Getting from Dublin to Killarney (and return)

by Cristina on October 18, 2011

by Cristina | October 18th, 2011  

Killarney is located in southwest Ireland and is one of the most important travel destinations in the country because of the mountains and lakes which can be easily accessed from here. The city is located on the Ring of Kerry scenic drive.

Quick summary

The ticket prices are comparable, whether you fly, take the bus or the train. The bus is cheapest though (€24.23*) but you’ll be traveling for about 6 hours. Taking the train will set you back €37, more than a flight would, but consider that the train station is close to the city center, as opposed to the airport, which is located 13 km from the city.

Flights from Dublin (airport code: DUB) to Killarney

Killarney is served by Kerry Airport, also known as Farranfore Airport. It is located 13 km from Killarney and is a hub for Aer Arann. Passenger services are also operated by Ryanair.

Direct flights from Dublin are offered daily by Aer Arann. The flight time is 55 min.
During the shoulder season (November 2011), expect to pay from €30 for an adult , one way. During the same period, return flights start at €70 for an adult. Should you prefer to travel over the winter holidays, a single adult fare will also set you back €30.

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Buses from Dublin to Killarney


Bus Eireann
makes it possible to travel between Dublin and Killarney, with a stop in Limerick. For the entire length of the journey, the adult single ticket is €24.23, while the child single ticket is €16.15.

Take service nr. 12 from Dublin Busaras to Limerick and then service nr. 14 from Limerick to Killarney. The total travel time is 6 h 10 min. There are departures from Dublin to Limerick daily , every hour. From Limerick to Killarney there are departures daily, every two hours.

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>>Getting from Dublin to Limerick
>>Bus travel in Ireland

Trains from Dublin to Killarney

It is possible to travel by train from Dublin to Killarney , with a stop in Mallow. The timetables and ticket prices can be found on the Iarnród Éireann website. The total travel time is about 3h 30 min (you’ll only wait 7- 9 minutes in Mallow, regardless of when you travel). The first travel for this route departs Dublin at 7 a.m. and the last one at 9 p.m. The single adult fare is €37 and the child fare is €18.50.

>>read more about Train Travel in Ireland

Driving from Dublin to Killarney

You can rent a car and drive from Dublin to Killarney. The total driving distance is 302 km and you can either take M8 via Mallow or M7 via Annacoty. The drive time is about 3h 30 min. Please note that you’ll be driving on partial toll roads.


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Note: * the prices are valid at the time the article was written

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