Getting to Donegal has never been easier. Dublin, Belfast City and Belfast International Airports are less than 3 hours and 2 hours drive respectively. Donegal Airport is located in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht and the regional airports of City of Derry and Ireland West Airport are within 30 minutes and 2 hours drive also.
Donegal is serviced by first-class Ferry connections to Belfast and Larne with Scotland, England and the Isle of Man. New, high-speed vessels, enhanced on-board amenities, entertainment and shopping make the car ferry a very attractive way to go.
There are also ferry services available from Wales via Dublin’s two ports, Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire. Connections to France are serviced by Corck and Rosslare Ports.
Donegal is linked to the major cities of Dublin, Belfast, Derry, Sligo and Galway by Motorway and excellent road infrastructure.
Travelling to Ireland from the UK – Brexit.
Visiting Ireland on a UK licence:
UK visitors to Ireland are not affected, there is no reason that you will not be able to drive in Ireland with your existing driving licence. You will not be required to carry an International Driving Permit with you in order to drive here, just ensure to carry your UK driving licence with you.
Motor Insurance and Green Cards (Proof of insurance):
Since 1 January 2021 a certificate called a ‘Green Card’ which is issued by your UK insurer, and proves that the vehicle is insured, will be required for vehicles from the UK, including Northern Ireland, being driven in Ireland or other EU Member States.
This means that since 1 January 2021, UK and Northern Ireland registered vehicles will require a Green Card for cross-border journeys on the island of Ireland.
A Green Card is a document that proves you have motor insurance cover when driving in another jurisdiction.
For up to date details please click here
Useful information on the Common Travel Area between Ireland and the UK is also available here
Travelling to Ireland during the Covid-19 pandemic:
Travel is severely restricted to Ireland currently – more details are available here
Get to Donegal direct from Dublin Airport with Expressway Routes 30 and X30, or to Letterkenny on Route 32. With free 4G WiFi, charging points, and reclining leather seats, you'll arrive well rested and fully-charged. There are also express buses serving the principal towns of Donegal from Dublin, Belfast, Derry and other major cities.
Route 30: Return service from Donegal Town to Dublin City (via Dublin Airport)
Route X30: Direct express return service from Donegal Town to Dublin City (via Dublin Airport)
Route 32: Return service from Letterkenny to Dublin City (via Dublin Airport)
Route 64: Return service from Derry to Galway (via Knock Airport)
Local Bus services link towns and villages.