Dublin and Belfast have comprehensive local bus networks, as do some other larger towns.
Transport in Ireland is efficient and reasonably priced to and from major urban centres; smaller towns and villages along those routes are well served. Service to destinations not on major routes is less frequent and often impractical.
Train A limited network links Dublin to all major urban centres, including Belfast in Northern Ireland. Expensive if you're on a budget.
Car The most convenient way to explore Ireland's every nook and cranny. Cars can be hired in every major town and city; drive on the left.
Bus An extensive network of public and private buses make them the most cost-effective way to get around; there's service to and from most inhabited areas.
Travel costs throughout this book are for single (one-way) adult fares, unless otherwise stated.
Security has been progressively scaled down in Northern Ireland in recent years and all border crossings with the Republic are now open and generally unstaffed. Permanent checkpoints have been removed and ramps levelled. On major routes your only indication that you have crossed the border will be a change in road signs and the colour of number plates and postboxes.