We’ve improved the way we describe our practices and how you can control your data. We’re making these updates as new data protection regulations come into effect in the European Union, and we’re taking the opportunity to make improvements for all Iarnród Éireann users.
- Additional terms and conditions for Fixed Payment Notice
- Additional terms and conditions for Train Specific Ticket Purchase
- Additional terms and conditions for Non-Train Specific Ticket Purchases (coming soon)
- 'We', 'our', 'ourselves', 'IÉ' and 'us' means Iarnrod Eireann Irish Rail
- 'You', 'your', 'customer', 'passenger' and 'yourself' means any person, except members of staff, whom wishes to use or avail of our services
- Digital Platforms in these terms and conditions means 'Website(s)', 'app(s)', 'passenger information displays', 'Wi-Fi', 'newsletter', or 'social media' assets operated or used by Iarnród Éireann
Digital Platforms is any platform owned and or operated by Iarnród Éireann – Irish Rail of Connolly Station, Dublin 1. Company Registration No. 119571 VAT No. IE 4812851 O.
For your convenience we have listed all of terms of usage below.
- Privacy Statement
- Manage Cookie Consent
- Additional App Information
- Contact Us
- Useful Links
- Version Control
Use of Digital Platforms
Using our Digital Platforms for the purposes of browsing and using our services is permitted. Any other use of the content and software on our Digital Platforms, including the reproduction, modification, distribution, transmission, republication or display of the content on the Digital Platforms without our express permission, is strictly prohibited.
The Digital Platforms or any portion of the Digital Platforms may not be reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, resold or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose that is not expressly permitted by us.
You must not misuse the Digital Platforms by knowingly or recklessly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to the Digital Platforms, the server on which the Digital Platforms is stored or any server, computer or database connected to the Digital Platforms. You must not attack the Digital Platforms via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack.
All content included on the Digital Platforms, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio clips and software is our property or the property of our licensor and is protected by applicable copyright and/or other intellectual property laws. You acknowledge that you are only permitted to use any material contained on the Digital Platforms as authorised by us and you further agree not to copy, reproduce, transmit, distribute or create derivative works of such material without our prior written authorisation.
Limitation of Liability and Disclaimer
You hereby acknowledge and agree that our Digital Platforms is available for use ‘as is’ and ‘as available’, with no warranties of any kind whatsoever and that, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, we make no warranty regarding, and shall have no responsibility for, the accuracy, availability, reliability, security, fitness for purpose or performance of the Digital Platforms or the contents thereof.
You acknowledge and agree that we may temporarily suspend access to our Digital Platforms for any reason without notice, including but not limited to where there is a breakdown, error, defect or malfunction of any part of the Digital Platforms.
Due to the fact that we cannot guarantee that the Digital Platforms will be fault free or that the information contained on the Digital Platforms will be correct, you agree that we shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising out of or in connection with the Digital Platforms or the contents thereof, whether under theories of contract, tort (including negligence), strict liability or otherwise.
Our Digital Platforms may contain discussion forums, bulletin boards, user reviews or other forums in which you or third parties may post content. Messages, materials or other items on the Digital Platform (“Interactive Areas”). If such Interactive Areas are available, you are solely responsible for your use of such Interactive Areas and used them at your own risk. By using any Interactive Areas. You expressly agree not to post, upload to, transmit, distribute, store, create or otherwise publish through the Digital Platform any of the following;
- Any message, data, information, text, music, sound, photos, graphics, code or other material (“Content”) that is unlawful, libellous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, indecent, lewd, offensive, harassing, threatening, abusive, inflammatory, fraudulent, invasive of privacy or publicity rights or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate;
- Content that would constitute, encourage or provide instructions for the commission of a criminal offence, infringe the rights of any party, or otherwise infringe any applicable law;
- Content that may infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other intellectual or proprietary right of any party;
- Content that impersonates any person or entity or otherwise misrepresents your affiliation with a person or entity;
- Unsolicited promotions, political campaigning, advertising or solicitations
- Content that may infringe a third party’s privacy rights;
- Viruses, corrupted data or other harmful, disruptive or destructive files; or
- Content that, in our sole judgement, is objectionable or which restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying the Interactive Areas or the Digital Platform, or which may expose us or our users to any harm or liability of any type
We accept no responsibility and are not liable for any Content of any kind that is posted, stored or uploaded by you or any third party on any Digital Platform, or for any loss or damage caused as a result thereof. As a provider of interactive services, we are not liable for any statements, representations or Content provided by users of any Digital Platform in any Interactive Area or other public forum. Although we have no obligation to screen, edit or monitor any of the Content posted to or distributed through any Interactive Area, we reserve the right, and have absolute discretion, to remove, screen or edit without notice any Content posted or stored on any Digital Platform at any time and for any reason, and you are solely responsible for creating backup copies of and replacing any Content you post or store on any Digital Platform at your sole cost expense.
Compliance with Applicable Laws
Links to other Digital Platforms
The Digital Platforms may contain links to digital platforms operated by third parties. Such links are provided for your convenience only. We have no control over these Digital Platforms and we are not responsible for their availability or content or privacy practices. The inclusion on the Digital Platforms of links to such other Digital Platforms does not imply any endorsement of the material on such Digital Platforms or any association with their operators.
Linking to our Digital Platforms
If you wish to make any use of content on the Digital Platforms other than that set out above, please contact us.
Iarnród Éireann respects your privacy and is committed to protecting it. The purpose of this Privacy Statement is to inform you of the data relating to you that we collect and use in connection with our Digital Platforms and the uses (including disclosures to third parties) we make of such data.
If you have any questions about our use of your personal data, please contact us.
Personal Data We Collect and Process
We collect and process personal data relating to you in connection with your use of this website and our relationship with you. The types of personal data you provide to us which may include:
Purchasing a Ticket
- Contact Name
- Contact Number
- Passenger Name(s)
- Ticket purchased
- Service information
- Internet Protocol (IP) address for your device
- Passenger Email (optional)
- Passenger Contact Number (optional)
- User name (optional - account holder only not guest)
- Password (optional - account holder only not guest)
- Date of Birth (optional - account holder only not guest)
- Address (optional - account holder only not guest)
- Contact Preference (optional - account holder only not guest)
- Any other information relating to you that you provide to us or that we generate about you in connection with your use of our Digital Platforms
Fixed Penalty Notice
- Male/ Female
- Date of Birth
- Approx. Age
- Approx. Height
- Other features
- Confirmed by
- ID provided
- Nearest Station
- Boarded at
- Travelling to
- Service info
- Name on Card
- Card number
- Card Expiry Month and Year
- CVV Number (where available)
- Personal Information - calendar and contacts
- See app section for a full description
Email/ Phone/ Social Media Feedback, Complaints or Queries
To assist customers with general queries, a complaint or providing us with general feedback we may ask for some of the details below to better assist and expedite the communication:
- Contact Number
- Browser, device or operating system
- Booking/ Fixed Payment Notice number
- First 6 and Last 4 digits of the payment information
- General note or explanation on the feedback
- Journey/ ticket details
- We will only ask for the information if it is needed to assist you, and is only used to deal with the communication
- Market Research, Feedback and Competitions - may include contact details if required
- Internet Protocol (IP) address from which you access the Platform and
- Any other information relating to you that you provide to us or that we generate about you in connection with your use of the website
We collect and analyse certain statistical information about the usage (“non-personal information”). When you visit our Digital Platforms, the following non-personal information may be retained about that visit including;
- The previous platform from which you accessed our platform;
- The identity of any search engine used to access our platforms, and any search terms used;
- The IP address of any link used to access our platform;
- Type of browser, device and operating system used;
- Date and time of your access;
- A list of all the pages visited; and
- The page from which you exit the platform
Iarnród Éireann is committed to protecting the privacy needs of children and we encourage parents and guardians to take an active role in their children’s online activities and interests. Iarnród Éireann does not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 16 and Iarnród Éireann does not target its websites to children under 16.
How Iarnród Éireann uses your personal data and non-personal information
Occasionally we may also use your information to contact you for market research regarding Iarnród Éireann products or services. We will give you the opportunity to choose your privacy preferences regarding such communications.
Payment information is used only for payment processing and fraud prevention. Payment information is not used for any other purpose by our financial services providers or Iarnród Éireann.
Non-personal information is aggregated for reporting about Iarnród Éireann website usability, performance and effectiveness. It is used to improve the customer experience, usability and website content.
Legal basis for processing personal data
- That this is necessary for the performance of tasks that we carry out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in us by law;
- That this is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation that applies to us;
- That this is necessary for the performance of our contract with you; or
- That you have given your consent to the processing
Who Iarnród Éireann shares your information with
- To third parties who we engage to provide services to us in connection with our Digital Platforms, such as outsourced service providers, IT service providers, professional advisers and auditors; See our List of Current Providers PDF Format (PDF 357KB)
- To other members of our corporate group;
- To any successor owners or operators of the digital platform; and
- To other public authorities and bodies where required or permitted by law, such as the Gardaí or other law enforcement authorities for the purposes of the prevention, investigation or detection of crime
- IÉ will not sell, rent or lease your personal information to others
We will not hold your personal data for longer than is necessary. We retain your personal data for as long as we need it for the purposes described, or to comply with our obligations under applicable law and, if relevant, to deal with any claim or dispute that might arise between you and us.
|Version||Description of change|
|Online / Phone Ticket Sales (Guest)||60 months transactional data*|
|Online / Phone Ticket Sales (Account)||60 months from the last transaction on the account*. Accounts can be closed anytime via the My Account section.|
|Fixed Payment Notice||60 months from the time the complaint is closed*|
|CRM Department - Customer Complaints||60 months from the time the complaint is closed*|
|Customer Queries, Assistance and Feedback||60 months from the time the complaint is closed*|
|DART+ Programme - Stakeholder Feedback||Until End of 2026|
* Retention of records maybe longer pending an ongoing investigation or dispute.
In connection with the above we may transfer your personal data outside the European Economic Area, including to a jurisdiction which is not recognised by the European Commission as providing for an equivalent level of protection for personal data as is provided for in the European Union, for example surveymonkey is an online customer research tool provided by a company in the US and is used to carry out market research on our product or services.
If and to the extent that we do so, we will ensure that appropriate measures are in place to comply with our obligations under applicable law governing such transfers. These may include entering into a contract governing the transfer that contains the ‘standard contractual clauses’ approved for this purpose by the European Commission or, in respect of transfers to the United States of America, ensuring that the transfer is covered by the EU-US Privacy Shield framework.
You have the following rights, in certain circumstances and subject to certain restrictions, in relation to your personal data the right to:
- Access your personal data;
- Request the rectification and/or erasure of your personal data;
- Restrict the use of your personal data;
- Object to the processing of your personal data;
- Receive your personal data, which you provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or to require us to transmit that data to another controller; and
- Where our processing of your personal data is based on you having provided consent, the right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time
Your Marketing Choices
Iarnród Éireann gives you the choice of receiving a variety of information that complements our products and services. You can subscribe to receive certain product and service specific information and Iarnród Éireann marketing communications. Iarnród Éireann communications may include new product information, special offers, or an invitation to participate in market research. We give you a choice regarding delivery of Iarnród Éireann communications by postal mail, e-mail and telephone. We will make every effort to honour your preferences. This option does not apply to communications for the purpose of administering order completion.
You can choose whether to receive marketing communications by following the instructions at the time of entering your personal data ("opt-in").
To opt-out of receiving communications you have expressly requested (such as e-mail newsletters, software updates, etc.), use any of the following methods:
- Select the e-mail "opt-out" or "unsubscribe" link, or follow the opt-out instructions included in each subscription communication
- If you have an account, simply log in and change your preference
- Contact Us - be sure to provide your name, e-mail and postal address, and relevant information about what you want to do
Access to and accuracy of your information
Iarnród Éireann strives to keep your personal information accurate. We have implemented technology, management processes and policies to maintain customer data accuracy. We will provide you with access to your information, including making reasonable effort to provide you with online access and the opportunity to change your information.
- Account Holders can review, amend or delete their details via the My Account section. Users will need their username/ email and password to access the system.
- Guest Users - can only amend a booking subject to the terms and conditions related to the ticket purchased by clicking on the link within the booking confirmation or through the Manage My Booking section
Keeping your information secure
IÉ is committed to protecting the information you provide. To prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, to maintain data accuracy, and to ensure the appropriate use of the information, IÉ has in place appropriate physical and managerial procedures to safeguard the information we collect.
When you purchase travel tickets online, pay a fixed penalty notice or access your personal profile you can do so through a secure server. The use of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology means that all personal information, such as your credit/debit card number, will be encrypted as it travels from your computer to the Iarnród Éireann booking or payment engine. When received, the information is decrypted and processed in the same way as a normal card transaction by telephone. This security measure is working when you see either the symbol of an unbroken key or closed lock (depending on your browser) on the bottom of your browser window.
If your browser supports SSL, and if you entered our site via our secure server access, then transmission of any sensitive data will be protected. If your browser does not support SSL, we recommend that you upgrade to the latest version of any browser to enhance the security of further transactions, otherwise the transmission of your personal data may not be protected and IÉ disclaims any responsibility in this regard.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files placed on your computer or internet enabled device by websites in order to add functionality. A cookie can be used to identify a user’s computer or internet enabled device to the website, or to other third party websites. This allows websites to improve the way they work, such as remembering preferences expressed by a user or tracking a user’s use of a website for statistical analysis. Typically, cookies involve the assigning of a unique number to the visitor. More information about cookies can be found on www.aboutcookies.org and www.allaboutcookies.org
Cookies on Iarnród Éireann Websites
Iarnród Éireann sets the following types of cookies on your device when you visit our websites:
- Strictly Necessary / First Party cookies
- Performance and Analytics / Third Party cookies
- Targeting and Advertising cookies
These cookies are a mixture of first party cookies, which we set ourselves, and third party cookies set by third party service providers.
Strictly Necessary / First Party cookies - We use the following cookies which are strictly necessary to allow you to access our websites, to move between pages and to receive services which you have requested:
|Strictly Necessary / First Party cookies|
|Cookie Name||Provider||Description||More Information|
|ASP.NET (ASPXFORMSAUTH, _RequestVerificationToken, ASP.NET_SessionId)||Kentico||Authenticate users access to website / anti-forgery and security cookies|
|CMSCookieLevel||Kentico||Specifies which cookies are allowed by the visitor.|
|CMSPreferredCulture||Kentico||Stores the visitor's preferred content culture.|
|CMSPreferredUICulture||Kentico||Stores the preferred UI culture of the user.|
|CMSViewMode||Kentico||Stores the user's current view mode (Edit, Preview, Design, etc.).|
|CookieConsent||Cookiebot||Stores the user's cookie consent state for the current domain|
|FGTServer||Load Balancer||Used to manage our load balancer, remembers which node is serving your content|
|__RequestVerificationToken||Iarnród Éireann||Authenticate users access to website / anti-forgery and security cookies|
These cookies include session cookies that allow users to stay logged in while navigating through our websites and to carry out essential tasks such as adding items to a shopping basket when purchasing tickets on our websites.
These cookies don’t usually contain any personal data and are typically set by Iarnród Éireann to provide specific services such as e-commerce transactions.
Performance and Analytics cookies - Cookies are also used to collect statistical information about visitors of our websites and the pages they view. These cookies allow visitors to receive a high quality experience through customised offerings and facilitate timely identification and resolution of any issues that arise. The following performance cookies are used on our websites:
|Performance and Analytics / Third Party cookies|
|Cookie Name||Provider||Description||More Information|
|CurrentContact||Kentico||Stores the GUID of the contact related to the current site visitor. Used to track activities on the website.|
|Google Analytics (_gaexp, _ga_UA-88290789-1, _gid)||analyse data for a deeper understanding of customer experience|
Google Analytics (1P_JAR, CONSENT, _utma, _ga, _gat)
Non personal - digital analytics tools to analyse data from all touchpoints in one place, for a deeper understanding of customer experience.
|Google Tag Manager||Non personal - Tag Management Capabilities||https://www.google.com/analytics/tag-manager/|
|Hotjar (_hjid)||Hotjar||Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set when the customer first lands on a page with the Hotjar script. It is used to persist the random user ID, unique to that site on the browser. This ensures that behaviour in subsequent visits to the same site will be attributed to the same user ID.||https://www.hotjar.com/|
|HJDonePolls||Hotjar||Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set once a visitor completes a poll using the Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the same poll does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.|
|_hjTLDTest||Hotjar||Detects the SEO-ranking for the current website. This service is part of a third-party statistics and analysis service.|
|_hjid||Hotjar||Sets a unique ID for the session. This allows the website to obtain data on visitor behaviour for statistical purposes.|
|_hjAbsoluteSessionInProgress||Hotjar||This cookie is used to count how many times a website has been visited by different visitors - this is done by assigning the visitor an ID, so the visitor does not get registered twice.|
|_hjIncludedInPageviewSample||Hotjar||Determines if the user's navigation should be registered in a certain statistical place holder.|
|Survey Monkey||Survey Monkey||Personal and Non Personal - Customer feedback and survey*
|Marketo||Marketo||Personal - Newsletter communication||
Allows a website to link visitor behaviour to the recipient of an email marketing campaign, to measure campaign effectiveness.
|UserLike||UserLike||Personal and Non Personal - tool to have live chat capabilities to assist customers* and statistical information.||https://www.userlike.com/en/|
|Botsify||Botsify||Personal and Non Personal - tool to have automated chat capabilities to assist customers* and statistical information.||https://botsify.com/|
|BIGipServerPool-xxxx||Load Balancer||Associated with managing sessions on load balanced servers, to ensure user requests are routed consistently to the correct server.|
|_biz_nA, _biz_uid, _biz_flagsA, _biz_pendingA||Marketo/Cloudfare||These cookies are used to by Cloudflare to support performance optimisation and security.|
|_A_source, _A_time||Marketo/Cloudfare||These cookies are used to by Cloudflare to support performance optimisation and security.|
|__cf_bm||Marketo/Cloudfare||This cookie is used to distinguish between humans and bots. This is beneficial for the website, in order to make valid reports on the use of their website.|
|__cfduid||Marketo/Cloudfare||Used by the content network, Cloudflare, to identify trusted web traffic.|
|ads_prefs, auth_token, csrf_same_site, csrf_same_site_set, des_opt_in, dnt, eu_cn, guest_id, kdt, personalization_id, remember_checked_on, rweb_optin, tfw_exp, twid, lang||The Twitter cookies are used to enable you to share pages and content you find interesting on the social network. These cookies may also be used for advertising purposes.|
|DV, OTZ, HSID, SID||used to build profile and analysis of website visitors|
|rc::a, rc::c||This cookie is used to distinguish between humans and bots. This is beneficial for the website, in order to make valid reports on the use of their website.|
Information collected by these cookies is aggregated and used anonymously. *Where personal information is provided such as name, email, social media log in or contact number is only used for the purpose of the communication or to contact you in relation to the topic you were communication with us on.
|Targeting and Advertising cookies
|Cookie Name||Provider||Description||More Information|
Advertising and Retargeting
Google Adwords (ads/ga-audiences)
Used by Google AdWords to re-engage visitors that are likely to convert to customers based on the visitor's online behaviour across websites.
|DoubleClick (DSID, IDE, _fbp, ANID, APISID, NID, SAPISID, SIDCC, SSID, test_cookie)||Advertising and Retargeting|| https://www.doubleclickbygoogle.com/
|_mkto_trk||Marketo||Contains data on visitor behaviour and website interaction. This is used in context with the email marketing service Marketo.com, which allows the website to target visitors via email.||https://www.marketo.com/|
||The cookie is used in context with the local-storage function in the browser. This function allows the website to load faster by pre-loading certain procedures.|
|bkng||booking.com||Necessary for booking.com's booking functionality.|
|_boomr_akamaiXhrRetry||Iarnród Éireann||Collects information on user preferences and/or interaction with web-campaign content - This is used on CRM-campaign-platform used by website owners for promoting events or products.|
Other third party cookies - Some cookies that have been set on our websites are not related to Iarnród Éireann. When you visit a page with content embedded from a third party such as YouTube, Twitter or Facebook, these service providers may set their own cookies on your web browser.
|Other Third Party cookies|
|Cookie Name||Provider||Description||More Information|
|key_station, HFS_from, HFS_to||HaCon||Used to remember the last station detail input by the user so it can be auto-selected in future interactions|
|Social media tracking user interactions for statistical purposes.|
|Facebook/ Instagram||Social media tracking user interactions for statistical purposes.||https://www.facebook.com/business/news/audience-insights|
|Social media tracking user interactions for statistical purposes.||https://analytics.twitter.com/about|
Controlling and disabling cookies - If you do not want your browser to accept cookies, you can turn off the cookie acceptance option in your browser settings. For further information about how to turn off cookie acceptance please refer to the “Help” function in your browser.
Please note that disabling cookie support may prevent the Website from functioning properly and you may not be able to fully utilise all of its features and services. Click the link for more information on how to manage cookies, including how to opt-out of performance cookies.
In order to see all cookies operating on a platform there is several useful tools available that will enable you to see what is being tracked and some even give you the option to disable tracking you do not want for free.
Our Apps use certain phone features to enhance user experience. Below we have provided a summary of the device features the apps may use and the reasoning why we use them.
At all times if you no longer wish for the app to use any of the features below, please go to you Apple device settings or Android Permissions Manager to amend access.
Storage - This permission is needed to be able to move the app to the SD card. The app needs to be able to read and write its own data afterwards. This is an Android feature allows the smartphone owner to free up as much internal / device memory as possible or help them if they change to a new handset.
Network Communication - This is necessary because the app needs to connect with our servers when queries are run which returns results to the smartphone on real-time and static train information. We are using live data because it is not possible to operate an offline version given the nature of the rail environment. There is also a check whether an internet connection is available.
Your Location - The app features an option to show stations nearby using Maps and Geo-tagging, so we need to know where the user is for this to work. Raw coordinates are sent to our servers to get a list of stations in the vicinity. The position is only used once and is not stored permanently.
Calendar Access - This permission allows the app to read and write data to the device's calendar. The user can save trips to his calendar, so we need to be able to store the events. We use the reading permission to get a list of all calendars available as there may be more than one, so the user can choose which calendar the trip will be saved in. We do not read or manipulate any existing calendar entries.
Contact Access - The app by default looks for permission to contact information for future geo location features we may add such as being able to use a contact address as an origin or destination. Customers are asked to allow or reject the access when they download the newest version of our apps. Users at any time can disable or approve contact information access using the “settings” feature within the app menu or locally on the device via their permission settings.
Prior to contacting us, please review all of the information above.
Information Missing, General Queries or Feedback
Iarnród Éireann - Digital Channels
Data Protection Complaints or Requests
Iarnród Éireann - Data Protection Officer
- EU GDPR Information Portal
- GDPR and You - an overview of GDPR
- DATA Protection Commissioner - Ireland website
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