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Best railway


A friend and I are taking a trip starting in Dublin, then to Killarney, then to Dingle, and back to Dublin over 6 days.

What railway would be best for us to take? Should we get a pass for the entire time? I did some research online and couldn't quite tell!
Thank you!


Posted by
2291 posts

What railway would be best for us to take?

I'm not sure I understand the question, but the railway that takes you to your destination sounds like a good idea to me.

Posted by
581 posts

Irish Rail operates all the rail lines in the Republic of Ireland. There is no rail service to Dingle. From Killarney you would either take a train to Tralee and then a bus from Tralee to Dingle or a bus from Killarney to Dingle. Returning to Dublin you would take a bus to Tralee and then the train to Dublin. It's almost a six hour trip from Dingle to Dublin. To get an idea of your options look at the rome2rio website,, but buy any tickets directly from the service provider.

Posted by
1979 posts

Per Trotter, your only option is Irish Rail:, which has service from Dublin to Killarney but not to Dingle.
With such a short time at your disposal you're probably better advised just staying in Killarney for a few nights and booking a day tour to Dingle and Slea Head Drive from there.
Another popular day trip is an excursion out to the Gap of Dunloe that includes a scenic boat trip across the lake, a jaunting car ride up thru the Gap, lunch at Kate Kearny's (a local landmark at the head of the glen) and then bus back to Killarney.
Just buy point to point tickets.

Posted by
5367 posts

Just adding, if you are not aware, the rail system in Ireland is limited, nothing like most of Europe with frequent connections and stops everywhere.

Many look at renting a car, the bus is another option to look at.

Posted by
627 posts

Ireland is not the easiest country to do by rail. Renting a car is an option or you could look at a small group tour. When we went to Ireland for a week in July of 2015 we used a local Irish tour company that picked us up and dropped us in Dublin. We did Dublin on our own two days prior to the start of the tour.

Here is the link Excellent small group tour company with two options adventure (vagabond) or less active (Driftwood). Excellent hotels and guides.


Posted by
26079 posts

I'm also thinking of driving through Ireland. Where can I find out the train schedule?

The third post down on the 5th of February by Robert. Follow the link.