The best 4 day trip around Ireland

Ireland is a country that’s famous for its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and friendly people. For many travellers, three days is just enough time to get a taste of what this beautiful country has to offer. In this article, we’ll take a look at the perfect itinerary for Ireland and how you can easily get around using Expressway’s great values services. Expressway is part of Bus Eireann, the national and iconic state coach and bus operator in this wonderful country.


Day 1: Dublin to Waterford


Start your adventure in Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. There are plenty of things to see and do here, including visiting the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Once you’ve explored the city, it’s time to hop on the 2 or 2X bus from Dublin to Wexford before changing onto the 40 service towards Waterford, which is a relaxing, comfortable journey, gazing out at fab, typically Irish countryside and villages en route.


Waterford is a charming town located in the southeast of Ireland. It’s famous for its crystal factory, but there are plenty of other things to do here as well. Visit the Waterford Museum of Treasures to learn about the town’s history, take a stroll through the Waterford Greenway, or go on a tour of the Waterford Crystal factory.


Spend the night in Waterford before continuing your journey the next day.


Day 2: Waterford to Cork and Limerick


On day two, take the 40 bus from Waterford to Cork, which is located on the southwest coast of Ireland. Cork is a lively city with a rich history, and it’s renowned for its culinary delights and charming pubs! Take a walk through the English Market to see the local produce and sample some delicious food or visit the Cork City Gaol to learn about the city’s eclectic past.


After exploring Cork, hop on the 51 bus to Limerick, which is located on the west coast of Ireland. Limerick is a beautiful city with plenty of things to see and do. Take a stroll along the River Shannon, visit King John’s Castle to learn about the city’s history, or check out the Limerick City Gallery of Art. The nightlife is pretty exciting here too!


It’s time now for a relaxing night in Limerick.


Day 3: Limerick to Galway and Donegal


On the final day of your trip, take the 51 bus from Limerick to Galway. Galway is a charming, mesmerising city located on the west coast of Ireland. It’s known for its colourful buildings, lively music scene, and friendly people, as well as breath-taking scenery on its doorstep. Take a stroll down Shop Street to see some of the local shops and cafes or visit the Galway City Museum to learn about the city’s history.


After exploring Galway, then whisk away once more in the comfort of Expressway and onboard the 64 bus to Donegal, a picturesque county nestled on the rugged northwest coast of Ireland, enchants visitors with its breathtaking landscapes, pristine beaches, and rich cultural heritage. In Donegal, visitors can immerse themselves in a plethora of activities, from exploring ancient castles and vibrant seaside towns to hiking the majestic cliffs of Slieve League and indulging in traditional Irish music sessions in cosy pubs.


Day 4: Donegal to Dublin 


After exploring Donegal, it’s time to head back to Dublin. You can take the 30 or 32 bus from Donegal to Dublin, which will take you through some beautiful countryside and give you one last chance to take in the stunning scenery of Ireland and complete a wonderful, unforgettable sojourn across the Emerald Isle.