Rail and Sail to Ireland from only £29 one-way. These special tickets are one of the UK's best kept secrets, combining travel by train and ferry into great value fares, even at the last minute. From London to Dublin via Holyhead, or Edinburgh to Belfast via Cairnryan, in fact it's possible to travel from anywhere in Britain to stations throughout Ireland for surprisingly little.
Rail and Sail tickets include travel on mainland UK rail services (Arriva Trains Wales, Virgin etc) and passage across the Irish Sea with Irish Ferries or Stena Line. Once you're safely across the water, continue your journey with Irish Rail as far as Cork, Galway, Tralee and many more, all on one ticket.
Rail and Sail to Ireland at a glance
Tickets can be purchased 12 weeks (84 days) in advance, when you'll easily find the advertised fares.
Prices are fixed, so it's usually possible to find the cheapest tickets if you book by 18:00 the day before. Bought on the day they're slightly more expensive.
Return fares are simply twice the price of a one-way ticket.
Tickets can be collected from any UK station with collection facilities, but not in Ireland. So if you're coming from Ireland to the UK buy tickets at Irish Ferries.
Sample Rail Sale fares:
To Dublin (via Holyhead):
|Advance/on the day||£33/£38||£38/£43||£38/£43|
To Belfast (via Cairnryan):
|From ||Glasgow ||Edinburgh ||Newcastle |
|Advance/on the day ||£29 ||£29 ||£37 |