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There are several ways to visit Republic or Ireland - by ferry from UK (or France), by bus or car from Northern Ireland, or by air. Many airlines fly to Dublin airport including:
- Star Alliance - Adria (seasonal), Air Canada (seasonal), Austrian, bmi, Continental, Lufthansa, SAS, Swiss, Turkish, US Airways
- Oneworld - American, Iberia, Malev
- Sky Team - Air France, Delta
- Other Selected - Aer Lingus, Ryanair
TIP Trans-atlantic fares to Ireland tend to be as low or lower than London and elsewhere in western Europe. Ireland also makes a good staging point for the rest of Europe due to the competition low cost carriers Ryan Air and Aer Lingus pose to other airlines.
TIP There are many flights between Dublin and London, but oddly none on British Airways (it codeshares on Aer Lingus instead).
UPDATED November 2009 - Continental switch from Sky Team to Star Alliance. No change to advice.