Ireland by Train

Trains - Tickets - Tours

A Travel Guide For Train Travel In Ireland.

Here you will find information for Ireland about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets, and more.

Useful Information

Population: 4.83 million

Currency: Euro

Language: English, Irish

Capital: Dublin

Country Code: +353

Time Zone: Western European Time

Train Companies

Most of the country’s trains are operated by Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail); however in Northern Ireland rail services are operated by Northern Ireland Railways (NI Railways).

Ireland rail map

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Train Tickets

Buy your train tickets for Ireland online on the Irish Rail official homepage.

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Rail Passes

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TrAIN tYPES

Regional Trains

The major rail network in Ireland is composed of the following trains:

DART trains serve central Dublin, Dublin suburbs, and Dublin. Tickets only bookable at the train station.

Commuter trains serve as Ireland’s short distance trains connecting large cities such as Dublin, Cork, Shannon and more, to its suburbs. Tickets only bookable at the train station.

InterCity trains are long-distance trains that connect Dublin to popular cities in the Republic of Ireland.

  • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1), hot Irish breakfast available on morning commutes **1st Class only available on Dublin – Cork line
  • 2nd Class (Standard): Rows of four seats (2+2)
  • No reservations required
  • Trains are equipped with WiFi, electrical plug-ins, and air conditioning. Most trains are equipped with a buffet car offering a range of food and drinks or a food trolley.

Enterprise is co-run by Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) and Northern Ireland Railways.

  • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1)
  • 2nd Class (Standard): Rows of four seats (2+2)
  • No reservations required
  • Trains are equipped with WiFi, electrical plug-ins, and air conditioning. Trains are equipped with a buffet car offering a range of food and drinks.

There are no regular night trains in Ireland.

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Routes

Frequently Travelled Routes In Ireland

National

From > To
Duration (h) Changes Transport
Dublin to Cork 2:37 Direct Train
Dublin to Galway 2:19 Direct Train
Dublin to Wexford 2:23 Direct Train
Dublin to Waterford 2:13 Direct Train
Cork to Limerick 2:14 1 Train
Cork to Shannon 3:28 2 Train & Bus via Limerick
Galway to Limerick 1:58 Direct Train

 

International

From > To
Duration (h) Changes Transport
Dublin to Belfast, Northern Ireland 2:10 Direct Train
Dublin to Holyhead, Wales 3:15 Direct Ferry
Dublin to Liverpool, England 6:40-7:39 1-2 Ferry via Isle of Man, Train & Ferry via Holyhead, Wales
Dublin to Isle of Man, England 2:55 Direct Ferry
Rosslare to Fishguard, Wales 3:15 Direct Ferry
Rosslare to Cherbourg, France 17:45 Direct Ferry
Cork to Roscoff, France 15:00 Direct Ferry
Cork to Bilbao, Spain 35:45 1 Ferry via Roscoff, France

 

Ireland travel routes

Ireland: Dublin – Galway – Limerick

Ireland: Dublin – Galway – Limerick

Main Train Stations

  • Dublin Conolly
  • Dublin Heuston
  • Limerick Colbert Station
  • Cork Kent Station
  • Galway Ceannt Station

Train Tours in Ireland

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To Ireland

We recommend traveling to Ireland anytime from April to September; however, if you want to catch the world-famous St. Patrick’s Day, get to the land of Leprechauns before March 17th. There are plenty of festivals outside of St. Paddy’s Day and are scattered all throughout the country in all seasons. Ireland’s climate is rainy but less so in the spring, summer, and fall. Be prepared for cooler temperatures, at all times of the year.

 

  • High Season: June – August
  • Low Season: September – May

Accommodation In Ireland

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Hostelworld

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Guidebooks For Ireland

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