START & END OF TOUR
These trips start with a group meeting at on day 1 (see itinerary for time), and ends after breakfast on the final day. Please plan your arrival and departure accordingly.
- FREE Transfers from nearby train & bus stations to your base are included but are subject to certain times.
- Private transfers are available from many parts of Ireland at an additional cost
- As this Irish adventure starts at around noon at each destinations and finishes at each destination in the early afternoon of the last day, we recommend spending an extra night or two at each end to ensure there are no issues with onward travel connections. If you wish, we’ll be happy to organise pre- and post-trip accommodation (subject to availability).
Getting to/from Destinations
TFI (Transport For Ireland)
You can use the TFI Journey Planner online here or download the TFI Journey Planner App free from the Apple App store for iPhone and iPad, or Google Play store for Android devices.
It provides plans for trains, buses, trams, ferry, and taxi services and combines them into easy to read journey plans. The app acts like a door-to-door route planner and has information about scheduled departures and trips near your current location, and from any specified point. Your plans can be for now or any time in the future.
To plan your journey select the ‘trips’ option in the menu, type in your departure point and where you would like to travel to. The app will then show you a number of options varying from walking, bus, Luas and train. Select the option that best suits you and the app will display your route, along with (where possible) how much the trip will cost you in cash or the TFI Leap Card fare.
- Find departure times in your area, where you need them.
- Plan a whole journey using our Trips feature, including Bus, Luas, Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail and ferry times.
- Saves previous trips for your convenience.
- Zoom in using maps to find the transport stops by area and see timetable information for those services.
- Get the latest transport disruption notices, and ensure you take the best routes.
- All Ireland coverage including rural locations and cities (all 32 counties in Ireland).
- All modes of public transport including trains, buses, coaches, ferries and trams.
- Dynamic zoom and scroll mapping.
- GPS using ‘my location’.
- Saves favourite locations and recent journeys.
- Email and in-calendar functions.
Private Low Cost Intercity Operators
Hop aboard Ireland’s Intercity Coach Operators for a fast, reliable and convenient coach service that keeps you on-the-move in comfort and style. With up to 20 daily return services between Dublin, Dublin Airport, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Kerry, you can travel for as little as €15 one way!
Vehicles are state-of-the-art, allowing you to relax with air conditioning, reclining seats, free WIFI, on-board charging facilities for phones and laptops, toilet facilities and CCTV for the ultimate coach experience.
GoBus – https://gobus.ie/
Dublin Coach – https://www.dublincoach.ie/
Aircoach – https://www.aircoach.ie/
City Link – https://www.citylink.ie/
Irelands International & Regional Airports
The most direct route in getting to Ireland and the start of your retreat in Kerry is to fly to Kerry Airport in Faranfore which is 15km from both Tralee & Killarney. Due to the small size of the airport however, there are a limited amount of flights that land here. Ryanair is the only airline currently using Kerry Airport. They have flights from Dublin, Spain, Portugal, Berlin, Frankfurt, Manchester, Luton and Stansted.
Bus Éireann’s service from Limerick to Tralee or Killarney stops at Kerry Airport once every hour or two, between 12:00 and 22:00. The journey takes around 30 minutes.
Shannon Airport is approximately 120 km from Tralee and 85km from Killarney. The airport is substantially larger than the one at Kerry and is a major hub for trans-Atlantic flights. The main airlines flying to Shannon from the United States and Canada are Aer Lingus, Air Transat, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines and US Airways.
Shannon Airport also has a lot of flights from mainland Europe. Ryanair have an extensive list of linking airports throughout the European Union. Other airlines include Aer Lingus and Air France.
There is a frequent No.16 service offered by Bus Éireann between Shannon Airport and Kerry with a changeover in Limerick. The overall journey can take anywhere between 2½-4½ hours, depending on the changeover.
Cork Airport is around 90km from Killarney & 120 km from Tralee. It receives flights from all over Europe with the prominent countries being France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK. The main airlines to research for flights on are Aer Lingus, Aer Arann, Air France, Air South-West, BMI Baby, Jet 2, Ryanair and Wizz Air.
No trans-Atlantic flights currently land at Cork Airport.
Bus Éireann’s No.226 or Sky Link’s No.1 take around 30 minutes to reach the Cork City Centre. A connecting bus or train can then be taken to Tralee or Killarney. Bus Éireann’s No.40 from Rosslare Harbour to Tralee can take between 1½-2 hours depending on the number of scheduled stops. Irish Rail’s trains take a similar amount of time depending on whether a changeover is necessary.
Dublin Airport is around 320km from Kerry. This is Ireland’s busiest airport which served 206 routes using 76 different airlines in 2008. Flights arrive from all over Europe, North America, the Middle East and North Africa. Some of the more popular airlines to use Dublin Airport would be Aer Lingus, Aer Arann, Air France, BMI Baby, City Jet, Lufthansa, Ryanair and Scandinavian Airlines.
The quickest (and potentially the cheapest) way to get from Dublin Airport to Kerry would be to take a connecting flight with Ryanair to Kerry Airport. It is highly advised to try and book a flight well in advance to guarantee the best fare if considering this option.
Alternatively, Airlink’s No.747 and No.748 buses have a frequent service to Dublin city centre from where a linking bus or train can be caught to Kerry. Expect a 3½ hour train journey from Dublin’s Heuston Station to Killarney. The other option is a 3½ hour bus journey from Dublin’s Busáras Station to Limerick on the No.12, with a further 2 hours from Limerick to Killarney on the No.14.
Related Websites | Irish Airports
Related Websites | Pan-European Airlines
- Aer Arann
- Aer Lingus
- Air France
- Air South-West
- BMI Baby
- Jet 2
- Scandinavian Airlines
- Wizz Air