FOR THOSE travellers who do not drive, or prefer not to fly, Irish Ferries has a cheap and easy way to travel to Ireland: catch a train from your local railway station!
The ferry company’s RailSail tickets can be booked to start from any one of 2,400 UK railway stations. Fully inclusive rail-and-ferry tickets start at just £33 one-way for a journey all the way to Dublin port.
Online booking is easy. Travellers are presented with train times that co-ordinate with four Irish Ferries sailings from Holyhead every day. “You can step on a train at Birmingham New Street and go right through to Dublin for just £40,” head of passenger sales Dermot Merrigan told Essential Journeys. “Prices are set. They don’t go up and down depending on the season, or when you book, which makes it easy to plan both your trip and your budget.”
Although Irish Ferries operates routes from Holyhead to Dublin and Pembroke to Rosslare, RailSail operates in conjunction with the Holyhead/Dublin route only. The Dublin Swift is the only ‘fastcraft’ on the Irish Sea and offers the shortest crossing in as little as one hour 49 minutes. The cruise ferry from Holyhead to Dublin is three hours 15 minutes. Club Class offers reserved seating and free refreshments, and there is ship-wide free WiFi.
Details, 08717 300 400, www.irishferries.com