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Best way to travel from Dublin to Italy

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Best way to travel from Dublin to Italy

We are planning a trip to see relatives in both Ireland (Bangor) and Italy (Milan area) hopefully next summer (2022). Looking for tips about traveling between the two. Would love to take a train and ferry combo but that sounds complicated? Open to stopping in another city for a night or two on the way. Any experienced travelers have advice? Many thanks!

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1. Re: Best way to travel from Dublin to Italy

It will take you approximately 23 hours to drive this journey straight, without allowing time for ferry journeys. Or any other stops. And you would be exhausted by the end of it.

A suggestion - fly from Belfast or Dublin into mainland Europe: Paris, Strasbourg or Zurich and get a train to Milan from there.

Strasbourg is in the Alsace area of France and I absolutely love the area. Some beautiful villages including Riquewihr and Eguisheim.

Would you consider hiring a car in Paris, then driving to Reims and the Champagne area (beautiful) then down as far as Strasbourg, spending some time exploring the area including the Alsace area, then drop the car in Strasbourg and take the train to Milan from there? There is a charge if you hire a car in one country and leave it off in another. And you would be taking the train rather than a car through the Alps. Which would be easier for you.

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2. Re: Best way to travel from Dublin to Italy

It's certainly possible to go from Ireland to Milan by ferry and train, the ferry is a fairly long crossing but can be done as an convenient evening departure/ next afternoon arrival in Cherbourg.

From there it is very easy to reach Paris, trains are most hours in about 3½ hours

From Paris there are (or should be after covid is under control) a couple of direct trains a day to Milan which take about 6½-7 hours, these (should) also call at Novara if that is more convenient fro you rplan

The obvious places to stay is Paris.

which just leaves the question of which Bangor?

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3. Re: Best way to travel from Dublin to Italy

Overland it’s really only worth it if you want the trip

Going to Turin, which is the nearest big Italian city, the overland route is going to be

Dublin-Holyhead (3.5 hours)

Holyhead-London (4.5 hours)

London-Paris (2.5 hours)

Paris-Turin (6 hours)

You could reduce the connections, but increase the journey time by going Dublin-Cherbourg-Paris.

Then factor in wait times between connections, getting across Paris, and the fact that most trips from Paris to Turin are going to involve one or two further changes in Lyons and/or Chambéry.

You could also keep traveling for another 12 hours depending on where in Italy you are going.

Also compared to flying, you go through 4 jurisdictions, so in an immediate post-Covid world, that could be more regulations to comply with.

So as I say really not worth it compared to a 2-3 hour flight unless you want to experience the trip.

Edited: 06 March 2021, 15:35
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4. Re: Best way to travel from Dublin to Italy

This may help.


But if I were you, I'd fly.

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5. Re: Best way to travel from Dublin to Italy

Can be done in 2 days or in a week, it all depends on how much time you have and what you want to see along the way.

There are so many options and so much to see, if you haven’t been to Europe before, maybe consider the big sites like London or Paris.

However, would only do this trip if you have time, otherwise just fly to Milan, in normal times there are four flights a day from Dublin.

Edited: 06 March 2021, 20:28
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6. Re: Best way to travel from Dublin to Italy

Bangor Co Down or Co Mayo? If Co Down Ryanair have just launched flights from nearby BHD to BGY.

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7. Re: Best way to travel from Dublin to Italy

You could fly from Ireland (several airport options) to Paris and then take the Orient Express to Verona. Expensive though, I'm sure.

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8. Re: Best way to travel from Dublin to Italy

Would be nice were the OP to post back.

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