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Trains in Ireland

Thinking of taking a train to Galway from Dublin for the first part of our trip to Ireland, renting a car, doing our think, and then driving back to Dublin at the end of our trip. What do people think of the quality of train travel in Ireland? Probably 25 years ago, we took a train from Belfast to Dublin and weren't impressed. I expect that things have changed during that time. Any comments or ideas?

Posted by
460 posts

I've taken Irish Rail many times and always found the trains comfortable, convenient, timely, frequent and cheap. Nothing fancy, just a basic travel option.

If you haven't yet visited, here's the link. Make sure to check out the rail system map for an eagle's eye view of just where the trains go.

https://www.irishrail.ie/en-ie/

Posted by
40 posts

We took the train in 2019. They were perfectly fine. I'd do it again.

Have fun!

Posted by
5561 posts

Perfectly fine. Modern, clean, efficient, comfortable, reasonable, on time, not expensive. It's not exactly the Shinkansen or TGV, but it's a great, stress-free way to get around comfortably. My only disappointment is that it doesn't go everywhere. Otherwise, it's a perfectly good option for your plan.

Posted by
2225 posts

Actually, you needn't take the train at all. There's an express bus that departs for Galway directly from Dublin airport that's quite nice, and which would save you the minor hassle of making your way into the city to the train station.

Posted by
1777 posts

I too have taken trains within Ireland and also from Dublin to Belfast and recommend it. Ireland is one of the more scenic countries to visit offering good views along the way compared to the rest of Europe.