By Megan Millisky
Ireland has so many great cities to explore! Traveling by rail is one of the most interesting and scenic ways to travel through the Emerald Isle. You’ll see rolling green hills, historic bridges, and jaw-dropping architecture!. Here’s our easy guide to rail travel, so you can see Ireland’s best destinations with no stress. Zig zag the country with ease!
If you’re staying in Cork, consider a lovely train ride to Cobh! The scenic journey lasts less than 25 minutes - but there’s a reason it’s one of the most popular rail routes in Ireland! You’ll cross the glassy waters of the Belvelly Channel and pass by the green beauty of Fota Wildlife Park. Spend a day at the Cobh Heritage Centre learning about Irish life in the 1800s!
How to get there: Take Irish Rail from Cork (Kerry) station to Cobh station - the trip takes 24 minutes.
This trip takes slightly over two hours, but time flies when you’re gazing at the beautiful scenery! The first half of the trip winds through towns like Dundalk and Newry. The second half travels along the stunning east coast, giving you plenty of time to soak in the cliffs and sea. When you arrive in Belfast, check out the Titanic Museum!
How to get there: Take Intercity Irish Rail/Northern Ireland Railways from Dublin Connolly Station to Belfast Station.
This classic intercity train route winds through the coast and hilly inland. The train route takes you along Galway Bay, giving you a perfect view to snap vacation photos. You’ll cross the River Shannon, then Lough Atalia, a lake in Galway’s City Center. When you arrive, you can marvel at Galway Cathedral, or visit Galway City Museum to learn more about the city’s rich history.
How to get there: Take Intercity Irish Rail from Dublin station to Galway (Ceannt) station.
Pop into Cork for the day! Easily accessible by train, this charming city is known as Ireland’s “Maritime Haven.” This trip takes about an hour and a half, which flies by as you zip through the countryside. Pass through cities like Mallow and Banteer, then discover the excellent sightseeing in Cork. Blarney Castle, Elizabeth Fort, and Fota Wildlife Park are just a few of the great ways to explore this Irish city.
How to get there: Take Intercity Irish Rail from Killarney station to Cork (Kerry) station.
Located on the River Shannon, Limerick is a breath-taking city to visit. An express train takes just two hours to get from Galway to this impressive city. Pass through Craughwell, Ennis, and Sixmilebridge along your trip. Once you get to Limerick, stroll the river and find history and culture at every turn! You’ll find the historic Treaty Stone, and 12th-century architecture like St. Mary’s Cathedral.
How to get there: Take Intercity Irish Rail from Galway station to Limerick Station.