Traveling by train in Ireland

Map of Ireland with capital city Dublin

Traveling with Eurail in Ireland gives you the best of two worlds. The Republic of Ireland offers an enchanting green landscape, the lively capital Dublin, famous castles and charming pubs. Eurail is also valid in Northern Ireland. Visit the impressive coastline, explore the troubled history, and visit the vibrant capital Belfast.

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Quick facts
Trains in Ireland
Places to visit
Events
Eurail passes for Ireland
Pass benefits in Ireland
 

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Ancient ruins of a castle, Ireland

Ancient ruins of a castle, Ireland

Dunquin Pier

Dunquin Pier

Temple Bar, Dublin

Temple Bar, Dublin

Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey

Belfast Castle

Belfast Castle

Ireland quick facts

 
  • Capital: Dublin, Belfast

  • Population: 4.6 million, 1.9 million

  • Language: English, Irish

  • Currency: Euro (EUR), British Pound (GBP)

  • Dialing code: +353, +44

Trains in Ireland

 
Logo of NI Railways

Iarnrod Eireann, or Irish Railways, runs all of the train routes in Ireland. The trains in Northern Ireland are operated by Northern Ireland Railways.

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Places to visit

 
City Hall, Belfast
City Hall, Belfast

A city moving forward

Likely most known for its violent and troubled past, Belfast today is a bright, optimistic, and forward-moving city. Boasting an excellent nightlife and fantastic food, Northern Ireland’s capital shouldn’t be missed. The past is not forgotten, however, and memorials like the Peace Wall abound. Check out the revamped Ulster Museum and the magnificent City Hall

Belfast Central Station is adjacent to Waterfront Hall and St. George’s Market, about 10 minutes from the city center.

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

Coastal wonders

The karst landscape of The Burren, and the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher are the reason a million visitors per year come to County Clare. The cliffs are breathtaking – and well worth a day of exploring. Hike around, or take a spectacular ferry ride and admire the dramatic cliff-face from below. While in County Clare, check out Bunratty Castle, a 15th century wonder, and Folk Park a 26-acre wonderland.

The fastest way to County Clare and the Cliffs of Moher is by bus or taxi.

Giants Causeway
Giants Causeway

Giant's Causeway

Praised for its outstanding natural beauty, the North Coast ‘s spectacular rock formation contains 40,000 interlocking basalt columns – the result of an volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Be sure to look out for the bizarre chimney stacks and the Giant’s Boot, while breathing in the fresh sea air. Runkerry Head provides an extraordinary two-mile walk.

The Causeway Coast can be reached by bus from Portrush and Coleraine train stations.

Cobblestone street in Galway
Cobblestone street in Galway

Perfect blend of old and new

Known as the ‘cultural heart’ of the Republic, Galway is home to an exciting blend of ancient architecture and modern fun. Stroll the medieval cobblestone streets and enter the ultra-modern clubs, restaurants and bars. The best people-watching can be done at Eyre Square and popular Kennedy Park. For a touch of culture, try Lynch’s Castle. Galway is also your entryway to the Aran Islands, if the mood takes you.

Galway Station is directly across from Eyre Square and Kennedy Park.

Trinity college, Dublin
Trinity college, Dublin

The home of Guinness

This vibrant, multicultural mecca has an ancient soul, but a youthful attitude. After a day of sightseeing, including Trinity College & Book of Kells, the National Gallery and the Dublin Writer’s Museum, be sure you save some energy to tour the Guinness Storehouse and party the night away in the Temple Bar District. In Ireland, the Guinness flows like water, and visitors should at least indulge in a pint or two. 

The Pearse Street Train Station sets you off right on the edge of the Trinity College campus.

Blarney Castle near Cork
Blarney Castle near Cork

Uncork the real Ireland

Many residents consider Cork (Corcaigh) to be the true capital of Ireland. And with good reason. The city has a modern, vibrant and progressive feel, and a colorful history. Home to Murphy's Stout and host to the famous Guinness Jazz Festival in October, Cork is also the city closest to Blarney (An Bhlarna), location of the famous castle and even more famous Blarney Stone. An absolute must-see on your Irish rail adventure.

From Cork Kent Station, it’s a 15-minute taxi ride to Blarney.

Events

 
The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast
The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

January 2 - January 26, 2014

Belfast comes alive with music, art, comedy and theatrical performances during this city-wide festival.

Belfast’s public transport network will take you all over the city.

St. Patrick's Day in Limerick
St. Patrick's Day in Limerick

St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2014

On the day when ‘everyone is Irish’, there’s no better place to be than on the Emerald Island. Although the biggest celebration is in Dublin, you’ll also find parades and events in Cork, Belfast and other cities.

Festivities take place all over the Irish cities. Take a train to the city of your preference and stroll down the streets!

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Cork
Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Cork

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

October 24 - October 27, 2014

This annual jazz festival has been running in Cork since 1978 and is Ireland’s biggest event for this music genre and attracts jazz fans from all corners of the globe.

The jazz festival is held in venues across the city, which is a 15-minute walk from Cork's Kent train station.

Eurail passes for Ireland

 

Most popular passes with Ireland

Eurail Global Pass from USD$536

The Eurail Global Pass is the flexible and value-for-money train pass that lets you explore up to 27 countries by rail. Hop on board comfortable trains that take you right to the center of Europe's cities. One day you're relaxing on a gondola ride in Venice and the next you're discovering Prague's fairy-tale castle.

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Eurail Ireland Pass from USD$167

Enjoy rail travel through Ireland.

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Eurail Select Pass 4 countries from USD$380

Discover 4 bordering countries with the Eurail Select Pass – 4 countries. Plan the route of your choice between and within each country, and spend as much time as you like at each stop.

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All Eurail passes with Ireland

Here's a list of all Eurail passes for your travels through this country:

Eurail passes Prices from
USD$ 380
USD$ 536
USD$ 167

Pass benefits in Ireland

 

Check out the extra discounts and offers for Eurail pass holders in Ireland, including reductions on certain ferries and hostels.


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