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Rail Sail to Ireland

Sailrail to Ireland

Leave the Car at home & take the train and ferry to Ireland!

Convenient, comfortable and environmentally friendly, SailRail is the affordable way to travel between the UK & Ireland. RailSail tickets can be booked for travel from any National Rail station in England, Scotland or Wales and travel to Ireland either via: Holyhead, Stranraer or Fishguard.Train services are operated by Virgin, ScotRail and Arriva Trains Wales and ferry crossings by Irish Ferries or Stena Line. 

Sail Rail Fares

RailSail Route Map

DUBLIN (via Holyhead) Fares....
Manchester From Just £36*
London From Just £41*
Newcastle From Just £48*
CORK (via Holyhead) Fares from....
Birmingham From Just £57.50*
London From Just £62.50*
Southampton From Just £61.50*
BELFAST (via Stranraer) Fares from...
Glasgow From Just £30*
Edinburgh From Just £30*
Newcastle From Just £45*

*The fares shown above include standard class advance singles sold subject to availability and released up to 12 weeks in advance of the date of travel.

Your Rail Sail Tickets

  • Your Rail Sail tickets include the cost of the train and your ferry crossing but the cost of transferring between the port and the city centre is not included and will need to be paid for separately on the day of travel.
  • As Raileasy is currently only able to post to addresses in the UK and there are no stations with ticket collection facilities in Ireland, tickets for journeys departing from Belfast, Dublin or any other Irish station will need to be collected from a UK station with ticket on departure (ToD) facilities before the date of travel or sent to a UK address by post.
  • Please be aware that whilst flexible ferry tickets will allow you to take any train on the date shown on the ticket, you will still be required to travel on the booked ferry crossing unless your sailing has been cancelled. If your sailing has been cancelled you will be transferred onto the next available crossing.

Rail Sail Ferry Timetables

Holyhead-Dublin          Dublin-Holyhead

Dept/Arrive 02.40/05.55 | 08.05/11.30
Dept/Arrive 11.50/13.39 | 08.45/10.45
Dept/Arrive 14.10/17.25 | 14.30/16.30
Dept/Arrive 17.15/19.15 | 20.55/00.20

4 crossings daily  Duration 1 h 49/3h 30

N.B. There will be no Swift service from Monday 18th Jan to Thursday 28th Jan 2016 inclusive due to annual maintenance.

1.Cairnryan - Belfast     Belfast - Cairnryan

Dept/Arrive 07.30/09.45 | 07.30/09.45
Dept/Arrive 11.30/13.45 | 11.30/13.45
Dept/Arrive 15.30/17.45 | 15.30/17.45
 2 daily crossings. Duration 2 h
2.Holyhead-Dublin         Dublin-Holyhead

Dept/Arrive 08.55/12.10 | 08.20/11.50
Dept/Arrive 13.50/17.05 | 15.10/18.40
2 daily crossings. Duration 3h 15
3.Fishguard-Rosslare     Rosslare-Fishguard

Dept/Arrive 02.45/06.15 | 09.00/12.30
Dept/Arrive 14.30/18.00 | 21.00/0015
2 daily crossings  3 h 30m


RailSail Service Disruptions

Ferry sailings can be subject to last minute changes depending on weather conditions so please check your route for service alterations before leaving home. UK Rail disruption can be checked by visiting the National Rail website, Irish rail disruption can be checked here and ferry disuption can be checked by phoning Ferrycheck:

Call +44 (0) 8705 755 755 when travelling to Ireland.
Call +353 (0)1 204 77 99 when travelling to Britain.

Irish Ferries:
Call +44 (0) 8717 300 400 when travelling to Ireland.
Call +353 (0)818 300 400 when travelling to Britain.

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Top Savings Tips

  1. 1. Book Early- Cheap train tickets are available up to 12 weeks in advance.
  2. 2. Avoid Travelling in Rush Hour-Off peak train tickets are cheaper!
  3. 3. Split Your Train Tickets- Split ticketing, where the journey is broken down into smaller sections could save you a small fortune on the cost of train travel. Try it here
  4. 4. Cheapest fare Finder-Our cheapest fare finder searches a wider time frame to locate cheaper rail tickets throughout the day.

Find a Cheaper Fare

If you book with us then find a cheaper fare becomes available for the exact same journey on Raileasy we will refund the original FREE OF CHARGE when you re-book as part of our BEST FARE GUARANTEE