As the capital and largest city in the Republic of Ireland, Dublin is a major airport hub and has flights direct from many of the major European airports as well as several North American cities, including Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Dublin airport is located 13km north of the city centre and has all the facilities one would expect to find in a major airport, such as pubs, restaurants, shops, ATMs and car hire facilities. The airport has one passenger terminal which also contains banks, a post office and pharmacy.
The airport has good public transport links to the city centre, with Bus Eireann offering affordable services from Dublin all over the Republic and Northern Ireland. Dublin is the hub at the heart of the Irish train service too. It can be expensive to travel by train in Ireland and parts of the network are in need of maintenance, but the service is improving and offers a comfortable and convenient way to travel around the country. The longest train journey from Dublin is 4.5 hours, so even the furthest points of the Irish train network are within easy reach. Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail) operates routes from Connolly Station in Dublin to the north and Heuston Station to the west, south and southwest reaches of the country.
Close to Dublin on the south side of Dublin Bay is the port of Dun Laoghaire, which has regular ferry services to Britain and France. The ferry port has great public transport connections to the city centre with services traveling the 11km (7mile) journey several throughout the day. Ferries that sail between Dun Laoghaire and Holyhead in Wales link directly into the main British train and road network offering convenient access to Dublin from around the UK.
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