The weather in Ireland changes often and can change quickly. Most of the time, the weather is mild and rainy with few temperature extremes. However, because the weather is unpredictable, it is possible to experience all four seasons in one day in some areas.
Situated on an island, Ireland weather is influenced by the Gulf Stream which keeps the weather slightly warmer than other European countries. This is what keeps the coast of Ireland ice free during the winter. It is actually unusual to have an extreme winter in Ireland, even inland while summer temperatures are also pleasant.
Summer is the rainy season, however, and it is often cloudy all year. It is rare to have an entire day that does not have some cloudiness throughout the year. Ireland is often windy as well, especially in the early spring and fall.
Bus transportation is the main type of public transportation in Ireland. It is the most convenient and lowest cost for all types of transportation in the country.
Cities including Belfast, Cork, Limerick, Dublin, Galway and Derry all have their own railway networks as well. Most of the railways are designed around the center portion of each city and don’t travel far outside the boundaries.
Many people in Ireland get around on bicycles when the weather is warm. Keep in mind that traffic in cities can be very heavy and, in winter, the weather can be bitter cold.
There are taxis and rideshare options in Ireland. Rental cars are also available if you want to travel the country on your own.