Next summer we will be returning to Ireland for a summer music program for our daughter (just got back) and as a surprise to my husband for his 50th I was thinking of starting the trip in Paris and then getting over to Ireland. Is a ferry the best way to get from one to the other? Are there different ferry lines that do this run? We will be traveling with our 3 children ages 9, 7, and 4. Thanks.
The easiest would be a flight from Paris to Dublin or Shannon, depending on where you're going in Ireland. The flight to Dublin is about 1:45 minutes. Ryanair is the discount airline but Aer Lingus will offer competitive prices as well[INVALID]and more convenient airports.....To take the ferry, you'd first have to take a 3 hour train ride to Cherbourg then board the ferry for a 17 1/2 hour journey. The boat leaves at 6 PM and arrives at 11:30 the next morning.
There's also a ferry a couple of times a week from the tip of the Britanny peninsula to either Cork or Rosslare. Crossing times are probably real close to those above. The other option is to make your way to the English Channel, then across England and/or Wales, then to a second ferry to Ireland.
Thanks - I see that flying is probably the easiest way to do this.