Boasting one of the world’s best music scenes, amazing attractions to see, and a rich and fascinating history, The UK and Ireland are popular destinations for travelers. From the lively city of London to charming villages of the countryside, to the vivacious city of Dublin there is fore sure to be something to entice even the most seasoned of travelers.
Traveling from Dublin to London involves crossing the sea, so you’ll need to plan on ferrying across if you are traveling by bus, train, or car. There are many ways to travel from Dublin to London. However, comparing prices on the various, airfare, bus, train and ferry option can be exhaustive and time-consuming. This guide will save you money by finding the cheapest travel options and helping you choose the best travel experience.
The easiest and fastest way to travel from Dublin to London is by plane. The trip typically takes about an hour and 23 minutes. Use multiple search engines such as Expedia, FareCompare, or Skyscanner to find cheap flights from Dublin to London. The average cost for a round trip ticket will cost you around £72/$84.Considering airlines can adjust ticket prices as quickly as a clock, we recommend searching and purchasing tickets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, with Sundays being the cheapest day to fly. Although flying can be more expensive than alternative routes, it does provide you with the fastest travel from Dublin to London and is generally more comfortable. These benefits make it the cheapest and most efficient travel option.
Rail & Sail
Traveling from Dublin to London by train is quickest when you ferry across the Irish Sea and then take to the rails the rest of the way. Traveling by ferry and train allows you to do a little sightseeing as you cruise through the countryside. Virgin Trains partnered with Stena Lines and Irish Ferries to zoom you back and forth. Bundle your ferry and train tickets to save money with prices starting at £38/$45.55; children are half price, each way with Virgin Trains. You can also find cheap train tickets at Eurostar and use the National Rail Cheapest Fare Finder tool. We advise planning ahead when ferrying across the sea. Reservations are mandatory on sea crossings, and failure to reserve a seat on the ferry can result in not being allowed to board the boat.
Coach Bus & Sail
Traveling by bus or coach isn’t always the fastest, but it offers a scenic view and the cheapest fares. If you plan to tour and visit many areas, look into getting a Brit Xplorer Pass provided by National Express. They offer a 7-day unlimited access pass to any trips within the National Express Network starting at £79/$92.30. Eurolines has a partnership with National Express. The vast Eurolines network expands to all major bus routes from London to major cities.
Be sure to plan your trip well in advance to take advantage of super cheap tickets. You can find amazing deals and cheap coach bus tickets starting at £1/$1.17 with Megabus UK and National Express. The earlier you book your trip, the better your chances are to get a cheap fare.
An extra perk of riding in a coach bus is that most coach operators offer onboard WiFi on national and European services. This is always useful when you have work to catch up on, doing some extra travel planning, or to keep yourself entertained while you travel.
To shorten your trip, ferry to Holyhead and then take a coach bus the rest of the way. Fast ferries take about two hours, and cruise ferries take about three and a half hours. Look for bundled packages to save the most money.
Drive & Sail
If you’re looking to explore the sites and attractions your trip has to offer, driving may be your method of travel. As you travel through the beautiful landscapes, it would be a shame to not experience some of it on your rest stops. If you have the time to spare, take the extra time to enjoy what your trip has to offer. Unlike a coach bus, you can control the amount of time you spend sightseeing along the way.
Ferries will allow you to take your car with you. If you’re renting a car, some car rental companies have restrictions on taking cars on ferries or into other countries. Be sure to check before you go as there may be an additional fee to pay.
A Few Tips About Ferries
Ferries can be delayed due to the weather. The chance of storms is higher in winter than in summer. Fast ferries are prone to cancellations even when the waters are moderately rough, in which case ticket holders are automatically transferred to a cruise ferry.
While ferries can take longer than an airplane, it does have its advantages. Modern ferries come equipped with cinemas, shopping malls, and restaurants that will make the travel time well spent. Often ferries have better-accommodated seating than airplanes. Also, unlike airlines, baggage is unlimited. You won’t be charged an arm and a leg or any other body part for your luggage. Ferry operators just don’t care as long as you make it in and out of the ferry with a tow truck.
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