You may want to use Ireland rail travel to experience the countryside without worry about driving. The train system in Ireland criss-crosses the island and connects the main towns and cities.
Ireland rail travel is the fastest way to get around the country, except for flying. For example, the trip from Dublin to Galway takes three hours; Dublin to Killarney takes four hours; Dublin to Waterford takes just under three hours.
Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail) operates the rail service and also offers holiday packages called Railbreaks which include trips throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland. Translink operates train routes through Northern Ireland.
If you decide to travel by train for all or part of your trip, you can buy a timetable at any rail terminal or at one of the many stores where newspapers and other periodicals are sold.
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Several types of train passes are available. The Irish Explorer Rail pass is valid for eight days of Ieland train travel within a fifteen day time period. The Irish Rover Rail pass adds Northern Ireland to the destinations available.
In the Dublin area, there is a speedy commuter train called the DART that connects the suburbs north and south along the coast. The train is handy for traveling within the city as well as to the north as far as Howth (rhymes with "both") and the the south as far as Bray.
You can enjoy day trips to the coastal towns and watch the stunning scenery as you travel along the coastline.
Dublin also has a light rail system called LUAS. This system serves the inland suburbs.You might want to check the map to see if you can use this train for museum visits in the city.
If you are traveling to the cities and towns served by the rail system, you have the option of using the train for all or part of your trip. A combination of rail, rental car and even bus may suit your itinerary. Make your plans and enjoy!
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