Ireland-only rail passes bookable via CIE Tours March 15, 2001 Share 1 -- CEDAR KNOLLS, N.J. -- Rail and bus passes for travel in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are holding steady, with no rate increases slated for travel in 2001. Irish Rail and Irish Bus, which together comprise Ireland's public transport system, are marketing four bus and/or rail passes:Irish Explorer Rail Pass is valid for five days of travel within 15 consecutive days. Priced at $106, it covers unlimited travel on Irish Rail and on Dublin's rapid transit and suburban rail services.Irish Explorer Rail and Bus Pass is good for eight days of travel within 15 on Irish Rail and Irish Bus services plus local rail services in Dublin and city bus services in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. It costs $158.Irish Rover provides unlimited rail travel for five days, within 15, on Irish Rail and Northern Ireland Rail as well as Dublin and Northern rail services. It is priced at $132.Emerald Card is valid for eight days of travel, within 15, and is a rail/bus combination pass that covers rail and bus services throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland. It costs $182. A longer Emerald Card, good for 15 days of travel within 30, costs $316.While Irish rail travel is included on multicountry Eurailpass tickets, which can be booked via Rail Europe and DER Travel Services, the Ireland-only rail passes mentioned here are bookable in the U.S. only through CIE Tours, based here.Clients who book through CIE receive a voucher that must be exchanged for a pass once they arrive in Ireland.Vouchers can be exchanged at the following locations: Shannon Airport; Limerick Rail Station; Dublin Connolly Station, or the booking office at the Rosslare Ferryport in Wexford.Travelers who choose to wait until arriving in Ireland to purchase rail passes can do so only at the Irish Rail Station in Dublin.Agents can get more details by visiting the CIE Web site at www.cietours.com or by calling the company at (973) 292-3899.Train and bus schedules, and other operational details are found on the Web sites at www.irishrail.ie, www.buseireann.ie and www.dublinbus.ie.