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Ireland by Train

St George's Market, Belfast

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Avoid the crowds by visiting in spring or autumn

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upgrade to five star hotels in Dublin or Belfast?

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St George's Market, Belfast

Ireland by Train

Best Time To Go

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, the Aran Islands 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 a day taking in the Cliffs of Moher and on the wonderful Aran Islands, where you will step back in time to a land of horse-drawn carriages and craft shops.

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 – to the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher

Day Six – Discover More of Galway on a Guided Guided Boat Trip

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.


£1195 per person for February, March, November & December, £1275 per person for April & October, £1345 per person for May to September.

Price is based on two sharing an ensuite double or twin room for eight nights on a bed & breakfast basis.

The supplement for a single traveller is £465 per holiday.

The holiday includes a walking tour of Dublin; a day trip to the Aran Islands by ferry and tour of Inishmore; a boat trip in 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.

A Wee Touch of Luxury

You can upgrade to 5 star hotels in both Dublin and Belfast and to first class on the Dublin to Belfast rail journey to add a little indulgence to your journey.

In Dublin you can upgrade to stay in a luxurious 5 star hotel nestled on a leafy Victorian street deep within the Irish capital’s most sophisticated quarter. The building’s somewhat traditional facade encases a contrastingly contemporary and fashionable interior. This hotel offers the quirkiest of delights at every opportunity from the modern Irish music playing in your room as you enter, to the chocolate afternoon tea in collaboration with Cocoa Atelier available to enjoy from the lounge’s eccentric chair collection. For this hotel add £95 per person in February and December, £160 per person in May, June, July, August and September and £120 per person for travel in March, April, October and November.

In Belfast spoil yourself with a stay in 5 star opulence. Originally designed and built in the Victorian era as the grandest of bank headquarters, this striking building in central Belfast has been transformed into a landmark five-star hotel.  Whether enjoying breakfast, afternoon tea, cocktails or dinner in the original banking hall, your eyes will undoubtedly be drawn to the incredible ceiling.  Look out for the plump cherubs atop the magnificent Corinthian columns.  Rooms are sumptuously decorated with richly-coloured fabrics, ornate mirrors and classic pieces of furniture.  To stay here add £175 per person for this luxury two night stay.

To travel in first class between Dublin and Belfast add £45 per person.

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