In Ireland, rail services are provided by Northern Ireland Railways and Iarnród Éireann (in Republic of Ireland). Major lines served by Intercity trains are Dublin to Cork, Dublin to Limerick, Dublin to Galway, Dublin to Tralee, Dublin to Waterford, Dublin to Westport, Dublin to Arklow and Limerick to Galway. In Northern Ireland the main routes are Belfast to Derry, Colerain to Portrush and Belfast to Larne Harbour. There is a cross border route for trains linking Belfast and Dublin.
Ireland is an island full of passion, located in the north west of continental Europe. Beyond its whopping 1,448 km of coastline, lively capitals (Belfast and Dublin), and jaw dropping landscapes, you will find the Irish who are passionate about politics, sport and poetry. Having put its tumultuous past behind but without putting aside its rich traditions, the Ireland of today is resolutely turned towards a cosmopolitan and modern society. Having an extensive rail network, it is quite easy to get around in Ireland.
Explore the two different worlds, the one of Cork and the one of Dublin. It’s very easy to go from one city to the other thanks to the Intercity train. Faithful to the cliché you have about it, you’ll find in Dublin pubs in every corner of the streets.
If you are fond of majestic landscapes, board a train and cross the fantastic countryside as you couldn’t have seen it by car. There, from Dublin to Cork, open grasslands, green pastureland and rolling hills will be a feast for your eyes!
By train you can easily reach Belfast or Dublin where you may need a full day to shop. You will be spoiled for choice. Flea markets to wander around, farmer’s markets to discover the local products, boutiques to dig up the perfect gift or craft shops to buy some souvenirs, you will have everything around the city stations.
Eat & Drink
Londonderry (Derry for close friends), the second most important city of Ireland, provides excellent seafood from the River Foyle. A pint of Guinness to accompany this meal is just perfect. Derry is not even one hour far by train from Belfast, and is well-known for its hospitality. From typical Irish pubs to trendy bars, you’ll have everything.
Don’t leave Dublin without having visited the Aviva rugby stadium, with its 50 000 all-seated capacity.
Rail pass benefits
Rail Pass benefits in Ireland
- 30% discount for the ferry crossings (standard fare) from Rosslare to Cherbourg (France) (February to December) and Rosslare to Roscoff (France) (May to September) operated by Irish Ferries. We recommend advance booking. No daily sailings.
- 30% discount on the crossings Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead (UK), Cairnryan - Belfast, Dublin Port-Holyhead, Liverpool - Belfast and Rosslare - Fishguard (UK) operated by Stena Line (standard fares).
- 30% discount on the crossings Dublin - Holyhead (UK) and Rosslare - Pembroke (UK) operated by Irish Ferries (standard fares).
- Free travel. National railway of Northern Ireland operated by Translink NI Railways.
- Up to €30 discount. Railtours Ireland (Guided tour of Ireland).