Train and ferry to Ireland

If you’re planning a trip to Ireland without a vehicle then why not rail and sail by train and ferry? A train and ferry ticket combination offers one of the most cost effective and convenient methods of travelling between the UK and Ireland.

You can purchase a train and ferry ticket combination to travel from virtually any station in the UK to any station in Ireland! The rail sail to Ireland ticket covers train travel to the ferry port, the ferry crossing to Ireland and onward train travel in Ireland itself!

Book a train and ferry to Ireland in the fare search to the left, or see below for more information about trip options.

If you’re travelling from Scotland then it may be quicker to travel to Ireland via Northern Ireland using the Cairnryan Belfast ferry operated by Stena Line. There is no train station at the port of Cairnryan so your train will stop at Ayr where they’ll be a coach provided by Stena Line to transfer you to Cairnryan port for the ferry trip to Belfast (see timetable within booking system). On arrival in Belfast port you’ll need to transfer to the centre and then to Belfast central train station in order to travel onwards to Ireland. The Translink Metro service 96 connects you to the city (though may not be aligned with ferry arrivals – check timetable before you travel) or alternatively there are taxis just outside the terminal building. Transfers are not included in the price of the Rail Sail ticket.


Please note: Direct Ferries are working in conjunction with to offer you the facility to buy train and ferry combined tickets online. ‘Rail and sail’ or ‘train and ferry’ ticket combinations purchased via this site will be provided by, and not Direct Ferries. Therefore, should you have any queries related to this product, please contact

Information on these Rail and Sail by train and ferry pages is provided for guide purposes only and you are advised to do your own investigation regarding transfers and connecting services.