Travel information for visitors to the Dingle Peninsula
Eolas Taistíl do chuairteoirí go leithinis Chorca Dhuibhne
The Dingle Peninsula is situated in the south-west of County Kerry.
We are delighted you have decided to visit the magnificent destination of the Dingle Peninsula. We have put together a new Driving Guide with information advising on best practise when driving around the peninsula, especially during our peak season when traffic congestion can lead to time delays for all. We want you to have a pleasant memorable experienes of your time spent in this special part of the world.
Full colour Driving Guides, which include a map of the peninsula are available at various outlets. Why not pick one up. You can also download the PDF here
How to Get to the Dingle Peninsula
There are two main roads into the peninsula: The N86 which runs from Tralee, along the south coast of Tralee Bay, through Camp village, then over the mountains to Annascaul, Lispole and Dingle. The R561, which runs from Castlemaine, where it connects to roads from Kerry Airport, Killarney and the Ring of Kerry. The road runs along the north side of Castlemaine Harbour, to Inch and then via a cliff top rooad to join the N86 just west of Annascaul.
Expect the unexpected when driving on the peninsula!
Speed limits and road signs
In Ireland speed limits and road distances are measured in kilometres.
The main speed limits in force in the peninsula are:
- 50 kph (31.1 mph): in built-up areas.
- 60 kph (37.3 mph): a "special" limit applied in certain areas such as narrow bridges or outside schools.
- 80 kph (49.7 mph): for local and regional routes. This applies to the majority of roads outside of built-up areas.
- 100 kph (62.2 mph): for national routes. This only applies in the peninsula to the main N86 Dingle-Tralee road outside of built-up areas.
Click on the image below to download a table of distances in miles and kilometres for most of the destinations on the peninsula.
To download a road map of the peninsula, follow this link:
Petrol (gasoline) stations on the Dingle Peninsula
There are a limited number of petrol stations on the peninsula. In particular, it should be noted that there are no fuel stations west of Dingle. Therefore, drivers should ensure that their vehicle has sufficient fuel before beginning a journey such as driving the Slea Head Drive. In Europe petrol is measured in litres. 1 litre is equivalent to 0.26 U.S. gallons, or 0.21 U.K. gallons.
A Guide to Driving in Ireland
Whether you are an Irish native or a welcome visitor, it's important to know how to negotiate Ireland's roads. To ensure a safe and enjoyable journey, Liberty Insurance have put together a handy guide to driving in Ireland, and have asked us to share it with you.
Public Transport on the Dingle Peninsula
Getting to the Dingle Peninsula
In order to reach the Dingle Peninsula by public transport it is necessary to travel to Tralee, the largest town and administrative centre of County Kerry. Tralee is about 31 miles/50 kilometres from Dingle town. Rail services operated by Iarnród Éireann and long distance Expressway bus services operated by Bus Éireann both terminate at Tralee Station, from where a local bus service runs to Dingle.
Rail Services to Tralee
Click on the map to see a map of the Irish rail network
Killarney and Tralee and Farranfore are the nearest train stations to the Dingle Peninsula.
Timetables and further information can be found on their website.
Dublin - Cork - Tralee Timetables valid from 10/12/2017 until further notice
Bus Services to the Dingle Peninsula are provided by Bus Éireann. All information can be found on their website. Bus Eireann Website
The busiest route is Tralee to Dingle Bus Eireann Tralee - Dingle Timetable
For routes to Castlegregory,Cloghane, Ballyferriter, Ventry, Ballydavid, Cuas, Feoghanagh and Gallarus see timetables below.
There are services from Dingle to Killarney in Summer 26th June - 27th August inclusive.
Online bus timetables (PDF format)
- Dingle to Killarney
- Dingle to Tralee
- Tralee - Kerry Airport - Killarney
- Tralee - Castlegregory - Cloghane
- Dingle - Ballyferriter - Dunquin/Gallarus - Ballydavid
Travel Enquiry Offices:
- Tralee, 066-7164700
- Killarney, 064-34777
Bus Eireann Website (includes interactive timetables and online ticketing)
Air Connections to the Dingle Peninsula
The closest Airport to the Dingle Peninsula is Kerry Airport in Farranfore. It is about 50 km / 31 miles from Dingle town, approximately 1 hour's drive by car.
Information about Flights to and from Kerry Airport can be found on their website.
As of April 2015 the following routes are operated:
- KERRY TO DUBLIN
- KERRY TO LONDON STANSTED
- KERRY TO LONDON LUTON
- KERRY TO FRANKFURT-HAHN
- KERRY TO ALICANTE
- KERRY TO FARO
Canada with Aer Lingus
Kerry Airport now offers seamless connection to the USA and Canada.
Check-in at Kerry Airport or New York, Chicago, Boston, Orlando, San Francisco or Toronto with Aer Lingus and receive your onward boarding pass from Dublin.
Bags will automatically be transferred, allowing you time to complete your emigration checks at Dublin Airport.
Public Transport between Dingle and Kerry Airport
Bus Éireann provide a public bus service from a terminal outside the airport. Passengers for Dingle should board the bus to Tralee Bus Station. At Tralee, change to the 275 service to Dingle.
Click Here for a location map.
Dingle Shuttle Bus
Diarmuid and Dolores Begley Cab Service Ashmount Dingle Co. Kerry Tel: 087 2504767
We provide a simple, but efficient Airport Shuttle service operating 7 days a week between Kerry Airport and the Dingle Peninsula. Regardless of the airline you fly with, we will collect you at any time from the airport and take you to your destination. If your flight is delayed, don't worry we will be monitoring the flight's progress so we will be there when the flight arrives. This cab sharing service is designed to reduce the cost of travelling to and from the Dingle Peninsula.
The Shuttle must be pre-booked with us, either by email or phone. Please note: Booking by email, no later than 12 hours prior to arrival. Booking by phone, no later than 2 hours prior to arrival.
Cork Airport is approximately 160 km / 100 miles from Dingle town, about 2 1/2 hours drive
As of 2013 the airport has flights from:
- 10 destinations in Great Britain: Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stanstead, Manchester, Newcastle. These operate year round.
- 11 destinations in Mainland Europe (year round): Amsterdam, Brussels, Gdansk, Katowice, Krakow, Munich, Paris, Poznan, Vilnius, Warsaw, Wroclaw.
- A number of seasonal services in Europe including Alicante, Barcelona, Bordeaux, Geneva and Nice.
For details of flights from the airport CLICK HERE
Click Here for a location map.
Shannon airport is about 177 km / 110 miles from Dingle town, approximately 3 1/2 hours drive. Shannon provides connections to dozens of international destinations.
Click Here for a location map.
Getting to Ireland and the Dingle by Sea
Rosslare - Pembroke
Rosslare - Cherbourg/Roscoff
Cork - Roscoff
Tarbert - Killimer Ferries
Connecting Co. Kerry & Co. Clare
Hackneys, often referred to as "cabs", are small public service vehicles licenced by the Taxi Regulation Directorate of the National Transport Authority. There are no taxis or taxi ranks in the peninsula.
Hackneys: Must be pre-booked (may not be hailed on the street or stand for hire at a taxi rank); Must agree the fare to be charged in advance (the fare is not calculated on a taximeter;) Must, from the time of receipt of the notification of the hire to its completion, carry a document in the vehicle showing the details of the booking (name of hirer, starting point and destination, fare agreed) Must provide a written receipt containing specific information on payment of the fare
View Businesses offering tours and cab services
Blasket Island Ferries
Passenger ferries operate from the mainland to the Great Blasket Island during the Spring, Summer and Autumn, weather permitting. Ferries may be boarded at the Marina in Dingle Town (a 40 minute trip), at Ventry or at Dún Chaoin Pier opposite the island (20 minutes).
Blasket Island Ferries
Our ferries run to The Blasket Island,owned by 2 local families from Dunquin.Trips every hour-10.30am onwards.
Phone +353 (0)85 7751045
Blasket Islands Eco Marine Tours
Phone +353 (0)86 3353805
Dingle Bay Charters
Phone +353 (0)66 915 1344
Mobile +353 (0)87 672 6100
The R561, which runs from Castlemaine, where it connects to roads from Kerry Airport, Killarney and the Ring of Kerry. The road runs along the north side of Castlemaine Harbour, to Inch and then via a cliff top rooad to join the N86 just west of Annascaul.