Rugby World Cup: How can I get to Cardiff for Ireland v Argentina?
Q&A: Tickets and travel
Published 13/10/2015 | 14:11
The rush is on for tickets to Ireland's Rugby World Cup Quarter Final. So how can rugby fans travel to Cardiff for the crunch Argentina clash?
What's the story?
Been living under a rock for the past 48 hours? An unbeaten - but injury-ravaged - Ireland have advanced to the Rugby World Cup Quarter Final.
The game takes place in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium at 1pm on Sunday, October 18 against Pool C runners-up, Argentina.
Are there still tickets available?
Yes. Tickets for categories A (£250/€337), B (£215/€290) and C (£150/€202) were still available on tickets.rugbyworldcup.com as we publish.
Tickets are also available as part of tour packages by tour operators such as Club Travel, Trevor Brennan Rugby Tours and Killester Travel (see below).
How much are the flights?
Flights are filling up fast, and prices are skyrocketing.
Ryanair (ryanair.com) has announced an extra return flight from Dublin to Cardiff this weekend, with departures now at 6am and 9am on Sunday. The cheapest outbound fare is €180.99 as we publish, with returns from €105.99pp at 1.05am on Monday.
Aer Lingus Regional has also announced 1,000 extra seats between Dublin and Cardiff this weekend. It expects to carry some 4,000 supporters to the game.
Going to press, outbound fares on Sunday morning are quoting online from €148.99pp, with return flights from €255.99. Book on aerlingus.com.
Flybe (flybe.com) flies from Cork Airport to Cardiff, but appears to be sold out.
How can I get cheaper flights?
At this stage, tour operator packages bundling flights and transfers are starting to look cheaper than airline fares alone. Availabilty is limited, however.
Joe Walsh Tours (01 241-0800; joewalshtours.ie) has daytrips from Dublin to Cardiff including flights and transfers (but not match tickets) from €414pp.
Killester Travel (01 833-6935; killestertravel.com) has a same-day return package including flights and transfers (but not match tickets) from €415pp.
It says these may sell out "by this evening", however.
Club Travel (01 608-0030; clubtravel.ie) and Trevor Brennan Rugby Tours (061 624734; trevorbrennanrugbytours.com) also have daytrips without match tickets.
It's worth noting that Aer Lingus and Ryanair fly from Dublin to Bristol and Birmingham, which are within driving distance of Cardiff. By flying in advance of Sunday, you may bag cheaper airfares - but you will of course have to contend with transport and inflated accommodation prices.
What match-inclusive packages are available?
Club Travel (01 608-0030; clubtravel.ie) has a day-trip including match tickets (Category D), return flights and transfers from €599pp plus €79 tax. Match tickets can be upgraded to Category C for €99 and Category B from €179.
A two-night package, including flights, transfers and tickets is available from €900pp, flying out on Friday and returning Sunday, says Club's Robbie Sinnott.
"They are going to sell out, possibly by tomorrow," he adds.
Meanwhile, Trevor Brennan Rugby Tours (061 624734; trevorbrennanrugbytours.com) has a flight-only day-trip from €379pp plus €65 tax, and a daytrip with match tickets from €595pp plus €65 tax.
What about ferries?
As of today, cross-channel sailings remain available with Stena Line (stenaline.ie) and Irish Ferries (irishferries.com). Stena says it has return fares from Dublin-Holyhead from €128.50pp.
The companies also sail from Rosslare to Fishguard and Pembroke, respectively.
Celtic Horizons (01 629-2000; celtichorizontours.com) has just announced a one-night trip from Dublin to Cardiff from €219pp. It includes return travel by coach and ferry, B&B at the Holiday Inn Express Droitwich - but not match tickets.
NB: All prices subject to availability/change.