Boat and Ferry Travel

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Boat and Ferry Travel

If you are coming to Ireland from England or the Continent, chances are you'll end up on a ferry bound for Rosslare Harbour, 19 km (12 miles) south of Wexford, one of Ireland's busiest ferry ports. There are two main companies that service Rosslare. Irish Ferries connects Rosslare to Pembroke, Wales (4 hours), and France's Cherbourg and Roscoff. Stena Line sails directly between Rosslare Ferryport and Fishguard, Wales (3 hours). They both have small information kiosks in the ultramodern terminal, which also has a tourist office, lockers, and a sprawling waiting room.

You can purchase ferry tickets at the terminal, but try to reserve a space in advance through the companies' Cork or Dublin office to avoid the frequent sellouts, particularly in summer and any time the Irish soccer team is playing in a major tournament abroad.

Reservations are also a must if you're traveling by car or motorcycle because onboard parking space is at a premium. Last time we checked, the journey from France to Ireland was free for EurailPass holders. Departure times vary from season to season; check the website for schedules.

Boat and Ferry Information

Irish Ferries (www.irishferries.com.)

Passage East Ferry Company (www.passageferry.ie.)

Stena Line (www.stenaline.ie.)

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