $180
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$70 - $110
Anytime Day Single
$110 - $180
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Night train from Crewe to Fishguard Harbour
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$45 - $65
Anytime Day Single
$100 - $160
First Anytime Day Single
$160 - $240
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Preston
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$30 - $45
Off-Peak Day Single
$45 - $75
Anytime Day Single
$75 - $110
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $19
Bus operators
Bus Eireann
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Harbour to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $19
Schedules at
buseireann.ie
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 from Preston, Lancashire to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus and ferry from Manchester to Dublin
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $23
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Edinburgh to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $29
Website
nationalexpress.com
Eurobus
Website
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Red Cow LUAS to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
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
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $15
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie
Bus from St. Patricks Quay to Kilkenny, Ormond Road
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $20
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie
Dublin Coach
Website
dublincoach.ie
Bus from Red Cow LUAS to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
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
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
dublincoach.ie
Bus from St. Patricks Quay to Kilkenny, Ormond Road
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
dublincoach.ie
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 20 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
aircoach.ie
Ferry operators
Stena Line
Website
stenaline.co.uk
Car ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
stenaline.ie
Book at
directferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
stenaline.co.uk
Passenger
$40
Small Car
$168

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