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Train system

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Train system

My Mom(75yrs.) and myself (50ish) are planning our first trip to Ireland in September. We have been looking into tour buses but I am not so sure that is what we want. However I don't think that I want to drive, being from Canada, it would be on the opposite side of the road and I'm not so sure about the round-abouts. Does anyone have any ideas? Is the train system fairly easy to use? We will probably be staying 10 to 14 days. Also are there day tours, or overnight tours? Thanks

Karen

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Hi Littledale,

This site might be of some use (even if only to follow the itineraries):

http://www.railtours.ie

Hope this helps.

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www.railtours.ie as mentioned are very good.

If you just want to look at train schedules look up www.irishrail.ie.

What places do you want to visit?

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The train system is fairly easy to use, but not as frequent as most European countries. There is also a lot of improvements underway at the moment, which we are promised will reap benefits in the next 5-8 years.

It's funny that IrishRail have removed most references to their tourist passes off their website, but they do still exist.

Check out their sister company, Bus Eireann (equiv. to Greyhound in US, not sure about Canada).

A combined bus/train ticket represents very good value for your type of stay. Example: A norma; single Cork-Dublin return adult tickets costs EUR68, where as an 8 day bus/rail ticket costs EUR210 (incl, Dublin rail)

It also provides the advantage, of completing journeys via bus, at the end of the train line (examples: Kinsale/Cliffs of Moher).

Check out the tickets available at: https:/…ExplorerList.asp

re train lines etc.

Also their old website www.iaranrodeireann.ie still works and is much better in my opinion.

I'm sure there are other companies in US/Canada who could provide similar tickets.

Railtours are good for 1 off trips, but the prices will add up for several trips.

Bus Eireann also provode day tours. Check out https://www.buseireann.ie/asp/TourList.asp

Hope that helps.

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Thanks so much everyone for all of your help. As this is our first time to Ireland we are completely open to going anywhere. Have been looking at the tour bus iternary and they seem to go to the same places. So probably Dublin,Waterford, Killarney, probably the southern part. Does that make sense or is the northern part and into Northern Ireland a better plan? Thanks again for all the help. I will definately look up those web sites.

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I would stick with doing the southern part of Ireland in this trip.

That lets you soak up some of the atmosphere along the way. Sometimes people try to cover the 4 corners of our small island in one 10-14 day trip, but can spend too much time just driving.

We'll always be here, so just come back if you like it....

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