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Kilkenny Castle, Co Kilkenny Master

How to Get to Kilkenny

Getting here is easy. Leaving? Not so much!

It has never been easier to get to the hero county of Ireland’s Ancient East 

Just 90 minutes from Dublin, two hours from Cork and three hours away from Belfast, Kilkenny City and County quietly emanate the very best that Ireland has to offer twelve months of the year.

From culture to creativity, fine eateries, a vibrant nightlife scene, outdoor adventures and medieval magic, this is the place that has something for everybody.

By Air

There are no direct international flights to Kilkenny but we are never more than two hours away any of Ireland’s main airports.

You can rent a car and explore the Irish countryside as you make your way towards a truly authentic Irish holiday experience in the heart of the Emerald Isle or avail of the many regular rail and bus routes to Kilkenny.

1 h 26 min (134 km) via M9 Motorway 1 h 49 min (160.8 km) via M8 Motorway 1 h 47 min (160.8 km) via M8 46 min (63.9 km) via M9


By Sea

While Kilkenny isn’t short of wonderful river based water activities, we don’t have a coastline but that won’t stop you from reaching us by sea from any one of the main Irish ports.

With camping and glamping parks in ample supply, this is the perfect destination for the intrepid adventurers exploring Ireland by motor.

93 KM 141 KM


By Land

Not only is there something for everybody in Kilkenny, but there is also a route for everybody.

There really is no excuse for not making Kilkenny part of your holiday experience whether you are an international visitor seeking an authentic and real vacation or the visitor from our own shores looking for a break away at home.

You could also be simply seeking fun and festivals, of which Kilkenny has plenty!

Click here for information on car and coach parking.

https://www.theaa.ie/routes/ www.irishferries.com www.buseireann.ie www.irishrail.ie www.dublinairport.com
https://www.kavanaghcars.ie/ www.stenaline.co.uk www.jjkavanagh.ie www.waterfordairport.com
www.enterprise.ie www.dublincoach.ie www.corkairport.com


Kilkenny City and County Maps

Discover all the best places to visit and key attractions on our Kilkenny City and County Maps HERE

City Map With Legend

County Map