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Dublin

Dublin is the capital of Ireland, originally founded as a Viking settlement. Today, Dublin is ranked as one of the top cities in the world, thanks to its history, economy, cultural, industrial and educational facilities.

The city's main stations are Dublin Heuston and Dublin Connolly, offering both commuter and national rail services. Dublin Port, which is Ireland's largest sea port can be reached by bus, or DART.

How to get to Dublin from
Route 1:

Travelling between London and Dublin is remarkably quick, and best of all, it is excellent value! The SailRail fare entitles you to travel between any station in Great Britain to Dublin for £33 or £38, depending on which ferry you pick.

There are a whole host of train and ferry services that you can choose to make this journey (follow the links below to find the timetables for each leg). The timings below show you the most efficient way to make the journey (quickest journey, with maximum of one train change).

London to Dublin by Train and Ferry:

Monday - Friday

ModeStopMon-Fri
TrainLondon Euston07.10a09.1009.1012.10b19.10
Holyhead11.1912.5012.5016.1422.56
Ferry TypeIFDSIFUSLIFDSIFU
FerryHolyhead11.5014.1013.5017.1502.40
Dublin13.4017.2517.0519.1505.55

Saturday - Sunday

ModeStopSatSun
TrainLondon Euston08.5008.5012.10b18.10b08.15a11.15a19.05
Holyhead12.5612.5616.1422.1912.4315.5522.59
Ferry TypeSLIFUIFDSIFUIFUIFDSIFU
FerryHolyhead13.5014.1017.1502.4014.1017.1502.40
Dublin17.0517.2519.1505.5517.2519.1505.55

Dublin to London by Ferry and Train:

Monday - Friday

ModeStopMonday-  Friday
Ferry TypeIFUSLIFDSIFDS
FerryDublin08.2008.2008.4514.30
Holyhead11.2511.2510.4516.30
TrainHolyhead12.39b12.39b11.23c17.30b
London Euston16.3816.3815.3821.42

Saturday - Sunday

ModeStopSat Sun
Ferry TypeIFUSLIFDSIFDSIFUSLIFDS
FerryDublin08.0508.2008.4514.3008.0508.2008.45
Holyhead11.3011.2510.4516.3011.3011.2510.45
TrainHolyhead12.38b12.38b11.5517.21ab12.5012.5012.50
London Euston16.3816.3815.3822.4316.4416.4416.44

a: Change trains at Crewe.
b: Change trains at Chester.
c: Change trains at Bangor.

IFDS: Irish Ferries 'Dublin Swift'
IFU: Irish Ferries Standard Ship
SL: Stena Line Standard Ship (Nordica, Adventurer, Explorer)

Route 2:

If you are planning on catching an Irish Ferries sailing between Holyhead and Dublin, you have the choice of two boats, the faster Dublin Swift, or the luxurious Ulysses Cruise ship. The latter is cheaper and has a greater range of facilities on board, but takes around twice as long to cross the Irish Sea.

After checking in at Holyhead, passengers are transferred to the boat by free shuttle bus, as they are located a short distance from the terminal.

Ulysses

The Ulysses is an enormous car and passenger ferry, apparently one of the world's largest car ferry (with the ability to carry 1342 cars and 2000 passengers). The boat has a range of facilities, including cinema, bars, lounges and restaurants. The ship is also equiped with WiFi (additional cost). Cabins are available for passengers (full details and options available here).

Dublin Swift

The Dublin Swift travels at around 80kph during the short crossing. Onboard, passengers have the choice of two bars and two restaurants, as well as a TV lounge, entertainment stage and gaming area. WiFi is also available at an additional cost.

At the Dublin end of the journey, both ferries serve Dublin Ferryport. Dublin city centre can be reached most easily by bus or taxi. A bus is waiting for passengers on arrival at the Ferryport, with journeys to Dublin's central bus station costing €2.50 for adults, and €1.25 for children. If you aren't planning on heading to Dublin, the Ferryport is a two minute walk from Dublin Connolly Station, which has trains to Belfast and Wicklow. If you are planning on travelling to Cork or Galway, catch a tram from Dublin Connolly Station to Heuston.

Route 3:

There are three types of ship that operate on this route, the Stena Nordica, the Stena Adventurer and the Stena Explorer. The Stena Explorer offers the easiest connection at Holyhead, whereas the other ships require passengers to catch a bus from the ferry terminal to the ship. For those passengers travelling to Holyhead by train, the Stena Express doesn't fit in very well with arriving trains, so this isn't the best rail and sail option.

The crossing takes between 2 hours and 3hrs 15mins depending on which ship you are sailing on. 

Passengers must make sure that they check-in in time for departure.

Latest Check-in TimeTime before Departure
Stena Adventurer45mins
Stena Nordica45mins
Stena Explorer60mins