I would like to travel from London to Dublin on June 28 using the SailRail pass. I am aware that it takes longer than flying, but I thought that it might be a pleasant way to relax and take in the scenery.
I've been researching the SailRail pass quite a bit, but I still have a few questions for anyone who might have experience in dealing with this... thanks so much!
1) What is the best website to book SailRail passes from? I have found at least four websites that claim to sell these tickets:
And I think there might be more of them out there. Are they different websites all selling the same pass? Which one is the official SailRail website?
2) When and how should I book my ticket? The Man in Seat 61 (http://www.seat61.com/Ireland.htm) says that the prices are fixed (although they cost more if you buy them on the day of travel), so there's not really a huge advantage in booking early. He said that you can wait till you get to the UK before buying your ticket. But on the http://www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk/SailRail/ website, it says that you can "buy today for the best fare" and that tickets are available up to 12 weeks in advance. Who is correct?
3) I live in the United States and would ideally like to buy my ticket online before I leave for Europe. As an American, is there a particular website that I should use?
Thank you so much for your help!