Getting to Bundoran

Bundoran is a lot closer than you think and very easy to access! Located at Donegal’s most southerly point we’re the first stop as you enter the county from Sligo and Leitrim on the main N15 Sligo to Donegal road.

If you’re new to driving in Ireland, check out this great guide from Liberty Insurance which will tell you all you need to know!

Travelling to Ireland from the UK – Brexit.

visiting bundoran from uk

Visiting Ireland on a UK licence:

UK visitors to Ireland are not affected, there is no reason that you will not be able to drive in Ireland with your existing driving licence. You will not be required to carry an International Driving Permit with you in order to drive here, just ensure to carry your UK driving licence with you.

Motor Insurance and Green Cards (Proof of insurance):

Drivers from the UK, including Northern Ireland, may now drive in Ireland and elsewhere in the EU, without a Green Card as proof of motor insurance.

This comes from the European Commission decision to allow UK and Montenegro enter the Green Card Free Circulation zone, as permitted under Article 8.2 of the EU Motor Insurance Directive. This came into effect on 2 August 2021. .

Green Cards are also not required by Irish drivers driving in Northern Ireland or Great Britain.

For up to date details check the government website or get specific travel information from

Useful information on the Common Travel Area between Ireland and the UK is also available from Citizen’s Information

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Approximate Distances

Dublin 128 miles/205 km 2.5 Hours

Belfast 112 miles/180 km 2 Hours

Sligo 26 miles/41 km 30 Mins

Knock 69 miles/111 km 70 mins

Galway 112 miles/180 km 2 Hours

Shannon 161 miles/258km 3 Hours

By Car

Bundoran can be reached by the following routes:
From Dublin via Cavan, Enniskillen N3
From Dublin via Sligo N4 – N15
From Galway via Sligo N17 – N15
From Belfast via Enniskillen M1 – A4 – A46
Plan your route with the AA Routeplanner

Please note services continue to be affected by Covid-19 restrictions. We have done our best to keep these updated but please check with your transport provider in advance of travelling for any further updates.

By Coach

Regular services operate to/from Bundoran offering connections to Dublin, Galway and Belfast. Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, many of these services are operating on a reduced capacity. The operator’s website or social media should be consulted before making any journeys.

Bus Eireann Route 64 (Derry/Galway) – Timetable
Bus Eireann Route 480 (Derry/Sligo) – Timetable
Bus Eireann Route 30 and X30 (Dublin/Donegal) – Timetable
Ulsterbus (Pettigo/Enniskillen) Service 194b – Timetable
Bus Feda Galway to Donegal – Timetable

Local Link services – please see below.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is Sligo, which has frequent services to/from Dublin. Current timetable here.

By Air

Nearest airports are at Donegal (Carrickfinn), City of Derry and Ireland West Airport Knock (IWAK), Belfast International and George Best Belfast City Airport are only 2½ hours away and Dublin International Airport is only 3 hours away. Check out this guide to Dublin Airport

Local Link

Route 983 – Kinlough – Bundoran – Ballyshannon – Timetables valid from Monday June 28th 2021.

Sligo to Ballyshannon via Bundoran (Timetable valid from Monday 16th October 2023)

Ballyshannon to Sligo via Bundoran (Timetable valid from Monday 16th October 2023)

New fare structure – Sligo to Ballyshannon from Monday October 16th 2023.

Donegal Town to Ballyshannon via Rossnowlagh & Return