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Booking Flights and Hotels With the UK and The Republic of Ireland

My wife and I will be traveling to the UK and the Republic of Ireland for 30 days beginning May 2024. We will be flying into London then traveling by train throughout the countries.

  1. How far in advance I am able to book flights from England to the Republic of Ireland, then Northern Ireland to Scotland?
  2. How far in advance I am able to book lodging?
  3. What are the best websites for booking the flights between the countries and lodging?
  4. Should we consider a different month?

Thanks in advance.
Vin

Posted by
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You should be able book lodging and flights at this time. You can look up possible flights on google flights, but make sure to purchase directly from the airlines.

Booking.com can be a helpful tool. Also look at some British chains like Premier Inn or Jury’s Inn.

Posted by
14976 posts

If you plan to fly from Belfast to one of the airports in Scotland be aware that Belfast has two airports. It doesn't matter which one you use. Just make sure go to the right one.

The flight from Northern Ireland to Scotland is like a domestic flight in the US. No immigration, no customs.

Posted by
2364 posts

May is a great month for those p!aces. Consider selecting multi city airfares on one carrier. Example: US to London, London to Dublin, train to Belfast then same carrier Belfast to Edinburgh and then Edinburgh to US. We are going US to Edinburgh then train to London and train to Paris and home from Paris on one carrier. Booking at least bed and breakfast no sooner than six months as many at least in Ireland close for a month or two in the winter.

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The flight from Northern Ireland to Scotland is like a domestic flight
in the US. No immigration, no customs.

Probably because it is a domestic flight. Despite the efforts of many people, Northern Ireland and Scotland are still both part of the UK. Although in theory there should be customs checks I think.

But keep in mind that from England to Ireland you're crossing the EU border so there are strict rules on what you can bring.