How to Book Train Travel From Dublin to Waterford

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Waterford, known the world over for producing exceptional crystal, is the capital city of County Waterford and Ireland's first city founded in 914 AD by the Vikings. Water sports, mountain views, golf, horseback riding and at least 30 beautiful beaches make this destination popular with tourists. Travel to Waterford from Dublin aboard one of the country's comfortable commuter trains.

Things You'll Need

  • Appropriate visas
  • Computer with Internet access to make reservations
  • Valid passport

Book Your Train Tickets From Dublin to Waterford

  • Plan to depart from Dublin to Waterford via the Dublin Connolly or Dublin Heuston train stations.

  • Note that arrangements from Dublin Connolly will necessitate taking the bus to Dublin Heuston where the train runs to Waterford.

  • Book your train travel to Waterford from Dublin Heuston by visiting the Irish Rail Web site (see Resources).

  • Notice that the Intercity service train runs directly to the Waterford (Plunkett) train station in approximately 2 to 3 hours.

  • Travel in style by purchasing a CityGold ticket which entitles you to full meals, drinks, and a "walk right on board" privilege without having to check-in with the station booking office. For more information, call the Iarnród Éireann Travel Centre in Dublin (see Resources).

Tips & Warnings

  • Visit the Student Travel Card Web site if you or someone in your party is a student (see Resources). Students receive discounted fares on all trains with a Student Travel Card.
  • Prevent unnecessary hassle and delays when you book your train travel by avoiding peak travel times, such as holidays, weekends and commuter hours during the morning and early evening.
  • Note that pets are permitted to travel on Intercity trains.
  • Enjoy ancient history when you get to Waterford. An important archaeological find was discovered on the banks of the River Suir in 2003 that included silver ingots, Byzantine coins, Viking weaponry and other articles that evidence a well-populated settlement dating to the 800s. It is the only known surviving Viking site in Western Europe.
  • Book train travel from Dublin to Waterford through Rail Europe by visiting the Web site (see Resources) or by calling a North American agent at (888) 382-RAIL.
  • Carefully examine each train route available when you book your travel arrangements. Some trains make a stop in either Limerick Junction or Rosslare Strand requiring a connection by railcar before arriving at Waterford and making the trip 1 to 2 hours longer.
  • Be aware that there are no ATMs at the Waterford (Plunkett) train station.
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