Getting from Dublin to Waterford (and return)

Waterford is the oldest city in Ireland, famous for its medieval history. It is located on the River Suir. The city still has the “small Irish town” feel, which is a delight for those who look for a different vibe than the large cities’ feel.
Being located close to Dublin, it can be a lovely day trip destination for those who visit Ireland.

Quick summary

Because of the short distance between Dublin and Waterford, all traveling is done overland. The fastest way to get between the two cities is by train. It’s slightly cheaper to travel by bus but the travel time doubles.

Flights from Dublin (airport code: DUB) to Waterford

Although Waterford is served by an airport, located just 6 km from the city and is hub for Ireland’s regional airline Aer Arann, the short distance between Dublin and Waterford do not require a flight. Therefore, all flights go through large British airports, such as Manchester or Birmingham or London Luton, making them really expensive (from €340 one way, during the shoulder season)

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Trains from Dublin to Waterford

It is possible to travel by trains from Dublin to Waterford. The tickets can be purchased on Iarnród Éireann website and you can also check the schedules there. There are eight departures per day from Dublin Heuston. The travel time is about 1h 25 min. Single adult fare is €10*, while the child fare is €5.

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Buses from Dublin to Waterford

There are direct buses between Dublin and Waterford every day. Service nr. 4 links the two cities. Tickets can be purchased on the Bus Eireann website and that’s where you can also see the timetable. Single adult fare is €12.82, while the child fare is €7.60.
Buses depart from Dublin Busaras and the travel time is 2h 50 min.

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Driving from Dublin to Waterford

If you don’t like to plan your vacation around the timetables, then rent a car and drive between Dublin and Waterford. You can either take M7 (189 km ; 2h 20 min) or M9 (164 km; 1h 50 min).

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

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