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Waterford is in Ireland's south-east region. The island is well served by international airports and ferryports which link Ireland with Britain, Continental Europe and North America.
Travelling by Air
When coming from abroad, you will need to consider which airport to fly into. Factors may include commute time and cost. Here below is some insight into which airport you might use and what connections there are to Waterford city.
Waterford city has an airport, but it is a smaller one and can be expensive to fly into too. It is however the closest airport and less than 30 minutes drive from the city centre.
Direct flights to Waterford Airport are available to Birmingham and Manchester (England) with Flybe. Flybe also offers flights from Paris (France), Dusseldorf (Germany), Edinburgh Aberdeen and Glasgow (Scotland) to Waterford via Birmingham and Manchester. Aer Arann offers flights from London / Luton and Manchester (England) to Waterford Mondays, Fridays and Sundays. More details of connections and flights available at www.flywaterford.com
Dublin International Airport
Dublin Airport is very well serviced and has a lot more connections and routes to choose from. It is a 2 hour drive from Waterford City. It operates into several cities in Britain, Continental Europe and North America with several scheduled daily flights.
If Dublin airport becomes your better option, please note we are selling bus tickets via our travel partner JJ Kavanagh. These buses, which run 24 hours a day, are available directly from the airport and will bring you directly to Waterford city (If you arrive on Tuesday, 26th of August before 6pm, you will be dropped directly to the WIT campus where the conference is being held). It is possible to rent cars or use other means to get from Dublin airport to Waterford city. For more info please see www.dublinairport.com
Cork Airport is 90 minutes drive from Waterford City. It operates scheduled flights to and from Britain and some Continental European cities. Cork airport would have more connections than Waterford airport to Europe, but less than to Dublin. Cork airport is a good choice if you think you will be visiting Ireland before or after the conference but is not well connected by public transport to Waterford. To find out more please visit www.corkairport.com
Shannon Airport is under 2 hours drive from Waterford City and serves Britain, Continental Europe and North America with scheduled daily flights. This may be of particular interest to those travelling from, or with connections through USA. Aer Lingus flies to America regularly and may be one of the cheaper flight options. Again, Shannon airport is not the best connected to Waterford by public transport but if you want to rent a car, it is a beautiful drive from west to south-east coast! or more info please visit www.shannonairport.ie
Belfast Airport is 4.5 hours north of Waterford City, via Dublin. Belfast is in Northern Ireland so you would have to travel down through the Republic of Ireland to arrive to Waterford. Belfast might be a good option for you if you want to explore some of Ireland before you arrive to the conference. This airport is also not the best connected to Waterford by public transport but if you want to rent a car, it is a beautiful drive from north to south-east coast: www.belfastairport.com
Travelling by Rail
Waterford City has a mainline rail link to Dublin, Rosslare and Limerick. Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail) operate daily trains to Waterford from: check the schedule of services on their web site for details.
Travelling by Sea
Waterford City is just one hour's drive from Rosslare ferryport, where Irish Ferries serve Pembroke in Britain all year round and Cherbourg and Roscoff in France on a seasonal basis.
Stena Line operate a daily scheduled service between Rosslare and Fishguard in Britain.Dungarvan is a 40 minute drive west of Waterford City.
Irish Ferries operate a daily scheduled service between Dublin Port and Holyhead and Stena Lineserve Holyhead from Dun Laoghaire. Both Dublin and Dun Laoghaire are a 2 hour drive from Waterford City.
Cork ferryport serves Roscoff in France on a seasonal basis via Brittany Ferries. The port is 1 hour from Dungarvan and under 2 hours to Waterford City. Larne ferryport serves Stranraer in Britain. The port is 4.5 hours from Waterford City.
P&O European Ferries operate a daily scheduled service between Larne and Cairnryan and Stena Line serve Stranraer from Belfast on a similar basis.
Travelling by Car
The road network to and from the Waterford from other major centres is very good.