With an Interrail pass you can travel by train across the two countries of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Trains in Ireland are operated by Iarnrod Éireann (Irish Rail). Rail services in Northern Ireland are run by Northern Ireland Railways (NI Railways). Ireland and Northern Ireland are directly connected to each other by train. The isle has discounted ferry connections to Great Britain and France.
Trains in Ireland
More information about trains in Ireland
Republic of Ireland
The national railway company of Ireland is called Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail). Irish Rail provides a modern, comfortable and frequent rail service to most parts of Ireland.
The website of the Irish railway company: Irish Rail offer a journey planner, printable timetables and a rail network map.
Please note that on most Irish trains there is no class distinction.
Most trains in Ireland operate to and from Dublin. There are 2 main stations in Dublin: Connolly Station and Heuston Station. There are no trains connecting these stations, so you have to take a tram or bus to go from Connolly to Heuston.
Important long-distance connections from Dublin are:
From Dublin Heuston – Cork, Tralee, Limerick, Galway, Westport, Ballina and Waterford.
From Dublin Connolly – Sligo, Wexford, Rosslare Europort and Belfast.
The high-speed 'Enterprise' train is jointly operated by Iarnród Éireanna and NI Railways. It runs 8 times a day between Dublin Connolly and Belfast (Northern Ireland) in just over 2 hours.
Other InterCity routes in Ireland, that also stop at smaller stations:
Cork – Tralee
Cork – Limerick
Smaller towns are connected by local 'Railcar' trains, that only have 2nd class compartments. Routes where these trains run: Mallow – Tralee, Cork – Cobh, Limerick Junction – Limmrick – Ennis Dublin – Dundalk and Dublin – Rosslare.
Your Interrail pass is also valid on the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport), a suburban railway network in the Dublin area operated by Irish Rail. You have to show your pass at the ticket window to get access through the entrance gates.
NIR / Northern Ireland Railways is the national railway company of Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland Railways operates trains on these main routes:
Bangor Line: Bangor – Belfast – Lisburn – Portadown – Newry
Derry Line: Londonderry – Coleraine – Ballymena – Antrim – Belfast
Larne Line: Larne – Carrickfergus – Belfast
Portrush Line: Coleraine – Portrush
Cross Border Line: Belfast Central – Portadown – Newry – Dundalk – Dublin *
* The high-speed 'Enterprise' train runs 8 times a day between Belfast and Dublin Connolly (Republic of Ireland) in just over 2 hours. It is jointly operated by NI Railways and Iarnród Éireann.
Your Interrail Global Pass or Interrail Ireland Pass entitles you to discounted ferry crossings from Irish Ferries, Norfolkline and Stena Line to France and the UK. Read more about benefits in Ireland
For domestic trains in (Northern) Ireland reservations are not required, so you can just hop on any train with your Interrail pass.
It is possible but not required to make a reservation for InterCity (IC) trains. Reservations can be made locally or online at www.irishrail.ie.
Republic of Ireland
Rosslare – Waterford / Rosslare – Rosslare – Wexford – Enniscorthy
Wicklow – Greystones – Dun Laoghaire
Londonderry – Coleraine