Travelling in Ireland is both fun and safe, throughout the country. We drive on the left and have good quality motorways but country roads do abound if you want to go exploring.
We have included a few useful hints and tips below when staying in Northern Ireland (NI) or Ireland (IE). Also, don’t forget, Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom and therefore follows the UK road laws, telephone system and address post codes.
In Northern Ireland, the police are call the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
In Ireland, the police are called the Garda Síochána.
The emergency number in Northern Ireland is 999 but the European 112 also works.
The emergency number in Ireland is 112.
Gluten Free Venues in Transit Points
Land line calls within Northern Ireland, the code is 028 (xxxx xxxx).
Land line calls within Ireland, the code is 0xx (xxx xxxx).
To call a Northern Ireland number using a mobile or from abroad the code is UK +44 28 (xxxx xxxx)
To call an Ireland number using a mobile or from abroad the code is Ireland +353 xx (xxx xxxx)
- Belfast (County Antrim) to Douglas (Isle of Man), Birkenhead (England), Stranraer (Scotland).
- Cork (County Cork) to Roscoff (France).
- Dublin to Douglas (Isle of Man), Holyhead (Wales), Birkenhead, Liverpool (England).
- Dun Laoghaire (Dublin to Holyhead (Wales).
- Larne (County Antrim) to Cairnryan, Stranraer, Troon (Scotland).
- Rosslare (County Wexford) to Pembroke and Fishguard (Wales), Roscoff, Cherbourg-Octeville, Le Havre (France).
Bus & Rail Travel
Buses in Ireland: www.buseireann.ie
Buses & Railways in Northern Ireland: www.translink.co.uk
Railways in Ireland: www.irishrail.ie
Belfast – Dublin uses the Enterprise service: http://www.translink.co.uk/Services/Enterprise/
NI: Pounds Sterling £ (GBP)
IE: Euros € (EUR)
Weights, Measures and Distances
NI & IE Food products: Metric; milligrams (mg), grams (g), kilos (k).
Occasional foods can still be found in imperial measurements; ounces (oz), pounds (lbs), stone (st).
NI Roads: Imperial; Miles (m), yards (y) and inches (in).
IE Road: Metric; Kilometers (km), meters (m) and centimeters (cm).
NI Speed Limits – Miles Per Hour (MPH)
Cars & Motorcycles: mph – (Km/h)
Built-up Areas: 30mph (48) (May be 20mph (32) in central Belfast)
Single Carriageways: 60mph (96)
Dual Carriageways: 70mph (112)
Motorways: 70mph (112)
IE Speed Limits – Kilometers Per Hour (Km/H)
Cars & Motorcycles: km/h – (mph)
Urban areas: 50km/h (31)
Regional roads: 80km/h (50)
National roads: 100km/h (62)
Motorways: 120km/h (75)