For individuals that
want to focus on the major villages of Ireland
during their visit (Waterford, Cork and Galway
for example), train travel may be a good option.
But, for efficiency sake, you might still have to
take the bus to avoid backtracking to the
connection train station. Any one considering
trains, as their primary means of transportation
might want to look at getting a rail and bus
combination pass. Also, for those that want to
travel from the interior of the UK
to a major city in Ireland, a rail/ferry ticket
could be something worth exploring. Links to
train schedules can be found towards the end of
In looking in newsgroups
I found very little information on Ireland train
travel which was written from the personal
perspective. What I have read has not made it
sound encouraging for the sightseeing traveler.
Backpackers might find train travel in Ireland
meeting their needs more than the tourist family.
Also, apparently rail travel rates go up on
Fridays and Saturdays.
On the plus side, it does
sound as if train travel can be one of the
quickest ways to get to the west of Ireland from
Dublin. Due to highways going through the center
of towns, traveling by car takes longer than one
expects, even when traveling down a divided