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Our most recommended Dublin Day Trips

Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour

1. Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour

Embark on a guided day trip to discover the iconic Cliffs of Moher by bus. Visit...

Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce & Belfast Tour

2. Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce & Belfast Tour

Tour the coastline of Northern Ireland on a day trip from Dublin in a...

From Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow, & Kilkenny Full-Day Trip

3. From Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow, & Kilkenny Full-Day Trip

Visit the tower of Glendalough, admire the wild beauty of the Wicklow Mountains,...

From Dublin: Howth Coastal Half-Day Bus Tour with Live Guide

4. From Dublin: Howth Coastal Half-Day Bus Tour with Live Guide

Discover the charming seaside village of Howth on this half-day Coastal Tour....

From Dublin: Celtic Boyne Valley Tour

5. From Dublin: Celtic Boyne Valley Tour

This Celtic tour along Ireland’s Ancient East brings you to the historically significant Boyne valley situated in...

From Dublin: Connemara and Galway Full-Day Tour

6. From Dublin: Connemara and Galway Full-Day Tour

Among the many highlights of this full-day tour are visits to Cong Abbey and Lough Corrib. You’ll...

From Dublin: Full-Day Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour

7. From Dublin: Full-Day Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour

Visit some of Northern Ireland's most iconic Game of Thrones filming locations...

From Dublin: Game of Thrones Studio Tour with Transfer

8. From Dublin: Game of Thrones Studio Tour with Transfer

Step behind the scenes of The Seven Kingdoms at the official Game of Thrones Studio Tour....

Howth: Panoramic e-Bike Tour

9. Howth: Panoramic e-Bike Tour

After a briefing, cruise at a leisurely pace as you discover Howth Harbour, Howth Castle, and Deer Park. Cycle on back lanes and...

Kerry: Full-Day Tour from Dublin

10. Kerry: Full-Day Tour from Dublin

This full-day tour from Dublin to Kerry takes you to a mystical and unspoiled region of Ireland that has attracted...

5 best day trips from Dublin

Day trip to Kilkenny

1. Day trip to Kilkenny

Venture into Ireland’s Ancient East on a day trip from Dublin to Kilkenny. Over 400 years old, this charismatic town is bursting with attractions and things to do. Patrol the old city walls or tour the refurbished Kilkenny Castle and browse the local crafts at the Kilkenny Design Center. To top off your trip, sip a pint of Smithwick’s after a tour of the brewery, which has been serving the city for over 300 years.

How far is Kilkenny from Dublin?

Just about 125 kilometers (77 miles) away, Kilkenny is easy to reach for a day trip. By car, bus, or train the trip should only take about 90 minutes.

Day trip to Howth

2. Day trip to Howth

Spending a day in the charming fishing village of Howth is one of the most popular excursions from Dublin. Home to one of the oldest occupied buildings in Ireland, no trip to the village is complete without a stop at Howth Castle. Built in 1180, the castle has been used as a setting in numerous films and was also featured in the writings of Irish literary giant James Joyce. Before you leave the village, make sure to see the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey, originally founded by the Vikings. If you have time, head out to sea on a boat tour to one of the nearby islands to observe the wild nature of Ireland.

How far is Howth from Dublin?

Just on the outskirts of Dublin, Howth is only 18 kilometers (11 miles) from town. The close proximity gives you plenty of time to spend in the village, with your journey only taking about 30 minutes by car or by bus.

Day trip to Glendalough

3. Day trip to Glendalough

Get outdoors with a day in County Wicklow’s majestic and historic Glendalough. In this “valley of two lakes", travelers can get out and tour the structures of a medieval settlement dating back to the 11th Century. Stroll along the dramatic Wicklow Way, and explore The Gateway and The Round Tower. For the more adventurous, the area’s granite hills have been a long-time favorite destination for rock climbers coming from Dublin.

How far is Glendalough from Dublin?

You can make the trip of just over 50 kilometers (31 miles) to Glendalough in about one hour by car. By bus, you will want to plan ahead, as there is only one direct private bus service, which should also take around one hour.

4. Day trip to Drogheda

Take a trip from Dublin and journey into the past to Drogheda, a must for any history lover. Best known for the prehistoric site of Newgrange, travelers can explore the mythological home of deities, with its neolithic burial mounds and rock art. Aside from the archaeological site, check out the Millmount Complex and the towering St. Laurence’s Gate. Don’t forget to make the time to hop over to the Hill of Tara for an experience fit for a king.

How far is Drogheda from Dublin?

Just over 50 kilometers (31 miles) away, Drogheda makes for a simple day trip. By car, you can reach the historic town in just 40 minutes. If traveling by bus, allow for up to an hour and a half.

Day trip to Cork

5. Day trip to Cork

One of the liveliest cities in Ireland, visitors are spoiled for choice on a day trip to Cork. In town, you can admire the gothic Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, take in the views from Elizabeth Fort, or simply explore the English Market for some traditional Irish fare. Nearby, you can visit Blarney Castle to follow in the footsteps of countless authors, poets, and politicians and kiss the famed Blarney Stone to receive the “gift of gab" — if you dare.

How far is Cork from Dublin?

If you plan ahead, the 254 kilometers (157 miles) from Dublin to Cork is well worth the journey. Driving by car or by bus, you can reach your destination in just under three hours.

Dublin day trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

No matter what part of Ireland you’re trying to reach, there are always several different options for how to get there.
  • • Dublin day trips by train

    While train travel is a great option between certain cities in Ireland, the rail network is not as extensive as in other European cities. If you plan to travel by train, make sure you check schedules in advance.

  • • Dublin day trips by bus

    For travelers who aren’t renting a car, the bus is your best option for day trips from Dublin. Buses can reach more rural destinations that may not have train stations or connections. Many guided tours will be conducted by bus as well.

  • • Dublin day trips by car

    If you want to truly take control of your day trip, a car is an excellent option. A car allows you to efficiently reach remote destinations across Ireland that may not have the best bus service, and to truly get off the beaten path.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

A guided tour is always an excellent option, especially for day trips to more rural destinations. Skip the headache of planning, bus schedules, and entry tickets and let a guided tour arrange your day trip. Tour guides can always provide you with insider tips and interesting facts that can turn your day into an unforgettable experience.


What should I pack for my day trip?

Many guided tours will provide everything you need for the day, from tickets to hotel pick-up and drop-off. However, Ireland is notorious for its chilly weather, so extra layers or a light raincoat are always smart to bring along for your trip.


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What people are saying about Dublin

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 15,796 reviews

This tour was informative of the Irish history and came with incredible views even in the rain. Our tour guide Maura was incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable on the areas we visited. We had plenty of time at each stop to explore and all the locals especially in Kilkenny were very friendly. Would highly recommend. The bus driver was lovely also. Lannigans (not sure on the spelling) sports bar was a lovely place with great food and lovely staff who were willing to help us understand the rules of the local sports.

The cliffs are beautiful an time in Galway was enough to get a good look around. Christian our guide was excellent & provided lots of info

Very good guide and driver, long but impressive tour with many highlights. Perfect for active travelers to discover Northern Ireland.

Darren the driver/guide was awesome. he was nice and friendly. the castles were beautiful. no internet and no toilets on the bus.

A great trip, perfect organization, a nice guide and driver. The places - amazing, delightful. I highly recommend it to everyone