Getting from Ireland to France

Europe is like a gateway drug for travel addicts – everything is so close, you get used to being able to hop to a brand new destination in a matter of hours, and before you know it you’re obsessively checking ticket prices for trains and places you couldn’t even pronounce just a short while ago.

While this certainly is the case as far as “The Continent” is concerned, low-cost airline kings like easyJet and Ryanair have taken the form of the corner boys slinging crack – it’s just way, way too easy to go to London for dinner or Paris for the weekend or Barcelona for a concert.

So, if you’re in Ireland and want to get your travel on, you don’t have to confine yourself to that region – open your mind, your wallet and your suitcase and come on over to France, my pretties! Here’s how you do it:

By Plane

Ryanair flies from Dublin to Biarritz, Carcassonne, Grenoble, Nantes, and Paris-Beauvais, and from Shannon to Nantes.




easyJet flies from Belfast (Northern Ireland) to Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

Aer Lingus flies from Cork, Dublin and Shannon to Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

Check for more flights to Paris here:

By Car

ireland to france driving map

It’s about 13 hours by car, and that includes a ferry trip! How fun! Here’s a ferry planning widget to help you with that:

Photo: Jo N