There are 9 ways to get from Edinburgh to Kilkenny by bus, car ferry, train, 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

Bus, car ferry, train  •  12 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 7 to 10) to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal 923
  2. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
  3. Take the train from Belfast Central to Connolly
  4. Take the bus from Dublin City South, Georges Quay to Kilkenny, Ormond Road 717

$134 - $174

Cheapest option

Fly Edinburgh to Dublin, bus  •  6 h 1 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 - $144

7 alternative options

Train, bus, bus and ferry  •  19 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Carlisle
  2. Take the bus from Carlisle to Manchester
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Manchester to Dublin 880
  4. Take the train from Heuston to Kilkenny

$107 - $188

Bus, bus and ferry  •  20 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh to Manchester
  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

$55 - $71

Drive, car ferry  •  7 h 44 min

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

$108 - $140

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

$52 - $156

Fly Edinburgh to Belfast (Aldergrove), bus  •  7 h 21 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

$78 - $188

Fly Edinburgh to Cork, bus  •  8 h 12 min

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

$63 - $215

Train to Newcastle, fly to Dublin, bus  •  7 h 31 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

$54 - $241

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 bus to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal, take the walk to Cairnryan, take the car ferry to Belfast, take the taxi to Belfast Central, take the train to Connolly, take the walk to Dublin City South, Georges Quay, then take the bus to Kilkenny, Ormond Road. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Edinburgh to Kilkenny via Carlisle, Carlisle, Manchester, Dublin, Busáras Luas Stop, Heuston Luas Stop, and Heuston in around 19 h 49 min.

Airlines
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $240
Flights from Glasgow to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 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 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Flights from Edinburgh to Cork via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 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 5 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 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
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
Irish Rail
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Belfast Central to Connolly
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Heuston to Kilkenny
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
irishrail.ie
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$19 - $27
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $60
Virgin West Coast Trains
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
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $15
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $20
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 7 to 10) to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
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
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
jjkavanagh.ie
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Carlisle to Manchester
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $19
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus and ferry from Manchester to Dublin
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $25
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Edinburgh to Manchester
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
nationalexpress.com
Dublin Coach
Website
dublincoach.ie
Bus from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
dublincoach.ie
Bus from Red Cow LUAS to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $12
Schedules at
dublincoach.ie
Bus from St. Patricks Quay to Kilkenny, Ormond Road
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $15
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 10 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Schedules at
aircoach.ie
Ferry operators
Stena Line
Website
stenaline.co.uk
Car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$42
Schedules at
stenaline.co.uk
Passenger
$42
Small Car
$181

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Edinburgh to Kilkenny?

The distance between Edinburgh and Kilkenny is 451 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Kilkenny?

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Kilkenny is to fly and bus which costs £23 - £110 and takes 6 h 1 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Edinburgh to Kilkenny?

The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Kilkenny is to fly and bus which takes 6 h 1 min and costs £23 - £110.

Is there a direct bus between Edinburgh and Kilkenny?

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 30 min.

How long does it take to get from Edinburgh to Kilkenny?

It takes approximately 12 h 41 min to get from Edinburgh to Kilkenny, including transfers.