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
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
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.