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Ireland by Train

Ireland train travel explained

Ireland train travel 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. In Northern Ireland you can visit the impressive coastline, explore the history, and visit the vibrant capital Belfast.

 

Train types in Ireland

Trains in the Republic of Ireland are operated by Iarnrod Éireann (Irish Rail). Rail services in Northern Ireland are run by Northern Ireland Railways (NI Railways).

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Trains in the Republic of Ireland

Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) has modern and reliable trains across the country, with many connections to and from Dublin. You can start planing your trip with the Irish Rail timetables and journey planner.


Your Interrail Pass is valid on:

  • InterCity trains: Fast, high quality rail services that connect popular cities and towns in the Republic of Ireland. Wifi is available on most connections.

  • DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport): Dublin's electic rail system. To get through the entrance gates, just show your Pass at the ticket window.


Trains in Northern Ireland

Train times for Northern Ireland are on the NI Railway (Translink) website.

  • Free wifi is available on all NI Railway trains.

  • Bicycles are allowed on trains after 9.30am, with no extra charges.

Scenic routes

 

Republic of Ireland

Rosslare – Waterford/Rosslare – Rosslare – Wexford – Enniscorthy
Wicklow – Greystones – Dun Laoghaire

 

Northern Ireland

Londonderry – Coleraine

 

Popular connections

Republic of Ireland

Popular long-distance routes from Dublin are:

Dublin Connolly to Belfast (2:08)

  • This route has stops in Sligo, Wexford and Rosslare Europort.

  • The high-speed Enterprise train along this route runs 8 times a day and takes over 2 hours.

  • This train is jointly operated by Irish Rail and NI Railways.


Dublin Heuston to Waterford (2:10)

  • This route has stops in Cork, Tralee, Limerick, Galway, Westport, Ballina and Waterford.

 

Northern Ireland

NI Railways' popular routes are:

  • Belfast Central to Dublin Connolly, Republic of Ireland (with the Enterprise Rail Service) (2:10)

  • Belfast to Bangor (0:31)

  • Belfast to Derry Londonderry (2:05)

  • Belfast to Larne (0:50)

  • Belfast to Newry (0:57)

  • Portrush to Coleraine (0:12)

Discounted ferries

You can get discounts on ferry crossings to France and the UK with an Interrail Pass valid in Ireland.

Read more about benefits in Ireland.

 

Reservations

Republic of Ireland

Reservations for InterCity (IC) trains are optional. They can be made locally or online at www.irishrail.ie.

 

Northern Ireland

Train reservations are not required.

 

Extra info for Ireland train travel

Airport - station links

From Dublin airport Airlink buses go to Heuston and Connolly railway station (bus 748). Eurail Passes are not valid on the bus.

 

Sydenham railway station is next to Belfast airport.

 

Eurail aid offices in Ireland

  • Rail Travel Centre
    Connoly Station, Amiens Street, Dublin 1
    Mon-Sat: 7.00 - 22.20
    Sun: 8.30 - 21.30

  • NIR Travel
    Great Victoria Street Station, Belfast, BT2 7UB
    Mon-Fri: 9.00 - 17.00
    Sat: 9.00 - 12.30

 

Ferry connections

Your Eurail Pass entitles you to discounted ferry crossings from Irish Ferries, Norfolkline, and Stena Line to France and the UK. See the pass benefits Ireland.

 

Get your Pass for Ireland

Ireland Pass

 

Use your whole vacation to discover Ireland by rail.

 

Standard prices from $ 107

Global Pass

 

Be free to visit Ireland and up to 32 other Eurail countries.


Standard prices from $ 189

 

Tips and tricks for Ireland

Quick facts

  • Capital: Dublin (Republic of Ireland), Belfast (Northern Ireland)

  • Population: 4.6 million, 1.9 million

  • Language: English, Irish

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

  • Dialing code: +353, +44

 

Spelling of names in Ireland

It's good to know the local spelling of Irish cities when you try to find the right train station! Here are some places you may visit in Ireland:

  • Corcaigh = Cork

  • Gaillimh = Galway

  • Cill = Kilkenny

  • Cill Airne = Chainnigh Killarney

  • Luimneach = Limerick

  • Mala = Mallow

The main Irish train stations

Republic of Ireland

Dublin has two main train stations. There is no train connection between these stations, so you have to take a tram or bus to travel from one to the other.

  • Dublin Connolly

  • Dublin Heuston

 

Northern Ireland

  • Belfast Central

 

Ferry travel and other discounts

Use an Interrail Pass in Ireland and get 30% discount on ferry routes to England, France, Scotland and Wales.

 

Guided train tours

  • Get a discount of up to €30 on train tours from Dublin.

 

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