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Trains in 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

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).

Map with main train connections in Ireland

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

Popular long-distance routes from Dublin are:

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.

Dublin Heuston to Waterford (2:10)

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


Northern Ireland

NI Railways' popular routes are:

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

  • Belfast to Bangor (0:31)

  • Belfast to Derry Londonderry (2:05)

  • Belfast to Larne (0:50)

  • Belfast to Newry (0:57)

  • Portrush to Coleraine (0:12)

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.



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.


Get your Pass 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 € 105


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Interrail Global Pass

  • Explore up to 33 countries in Europe by train.

  • Youth, senior and family discounts available.

  • Prices from € 185


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Tips and tricks for Ireland

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


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

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.


See all Pass benefits in Ireland


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