There are 9 ways to get from Preston to Dublin by car, car ferry, train, bus, bus and ferry 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

Drive, car ferry  •  5 h 35 min

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

$68 - $87

Cheapest option

Bus, bus and ferry  •  12 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Preston, Lancashire to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St National Express
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Manchester to Dublin 880

$24 - $33

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Train, car ferry  •  8 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Preston to Warrington Bank Quay
  2. Take the train from Chester to Holyhead
  3. Take the car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin

$97 - $161

Train, car ferry via Llandudno Junction  •  8 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Preston to Warrington Bank Quay
  2. Take the train from Warrington Bank Quay to Llandudno Junction
  3. Take the train from Llandudno Junction to Holyhead
  4. Take the car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin

$99 - $149

Bus, car ferry  •  11 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Preston City Centre, Bus Station (PRESTON Bus Station Stand 23) to Bootle Strand Shopping Centre X2
  2. Take the car ferry from Bootle to Dublin

$62 - $212

Train to Manchester, fly  •  4 h 16 min

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

$36 - $167

Train, train to Liverpool, fly  •  4 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Preston to Warrington Bank Quay
  2. Take the train from Warrington Central to Liverpool South Parkway
  3. Fly from Liverpool (LPL) to Dublin (DUB) LPL - DUB

$50 - $269

Train to Leeds Bradford, fly  •  5 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Preston to Bradford Interchange
  2. Fly from Leeds Bradford (LBA) to Dublin (DUB) LBA - DUB

$43 - $205

Train to Birmingham, fly  •  5 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Preston to Birmingham International
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Dublin (DUB) BHX - DUB

$90 - $256

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Preston to Dublin is to bus and bus and ferry which costs £18 - £26 and takes 12 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Preston to Dublin is to train and fly which costs £27 - £130 and takes 4 h 16 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Preston to Dublin. However, there are services departing from Preston, Lancashire and arriving at Dublin via Manchester. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 40 min.

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The distance between Preston and Dublin is 149 miles.

The best way to get from Preston to Dublin without a car is to train and car ferry which takes 8 h 14 min and costs £70 - £130.

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It takes approximately 5 h 35 min to get from Preston to Dublin, including transfers.

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

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The quickest flight from Manchester Airport to Dublin Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Map of how to get from Preston to Dublin.
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  • Distance: 149.4 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 35 min

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

There is no direct connection from Preston to Dublin. However, you can take the drive to Holyhead then take the car ferry to Dublin. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Preston to Dublin via Warrington Bank Quay, Chester, Holyhead, and Holyhead in around 8 h 14 min.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Manchester to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$20 - $220
Flights from Liverpool to Dublin
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$21 - $250
Flights from Leeds Bradford to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$21 - $240
Flights from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$20 - $230
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Manchester to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Leeds Bradford to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $310
Flights from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $290
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Manchester to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $270
Flights from Leeds Bradford to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $310
Flights from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $290
Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Preston to Warrington Bank Quay
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$13 - $19
Anytime Day Single
$19 - $35
Train from Chester to Holyhead
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$29 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $75
Train from Llandudno Junction to Holyhead
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$22 - $35
Train from Preston to Birmingham International
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $110
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Day Single
$65 - $110
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Chester to Holyhead
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$15 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $50
First Anytime Day Single
$50 - $80
Train from Warrington Bank Quay to Llandudno Junction
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$12 - $18
Anytime Day Single
$25 - $40
First Anytime Day Single
$40 - $60
Train from Llandudno Junction to Holyhead
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $24
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$7 - $10
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $24
First Anytime Day Single
$25 - $40
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Preston to Manchester Airport
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $24
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$9 - $13
Off-Peak Day Single
$16 - $23
Anytime Day Single
$17 - $24
Northern Rail
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Preston to Manchester Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Warrington Central to Liverpool South Parkway
Ave. Duration
16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Preston to Bradford Interchange
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
East Midlands Trains
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Train from Warrington Central to Liverpool South Parkway
Ave. Duration
16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
$2 - $5
Off-Peak Single
$5 - $9
Anytime Day Single
$6 - $10
Anytime Single
$8 - $12
Bus operators
Stagecoach in Lancashire
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Preston City Centre, Bus Station (PRESTON Bus Station Stand 23) to Bootle Strand Shopping Centre
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$13
Website
stagecoachbus.com
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 4 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
Ferry operators
Irish Ferries
Website
irishferries.com
Car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$39 - $44
Schedules at
irishferries.com
Car
$140 - $170
On Foot
$39 - $44
car
$118
Passenger
$42
P&O Ferries
Phone
01304 448866.
Website
poferries.com
Car ferry from Bootle to Dublin
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $200
Schedules at
poferries.com
Book at
directferries.co.uk
Passenger & Car Saver
$131
Passenger & Car Flexi
$197
Overnight Cabin
$53

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