The main peak season is during the summer when the weather is warmest and the days are long. There is also a vast array of festivals and Summer schools for things such as music and language are running. Cheap flights to Ireland are easily found even during the peak season, with the exception of Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day. If you do visit during a festival or special occasion you will need to secure your flight tickets early as prices do creep up. Also certain parts of Ireland are busier than others. Dublin is busy practically all year-round but cheap flights to Ireland are still easy to come by.
The weather can be very cold and wet during the winter in certain parts of Ireland. A lot of activities that occur such as horse riding, walking and golf etc are all depending on the weather so you might end up relaxing in your accommodation. You’ll find the cheapest flights to Ireland during the winter though and some hotels do offer discounted prices on rooms.
You can find cheap flights to Ireland pretty much all year-round, with the exception of festivals and events. The cheapest flights to Ireland are found during the quieter months however you can secure cheap flight tickets quite last minute, although it is worth booking them in advance. If you can be flexible with your dates and where you are travelling to in Ireland then you can secure some absolute bargains on flight tickets.
Flights from London to Dublin: 1 hour 20 minutes
Flights from Manchester to Cork: 1 hour 30 minutes
Flights from Birmingham to Dublin: 1 hour 05 minutes
Flights from Glasgow to Cork: 4 hours 30 minutes
There are a lot of cheap flights to Ireland available thanks to an array of budget airlines such as Ryanair and Aer Lingus. British Airways and Cityjet also operate flights to Ireland so it isn’t too hard to find cheap flight tickets providing you book in advance. Whilst Ryanair do offer cheap flights to Ireland, during the summer they do put up their prices for checked-in baggage so keep an eye on this as it can make a cheap flight a lot more expensive. British Airways offer complimentary snacks and beverages onboard all of their flights however due to the short flight times you might not be able to take full advantage of this offer.
The airport is located around 10km North of Dublin city centre and has several transportations options to get you to and from the airport. The most commonly method is either a bus or coach although taxis are also available. There are around 1000 buses and coaches doing their rounds through the airport each day, all of which go to different areas of Ireland. You can find relevant information around Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, depending on where you want to go. You can also find taxis outside of the arrivals Terminal. They are more expensive than the buses but if you have a lot of luggage or can split the fare with a friend then they can work out quite good value, just make sure to agree on a fee before getting in to avoid getting overcharged.
After your flights to Ireland have landed in Cork the main option to get into the city is via a bus. They are plentiful, cheap and cover a lot of areas of Ireland. All of the buses leave from outside of the arrivals Terminal and you can find more information on timetables either online or at the airport once you arrive. Taxis are also available but will cost significantly more than the bus. They are beneficial if you have a lot of baggage as some buses can be quite crowded.
(prices quotes are from London)