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Rail & Sail from Britain to Ireland

Rail Strike in Britain


Strikes are expected on the entire national rail network in Scotland, England and Wales on Thursday 18 & Saturday 20 August. This will have an effect on rail & sail connections to and from Harwich, Holyhead, Cairnryan & Fishguard.  London Underground staff will also go on strike. Services on the days after each strike day are likely to start up later than usual. Please be aware of potential delays when continuing your journey by public transport. Check your routing at before you travel.  Please note it is no longer possible to make new Rail & Sail bookings for these dates and existing bookings may be changed to alternative dates.

Rail & Sail is the affordable, convenient and comfortable way to travel from Britain to Ireland. In conjunction with our rail partners we offer competitive and guaranteed fares on the train and ferry to Ireland with no luggage restrictions! Even better, children aged 0 - 4 years travel FREE!


Please note, dogs cannot be accommodated on the Rail Link coach between Cairnryan and Ayr. However officially registered guide, hearing or assistance dogs will be able to travel on the coach with their owners free of charge.

Picking up a Rail & Sail Ticket from Belfast, Dublin or Rosslare Ports?

If your journey is starting from Belfast, Dublin or Rosslare Ports and you need to pick up your rail ticket before departure, then please call us on 03443 35 00 27 to make your booking by phone. Unfortunately it is not possible to pick up a ticket at these ports if you book it on The Trainline (below) or any other third party website or vendor.


If you are travelling from a rail station in Great Britain to Ireland, then you can book online below as normal.

Please note that our Sail Rail Timetable to and from Britain operates as one daily departure in each direction for most of the year with one additional departure between 1 July – 30 September (see below for further details).

Rail & Sail tickets are only valid on the services shown above.




* NO services will operate on any of the following days:

Christmas Eve   24 December 2022
Christmas Day   25 December 2022
Boxing Day   26 December 2022
New Years Eve   31 December 2022
New Years Day   1 January 2023



If you are looking for travel options at other times of day, please click here.

You can book your ticket online in association with thetrainline, all you need is a UK postal address so your tickets can be delivered.


For customers calling from the Republic of Ireland please call 00353 1 907 5388 and for our International customers 03443 35 00 27.



Your Rail and Sail tickets will be issued by thetrainline, for ticketing queries please call them direct on 00 44 871 244 1545.


Please note: To book a Rail and Sail ticket that includes entry to the Stena Plus lounge and/or cabins, you must call 03443 35 00 27 to make your booking as it is not possible to book these onboard extras online with your rail ticket.


More Information

Via Cairnryan

Ayr, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling from £35*

Dundee and Leuchars for St Andrews from £39*

Aberdeen and Inverness from £46*

Carlisle from £43*

Newcastle and Blackpool from £50*

Leeds and Birmingham from £50*

London and Southampton from £58*


*price for a single adult fare to Belfast


  • Child fares apply to children aged 5-15 years inclusive at half the adult fare. Children aged 0-4 years travel free
  • Through Sail & Rail tickets include travel on the dedicated Rail Link coach
  • All fares are subject to availability, valid until further notice and may be subject to change

Please note that the 14:00hrs sailing now departs Holyhead at 14:45hrs arriving into Dublin at 18:00hrs


Via Holyhead

Bangor, Llandudno and Rhyl from £45.10*
Chester, Manchester and Liverpool from £46.10*
Birmingham, Leeds and Coventry from £47.20*
Bristol, Milton Keynes and Watford from £49.30*
London from £51.90*


*price for a single adult fare to Dublin


  • Child fares apply to children aged 5-15 years inclusive at half the adult fare. Children aged 0-4 years travel free
  • A payable coach service operates from Dublin to Connolly, Westmoreland Street and Heuston Stations and from Westmoreland Street only to Dublin

via Fishguard

Carmarthen from £47.20*

Swansea, Cardiff and Bristol from £48.20*

Swindon and Gloucester from £49.30*

Birmingham and Reading from £51.90*

London from £53.90*


*price for a single adult fare to Rosslare


  • Child fares apply to children aged 5-15 years inclusive at half the adult fare. Children aged 0-4 years travel free

An additional Sail & Rail departure will operate in each direction between 1 July – 30 September 2022 for the 15:30hrs sailing from Belfast and the 19:30hrs sailing from Cairnryan.

Please note that this may be subject to change.


  • Enter the relevant details of your journey
  • Follow the easy 6 step booking process
  • Do you live outside UK/Ireland? We will need a UK address for your tickets
  • Or call us on 03443 35 00 27

Tickets & Fees

The following fees apply when you buy train tickets using


Booking your ticket

You can book up to 10 journeys in one transaction on our website – the booking fee would only be applied once. Mobile App: a booking fee applies to each transaction. Website & mobile website: a booking fee applies to each transaction.


Getting your ticket

Most delivery and ticket collection options are free. If you choose Next Day Delivery or International Delivery a fee will apply.


Paying for your ticket

There is no card charge for paying with a UK Debit Card. Using other cards will incur a charge.


Tickets on departure from mainline stations

If you intend to travel within the next 7 days please telephone 03443 35 00 27 and a ticket on departure can be arranged provided your departure station can accommodate this facility.

This service is only available to passengers who hold a valid e-mail address and can take the credit/debit card used to purchase their ticket with them. To obtain your rail ticket at the station on day of departure you will need the payment card used together with your rail collection booking reference which is different to your Stena Line booking reference, both these references are shown on your Stena Line e-ticket reservation advice. Failure to present your rail booking reference means that you will be unable to collect your train ticket and no refund will be due.

This telephone booking service is available Monday to Friday during office hours 09:00 - 17:00 hrs.


Contact number

You can call The Train Line on 0871 244 1545. The support team are available to take your call 7 days a week, from 8am until 10pm.

To discuss a booking already made, for security we can only discuss details of a booking, including cancellation or amendment of a ticket, with the owner of the card used to pay for the tickets. You can also change or cancel tickets online by logging into My Train Line Account.

*You will be charged making calls to this number. Calls from other operators and from outside the UK may cost more.


Tickets on departure from Belfast Port

If you are travelling from Belfast to Cairnryan tickets can be booked up to 2 hours prior to departure and collected from the Belfast Travel Centre at Victoria Terminal 4.

Travel by Sea

Carriage is subject to the Terms and conditions of Business of Stena Line Limited and associated carriers. Click here for more details.


Rail Travel

Rail travel is subject to the relevant terms and conditions of the particular railway undertaking and, where applicable, the provisions of the Convention concerning the International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) of 9 May 1980 including the Uniform Regulations concerning the contract of the International Rail Passenger and Luggage Traffic (CIV) contained in Appendix A of the Convention. Details are available on request.

The online enquiry and booking service (the "Booking Service") is offered as a service to you, the customer, by the,


General Information

Travel must be on the dates and times shown on your ticket. No break of journey is allowed other than to join connecting services.

If you travel on a different train or ferry to that booked, your ticket will be invalid and a full single fare will be payable.

Holyhead and Fishguard Advance single fares can only be purchased up to 18:00 hours the day before travel at train stations and 16:00 hours direct with Stena Line and are only valid on the date and train services shown on the ticket. Are subject to limited availability and if there is no availability a Standard single fare will be charged. You may not start, break, resume or end your journey at any intermediate station except to change from/to connecting trains shown on ticket or itinerary. Standard single fares can be purchased at any time and when Advance tickets are not available.



Prices are valid until further notice and may be subject to change.

For DART rail to Dublin an additional £1 per person single journey will be charged to the ticket price. Rail & Sail fares exclude travel on the LUAS system in Dublin and the London Underground.


Rail Link Bus between Cairnryan and Ayr return

Rail journeys commence or terminate at Ayr rail station and a dedicated Rail Link coach service will transport you direct to or from Loch Ryan Port.

The through Rail & Sail ticket includes the cost of the coach. Dogs or pets cannot be accommodated onboard the Rail Link coach however officially registered guide, hearing or assistance dogs will be able to travel on the coach with their owners free of charge. For guests with particular needs the Rail Link coach can accommodate one guest who needs to remain in their wheelchair for the duration of the coach journey per departure. It is very important to make a reservation as early as possible but no less than 48 hours before the date of intended travel. You must specifically advise Stena Line of your requirements. by telephone calling 03443 35 00 27 or by email to advising name, booking reference, date and time of outward and return travel and your requirements.


Cancellation and Amendment Charges

For customers bookings direct with Stena Line by phone and for any cancellations or amendments an administration fee will apply. For details concerning charges on tickets that have been issued, please call us on 03443 35 00 27 for further details. Advance fares are non refundable.

Online, once you've made a booking, the options available for cancelling or changing tickets depend on the type of tickets you've chosen. Click here

Select the type of ticket you've purchased from the and Train Line will show you the options that are available to you. You can call The Train Line on 0871 244 1545


Carriage of Bicycles

Bicycles incur a £10 single charge with Stena Line and you are advised to check with the relevant railway operator that they can be carried on the train. Subject to availability of space.


Carriage of Pets

Pets cannot be accommodated on the Rail Link coach between Cairnryan and Ayr. However officially registered guide, hearing or assistance dogs will be able to travel on the coach, with their owners, free of charge.