Ireland with a Baby or Toddler

Ireland’s airports have taxis and buses connecting the major towns and cities. If you are travelling onward from where you land you will be able to take a bus to the nearest bus terminal or train station. Taxis are exempt from the law requiring the use of car seats although it is also safer to use one.

Many taxi companies will be able to provide a car seat but again, make sure you pre book this service to ensure availability. The following companies offer car seats: Cork Airport Taxis, Dublin Airport Taxis and Shannon Airport Taxis. You can also ask your hotel to arrange a taxi with a car seat when you are travelling around locally.

Renting a car is the best way to see the country and there are car rental agencies located in every airport. Remember to pre book a car seat for babies and toddlers however to ensure availability. Ireland has an excellent road network and driving is on the left side of the road. A motorway connect Dublin and Cork and Dublin and Galway and there are also a number of well maintained national and regional roads connecting other parts of the country. Some roads, particularly in the West of Ireland are quite narrow and may only allow for one car to pass at a time however there are usually areas where the road is widened enough to pull in and let another car pass.

 

Ireland is well serviced by stroller accessible buses and trains and you will be able to travel easily around the country. The Luas tram system in Dublin is also stroller accessible and connects the train stations to the city centre and also services many of the more popular tourist spots. There are air coaches which connect Dublin, Shannon and Cork. Internal flights are available between Dublin and Shannon and Dublin and Farranfore. There is an express train from Dublin to Cork (2 hours 30 minutes) and there is also a trains between Dublin and Galway, Dublin and Limerick, Dublin and Killarney and many towns in between. See Iarnrod Eireann’s website for more information on train routes and schedules within Ireland. Where you cannot get a train you will be able to get a bus. See Bus Eireann’s website for more details.

Many private tour companies also arrange coach tours around Ireland and these make traveling hassle free however these are only useful if you have a toddler who is happy to sit still for a few hours while travelling and many of the sights may not interest your child so bare this in mind while booking! Some tour operators offer family friendly bus tours which will have small groups with other kids so this might also be a good option.




 

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