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Ireland by Train

St George's Market, Belfast

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Jan - Nov - Avoid the crowds by visiting in spring or autumn

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St George's Market, Belfast

Ireland by Train

Best Time To Go

Jan - Nov - Avoid the crowds by visiting in spring or autumn

Why not...

upgrade to five star hotels in Dublin or Belfast?

Prices From


No of Nights


Eight nights’ tour of Ireland by train, including Dublin, the west coast and Belfast.

A touring holiday by train designed specially to give a flavour of the contrasts of Ireland.  Carefully created for those who prefer to use public transport rather than driving, but still wish to visit the highlights of North and South, this trip features impressive Georgian Dublin, fascinating Victorian Belfast complete with the Titanic Experience, and the rural far West around Galway and the Wild Atlantic Way.  This eight-night holiday also includes fascinating walking tours of both Dublin and Galway to fully experience these historic cities, as well as a ‘Black Cab’ tour of Belfast for true insights into its turbulent history and positive, optimistic future.

Featured in the Sunday Times “Europe’s best ferry holidaysApril 2022.

Read about Tom’s car-free break to Ireland on our blog. You can also discover our Tips for UK & Ireland Rail Touring here.

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Day One – Dublin

Days Two and Three – exploring Dublin

Day Four – to Galway

Day Five – Discover Galway City in the Company of a Local Guide

Day Six – More of Galway at Your Own Pace

Day Seven – to Belfast

Day Eight – Exploring Belfast

Day Nine – Return Home

Sustainable Travel

This holiday is part of our ever-growing collection of public transport based holidays, enabling you to reach destinations around Ireland without the need to drive. We feel strongly that true sustainability also means promoting and helping to maintain a way of life in areas where the economic benefit of tourism can make a genuine difference to the local community, which is why we have used locally-owned small accommodation and local guides on this holiday.


Three centres: Dublin, Galway and Belfast. You can start or finish in any of these and we can arrange travel by ferry or plane to either Dublin or Belfast as preferred.


£1,195 per person for January, £1425 per person for February, March, November & December, £1485 per person for April & October, £1595 per person for May to September

Price is based on two sharing an ensuite double or twin room for eight nights – five on a bed & breakfast basis, with three in Dublin on a room-only basis

The supplement for a single traveller is £760 per holiday.

The holiday includes:

  • Walking tours in Dublin and Galway
  • A political “black taxi” tour of Belfast
  • Ticket for the Titanic Visitor Experience
  • Return train travel between Dublin and Galway, and Dublin and Belfast.

Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.

All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

We work hard to make sure the unexpected doesn’t affect your trip. On rare occasions, changes or cancellations may occur, affecting accommodation, transport or excursions. We are committed to informing you of any such circumstances and will use our knowledge and resources to offer suitable alternatives wherever possible.

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