Arklow is at the mouth of the River Avoca.The town is divided by the river, which is crossed by the Nineteen Arches Bridge, (the longest handmade stone bridge in Ireland).
From Dublin Airport, there are several options of Rental-Car, Taxi or Bus. There is no Rail option at the airport itself, but several buses (express or standard) connect regularly with the main city train stations. Pearse Street station would be the preferred boarding point (see below).
Follow the signs for M50 southbound, and then for the N11/M11 (Wexford/Rosslare). Take junction 20 for Arklow-North and junction 21 for Arklow-South.
Taxis' are readily available outside both terminals in Dublin Airport, however at a journey of just under 100km, this would be an expensive trip, easily approaching 200 euro.
Bus Éireann provides several routes through Arklow, including the 002, 005, 133 and 384 services. The 002 service starts outside Terminal 1 in the airport (travels via Dublin City centre) and drops off at 3 locations in Arklow. It is usually very punctual from the airport (last service departs @ 24:00), but beware that when returning from Arklow the pickup times can vary considerably from the scheduled times with delays frequently occurring. There is an Electronic "Live" Board at the Main Street pickup point but this is either accurate or way-off..! Also if you are planning on travelling northwards around "commuting time" in the morning, the bus may be FULL and not taking anymore passengers at your stop. It is advisable to plan on an earlier bus service than necessary, "just in case". Typical Fares; 18-Euro single/28.50-Euro return trip(approx fares).
Wexford Bus; Wexford Bus operates several services day and night linking Arklow with Dublin Airport(last service departs @ 23:00). However their pickup/dropoff point for Arklow is outside of town by Junction 20 just off the motorway (N11/M11). So unless you have someone collecting you or unless it is nice weather and you don't mind a 3.0km walk(to the town centre), it may be less convenient. Their website/Live tracking however is reported as being much more friendly/reliable. Typical Fares; 18-Euro single/26-Euro return trip(approx fares).
Arklow Train Station(400m from main street) is served by 5 trains daily(Mon-Fri) & 3 daily (at weekends) from Dublin. Dublin Pearse Railway Station is the recommended boarding point as it is completely covered over (good shelter from Irish summers!), the platforms have refreshments available on both platforms, which are also a very short walk(or run!) from the street below. Unusually for Ireland, this partly coastal train journey is very scenic. If travelling out of Dublin, the best views are from the left side of the train until reaching Wicklow (town) when you should jump into a right hand seat and enjoy the valleys/pine trees on rocky outcrops and the stunning Avoca river as your train crosses over and back all the way to Arklow. The terminus of this line is at Rosslare Europort (ferries to UK & France) at the South-eastern point of Ireland. The reverse journey has 4 trains daily during the week and again 3 at weekends.
Personal Craft; Sailors travelling by Yacht or Motorboat will find a warm welcome all year round in the Maritime village of Arklow. Indeed it is a popular stopping off point for pleasure sailors heading up or down the east coast, due to it's ease of access, sheltered harbour & abundance of mooring up points. Once inside the comfort of the well lit seawall,a short potter upriver will have the crew ready to jump ashore. There is a well sheltered pontoon style marina along the north quay, with a toiler/shower block. There is a long pontoon(in several sections) along the north bank of the river. Part is owned by the town council and part by Arklow Sailing Club. A quick call to either, will usually result in favourable answer and instructions. There are also many moorings in the river but these are privately owned. The river pontoon is recommended for "long" vessels as the marina itself is quite "tight". The pontoons have water & electricity. Diesel is available from the dock on the southside of the river. Bottled Gas is available from several suppliers in the town. There is a large sheltered dock on the south quays as well mainly for the arklow fishing fleet, support vessels for an offshore windfarm and the local RNLI station. The Arklow Harbourmasters Office is the first building on the right as you enter this dock. There is a new marina with approx 20 pontoons being built in this dock area. As of Jan-2015 it was almost complete. Hopefully ready for Spring 2015.
Ferry; If you do not have the luxury of your own boat, then the next option for a sea arrival is into either of the two ports in Dublin (Dublin Port & Dun Laoghaire), or the port in Rosslare as mentioned earlier. All have ferries that allow cars or walk-ons'. By car, then just follow the signs for the N11/M11 and continue as described above. If on foot, there are Bus/Rail connections on arrival to get you into the Irish transport system. Dun laoghaire port is recommended if on foot as you can walk straight out of the ferry terminal and into the rail station, where the Dublin-Arklow train (as above) stops to pickup on its' way out of the city. -Update- Sadly as of Feb'2015 the Operator Stena-Line confirmed they will soon halt ferry services on the Holyhead route out of Dun Laoighaire this summer. It is hoped a replacement service will be in place by next summer. There are also ferry ports further south (at Cork) and further north (at Belfast).
Arklow Garda (Police) Station....... +353(0)402 32304.
Arklow Harbour Master................ +353(0)402 32466.
Arklow Marina............................ +353(0)402 39901 & VHF #12.
Arklow Sailing Club.................... +353(0)87 2509330 & VHF #10 (only during racing).
Arklow Train Station................... +353 (0)402 32519.