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.
Traveling by train in Ireland
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
Iarnrod Eireann, or Irish Railways, runs all of the train routes in Ireland. The trains in Northern Ireland are operated by Northern Ireland Railways.
Places to visit
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
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
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
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$263
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Eurail Ireland Pass from USD$155
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All Eurail passes with Ireland
Here's a list of all Eurail passes for your travels through this country: