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Ireland by Train

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).


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

Most long distance services start or end in Dublin. These services are run by Intercity trains. The Enterprise Service takes people from Dublin to Belfast in just over two hours. 



Travel time (by InterCity)

Dublin Connolly to Belfast
Enterprise Service
2h 15m
Dublin Heuston to Cork 2h 35m
Dublin Heuston to Waterford 2h 10m
Dublin Heuston to Limerick (Via Limerick Junction) 2h 05m
Waterford to Limerick (Via Limerick Junction) 2h 30m
Limerick to Galway 1h 55m
Dublin Heuston to Galway 2h 25m
Dublin Heuston to Tralee 3h 55m
Dublin Heuston to Westport 3h 10m
Dublin Heuston to Ballina 3h 15m
Dublin Connolly to Sligo 3h 15m
Dublin Connolly to Rosslare 3h


Northern Ireland

NI Railways' popular routes are:



Travel time

Belfast Central to Dublin Connolly 2h 10m
Belfast to Bangor 31m
Belfast to Derry Londonderry 2h 05m
Belfast to Larne 50m
Belfast to Newry 57m
Portrush to Coleraine 12m


There are several ferries to France and the UK. Irish ports with ferry connections are mainly Belfast, Dublin, and Rosslare, see here for more information.



Republic of Ireland

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


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 $ 131

Global Pass


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

Standard prices from $ 233


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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