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First, I have never traveled by Train in Ireland. Consequently, I debated with myself if I should have an Ireland Train Travel page on this website. What follows is my personal thinking, what I have gathered from newsgroups and a few resource links to Ireland's Rail travel.

I didn't use trains in Ireland for one simple reasons, the places I wanted to visit Ring of Dingle, Newgrange, The Giants Causeway, etc. do not have train stations near them. Using the trains to see the rural delights of Ireland, does not make sense to me.

Photo right - scene on the Ring of Kerry you cannot get there easily by train.

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 this articule.

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 highway.

Ireland Rail Links (train schedules):
Ireland's Rail website
Northern Ireland's Rail website
For European Rail Travel and Rail Passes:
Rail Europe
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PS: I very much enjoy rail travel. Read about my experience in using the Train in Spain section of my Spain Travel Guide.

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Most of the information on this website was gather during my families July 2004 visit to Ireland