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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:Varies

Best London to Dublin Independent Multi-Day Rail Trip

Keen to add a visit to the Emerald Isle to your trip to England? Then take this great value independent multi-day rail trip from London to Dublin and travel to Ireland the relaxed, scenic and eco-friendly way!

The trip includes return train travel from London to the Welsh port of Holyhead, return cruiseferry crossing from Holyhead to Dublin and 3-star hotel accommodation in Ireland's capital city. Choose the standard 3-day trip for a taste of the Emerald Isle, or why not upgrade to the 4-day or 5-day trip and spend a little longer exploring Ireland?


  • Independent Multi-Day Rail Trip from London to Dublin
  • Scenic return train trip to Wales included
  • Enjoy a return sea crossing from Wales to Ireland by cruiseferry
  • 3-star accommodation in Dublin included
  • Avoid the hassles of airports and travel to Ireland the eco-friendly way!
  • While in Ireland, why not take a trip to Limerick and the Cliffs of Moher?
  • Don't miss the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone!
  • Alternatively, explore the beauty of Northern Ireland and Giants Causeway

What You Can Expect

Best London to Dublin Independent Multi-Day Rail Trip

Ulysses Cruiseferry, London to Dublin Multi-Day Rail Tour

The trip commences at London Euston station, where you will be met by your guide and escorted onto your direct express train bound for Holyhead in Wales. Your train, complete with onboard toilets and a shop, will speed through the beautiful countryside of England and Wales to reach Holyhead in just 4 hours.

Upon arrival into Holyhead's port station you will immediately board the Ulysses cruiseferry for an invigorating 3.5 hour voyage across the Irish Sea to Dublin. Facilities on board ship include a range of restaurants and bars, a 2-screen cinema and a traditional promenade deck, from where you can enjoy the fresh sea air.

The ship arrives into Dublin Port in the early evening and you will be transferred directly to your 3-star hotel in Dublin City Centre for a 2-night stay or longer depending on tour option selected. The evening and the next day(s) are yours to enjoy: why not visit the world-renown Guinness Storehouse, retrace the footsteps of Molly Malone, or even take a rail tour out into the Irish countryside?

At the end of a memorable visit to Ireland you will be transferred back to Dublin Port for the return crossing to Holyhead, where your train will be waiting to transport you through Wales and back to London. A relaxed and hassle-free way to travel to Ireland that comes highly recommended!

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Day One
9:10am: Depart London Euston Station by train for Holyhead, Wales
1:10pm: Arrive Holyhead Port Station, Wales
2:10pm: Depart Holyhead Port on Ulysees cruiseferry
5:25pm: Arrive Dublin Port and transfer to 3* hotel (Ashling Hotel, or similar)
Day Two / Three / Four*
At your leisure

Day Three / Four / Five*
8:05am: Depart Dublin Port on Ulysses cruiseferry
11:30pm: Arrive Holyhead Port, Wales
12:38pm: Depart Holyhead Port Station by train for London
4:38pm: Arrive London Euston Station

* you have the opportunity to choose from a 3-day, 4-day or 5-day Tour, see tour options above

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

The rate is definitely 5 stars. The guide who met us on Euston station was amazing. He showed and explained us everything we needed to know, found the best seats on the train. The taxi drivers in Dublin were really communicative and helpful as well. The way through Wales and Irish sea was a little bit long but it was a good experience, especially if you want to see a big ferry and like trains.
The Ashling hotel has a good location, the room is one of a great quality.
The Dublin itself is the city of a dream! Just advise you to plan what you want to visit there in advance, especially if you haven't got enough time.
It wasn't the first time when we use Viator Tours and it is a company of a great quality and we will definitely use it again in future.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Everything was OK, except the fact that we had no reserved seats on the train and it was very crowded on the way back.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

Excellent short excursion from London! Ride on the 50,000 tons Irish Ferry Ulysses alone is worth the trip. Dublin hop-on-hop-off bus is a great way to see the city. Gunness store house is a must visit stop. Walking tour is great and is free with bus ticket. Only draw back is the train ride from London to Holyhead - little too long and crowded. Train seats are not so comfortable comparing to Asia's modern trains.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2011

This was a really great way to travel to Dublin for the first time. The guide who met us in London was fantastic as was the guide who met us in Dublin. This tour took all the stress out of the trip!


4 star rating: Recommended October 2013

Well organised tour. Hotel Ashling was also very good. Train trip was a touch long and uncomfortable

4 star rating: Recommended June 2013

Pros: The booking through Viator was easy, the tour company were professional and knowledgeable, the travel from London to Dublin via rail and ferry was fun and relaxing, and the hotel in Dublin was clean and in a good location.
Cons: We expected to be traveling with other people but we were on our own; the travel time was long; once we got to the hotel we had to come up with our own itinerary on what to do in Dublin.
This is a great tour for people who only have a few days of travel, like a relaxing journey, and want to get a quick taste of Dublin. I recommend the Hop-on/Hop-off day tour in Dublin once you get there to get a overview of the city. Everyone we met in Dublin was very friendly and helpful so ask around for local adventures. We really enjoyed this tour because we were able to set our own pace and agenda while using the travel time to relax.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2012

Loved the train ride and the Ferry was amazing. The only down side was the location of the hotel, next to the bus station made for a little bit of noise at night, other than that the hotel was nice.. Overall, railtours was helpful, polite and went out of their way to make our trip enjoyable.

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2013

If people loves the train and ferry, this is a good option. Two days of that seem a bit wasteful of time out of five days. Dublin itself is a really great city. Our hotel is very well located but unfortunately a bit tired and not ready for hot summer days.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better October 2013

Enjoyed for the most part. Train booking did not give assigned seats even though most seats where reserved which caused us to have to change seats as people arrived...I checked to reserve seats for return and was told that our tickets where not changeable. Hotel needs to be upgradeable, we where placed in an converted extension to the hotel over an Irish Pub on a Saturday night with no air conditioning windows open, so you can see where this is going. Elevator to floor then up and down stairs to get to the room with luggage. Not fun!

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better April 2012

The train ride and ferry ride were a really cool way to see the English and Welsh countryside. However, it's a 7 hour journey. It doesn't leave for enough time to enjoy Dublin. Dublin is a must see for sure - it's magical! My hotel was far from city center (20 min walk) but it was really nice!

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