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All this, of course, relies on Dublin being so well connected. From the UK alone, close to 900 direct low-cost flights to Dublin take off each week from Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Sheffield, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Inverness, Leeds, Liverpool, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle, Newquay and Southampton.
It doesn’t take long to fly to Dublin in 2016 either. For instance, flights to Dublin from Manchester take around 55 minutes, while flights to Dublin from Birmingham take an hour.
Further afield, the city has direct connections to the US, Canada, the Middle East and Africa, as well as more than 1,000 weekly flights to Europe.
As for UK links, cheap flights to Dublin Airport in 2016 and 2017 are commonplace. Ryanair, with its company HQ in Dublin, runs many of the services across the Irish Sea, so visitors looking to compare and book a cheap flight to Dublin – minus the frills – are well catered for, particularly if they book a seat well in advance.
British Airways, Flybe, Aer Lingus and CityJet are among the other carriers connecting the UK mainland with Dublin.
After stepping off your flight to Dublin, there are no special entry requirements for British citizens, it’s not even obligatory to take your passport, although airport immigration officers will check photo ID, so it’s simplest to have it with you in any case.
Find out how to get from the airport to the city on our how to get around Dublin page.
Air travel isn’t the only way to reach the Emerald Isle, of course. Ireland and the UK are separated by less than 100 miles of water, which encourages a regular flow of car ferries.
There are two main ports: Dublin, which is six kilometres east of the centre, and Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Dun Leery), which sits around 12 kilometres south of the city proper. The crossing from Holyhead in Anglesey usually takes around two hours.
Stena Line and Irish Ferries both run regular services from Anglesey to Dublin, while P&O Ferries sails to and from Liverpool, a journey that can last between seven and 10 hours. It makes sense to compare the various operators for the best price before you book.
If you’re coming to Dublin from Belfast, meanwhile, you can drive down the A1 and M1 (it takes two hours on a good day). Alternatively, catch a train and be in Dublin in around two hours.