Limerick is a beautiful city and the fourth most populous city in Ireland. Located by the River Shannon, it is only 2 hours to 2.5 hours from Dublin.
So here are the several ways on how to get to Limerick from Dublin.
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Dublin To Limerick: How To Travel To Limerick From Dublin
Dublin To Limerick By Bus
There are a couple of bus operators that travel between Dublin and Limerick. So finding an available bus is not an issue.
Below is the list of bus operators that you can choose from, along with their timetable, route, and bus fare.
Bus Eireann (X12) leaves from Busaras Station, Dublin Airport (Atrium RD zone 10 stop 2), and Heuston Station in Dublin and it stops in two locations in Limerick City – Limerick Bus Stop and the University of Limerick.
Bus Eireann only has five trips per day between Dublin and Limerick.
The bus leaves from Dublin Airport at 8:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM, and 6:00 PM. From Busaras Station, the bus leaves at 8:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM, and 6:30 PM.
And from Heuston, from 8:40 AM, 12:40 PM, 2:40 PM, 4:40 PM, and 6:40 PM.
Travel time is between 2 hours and 55 minutes and the bus fare is between €7-€12 one way.
Another option is Dublin Coach which leaves every hour starting from 6:00 AM to 11:45 PM.
The bus (#300) leaves from three locations in Dublin – Burgh Quay in the city center, Dublin Airport, and Dublin Red Cow LUAS.
It also stops at three locations in Limerick – Annacotty, Arthur’s Quay, and the University of Limerick. The bus fare is €12 one way or €20 for return. The bus trip takes around 2.5 hours.
Dublin To Limerick By Train
Another way to get to Limerick from the center of Dublin is to take the Irish Rail. The train takes a little longer for 2 hours and 55 minutes. It can be more depending on how long you will have to wait between connections.
From Heuston Station, you need to take the Cork/ Mallow line and get off in Limerick Junction 1 and then transfer to Limerick Junction 2 and take the train to Limerick 1 Station.
The first train takes about 1.5 hours and the second train for just 30 minutes. But the trip frequency can be up to 2 hours so plan accordingly.
The cost of the ticket is €15-€21 for a one-way trip and depending on the seat class.
The train leaves every 2 hours from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily and it leaves from Heuston Station in Dublin.
You can book your ticket online here.
Dublin To Limerick By Car
Traveling by car in Ireland might be more practical if you want more flexibility in your travel plans. Limerick is around 196 km or around 121 miles from Dublin and it might take between 2 to 2 hours and 40 minutes to travel by car.
There are two routes that you can choose from. You can take the M7 directly to Limerick and you can save up to 40 minutes. This route will pass through Naas, Kildare, Portlaoise, Dunkerrin, Southill, and other smaller towns in Limerick County.
As an alternative, you can also take the M4 and then take the M7 road. This route will pass through Lucan, Kinnegad, Miltown Pass, Tullamore, Kinnity, Moneygall, and other parts of County Limerick.
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