For two days I was travelling by bus through Ireland and Northern Ireland. And then on my way to Galway, Ireland, I decided that it was enough. Jammed into an uncomfortable bus I took my smartphone out of my pocket and booked a train ticket from Galway back to Dublin. Without registration on the website. With online payment. And with choosing a seat like in an aeroplane. One of the best decisions I made on this trip.
The InterCity train is very comfortable. When you booked online you just need to collect your ticket at a ticket vending machine in the railway station; that is necessary as there is no attendant on board – the ticket is checked by an automated barrier at the target railway station. Over the seat, you will find your name displayed – or if you’re more into privacy then just a reservation number.
The train was gliding through a wonderful landscape and many location names I heard before (like Athenry or Tullamore). Back in Dublin, it terminates at the Heuston station in the west; very good connected by Luas (tramway). Did you know that Irish trains use wider railway tracks than in central Europe? The track gauge there is 1600 mm (instead of the 1435mm on the continent).
Galway / Dublin
Gaillimh / Baile Átha Cliath
Ireland / Éire