Your route for choice, value and flexibility
- No taxes.
- No airport hassles.
- No minimum stay requirements.
Crossing the Irish Sea from your destination by modern, comfortable mainline trains and then on from Holyhead to Dublin in 1hr 49mins by fast ferry Dublin Swift, or in the luxury of the cruise ferry Ulysses in 3hrs 15mins, is an unbeatable stress-free way to travel.
Combine this with inclusive, great value fares for sea and rail. Travelling by rail and sea means total flexibility to plan your journey. With rail connections from 2,400 stations and four sailings a day from Britain it couldn't be more convenient.
As many rail departures are not considered to be connecting services by the train companies concerned, it is advisable to confirm the departure time prior to the purchase of a sail / rail ticket.
View some of the highlights of a sailrail trip from Britain to Ireland here
Combined Ship and Rail Fares (Fare is calculated by Zone)
Please note that tickets purchased on the day of travel will attract a £5.00 supplement
Click here for a full list of UK rail stations and their corresponding Zones (PDF).
Pre-booking recommended. Valid until further notice - subject to change. Fares are priced per person one way based on return ferry travel within one month. A return fare is the sum of two one way fares. Children (5-15 years) are charged at 50% of adult fare, infants free
Before booking, please ensure to click here to read our Sail Rail Terms and Conditions
Click here to view the Express Bus service between Dublin Ferryport and Dublin city centre specifically for Irish Ferries arrivals and departures. (PDF)
Click here to view the Dublin Bus public commuter service between Dublin Ferryport and Dublin city centre. Please note that the timetable for this service is not designed to always connect with Irish Ferries arrivals and departures
Frequently Asked Questions
To make your booking, please call 08709 000 773 or contact your local mainline rail station. We recommend that you book as early as possible to avail of the best fares as tickets purchased on the day of travel will attract a £5.00 supplement.
Please note that SailRail tickets are only available on our Holyhead/Dublin services
Holyhead port and train station are part of the same building – simply follow the signs within the terminal to get to the train platform. You will need to make sure that you check in no later than 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.
There is a connecting bus service from Dublin Ferryport for most of our services. For information on this special service, please click here. This private service is operated by Dublin Bus and the charges are as follows:
Dublin Ferryport to/from Connolly Station: €3.00 per adult / €1.50 per child Dublin Ferryport to/from Heuston Station (where applicable): €4.00 per adult / €2.00 per child.
Payment is accepted by cash or by Leap card only. Please note that additional transport links such as Luas or other Dublin Bus services are also payable separately.
Unfortunately not – if you would like to book a first class train ticket, then you will need to book your ferry trip and rail journey separately. SailRail tickets cannot be upgraded to travel in First Class.
It is possible to book Club Class and cabins for your journey, however this would need to be done directly with us and cannot be booked through your local rail station. To make a booking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and advise your travel date, sailing time and the grade of accommodation that you require.
You can bring as much hand luggage as you can comfortably carry, but it must be packed in a suitcase or bag. No boxes or loose items are acceptable as hand luggage. One small piece of hand luggage will be permitted to be carried with you – the rest will be checked through our luggage handling facility. Please note that each item of checked in luggage must not weigh more than 22kg and you will not be able to access these items during the crossing.
Passengers may take with them, free of charge and subject to the conditions below, dogs and cats (max of 2 per passenger) provided that they do not endanger or inconvenience passengers or staff.
- Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times unless contained in a pet carrier.
- Dogs without leads or cats must be carried in an enclosed pet carrier which is rigid and not open (to prevent escape) and the animal able to stand and lie down in comfort.
- Animals and containers must not occupy seats, otherwise a charge will be made.
- Pets are not allowed in the restaurant cars. An exception would be made for guide dogs – these can be permitted into the restaurant car at the Stewards discretion. The train operator will make every effort to serve meals directly to blind and deaf passengers at their seats.
- If another passenger objects to the presence of an animal, then the owner must move it to another part of the train or place it in a suitable pet carrier in the guards van/luggage van (where available).
- The train company reserves the right to refuse carriage and entry of any pet/animal (byelaw 16).
Pets (small dogs and cats) are permitted to travel with foot passengers, but they must be transported to and from the ferry in a secure, rigid and appropriate pet cage or box (please bring your own). The pet must be able to stand or lie down in the cage or box in comfort and the owner of the pet must be able to carry the cage or box from the terminal to the ship. All pets must travel on the car deck in their cages or boxes. Please note that if you turn up at the port without an appropriate pet cage or box you will not be allowed to bring your pet on board. There are no exceptions to this rule
If you would like to book a ticket for a journey starting in Ireland, then please click here to access our online booking facility.