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driving thru N Ireland to Donegal

Post [Br]exit wondering if extra time needs to be allowed now for border crossings driving from Dublin to north Donegal? Better to just stay in the Republic?

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2158 posts

No, there should not be any issues. NI continues to follow EU rules and regulation in order to keep the Irish border open.

Posted by
5632 posts

Road signage will change but other than that you’ll not notice anything different.

Posted by
25744 posts

You do need to think in miles per hour and distance in Northern Ireland, and kilometres per hour and distance south of the border.

Posted by
97 posts

there are no border controls NI is part of the UK and the UK and Ireland have a common travel area like the others have said the only thing you will notice is a "Welcome to Northern Ireland" sign remember the road signage is all UK road signs and the speed limits are in miles per hour also you will need UK pounds for Northern Ireland

Posted by
2746 posts

When are you planning this trip? You may want to re-evaluate this in view of the UK's latest quarantine rules. I have no knowledge of how those rules will affect the NI-ROI border, but it stands to reason that if the UK is requiring travelers to quarantine and have repeated tests, they wouldn't let people drive into NI from ROI without some kind of controls, because once in NI, someone could try to circumvent the quarantine by boarding a ferry to Great Britain.

I'm sure there are others on this forum who may know about how this is going to work. The following article is a couple of weeks old, but it goes into detail for ROI. https://roscommonherald.ie/2021/01/25/explainer-the-debate-over-covid-19-travel-and-quarantine-rules-in-ireland/

Posted by
97 posts

well there is no one at the border stopping people from crossing it I am from NI myself and was across the border back in april

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9 posts

I am planning train and bus travel for a wander through NI and ROI in September. Seems I can purchase train and bus tickets ahead of time for Ireland, but looks like NI tickets can only be purchases 2 weeks before travel. Am I right, and is there even a discount in NI for purchasing tickets ahead of time? Also, since I have to purchase through 2 different organizations going from Derry to Westport by bus, is there a best city to go from one to the other? Donegal Town?

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97 posts

hey there I am from Northern Ireland there is no need to book bus tickets ahead of time in Northern Ireland none whatsoever also you cant book train tickets in Northern Ireland as the system is small and there is no system to book seats on NI trains anyways so my best advice? just turn up at the train or bus station on the day make sure you have cash (Pounds of course!) and buy your train tickets or bus tickets then translink operate the public transport in Northern Ireland (www.translink.co.uk)