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Irish Ferries runs a regular high-speed car and passenger service into Dublin port from Holyhead in Wales. The crossing takes 1 hour and 50 minutes on the faster Dublin Swift and 3 hours and 15 minutes on the huge Ulysses. Stena Line has services to Dublin port from Holyhead (3½ hours). It also runs a high-speed service, known as HSS, which takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes. Prices and departure times vary according to season, so call to confirm. In summer, reservations are strongly recommended; book online or through a travel agent. Dozens of taxis wait to take you into town or you can take a bus to the city center.

Ferry Contacts

Irish Ferries. Box 19, Alexandra Rd., Ferryport, Northside, Dublin, Co. Dublin, 1. 0818/300–400; 01/607–5700; www.irishferries.com.

Stena Line. Dublin Port, South County Dublin, Dublin, Co. Dublin, Co. Dublin. 01/204–7777; www.stenaline.ie.