How to Travel to Ireland From the US

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Aer Lingus operates non-stop connections between Ireland and five U.S. cities.
Aer Lingus operates non-stop connections between Ireland and five U.S. cities. (Image: Scott Barbour/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Travelers visiting Ireland from the United States can fly on one of several direct flights from such cities as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, Orlando and Philadelphia. Traveling directly to Ireland nonstop is the most convenient and time-saving option. Alternatively, you can travel by air or ground to Ireland via destinations in Europe and Northern Ireland after flying to these locations from America. Occasionally, trans-Atlantic crossings also make traveling to Ireland by cruise ship possible.

Fly to Dublin Airport. Ireland's capital city is on its eastern coast. Irish airline Aer Lingus and Delta operate flights to Dublin from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Aer Lingus offers additional flights to Dublin from Chicago, Boston and Orlando.

American Airlines flies to Dublin from Chicago O'Hare International Airport, while Delta provides additional flights from Atlanta. Continental Airlines has nonstop service to Dublin from Newark, while US Airways flies directly from Charlotte and Philadelphia.

Fly to Shannon Airport. Shannon is located on the western coast of Ireland. Aer Lingus operates seasonal flights to Shannon from New York John F. Kennedy International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport. Continental Airlines provides flights from Newark, and Delta Air Lines has connections through Kennedy International Airport.

Travel via a European hub to Ireland. Many major European airlines offer direct flights between the United States and Europe, including KLM to Amsterdam, Air France to Paris, British Airways to London and Lufthansa to Frankfurt. These airlines also operate flights to destinations in Ireland, including Dublin and Cork, making connecting flights with the same airline possible.

Fly to Belfast International Airport in Northern Ireland. Once in Belfast, you can rent a car or travel to Ireland by bus or train. Continental Airlines operates flights to Belfast from Newark, and Thomas Cook Airlines provides seasonal flights from Orlando Sanford International Airport.

Cruise on a trans-Atlantic ship to Ireland. As cruise lines reposition their vessels from the North American market to Europe, and vice versa, options are available for travelers to make the journey to Ireland by passenger ship. For example, Royal Caribbean calls at Irish ports on select trans-Atlantic crossings.

Tips & Warnings

  • Connections to flights bound to Ireland are possible from cities throughout the United States on American, Continental, Delta and US Airways.
  • Aer Lingus has a partnership with JetBlue in the United States, allowing for convenient connections from JetBlue destinations to Aer Lingus flights from the U.S. to Ireland.
  • Trans-Atlantic crossings by passenger cruise ship are limited to generally the spring and fall. Crossings can take between one to two weeks, and may not be the most convenient option for all travelers.
  • As airline schedules are subject to change, travelers should consult directly with airlines to confirm flight options.

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