Planning Your Trip

Where is Kildare anyway?

Not familiar with Irish geography? County Kildare is on the east coast of Ireland on the edge of Dublin. It also borders counties Wicklow, Laois, Offaly, Meath and Carlow so really is at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East.

Made up of bustling towns, idyllic villages, rolling unspoilt countryside and beautiful waterways, Kildare is the ideal setting to enjoy rural Irish life as well as the activity of the bigger towns.

Map of Ireland

Getting to Kildare

By Plane

With so many routes to choose from, Ireland and Kildare is easily accessible by air. There are four international airports in Ireland – Dublin, Cork, Ireland West & Shannon – with direct flight connections from the US, Canada, Middle East, the UK and Europe.

The closest airport to County Kildare is Dublin airport. For flight schedules and more information visit dublinairport.com

On arrival you can take the train, bus or hire a car. The motorway network will have you in Kildare in no time!

Plan

By Car

Driving is a great way to discover every corner of Kildare. Kildare is well connected to all major cities by motorway meaning less time spent travelling and more time for exploring!

If you don’t want to bring your own wheels, there is a selection of internationally recognised car hire companies to choose from including Hertz and Avis as well as Dan Dooley, Europcar and Enterprise. For shorter hire, car sharing services such as Go Car offer daily and hourly rates. Car hire is available from all main airports and cities – remember that driving in Ireland is on the left-hand side of the road!

From Dublin Airport, Kildare is reached is less than an hour by the M50 and M4 or M7, while in just two hours from Cork (via the M8) or Shannon Airport (via the M7) you can be in the heart of Kildare.

To plan your journey in advance, visit www.aaireland.ie for the best routes and reliable navigation.

Car

By Bus

Sit back, relax and let someone else do the driving. Eurolines operates frequent services from Europe and Great Britain. Once in Ireland, Go Ahead, JJ Kavanagh and Dublin Coach will take you to Kildare from Dublin city centre, Dublin Airport, Cork, Killarney, Kilkenny, Limerick and around Kildare.

Bus

By Rail

Irish Rail run regular daily train services to and from the largest cities, including Cork, Galway, Dublin and Waterford. Travel to Kildare by train from Dublin Connolly or Heuston in just 35-minutes.

Advance booking is recommended as services can be busy. Visit Irish Rail for a full timetable and to book.

Rail

By Boat

There is a choice of services to and from Great Britain, France and Spain operated by Irish Ferries, Brittany Ferries and Stena Line.

From Rosslare Europort and Cork Port, your holiday destination is easily accessible in around two hours by car. Dublin Port is well connected and will have you reaching Kildare in less than an hour by car, bus or train.

Boat