Trains in Ireland

Scenic train coast of Ireland

With an Interrail Pass you can travel by train across both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They're directly connected to each other by train. The isle has discounted ferry connections to Great Britain and France.

Train types in Ireland
Reservations for trains in Ireland
Domestic connections in Ireland
International connections to and from Ireland
Ireland rail passes
Train stations in Ireland
Pass benefits for Ireland
Spelling of cities in Ireland

Map with main train connections in Ireland

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).

Irish Rail logo 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 check plan 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.


Logo of NI Railways Trains in Northern Ireland

Train times for Northern Ireland are on the NI Railway 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

Reservations for trains in Ireland


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.

Domestic connections in Ireland

Irish fast train

Republic of Ireland

Popular long-distance routes from Dublin are:

Dublin Heuston to Waterford (2:10)

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

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.


Northern Ireland

NI Railways' popular routes are:

  • Belfast to Newry (0:57)

  • Belfast to Bangor (0:31)

  • Belfast to Larne (0:50)

  • Belfast to Derry Londonderry (2:05)

  • Portrush to Coleraine (0:12)

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

International train connections to and from Ireland


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.

Ireland rail passes


Interrail Pass options for Ireland


Interrail Ireland Pass

  • Gives you access to the trains in Ireland - both Northern Ireland and the Republic and Ireland.

  • Youth, senior and family discounts available.

  • Benefits include 30% discount on several ferry routes.

  • Prices from € 87


View Ireland Passes


Interrail Global Pass

  • Explore up to 30 countries in Europe by train.

  • Youth, senior and family discounts available.

  • Prices from € 200


View Global Passes

Train passing the Irish coast line

Train stations in Ireland

Intercity train at Belfast Central railway station - Northern Ireland

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

Pass benefits for Ireland

Cliffs of Moher at dusk in County Clare, Ireland

Ferry travel in Ireland

  • 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.


See all Interrail Pass benefits in Ireland

Spelling of cities in Ireland

Signs at Cork Train Station 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

Related pages

- Countries
- Interrail passes
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