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Dublin to Killarney by train

Exploring Ireland on the railroad

Want to travel by train from Dublin to Killarney? There are 2 connections each day, which depart Dublin between 07:20 and 19:00. The journey takes around 4 h 5 min and costs an average of $ 22.98.

Your cross-Ireland train journey

Iarnród Éireann, also known as Irish Rail, runs regular intercity services. The journey from Dublin to Killarney crosses through the heartlands of Ireland. Look out the window, and you'll be greeted by green fields and farms as far as the eye can see. The views are pleasant and will help pass the time.

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Onboard, there is free wifi (although it might get spotty in more rural zones). There are also sockets at every seat to charge your devices. There are no USB sockets, so be sure to have an appropriate adaptor before you board.

Some trains have a snack car with food and drinks available, but this isn't always the case. There are cafes and convenience stores in and around Heuston Station in Dublin, giving you the chance to stock up before you board.

Starting and ending your journey

Heuston Station is in the center of Dublin city, on the north side of the River Liffey. It's close to the famous thoroughfare of O'Connell Street. Be careful when walking in the area after dark; to avoid any problems, you might want to hop onto a Luas, the local name for the streetcar system. Heuston can be found on the Red Line.

Killarney has just one train station, which is located about half a mile from the town center. There are buses and cabs that will take you downtown, but if you want to stretch your legs, the streets are pleasant and very walkable.

Visiting Killarney National Park

Killarney is the top destination in County Kerry, which is known for having some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland. Luckily, you won't have to venture far to find it. Head to Killarney National Park, which is just a couple of miles from the town center and easy to get to on foot. With lush green landscapes, lakes, and distant snow-capped mountains, this landscape is a fairytale come to life. Some of the best things to see here are:

  1. Muckross House: This historic estate is the most famous building in the park. You can take a guided tour of the 19th century manor, and also explore the walled garden and a traditional Irish farm.
  2. Muckross Abbey: Just five minutes away, the ruined abbey has a timeless air to it. Historians believe that this ground was first used as a monastery as far back as the 6th century, but the ruins you see today are from the 15th century.
  3. Ross Castle: Many local legends make reference to this 15th century building, which is open to visitors. Partly ruined, this building will transport you back in time to the Middle Ages.
  4. Innisfallen Island: You can rent a kayak or join a guided tour to head across the lake to Innisfallen Island. Here you'll find another picturesque ruined abbey. A guided tour will also offer you the chance to learn about the legends and folklore of the area.
  5. Torc Mountain: Want an adventure? Torc Mountain is Killarney National Park's hidden gem. It will take a little over two hours to get to the top, but the panoramic views that sweep across the park, the lakes, and Killarney town are well worth the effort.

Don’t forget to look out for the wildlife, especially the herds of native red deer living wild in the park. You may not be able to get too close, but they're still stunning from a distance.

Around the Ring of Kerry

Rent a car or join a tour group to explore the Ring of Kerry. There's so much to see and do, so plan your trip carefully, and you won't miss out on the best sights. Here are a few top tips:

  1. Skellig Michael: This rugged island, eight miles off the coast, can be reached via boat trip. It's exceptionally beautiful and was used in the final scene of ‘The Force Awakens’, so ‘Star Wars’ fans mustn't miss it! You could also visit a local pub on the mainland, the Bridge Bar, where the Star Wars cast and crew used to hang out during filming, and the anecdotes fly thick and fast.
  2. Valentia Island: Another island worth visiting, Valentia is great for hikers. The Bray Head Loop is a walk of 4.3 miles that follows the coastline to the mighty Bray Tower for gorgeous views of this spectacular area.
  3. Kenmare town: This town is ideal for anyone who wants to see an authentic rural Irish village. The storefronts are still in the traditional style, and there are pubs, quirky souvenir shops, and some great restaurants. Stop here to get a taste of real Ireland.
  4. Skelligs Chocolate Factory: Got a sweet tooth? Don't miss this unique attraction! This small chocolate factory is still owned and run by a single family. Sample the delicious treats and take a look at how chocolate is made. It's the perfect spot to pick up a souvenir.

Renting a car will allow you to see the Ring of Kerry at your own pace, but there are also many guided tours available. The roads do have a lot of swerves and bends, so drive cautiously. You could drive the entire Ring in about three hours if you didn't stop at all, but it will take you longer if you choose to explore this enchanting part of the Emerald Isle.

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Dublin to Killarney by train

Best price $ 1.23
Journey duration 4 h 4 min
Connections per day 28
First departure 07:20
Last departure 19:00
Distance 162.8 mi
Departure Dublin
Arrival Killarney
Carriers Irishrail, Irish Rail

Ticket price Dublin - Killarney every day

$ 10.07
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Dublin - Killarney


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Thursday, October 13th 2022
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Dublin Connolly - Killarney
10:20am - 2:19pm
Irish Rail
3h 59min
2 changes
CO2: 0.75kg

How much time will it take to go from Dublin to Killarney by train?

In order to get from Dublin to Killarney faster, consider looking for an express service that makes fewer stops along the way. Conversely, a connecting route may, in some circumstances, be faster than a direct journey. The fastest routes between Dublin and Killarney will complete the journey in 3 h 2 min. On average, it will take you about 4 h 5 min to travel the 163.4 mi between Dublin and Killarney.

At what time of the day can I travel from Dublin to Killarney?

The first journey of the day departs from Dublin at 08:50. If you prefer to travel later in the day, the last departure will leave at 19:00. Remember, these are the general times of journeys between Dublin and Killarney. However, they are somewhat changeable as they may be affected by local events or holidays, peak seasons, or other factors. Always check your travel dates in advance to be on the safe side.

What are the stations on the Dublin to Killarney route?

You will be able to leave Dublin by using stations such as Dublin Heuston, Dublin Connolly, Dublin Pearse and Tara Street. These connect you to stations including Killarney in Killarney. Check carefully before making a booking. Some or all of these stations will appear on the route, depending on the transport provider you use for your trip. Check carefully to see which route your chosen transport provider follows, to see if it passes through a station that is convenient for your needs. It may be necessary to make a short journey between stations either in Dublin or in Killarney, for your convenience while traveling.

How many journeys from Dublin to Killarney are there every day?

If you want to get from Dublin to Killarney, you can travel with providers such as Irishrail and Irish Rail. You will find a maximum number of 30 departures per day. On average, there are 27 departures per day. Book in advance to make sure that your journey will run smoothly and you depart at a time that suits you best. When you travel, you can look for direct journeys or other routes which offer connections and changes. On average, there are 2 direct journeys between Dublin and Killarney. If you don't mind changing along the way, you may find more options available to you. There are usually 25 journeys with at least one change. These numbers may vary depending on the time of year or day of the week. Some travelers prefer direct routes, particularly if they are carrying heavy suitcases or concerned about missing a connection. Others enjoy the flexibility offered by connecting journeys. Whatever you prefer, Virail can help you find the right options to suit you.


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