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Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) and Heuston Station
From Galway, I took Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) to Dublin's Heuston Station. The train itself was quite comfortable -- with plenty of storage space for luggage. At Heuston Station, there are a lot of public transportation options -- including a LUAS (light rail) line that has a stop right outside the station.
On this occasion, I took a taxi from Heuston Station to the Carlton Dublin Airport Hotel. The cost for the ride was 20 Euros -- and I gave the driver a 2 Euro tip. While expensive, this cab ride (like all of my others in Ireland) was entertaining and informative because of the friendly driver.
This Rucksack is MUCH too Big!
We took a morning train to Portloaise from Heuston with a lot of other Festival goers. A 5 day return ticket was around 20E. It took almost an hour to get there and we were so glad that there were plenty of coaches waiting at the station to take us the rest of the way to the festival! (at a cost of 5E)
Principal Intercity Stations
Heuston Station: For services to Cork, Killarney, Tralee, Waterford, Limerick, Galway. Westport and Ballina
Connolly Station: For services to Belfast, Rosslare, Wexford and Sligo. This also services Dart and suburban services to Howth and Balbriggan in the North and Bray and Arklow in the South.
For general information see the number below.
Iarnrod Eireann in Irish which translates to Irish Rail in English also have railwaybreak holidays which include hotel and rail travel. You can call them at the number below for more information
Quick, clean and painless.
As I mentioned in my Dublin introduction page, it was many, many years since I had last visited Dublin when I returned in November 2012. I was merely travelling through en route from London to Northern Ireland and return. On the journey to Northern Ireland, I literally ran through Connolly Station to dive on a train that was imminently departing. The reason for this was that my travel plans had been thrown into chaos by a Force 8 gale on the Irish Sea which had cancelled the fast ferry. The return journey was a lot more relaxed and I had time to have a quick look round the station which was clean, well served by security and other staff and generally very pleasant.
The station serves routes to Sligo and Northern Ireland as well as suburban services and the DART in the Dublin area. In may case it is the terminus station for the Enterprise train which originates in Belfast. The attached website is excellent but I will precis some of the more pertinent information here.
There is a bar, several coffeeshops and a couple of other shops on the station, along with an ATM machine and free wifi (ask at the information desk). The station is fully wheelchair accessible with an accessible toilet and there is an induction loop in the ticket office.
I had occasion to ask directions to the bus station and the man at the information desk (situated near the front door on Amiens Street) was courteous and helpful. All in all a very good advertisement for the Irish Rail network, named Iarnród Éireann in the Gaelic.
Heuston is Dublin's terminal station for trains to the south and the west. The main building dates from 1846, when it was opened as the headquarted of the Great Southern & Western Railways. The architect was Sancton Wood. It was originally named as the Kingsbridge Station, but the name was changed in 1966 to recognize Sean Heuston, a station employee here who became a leader of the 1916 Easter Rebellion.
Heuston Train Station
Heuston is one the main train stations serving Dublin with connections to points south, southwest, and west. Hueston is located on the western side of central Dublin, not far from the National Museum and the Guiness Brewery. I found the building itself to be an interesting piece of architecture for a train station. Inside the station are ticket kiosks, ticket counters, various vending machines, a magazine/newspaper store, three or so cafes/bars, and a few benches. There are internet kiosks (pay) and a large television showing news reports. The entrance to the trains is card reader turnstile, much like those in various subway stations around the work. The station was pretty clean despite its bustling nature.
I came here to take the Intercity train out to Cork (3hr ride).
2 main train stations
Heuston station about 3km west of the city centre, down the southern quays, past Guiness Brewery. Heuston serves southern & western cities like Limerick,Cork, Galway, Waterford, Tralee, Castlebar.
Connolly Station is in the city centre (Amiens St)and unlike Heuston, is one of the DART stops. (More about the Dart later). Serves northern towns and the east coast like Sligo, Rosslare, Belfast, Arklow, Longford.
Travelling IN Dublin
Dublin is the only place in Ireland you don't want a car. Public transportation is easy, both DART trains and buses will get you where you need to go without the hassle of all the one-way streets!
From the DART website your can get a 3 day bus/rail pass for 15 euro. If you're travelling around a lot this will be very worthwhile!. We went from Malahide, Howth, Clontarf, Hueston, Ballsbridge, Bray, Dun Laogherie, and Monkstown on the same pass, as well as using it for short bus hops.
Getting around Ireland --- Not by train!!
Not by train!! The train system is terrible, everywhere you go you have to get the train to Dublin first and from there you continue towards your destination. Trains are always late. Busses are better (and cheaper I think).
Dublin has two main stations: Connolly Station (picture) for trains going North and South and Heuston Station for going West.
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