Getting to Cahir

Cahir lies in the south of county Tipperary which itself lies in the south of Ireland. It is about the same distance from Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny and Waterford—all about one hour by car. Dublin, Killarney and Galway are about two hours away but Dublin, being so much larger than the other cities, can take up to another hour depending on where in the city you need to get to.

The main M8 Dublin to Cork road and the N24 Waterford to Limerick road cross in Cahir. As a result Cahir is frequently called 'The Crossroads of The South'. This location makes it easy to get to Cahir by train, bus or car. Two large international airports, Cork and Shannon, are each just over an hour away. A third airport at Waterford, also just over an hour away, offers flights to the UK and Brittany.

Flying in..

...to Cork International Airport

Probably the most convenient for Cahir especially if you are hiring (renting) a car since the road is better. The Airport is located just a few miles south of the city. At the airport exit follow signs for Cork City to a large roundabout (rotary) and then follow signs for Dublin. Pass through a tunnel under the river Lee and at the exit roundabout take the 12 o'clock exit in the direction of Dublin. After a few miles the road becomes the M8 motorway. There are two exits for Cahir. The first, Junction-11, brings you into Cahir on the R639 (before the M8 was opened the R639 was called the N8 and any map that does not show the M8 will say N8). Junction 10 is closer to the town but you have to pass Cahir to reach it so time-wise there is little difference. See the map below. Driving time around one hour.

By Bus. Shuttle busses travel between the airport and the bus staion in Cork City. At the bus station take a Dublin bus to Cahir. The bus will drop you right by the castle.

...to Shannon International Airport

By car. Shannon airport is to the west of Limerick City. Follow signs for Limerick City and when there follow signs for the N24 road (direction Tipperary Town and Waterford City). Follow the N24 all the way to Cahir.

By bus or train. Take the shuttle bus to Limerick. This stops at Colbert railway station which is also the bus station. From here you can take a train or a bus to Cahir.

...to Dublin International Airport

By car. Dublin airport is due north of the city, just off the M1 motorway between Dublin and Belfast. At the exit follow signs to Dublin and the M50 motorway. The M50 is a circular road around Dublin. At the M50 follow signs for west and south (travel anti-clockwise) and exit at junction 9 onto the N7 which eventually becomes the M7 motorway. A few kilometres beyond Portlaoise exit onto the Cork road (M8). Exit at junction 10 for Cahir. See map below.

By bus. Take the shuttle bus to the bus station (called Busaras, and pronounced bus-aurus) in Dublin and transfer to a Cork bus for Cahir. All Bus Eireann busses between Dublin and Cork stop in Cahir.

By train. Take the shuttle bus into Dublin bus station. From here you need to get to Heuston Station on the west side of the city (close to the River Liffey). This can be done by Taxi or by using 'The Luas', Dublin's modern tram system. You can buy a ticket to Cahir but you will need to change trains at Limerick Junction. Check www.irishrail.ie for timetables since this may be a less convenient option than the bus.

...to Waterford International Airport

By car. The airport is a short distance from the city to the south-west. Head towards the city and follow signs for the N24 (Limerick) road which will take you directly to Cahir passing Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel en route.

By bus. Waterford's bus station is on the quayside about 15 mins from the airport. You will need to buy a ticket to Cahir on the Limerick bus. This stops in Cahir near the castle.

By train. Waterford's Plunkett station is on the other side of the river Suir (just over the bridge) to the main part of the city. The Limerick trains stop in Cahir.

Arriving by Car Ferry

...into Rosslare

By car. Take the N25 road to Waterford City via New Ross. At Waterford follow signs for the N24 (Limerick) road which will take you directly to Cahir passing Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel en route.

By bus. The number 55 bus from Rosslare Harbour will take you directly to Cahir in just over three hours.

By train. It is possible to take a train directly from Rosslare Harbour station (Rosslare Europort) to Cahir but there are very few trains (most trains from here go north to Dublin) and this might be inconvenient. Avoid taking trains to Cahir via Dublin since this is a long and expensive way to get here. Either take the bus or, if you like trains, take a bus to Waterford and then take a Limerick-bound train to Cahir.

...into Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Dun Leery)

By car. Follow signs for the M50 Motorway and follow this west/north (clockwise direction) to junction 9. Here follow signs for the N7/M7 (Limerick direction). A few kilometres beyond Portlaoise exit onto the Cork road (M8). Exit at junction 10 for Cahir. See map below.

By bus. Take a bus (Dublin Bus) into the city. You then need to get to the Busaras bus station (pronounced bus-aurus). Note that this is the Bus Eireann station and the Dublin Bus will not enter it. Busaras is close to Connolly train station. From Busaras take the bus to Cahir (Cork direction). Note that you can also take a commuter train called the 'DART' from Dun Laoghaire to Connolly Station which is close to Busaras.

By train. Take a bus or the DART (see above) into the city. From the vicinity of Busaras (see above) take a taxi or the Luas (Tram) to Heuston Station on the west side of the city. From there take the train to Cahir (change trains at Limerick Junction). Note that there is a Luas (tram) stop at both Connolly Station and at Busaras.

...into Dublin Port

By car. Drive into the city and follow signs for N7/M7 west. A few kilometres beyond Portlaoise exit onto the Cork road (M8). Exit at junction 10 for Cahir. See map below.

By bus. Take the Dublin Bus (53A). This goes to Eden Quay but ask the driver to let you off closer to Busaras (see above). From Busaras take the bus to Cahir (Cork direction).

By Train. Take the buss (53A) to Eden Quay. From here a short walk to Abbey Street will get you to the Luas tram-line. Take the Luas to Heuston Station and from there take the train to Cahir (change trains at Limerick Junction).

...into Cork Ferry Port (Ringaskiddy)

By car. Take the N28 to the N25 (South Ring Road) following signs for Dublin (M8). Pass through a tunnel under the river Lee and at the exit roundabout take the 12 o'clock exit in the direction of Dublin. After a few miles the road becomes the M8 motorway. There are two exits for Cahir. The first, Junction-11, brings you into Cahir on the R639 (before the M8 was opened the R639 was called the N8 and any map that does not show the M8 will say N8). Junction 10 is closer to the town but you have to pass Cahir to reach it so time-wise there is little difference. See the map below. Driving time around one hour.

By bus. A bus service operates from the terminal to the city centre bus station. From here take a bus to Cahir (Dublin direction). All Dublin-bound busses stop in Cahir.

By train. There is no rail connection to the terminal so take the bus to the bus station and then transfer to Cork's 'Kent' railway station. Cahir is on the Limerick to Waterford line so you need to go via Limerick. The bus is probably the better option, especially now that the M8 has been completed.

Map of Approaches to Cahir (Below)

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