If travelling from the UK to Ireland or vice versa, it is possible to buy a SailRail ticket which combines the price of the train and ferry journey from any station in Britain to any in Ireland. Prices are fixed and dependent on specific routes but can be good value for money at around £40 -£50 each way. See www.seat61.com/ireland for details.
A ‘BritRail Pass + Ireland’ (www.britrail.com) is available to non-residents of the UK and can be used in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. The pass offers unlimited travel on either five or ten days within one month of the first date of travel (which must be within six months of purchase). There are discounts available for children.
The Eurail Ireland Pass (www.eurail.com) allows five days of rail travel within one month in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Discounts are available for children, youths (16 to 25 on first day of travel) and the over-60s. Eurail passes can only be used by non-European residents, and must be activated within six months of being purchased. Passes are available in either first or second class.