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There are 10 ways to get from London to Ireland by plane, train, car ferry or car

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Recommended option

Fly London Heathrow to Dublin  •  3h 57m

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Dublin (DUB) LHR - DUB

€25 - €191

Cheapest option

Train to London Gatwick, fly to Dublin  •  4h 7m

  1. Take the train from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Dublin (DUB) LGW - DUB

€22 - €150

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Fly London Stansted to Dublin  •  4h 27m

  1. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Dublin (DUB) STN - DUB

€30 - €115

Train to London Luton, fly to Dublin  •  4h 28m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton
  2. Fly from London Luton (LTN) to Dublin (DUB) LTN - DUB

€27 - €138

Fly London Heathrow to Cork  •  4h 21m

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Cork (ORK) LHR - ORK

€81 - €286

Fly London City to Dublin  •  4h 3m

  1. Fly from London City (LCY) to Dublin (DUB) LCY - DUB

€49 - €210

Fly London Heathrow to Belfast City, train  •  5h 55m

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Belfast City (BHD) LHR - BHD
  2. Take the train from Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place to Drogheda

€82 - €272

Train, car ferry  •  9h 12m

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

€152 - €434

Train, car ferry via Birmingham Airport (BHX)  •  12h 58m

  1. Take the train from London Euston to Northampton
  2. Take the train from Northampton to Birmingham International
  3. Take the train from Birmingham International to Holyhead
  4. Take the car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin

€177 - €235

Drive, car ferry  •  8h 16m

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

€82 - €109

London to Ireland by train, walk, car ferry and bus

The journey time between London and Ireland is around 10h 40m and covers a distance of around 539 km. The fastest journey normally takes 8h 25m. Operated by Avanti West Coast, Stena Line, Irish Ferries and others, the London to Ireland service departs from London Euston and arrives in Cumberland Road. Typically seven services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
10h 40m
Fastest journey time:
8h 25m
Journey distance:
539 km
Services per week:
7
Cheapest price:
€152
Carbon emissions:
39 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
09:10
Last service departs at:
18:08

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

London to Ireland train, walk, car ferry and bus schedules

Train services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
Estimated schedules: These schedules are estimated and based on typical services on an average day. Please check times and availability with the operator before travelling.
United Kingdom → Ireland
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International entry into Ireland from United Kingdom

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: There are no current restrictions

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Conditions of entry into Ireland from United Kingdom

  • Negative Covid-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

Rules to follow in Ireland

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Mandatory

Mandatory

Considerations leaving from United Kingdom

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


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
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Ireland is 1850 24 1850.

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

The social distance requirement in Ireland 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, returning to United Kingdom from Ireland is currently allowed.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 28 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from London to Ireland is to train and fly which costs £22 - £120 and takes 4h 28m.

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The fastest way to get from London to Ireland is to fly. Taking this option will cost £21 - £170 and takes 3h 57m.

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The distance between London and Ireland is 556 km.

The best way to get from London to Ireland without a car is to train and car ferry which takes 9h 12m and costs £130 - £370.

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It takes approximately 3h 57m to get from London to Ireland, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from London Heathrow Airport to Dublin Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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Aer Lingus and British Airways offer flights from London Heathrow Airport to Dublin Airport.

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There are four+ hotels available in Ireland. Prices start at €87 per night.

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The best way to get from London to London Heathrow Airport is to train which takes 15 min and costs £4 - £35.

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Map of how to get from London to Ireland.
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  • Distance: 555.9 km
  • Duration: 3h 57m

What companies run services between London, England and Ireland?

Aer Lingus and British Airways fly from London Paddington to Swords every 4 hours.

Airlines
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €240
Flights from London Gatwick to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€50 - €130
Flights from London Heathrow to Cork
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €360
Flights from London City to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€45 - €900
Flights from London Heathrow to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €360
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €240
Flights from London Gatwick to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€50 - €130
Flights from London Heathrow to Cork
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €360
Flights from London City to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€45 - €900
Flights from London Heathrow to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €360
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€14 - €75
Flights from London Stansted to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€9 - €130
Flights from London Luton to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€4 - €140
Train operators
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€16 - €20
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
€16 - €20
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Train from London St Pancras International to Luton
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€19 - €28
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
€8 - €23
Off-Peak Single
€14 - €21
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
€19 - €28
Irish Rail
London Midland
Phone
+44 121 634 2040
Email
comments@londonmidland.com
Website
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Train from London Euston to Northampton
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€29 - €33
Website
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Advanced Single/Anytime Advance
€7 - €11
Anytime Day Single
€29 - €33
Train from Northampton to Birmingham International
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€18 - €21
Website
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Advanced Single/Anytime Advance
€6 - €9
Anytime Day Single
€18 - €21
Ferry operators
Irish Ferries
Phone
+353 818 300 400
Email
info@irishferries.com
Website
irishferries.com
Car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€33 - €37
Website
Irish Ferries
Car
€120 - €140
On Foot
€33 - €37

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