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Bus or Train Travel ?

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Bus or Train Travel ?

What is the best way to travel around the country, bus or train? Travelling mostly to popular tourist locations.

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1. Re: Bus or Train Travel ?

Some destinations aren't the easiest to reach or explore without a rental car (Dingle Peninsula; Burren; Beara Peninsula), 'tho you should find coach tours to take in some of the highlights of these areas, with the exception of Beara.

But have a look at Top Questions on right-hand side of the Ireland forum page; you'll find loads of helpful information. Here's a direct link to "travel around Ireland":




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2. Re: Bus or Train Travel ?

It really depends on where you want to go. Even some of the most popular tourist locations are not served by train.

The rail network in Ireland is not extensive and mainly serves cities and larger towns. Most lines run out from Dublin with few intersections, so rail travel can sometimes involve a bit of backtracking. Trains are comfortable, relatively inexpensive and generally both prompt and reliable. The cheapest fares are usually available online and you can then pick up your tickets on the way to the train.



The bus network is more extensive and serves smaller town and rural areas as well as cities and larger towns. Again, you can spend quite a bit of time backtracking or changing from bus to bus to get to some smaller locations. Bus Eireann, the State bus company, provides the majority of national bus routes, supplemented by a number of private companies, some of which ply many of the same routes while others provide supplementary routes.



Personally, if we have a choice we opt for the train - in general it's quicker and more comfortable and not necessarily more expensive than the bus option or at least not by much.

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3. Re: Bus or Train Travel ?

If you do book the train make sure you pre book your seat especially on some of the more popular routes like Killarney it is no fun standing on a train for 3.5 hours even if it only cost €10.00

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4. Re: Bus or Train Travel ?

I found the buses pretty convenient last September. We did rent a car for the Dingle Peninsula. Our itinerary was in the West and Southwest.

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