Eurail in Ireland

How to travel by Eurail in Ireland. Overview and information to travel routes, Irish train types, night trains and Eurail reservations.


Eurail is valid on all trains of IE (State Railways of Republic of Ireland) and of NIR (State Railways of Northern Ireland).
For more information about train companies in Ireland click here.

Reservation and supplement:

Day trains: Reservation is optional on all long distance trains.
For more information about reservations in Ireland click here.

Night trains: There are no night trains in Ireland.

Good to know:

The railway network in Ireland is not very dense. The main lines connect Dublin on the east coast with larger cities in the western part of the country such as Sligo, Galway and Cork. The main line on the east coast connects Dublin with the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast. There are just a few other lines with a sparse service. Especially to explore the west coast you need to use buses which are not included in Eurail.

Timetables are available in our schedule planner or the Eurail app which include all trains and timings. You can also check on the national schedule planner.

To get to Ireland you have to use a ferry. The cheapest and fastest option is usually the route from Holyhead to Dublin, running frequently day and night. Other lines include Belfast – Cairnryan, Dublin – Liverpool, Rosslare – Fishguard and Rosslare – Cherbourg.
For more information on ferries in Ireland, have a look here.
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