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Do I have to book my train ticket in advance?

Do I have to book my train ticket in advance?

Yes. Advance train tickets are usually the cheapest way to travel by train, and generally go on sale 12 weeks before your date of travel. You’ll need to travel on the train you’re booked on, but you’ll get a cheaper price by foregoing flexible travel times.

Do I have to book a seat on a train?

Whether you can reserve a seat depends on the carrier you are travelling. When you make a booking online you will be shown the seat reservations available for you chosen train. If you require a reservation you will be allocated one at the time of booking.

Can I use my train ticket at any time?

What are Anytime tickets? Anytime fares are fully flexible tickets, with no time restrictions on when you can travel. You can buy Anytime tickets any time before you travel and you can use your ticket to travel on any train. With an Anytime ticket you can also break your journey at stations along the route of travel.

How many days advance booking for train?

120 days
Advance reservations are made generally up to 120 days in advance for all classes and all trains. The period of advance reservation (ARP) is exclusive of the day of departure of the train.

Is it mandatory to pre book on Irish Rail?

Iarnród Éireann advises customers that it will be mandatory to pre-book Intercity travel in advance, for travel on all dates until further notice. Government COVID-19 measures in place during this time permit 50 percent of capacity to be made available for use on board rail services.

When do you get a free Irish Rail ticket?

Customers are advised there is limited availability for ‘Free Travel Pass or valid ticket holders’ options online. Also please note tickets are only available up to 90 days in advance. Looking for more information check out our FAQ Where do I find Information on the Free Travel Pass?

When to buy advance tickets for National Rail?

Available up to 18:00 the day before travel. The majority of Advance tickets must be purchased before 18:00 the day prior to travel. However a limited number of Advance Purchase of the Day tickets on some routes are available up to 15 minutes before departure. Available up to 18:00 the day before travel.

How do I log in to my Irish Rail account?

Step 4 – Log in – If you have an existing irishrail account then you need to enter your email address and password and select ‘Login’ or you can continue as a guest to the ‘Passenger Details’ page. If this does not work select “forgotten password” option and follow the instructions on screen.