Ireland vacation by train

An eight day vacation around Ireland, traveling without a car, but taking in Belfast, Dublin and Galway, as well as the magnificent Aran Islands.
Dublin Guinness Storehouse Walking tour Dublin Galway Inis Mór Belfast Cathedral Quarter Titanic Quarter
£1195To£1475 excluding flights
8 Days
Ireland, Northern Ireland
Tailor made
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Based on 2 sharing a double/ twin on a B&B basis.
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Description of Ireland vacation by train


Price information

£1195To£1475 excluding flights
Based on 2 sharing a double/ twin on a B&B basis.
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Travel guides

Europe railway
“The first time I took a train instead of flying, I was traveling from Italy to France,” says Scott Batchelor from our partner Euroventure. “I rememb...
Northern Ireland
It is impossible not to mention borders and politics when writing a Northern Ireland travel guide, but we aim to play with those concepts a little. Wh...

Vacation information

Travel flight free
Traveling to Ireland flight-free has never been easier, thanks to the number of ferry routes existing between the Emerald Isle and mainland Britain. The most convenient route for this rail tour would be from Holyhead in North Wales to Dublin. Holyhead is well-connected by the mainline rail network. There is also an overnight service from Liverpool, or you can travel from Cainryan in Southwest Scotland to Belfast and from there connect by express train to Dublin.
Dietary requirements:
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.


6 Reviews of Ireland vacation by train

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2023 by

Excellent..Using trains to go long distance. We do not live where train travel is available so the trains were exciting. We were able to see countryside and meet local people. Aran Islands tour was unique, it was small enough group to really see and hear everything. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 May 2023 by

Everything was seamless. Hotels, train tickets, and tours were all booked for us an readily available in an app on our phones... Superb! Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2022 by

Visit to Galway and Aran islands, plus the trip to Giant's Causeway on the Antrim coast. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2019 by

We enjoyed the walking tour of Dublin and the black taxi tour of Belfast because we learned so much from the knowledgeable guides. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Apr 2019 by

The overwhelming beauty of grassy green hills blocked into rectangles by stone walls capturing white fluffy sheep and the stunning quantity of stone works were the most memorable parts of our vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2017 by

Traveling by bike on Inis Mór. No real plans on the island. We just biked around and stopped at anything we found interesting. Great relaxing day. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


We are continually increasing our range of public transport vacations for those who actively choose low-carbon transport. "Explore Ireland by Train" is a unique touring vacation for car-free visitors. We grapple with the timetables of connecting trains, and add in walking and taxi tours and day trips to make sure you get the most from your visit. Not having a car in tow can transform your experience, both of cities and especially on an island – exploring on foot helps you to properly engage with the environment and experience the place at a more appropriate, slower pace.

We design our public transport vacations by imaginatively joining together the routes and options so that you can still experience the highlights of the country whilst respecting the environment.

We carefully choose business partners who match our values, preferring to work with smaller, family-run businesses committed to the long term sustainability of the environment and the local economy.


For us, true sustainability means promoting and helping to maintain a way of life, where the economic benefit from tourism can make a genuine difference. That’s why we work almost exclusively with local, family-run businesses, not with large corporate organisations. We build close and lasting relationships with our business partners, based on mutual trust and an unerring commitment to customer satisfaction. We carefully select these partners to ensure that they share our values of sustainable and responsible travel.

When we decided to add Ireland to the company's range of vacations, we set out to take an "all Ireland" approach, offering both North and South and encouraging visitors to explore the whole island, regardless of the border. One of the company founders, Robert Kidd, grew up in Belfast during "the troubles". As part of this particular vacation, we encourage you to get to know Robert's city as it is today, without overlooking the past. Belfast has changed dramatically in recent years, and welcomes travelers from all over the world with open arms. We include a black taxi tour to enable you to see the further-flung corners and gain insight into the history, culture and politics directly from a local. Tourism is vital in providing economic stability and ensuring that peace prevails throughout the local community.

All of our vacation packs include "Robert's Recommendations", our specific tips on places to visit, places to eat and places to shop locally, all of which have been researched by us, and many of which are off-the-beaten track.

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