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Who is eligible for this ticket?

  • Customers in possession of a valid open class ticket
  • Free Travel/DSFA Pass Holders

What are the conditions of travel?

Customers who are already in possession of or purchasing on the day of travel a valid standard class ticket(s) such as Family Tickets, Day Return, Open Return, Weekly, Monthly, Annual, InterRail and Free Travel pass holders can book on their chosen service by selecting the 'Free Travel Pass or Valid Ticket' option. Customers are advised there is limited availability for seat only reservations online. 

How do I buy this ticket? 

Where can I buy this ticket? 

  • You can purchase the ticket above using our Journey Planner. Tickets can only be purchased up to 90 days in advance.
  • An allocation of bookings on all InterCity services can be reserved online without a fee for 'Free Travel Pass or valid ticket holders'. When this allocation is fully booked, all remaining seats can be reserved by 'Free Travel Pass or valid ticket holders' for €2.50 per journey. 

Where do I collect the ticket? 

See our Ticket Collection section.

Free Travel Pass

Who is eligible for this ticket?

  • Customers in possession of a valid open class ticket
  • Free Travel/DSFA Pass Holders

What are the conditions of travel?

Customers who are already in possession of or purchasing on the day of travel a valid standard class ticket(s) such as Family Tickets, Day Return, Open Return, Weekly, Monthly, Annual, InterRail and Free Travel pass holders can book on their chosen service by selecting the 'Free Travel Pass or Valid Ticket' option. Customers are advised there is limited availability for seat only reservations online. 

How do I buy this ticket? 

Where can I buy this ticket? 

  • You can purchase the ticket above using our Journey Planner. Tickets can only be purchased up to 90 days in advance.
  • An allocation of bookings on all InterCity services can be reserved online without a fee for 'Free Travel Pass or valid ticket holders'. When this allocation is fully booked, all remaining seats can be reserved by 'Free Travel Pass or valid ticket holders' for €2.50 per journey. 

Where do I collect the ticket? 

See our Ticket Collection section.

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Please select the passenger(s) the wheelchair space is required for. Once selected we will only show services where wheelchair(s) spaces are available to book based on your Tickets Explained section.

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Travel Pass or Valid Ticket holder

Is an option for customers who are in possession of Free Travel Pass, a valid standard class ticket(s), seasonal ticket(s), Taxsaver ticket(s) or InterRail to book onto a train in standard class. Customers who have a valid standard class ticket but wish to upgrade to First Class should also use this selection. For more information go to Tickets Explained section.

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Upcoming Line Improvement Works

30 January 2023

Here you will find a complete list of planned engineering works and changes to Iarnród Éireann rail services.

Upcoming Line Improvement Works 

Upcoming Line Improvements

Major works preview 2023

With record investment in our rail network under the National Development Plan, Iarnród Éireann is currently undertaking a range of projects, as well as essential maintenance, right across our lines.

While the vast majority of works take place overnight, or in a way that sees little or no disruption to services, in some instances disruption is unavoidable. In particular, this will happen if we’re replacing or improving essential infrastructure like tracks, bridges, signalling, overhead lines, or helping third parties with major plans.

So we need to plan these works to deliver improvements to our customers, but there can be unavoidable disruption too. We work to ensure that any such disruption is minimised, and that the number of customers affected is minimised too.

We do this in a number of ways:

  • We try to ensure that our busiest lines are unaffected at the busiest times, so weekday works, and particularly at peak, are avoided
  • We work to plan the works which must happen, and look at events which take place around the country too. Major sports, music, cultural and other entertainment is always considered. This poses challenges – we’re busier with works than ever before, but there are more events than ever before too
  • We choose selected Bank Holiday weekends to undertake projects of significant scale – the extra weekend day allows us to achieve more progress more efficiently, while avoiding impacting those crucial weekday customers. We don’t schedule works at St Patrick’s weekend or generally at the August weekend, which are particularly important for tourism. However, the new February (St Brigid’s Bank Holiday), Easter, and the May, June and October Bank Holidays are often used for works

So, while we will have other works which may affect individual services, or late evening / early morning services in some instances, this is the current schedule (as of 12th January 2023) of major disruptive works for January to April 10th (Easter) 2023. Further 2023 works will be confirmed shortly. This is subject to further change (for example, new events or additional investment funding can result in revisions).

Bold indicates extended works, including weekday impacts

Line Improvement Works - 2023
Dates Line Closed Works Services Affected
Saturday 28th (17:00hrs) to Sunday 29th (09:45hrs) January Kildare to Sallins Track renewal works Heuston to Cork / Kerry / Limerick / Galway / Westport; Heuston to Kildare / Portlaoise
Saturday 28th January (18:00hrs onwards) Ballinasloe to Galway Points and crossing renewal Heuston to Galway, Limerick to Galway
Saturday 4th to Monday 6th February (St Brigid’s Bank Holiday) Malahide to Drogheda Track renewal; train protection system works Belfast Enterprise, Northern Commuter
Saturday 18th (17:00hrs) to Sunday 19th (09:45hrs) February Inchicore to Kildare Track renewal, bridge works All Heuston Intercity and Commuter routes
Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th February Dalkey to Bray Train protection systems and cabling Dalkey to Bray DART, Connolly to Rosslare Europort Intercity
Saturday 4th (17:00hrs) to Sunday 5th (09:45hrs) March Newbridge to Cherryville Junction (south of Kildare) Track renewal All Heuston Intercity and Commuter routes
Saturday 4th to Sunday 5th March Waterford Station Track renewal Dublin to Waterford, Limerick Junction to Waterford
Saturday 25th (17:00hrs) to Sunday 26th (09:45hrs) March Kildare to Sallins Track renewal Heuston to Cork / Kerry / Limerick / Galway / Westport; Heuston to Kildare / Portlaoise
Saturday 8th to Monday 10th April (Easter weekend) Portlaoise to Ballybrophy Track renewal, bridge works Heuston to Cork / Kerry / Limerick
Saturday 8th to Monday 10th April (Easter weekend) Dun Laoghaire to Bray Overhead line renewal, train protection system works, level crossing works, Woodbrook Station works Dun Laoghaire to Greystones DART, Connolly to Rosslare Europort Intercity

Accessibility on Iarnród Éireann Services

We are better able to assist you if you contact us as far in advance as possible, but try to give at least 24-hours' notice of your journey. You can contact us by emailing access@irishrail.ie or call (01) 836 6222 (Monday to Friday 07:00hrs - 19:00hrs and 08:00hrs - 18:00hrs Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays). 

For further information please visit our Accessibility section

For DART Accessibility information, please see our new DART Accessibility section

Catering on Rail Iarnród Éireann Services

For more information on our Catering services please see our Catering Page.

Bus Transfer Arrangements

Bus transfers are operated by Third Party Companies as a result Iarnród Éireann cannot guarantee there will be toilet facilities on-board. Passengers are advised to use the toilet facilities in the station before travelling.

How can I reserve a seat on an Iarnród Éireann Service?

For information on how to buy a Free Travel Pass or Valid Ticket please see our 'Guide to buying online'.

Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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