Are you traveling by car, ferry, plane or train this Easter holiday? Here’s everything you need to know

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Almost two million people will take cars, planes and ferries as Easter sees the most holiday travel since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

ardaí urged people to travel cautiously and warned their Easter road safety campaign would be strictly enforced.

Here’s everything you need to know about traveling this weekend – whether by car, boat, plane or train…

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Easter weekend travelers are being warned of potential disruptions as hundreds of thousands of passengers depart from Dublin Airport in the coming days and rail networks across the country undergo maintenance.

Dublin Airport advises all passengers to arrive at least three and a half hours before their flight, whether flying short or long haul, and allow an additional 30 minutes if parking a car.

Parking spaces at Dublin Airport are sold out on Saturday and have “limited availability” on other days over the bank holiday weekend, airport authorities have said.

Those flying from 8:30 a.m. should not arrive at the terminals before 5 a.m. to “relieve pressure on the security regime and allow passengers flying during the busy first wave of the morning” to clear security, he said the DAA.

It is recommended that passengers check with their airline before traveling to the airport when check-in and baggage drop-off are open and plan their arrival at the airport based on this information. Terminal 1 remains open 24 hours a day, while security in Terminal 2 opens at 04:00 every day.

Up to 250,000 people are expected to exit the airport over the Easter weekend, likely causing significant queues at security. Flight numbers are approaching levels from 2019, which was a record year for the airport, said Graeme McQueen, media relations manager at DAA.

According to our travel editor Pól O’Conghaile; “As a rule of thumb, Saturday 16 April is the busiest day over Easter for flights.

“The worst queues are at peak times, such as early morning (that is around 5am to 10am in Terminal 1 but may be as late as 12pm in T2 due to transatlantic flights), weekends and holiday periods.

“Terminal 1 has a second peak security check time between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. for evening flights.

“If you can book a flight outside of these hours, try that.”

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DART users are advised that construction work is taking place between the Grand Canal Dock and Greystones on Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th and Monday 18th April, so there will be no DART services between these stations.

Irish Rail has advised ticket holders that Dublin Bus and Go-Ahead Ireland rail tickets are valid for travel within the affected area and Dublin city centre.

DART stations are closed to train services at the following locations: Lansdowne Road, Sandymount, Sydney Parade, Booterstown, Blackrock, Seapoint, Salthill and Monkstown, Dún Laoghaire, Sandycove and Glasthule, Glenageary, Dalkey, Killiney, Shankill and Bray.

DART services operate between Malahide/Howth and Grand Canal Dock stations Saturday to Monday only.

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Dublin to Rosslare Europort services will operate with coach transfers between Dublin Connolly and Greystones, Irish Rail has confirmed.

There will also be significant disruption on the Western Rail Corridor between Limerick and Galway this weekend as construction work takes place between Limerick and Gort.

Bus transfers will be in effect and there will be “changes and additions” to the service, Irish Rail said. Passengers are advised to check the trip planner before travelling.

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Gardaí and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) stressed that the focus will be on speeding, vehicle safety and drunk and drug driving.

A total of 51 people have died on Irish roads so far this year – a shocking 70 per cent increase on the 30 deaths recorded in the same period last year, albeit during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Junior Transport Minister Hildegard Naughton warned the government is now spending €1m a day to support safe travel.

“The increase in road deaths this year is deeply worrying. We all need to take action to reverse this trend by being more careful when using the road – especially during the risqué Easter holiday.”

“Four people died and eight were seriously injured during the Easter holiday last year. This means that as drivers we have a responsibility to slow down, never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, never use our phones or drive tired, and always make sure everyone in our vehicle wears their seat belts.”

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Water Safety Ireland urged people to exercise caution around rivers, lakes and seas and to follow safety guidelines when water sports.

An average of 115 people drown each year in Ireland – with four out of five deaths involving men.

WSI warned that sea temperatures are still extremely cold – and sea conditions can change quickly at this time of year.

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Met Éireann’s Siobhan Ryan warned it will be a choppy Easter weekend with possibly the worst conditions on Easter Sunday, which will see heavy rainfall in many areas and hailstorms in some.

The best weather will be on Saturday morning with widespread dry spells, although rain will gradually blanket western areas.

Easter Monday will prove much cooler with highs of just 12C and a mix of dry spells and blustery showers.

In northern areas there is a risk of heavy hailstorms.

Unsettled conditions will extend into next week, although there is a possibility of better weather beginning April 29 with a high pressure zone likely to offer dry, warm and calmer weather.

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