Travel from Dublin to London: A Practical Guide
Travelling from Dublin to London
Getting around in London
Accommodation in London
Things to Do in London
Are you planning a trip to London from Dublin sometime soon? Heartiest congratulations then, as we believe, visiting the British Capital ensures one amazing time. The city that is famous for its royal tradition and ancestry, along with growth and development and bustling nightlife, offers a lot to her visitors. London isn’t that different from Dublin in terms of whether, and owing to a large extent of Irish population staying in London, the city easily makes the Irish people feel at home. However, visitors often find the fast pace of the city quite intimidating. To help you perfectly plan your trip and get the maximum out of your visit to London, we have come up with a comprehensive travel guide for the Irish. The guide includes comprehensive information about travelling, staying and getting around in the capital, and what all you can do once you are in the capital, including the Irish club and bars, nightlife, events, shopping and more.If you wish to have a completely hassle-free and well-organized journey, kindly continue reading our travel guide.
Before You Leave
Wondering if you need a visa or passport to travel from Dublin to London? Allow us to answer your travel queries here.The native residents of Dublin should rejoice, as they can travel to London without furnishing any Visa documents. All you need to do is to carry your working passport and you are good to go. Other individuals, who wish to travel to London from Ireland, should first confirm if they meet the Visa norms or not. You can check whether you need to carry a visa or not, here.
British Embassy In Dublin, Ireland
29 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland.
+353 (1) 205 3700
+353 (1) 205 3885
Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 12.45 pm/2 pm – 5.15 pm;
Friday: 9 am – 12.45 pm/2 pm – 5.15 pm.
Embassy Of Ireland In London, UK
17 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7HR.
+44 – 20 – 72352171
020 – 7201 2515
Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 12.45 pm/2 pm – 5.15 pm;
Friday: 9 am – 12.45 pm/2 pm – 5.15 pm.
Ireland’s national currency is Euros, which however is not acceptable in London. Moreover, it is quite difficult to find enough currency exchange options in London, especially for Euros. And even if you do manage to find any authority providing exchange, the rate might get quite exorbitant. Thus, we recommend you carry enough Pound Sterling with you, especially if you are travelling via Ferry + Rail. You may also opt for other alternatives, such as traveller’s cheques, credit or debit cards etc. Lastly, you can still get the Euros exchanged to British Pound Sterling at various post offices, banks etc. You must totally avoid getting the currency exchanged at the airports, since they offer the worst and exorbitantly high exchange rates. In London, one can easily find a bevy of money exchanging shops near the Victoria Station. One such popular name is Thomas Exchange, providing competitive exchange rates. Besides, there is one more money exchange shop near the Marks and Spencer Showroom right outside the Liverpool Street Station. Furthermore, if you carry the ATM cards with you, you can get the currency exchanged while on the go, so that’s a pretty nice option too.
Travelling from Dublin to London can be a lot of fun. From flights to bus rides, you can book anything to reach London, depending on the resources you have at your disposal and the travel experience you are looking for. Rest assured your journey from Dublin to London is going to be awesome, filled with heart-warming picturesque scenery. It is a short distance of nearly 464 Km, travel time depending solely on the choice of travel. And if you choose the right means of travel, you can also have a quick weekend break to the British capital, and be back without missing out on much of your work.
Let us now discuss various travel options available for reaching London from Dublin:
1. Sail and Rail from Dublin to London
Commuting to London via a ferry and rail is an experience in itself. You can easily take the ferry from Dublin Port, that will drop you to Holyhead (in Wales, UK), and from there you can take a train to Euston, London. The Euston railway station is situated in central London and there is an interlinked tube station as well, and thus you can travel around the city from there.
- Firstly, do not think of walking down to Dublin Port from the City Centre. The entire way is quite confusing, and while in the middle of it, you would wish you’d taken a cab instead. Best bet? Take a bus to the port or a cab if you feel like it.
- There are two types of ferries connecting Dublin and Holyhead – Fast and Slow. We do not recommend the fast one, especially if you are carrying vessels or have been prone to sea-sickness in the past.
- Ferry has enough space for you to walk around peacefully. You can also carry snacks and enjoy the journey.
- If you book a SailRail ticket you won’t have to book the ferry and train tickets separately. Just pay at once, and reach Euston without any further obligations.
You can get the ticket from the Dublin Port itself, and that ways you wouldn’t need a printer. At the port, you’ll get one Ferry ticket and another longer ticket, which is generally filled by hand. You are supposed to show the longer ticket prior to boarding the train from Holyhead, hence don’t miss it. Also, there are no specific seats reserved by this ticket. Sit at any empty seat that you can find and enjoy your ride to London.
2. Or Opt for Dublin to London Flights
The quickest and simplest way to reach London is via airplane. The entire journey would take hardly an hour, give and take a few minutes, but you’d surely enjoy amazing comforts on your way. Aer Lingus, City Jet, British Airways, Ryanair, etc, every leading airline has got their flights scheduled from Dublin to Ireland on a daily basis.
From Dublin, you can easily reach any of the international London Airports, i.e. Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Stansted Airport and London City Airport. However, since you are coming to explore the city, we recommend you book a flight to the London City Airport. This airport is located right in the heart of the capital, and hence you would save a lot of energy and resources travelling from Airport to various city attractions.
3. Dublin to London via Coaches
If you are in for overnight coach or bus
rides, this option might be perfect for you. The route typically covers
Birmingham and Milton Keynes, before terminating the travel in London. However,
if you find it difficult to sleep during a bus ride, we suggest you consider
other options for your travel.
Before making the ultimate travel decision, you should know that with Buses or Ferry and Train rides, you don’t have to pay for carrying extra luggage; although you are solely responsible for the same. This is not the case with flights, as you need to pay for carrying extra luggage, but at the same time, the airlines resume responsibility for a safe carriage. Sail and Rail is surely the cheapest and considerably faster way to reach London, but again, make an informed decision after considering all the above mentioned factors.Getting Around in London
London offers quite diverse means of communications to various commuters. In fact, the well planned commuting network often spoils the users with too much choice. There is a plethora of options available from arriving in London to getting around town. Below we shall discuss some of the most commonly used means of transportation in London.
1. London Tube
London Underground or the Tube is a smart way of getting around in the capital. There are 12 functional tube lines, and along with the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and interlinking railway stations serves various parts of Greater London. The tube stations operate from 5 in the morning until midnight, except on Sundays where the operating hours are reduced. For the ease of communication and different fares, London tubes are divided in various concentric zones. Zone 1 and 2 operate in Central London and Zones 6 to 9 cover the outskirts of the capital. To reduce travel fares, consider buying a Visitor Oyster Card. Now, let’s see how tube stations will help in your journey from your arrival in London.
Arriving at Euston Railway Station – Finding your way in the city from the central railway terminus station, Euston, isn’t a difficult task at all. The Railway Station is interlinked with the Euston Tube Station, and hence you can easily hop on to the London Underground easily. The tube station operates in Travelcard Zone 1, connecting you with every major central London destination, including the City of Westminster and the West End.
Arriving at Major Airports– You can easily make your way to central parts of London via tube stations regardless of which airport you come to. You might have to endure a little walk to reach the Underground from the terminal, which is particularly difficult if you are carrying a lot of luggage. However, need we even mention that this means of transport is amongst the cheapest? Thus, make the choice while considering various factors. In case you decide to travel via Tube, here is a comprehensive guide:
- Heathrow Airport–Piccadilly Line connects travellers from Heathrow Underground to Central London. Heathrow has 3 Underground stations, 1 for Terminal 1, 2 and 3, and 1 each for terminal 4 and 5.
- London City Airport–This airport is closest to Central London, and you can utilize the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) to reach Central London. DLR Stations offers interchangeable transfer to various transitory tube stations on the central line. Depending on where you intend to reach, you can plan a comfortable trip down to that particular station.
Here, please note that there are no direct London Underground lines connecting London Stansted and Gatwick Airports to Central London. We shall cover that under coaches, buses, and railway station. But first, let’s catch up on some safe travel tips while commuting via Tube:
- Try avoiding travel during rush hours. Morning rush hours extend from 7:30 am to 9:30 am and evening rush hours from 4:40 pm to 6:30 pm.
- Confirm the destination of the train before boarding. The destination station is mentioned at the front of the train.
- While using escalators, stand on your right.
- Prior to boarding, allow passengers to de-board first.
- When you enter the tube, move to sides, else, you’d be blocking the doorway for other passengers.
- You can download the latest tube map here.
Oyster Cards are plastic smart cards that can be used as against to paper tickets. You can top up the card at once, and use it for a number of journeys ranging from Tube, DLR, Tram, London Overground, and most of the National Rail Services. Travelling via Visitor Oyster Card is a smart choice since:
- It saves time, which otherwise would get wasted while standing in queues and buying tickets.
- It saves money, as the paper tickets are a lot costlier as compared to Oyster Cards.
- The card is valid for many journeys taken via public transports.
- There is a daily price cap, surpassing which visitors get to travel for free during the rest of the day.
- You get to enjoy discounts on Emirates Airline Cable Car and Thames Clipper River Services.
The popular red buses of London offer a convenient and cheap means of travel. Besides, when you travel by buses, you enjoy a lot of sightseeing along the way. In recent years, the bus network has undergone several improvements, and hence, now offers much more comfort and ease. You can use the Visitor Oyster Cards to pay for your bus fare as well. With travel card in place, the bus journey would cost you around £1.45, which is a lot less when you compare it with £2.40 by cash payment. However, it is important for you to have an Oyster Travel Card in place because from 6 July 2014 onwards no one will accept the bus fare paid in cash. The accepted modes of payments include Travelcard, Oyster Card, Visitor Oyster Card or a Contactless Payment Card issued in the UK.
You can reach the central parts of London from the airport via various Bus Routes.
From Heathrow–You can use the N9 night bus to reach Central London (Trafalgar Square) from Heathrow. One bus leaves in every 20 minutes. You need only pay the standard fares (£1.40 Visitor Oyster Card/ £2.40 cash), even for the night’s journey. Even if you don’t have an Oyster Card, you can still get one at the Heathrow Airport itself. Thus, we recommend you buy that before travelling ahead.
From Gatwick – An inexpensive express bus service connects Gatwick Airport to Earls Court / West Brompton within one hour. The bus service runs 24 X 7 hence you can take the journey any moment.
From London City Airport –Since the airport is so close to the Central London, you get to enjoy several bus routes connecting the two. Bus Route 473 connects travellers to Stratford, North Woolwich, Silvertown and Prince Regent DLR Station. 474 Bus Route connects travellers to Canning Town, Silvertown, East Beckton and North Woolwich.
From Stansted Airport – Although bus routes are quite scarce, travellers can still take a coach service to reach various parts of Central London.
Most of the buses provide a disabled friendly access, and hence ensuring a comfortable and convenient travel experience. Children under 11 years of age, senior citizens, and students are entitled to travel discounts.
3. London Coaches
Coach services serve the entire UK, with some even connecting to different parts of Europe. Travel via coaches is cheaper and convenient, but often takes longer than train transportation. Victoria Coach Station is the principal station in London. Situated in the heart of the capital, this Coach Station also connects to Victoria railway and tube station on the mainline. Besides, it also contains several useful shops and other facilities, including the left-luggage office.
When you take a bus journey from Dublin to London, you are dropped at the Victoria coach station. It is good in a way that you can easily reach the intended parts via London Underground.
One can also avail the coach services from different Airports, such as
- EasyBus offers a 24 X 7 low costing express bus service between Stansted and Central London. The journey often is direct, without any stoppages and takes near one hour and 15 minutes. If you book online, the cost of one way travel is £2.
- National Express makes available several coach services between the Central Bus Station of Heathrow to Victoria Coach Station. Depending on the route you choose, the journey may take from 40 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes. The services operate between 5:35 am until 9.40 pm, with a standard single ticket costing £6.
- you can opt for private shuttle to central London, especially if you are carrying extra luggage.
There is a well laid out network of train serving various parts of London and also going beyond. Train journeys are often very relaxed and luxurious and also provide a peep through the intimate culture and lives of Londoners. If you have flown down to London, let us explain how train can help your reach Central London easily:
From Heathrow–The Heathrow Express connects the airport and the Central London. Trains leave in every 20 minutes and offer complete luxury and comfort. Train fares for adults cost £21 if booked online, or £26, if you are booking onboard. You may book your train journey from Heathrow to Central London here.
From Stansted–In order to reach Central London in the quickest time possible, travellers should book a seat in Stansted Express. The train begins operation at 5.30 am, continuing till 11.45 pm. A standard cost for an adult seat is £23.40, and the journey scheduled to terminate at the Liverpool Street Station takes nearly 50 minutes, also stopping at Tottenham Hale Station.
From Gatwick –To reach Central London at the soonest from Gatwick, hop on to the Gatwick Express. The express line connects the Southern Terminal of the Gatwick Airport with the Victoria Station, and operates between 4.35 am to 1.35 am.
Besides, you can also book a First Capital Connect Train from the Gatwick Airport to St Pancras International, Farringdon, Blackfriars, City Thameslink and London Bridge. Moreover, during the day time, you can also take the Southern train from Gatwick to London Victoria, that also brushes across Clapham Junction and East Croydon. If interested, you may book your tickets here.
From London City Airport –The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) connects travellers from the City Airport to various Central London and other destinations. With thorough disabled access, DLR provides a comfortable and stress-free transfer.
5. Local Trains
These rail services are spread all across the city and often extend beyond the network covered by the Tube Stations. Most of the local trains provide easy access to various tube stations and other popular locations. Consequently, they are widely used by people staying in the outskirts to easily access the central parts of London. The trains accept Visitor Oyster Cards as mode of payment.
There are various frontrunners managing the locals. These include the Silverlink, SouthEastern Railway, London Overground, First Capital Connect, Greater Anglia, and Southern Railway.
Your visit to London isn’t complete without experience a ride in the quintessential black cabs of the city. The official taxis of London, these cabs are available at various noteworthy places, including various tube and rail stations, airports and several popular tourist destinations in London. One can book these cabs via phone.
After arriving in London, if you want to luxuriously travel from the airport to a designated destination, cabs are the best way out. You can catch a cab from every major airport in London.
Hiring Cabs in London
Any cab with an illuminated yellow TAXI sign in the front is up for hire. Cabs run on meter and a minimum fare is of £2.40. Additional charges may apply if it is Christmas or the New Year’s, or you have hired a black cab from the Heathrow. Also, most of the cabbies accept debit and credit cards, however you should confirm with the driver before starting the journey. Paying by cards may call for some extra charges, hence confirm with the driver first.
Travellers are advised to only opt for
licensed black cabs. There are various un-booked minicabs, which are illegal in
the capital. You must avoid the unlicensed cabs, as they are not only illegal
but also unsafe and uninsured.
The choice of your stay in London depends on which parts you are planning on visiting. Accommodations near central London are costlier than the rest, but there are various mystery hotels that you may book, which provide the same luxury and comfort but at discounted prices.
Besides, since you are travelling, we’d recommend you stay near the most frequently used mode of communication. Like we mentioned earlier, London City Airport is central located within the city, Hence, by booking your accommodation near the city airport, you are more than likely to cut short on a lot of inconvenience and expenditure on commutation. Alternatively, you can book your stay near Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports.
Moreover, accommodations ranging from 5-star hotels to boutiques and rather cheap hotels are also available near major tube and railway stations. If you are travelling via train, why not book your lodgings near the Euston station. That way, you’d get to stay in a central location and enjoy sightseeing at your own comfort and pace. Alternatively, you can also book your accommodations around the Victoria Station, and enjoy easy connectivity to both Victoria Coach station and tube station.
If you are looking for various other hotel deals and places to stay, you may explore Londonhotels4u.com further to find other lucrative options.
London being a land of diverse cultures and traditions, offers a delectable potpourri of different experiences. For any explorer visiting the capital, there is no dull day. Let’s now look at the various places you can explore and other things that you can (and might we say, must) do while you are in London.
From breathtakingly elegant royal places, to world renowned museums and art galleries to various chic and popular squares and corners, London offers you a rich mix of sites to visit. Some of the prominent places that you must visit are:
- Trafalgar Square – Trafalgar Square has been one defining emblem of the city. Your visit to the capital isn’t complete without a visit to this distinguished landmark, which carries the Nelson Column. Besides, this is the concluding point of various cultural events, parades and marches and more. Thus, if you intend to explore the true tradition of London, do visit or stay near Trafalgar Square at least once.
- Westminster – The city of Westminster is definitely a must visit for anyone, especially if you wish to explore the rich cultural past of London. Every monument and site of Westminster oozes sheer opulence and affluence. Do visit the Westminster Abbey, Cathedral, Big Ben, and the Palace of Westminster for an exquisite time. London Eye, with winsome views of the river Thames is also located closely to these attractions. Besides, various famous art galleries and museums like Tate Britain, National Gallery, and National Portrait Gallery etc are all located here.
- The City of London – The city carries the best of culture and contemporary development of the capital. Along with being the financial centre of London, encompassing the skyscrapers and chic corporate buildings, the City also contains the popular Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London.
Irish Events in London
Being the land of cultural diversity, London shows a lot of tolerance and acceptance of different cultures. Once we wrote this interesting blog post about the St. Patrick’s Day in London, an Irish event that is celebrated with a lot of pomp and show. You’d love it in the city, if you are visiting the capital around St. Patrick’s Day. Other than that, do consider participating in various popular London events, including the biggest street carnival, the Notting Hill Festival, London LGBT Pride, Changing of the Guards, Chelsea Flower Show, Great Britain Beer Festival and London Fashion Week are some of the most sought after events. Besides, the city is particularly famous for its Christmas and New Year celebrations.
London Night Life
Being the nightlife capital of England, London captivates you too much to just go and sleep at night. Various nightclubs like Ministry of Sound, Fabric and Koko are scintillating. If you want to make the most of your night, do consider visiting the Soho area. A paradise for the young and adventurous, Soho also sees a lot of participation from the LGBT community, with various pubs and bars catering solely to them. Toucan is an Irish pub located in Soho, and if you are looking for other Irish pubs in the capital, we recommend visiting Auld Shillelagh in Stoke Newington and Boston Arms in Junction Road.
Shopping in London
London has a reputation for making shopaholics indulge in their sinful pleasure. Oxford Street, Regents Street, Knightsbridge, Spitalfields and Bond Street are all ultimate destinations for shopping enthusiasts. Moreover, carrying the imprints of London’s ancestry, these places are a heritage site in themselves. If you’d like to know further about shopping in London, go read our self-explanatory blog post dedicated to shopping streets in London. Besides, if you are looking for a nice shopping experience, you might want to visit various popular shopping stores in London, such as Harrods, Harvey Nicholas, and Westfield Shopping Centre etc.
At last, we want to wish you oodles of luck on your trip to London. We hope our guide comes in handy for all of you and you guys have a time of your life in London. If you have got any further questions, or would like to say something, drop in your opinions in the comments section below.
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