Trains Dublin to Sligo: Times, Prices and Tickets

Dublin to Sligo by train

The journey from Dublin to Sligo by train is 111.46 mi and takes 3 hr 34 min. There are 38 connections per day, with the first departure at 6:20 AM and the last at 7:15 PM. It is possible to travel from Dublin to Sligo by train for as little as or as much as . The best price for this journey is .

Journey Duration3 hr 34 min
Connection per Day38
First Departure6:20 AM
Last Departure7:15 PM
Distance111.46 mi
DepartureDublin
ArrivalSligo
CarriersIrish Rail

Dublin to Sligo Train Times

Departure date
Friday, Feb 23, 2024

Traveling from Dublin to Sligo by Train

Embarking on a train journey from Dublin, Ireland's capital city known for its rich history and vibrant culture, to Sligo, celebrated for its stunning landscapes and literary heritage, offers a delightful and scenic travel experience. This route, covering a distance of approximately 111.46 mi, typically takes around 3 hr 34 min. Irish Rail operates regular services on this route, ensuring a comfortable and efficient journey. With multiple 38 departures daily, travelers can choose a schedule that suits their itinerary. To secure the most economical fares, sometimes as low as , booking in advance is recommended. For a smooth boarding experience, arriving at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure is advisable.

Irish Rail's trains offer a range of amenities to enhance the travel experience. In Standard Class, passengers can enjoy comfortable seating with ample legroom, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the journey. The trains are equipped with free Wi-Fi, allowing passengers to stay connected and entertained throughout their trip. Power outlets are available for charging electronic devices. Large windows in the carriages provide panoramic views of Ireland's countryside, from rolling green fields to picturesque villages. The onboard catering services offer a selection of snacks and beverages, ensuring passengers remain refreshed during their journey.

The journey begins at Dublin's Connolly or Heuston Station, both centrally located and offering easy access to Dublin's key attractions. Upon arrival in Sligo, passengers disembark at Sligo Mac Diarmada Station, conveniently situated for exploring Sligo's cultural landmarks, such as the Yeats Memorial Building and the scenic Wild Atlantic Way.

Things to Do in Sligo:

  1. Explore the Yeats Memorial Building and learn about the poet W.B. Yeats.
  2. Visit the Sligo County Museum and Art Gallery for local history and art.
  3. Stroll along the scenic beaches of Strandhill and Rosses Point.
  4. Discover the megalithic tombs at Carrowmore and Carrowkeel.
  5. Enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, surfing, and golfing in Sligo's beautiful landscapes.
  6. Experience traditional Irish music in Sligo's lively pubs and music venues.
  7. Walk through Sligo Abbey and admire its medieval architecture.
  8. Sample local Irish cuisine and fresh seafood in Sligo's restaurants.
  9. Take a boat tour on Lough Gill and visit the Isle of Innisfree.
  10. Explore the Model, a contemporary arts center with exhibitions and events.

What to Eat in Sligo:

  1. Seafood Chowder: A creamy soup with fresh local seafood.
  2. Irish Stew: A hearty dish with lamb or beef, potatoes, and vegetables.
  3. Boxty: Traditional Irish potato pancakes, often served with various fillings.
  4. Soda Bread: A staple of Irish cuisine, perfect with butter or as a side for soups.
  5. Fresh Fish: Enjoy locally caught fish cooked in various styles.
  6. Guinness: Sample Ireland's famous stout in its traditional setting.
  7. Full Irish Breakfast: A filling start to the day with eggs, sausages, bacon, and more.
  8. Artisanal Cheeses: Try some of Ireland's excellent cheeses, often served with chutneys and bread.
  9. Apple Tart: A sweet dessert made with locally grown apples.
  10. Irish Coffee: A warming beverage made with coffee, whiskey, and cream.

Day Trips from Sligo:

Sligo's location in the Northwest of Ireland makes it an excellent base for exploring nearby attractions:

  1. Donegal: Known for its rugged coastline, traditional Irish culture, and the stunning Slieve League cliffs.
  2. Mayo: Home to the pilgrimage site of Croagh Patrick and the scenic Clew Bay.
  3. Galway is a vibrant city known for its arts scene, medieval streets, and proximity to the Connemara region.
  4. Achill Island: Ireland's largest island, offering beautiful beaches, cliffs, and cultural heritage.
  5. Yeats Country: Explore the landscapes that inspired W.B. Yeats, including Glencar Waterfall and Lough Gill.
  6. Mullaghmore Head: A stunning coastal area known for its surfing and sea views.
  7. Lough Key Forest Park: A beautiful area with walking trails, a lake, and historical sites.
  8. Drumcliffe: Visit the final resting place of W.B. Yeats beneath Benbulben Mountain.
  9. Rosses Point: A picturesque seaside village with beaches and a maritime heritage.
  10. Benbulben Mountain: A distinctive flat-topped mountain offering hiking trails and panoramic views.

Travel Tips for Sligo:

When visiting Sligo, exploring the town and its surroundings by car or local bus services is advisable, as some attractions are outside the town center. The weather in Sligo can be changeable, so packing waterproof clothing and layers is recommended. Sligo offers a range of dining options, from traditional Irish pubs to contemporary restaurants, providing an opportunity to savor local and international cuisines. The town's rich cultural scene, including music, poetry, and art, is worth exploring. Lastly, Sligo's welcoming atmosphere and stunning natural landscapes make it an ideal destination for those seeking cultural enrichment and outdoor adventures.

For those looking to experience Ireland's diverse cultures and landscapes, a train journey from Dublin to Sligo is a journey of discovery and scenic beauty. While straightforward, it offers a unique opportunity to traverse Ireland and enjoy its varied landscapes and cultural experiences.

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If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Dublin to Sligo, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Dublin to Sligo.

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Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

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If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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The cheapest Dublin - Sligo train tickets can be found for as low as $2.83 if you’re lucky, or $4.99 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $9.49.

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When travelling to Sligo by train, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

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Dublin to Sligo CO2 Emissions by Train

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Train
12.56kg
Bus
13.45kg
Flight
35.88kg
Car
28.7kg
What are the CO2 emissions from Dublin to Sligo by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Dublin and Sligo are 12.56kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Dublin and Sligo? By taking the train between Dublin and Sligo you will save 23.32kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 0.89kg compared to a bus and 16.14kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the distance between Dublin and Sligo by train?
Dublin to Sligo is 111.46 mi.
How long does the train between Dublin and Sligo take?
Dublin to Sligo is on average 3 hr 34 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 3 hr 9 min.
How many train connections per day go from Dublin to Sligo?
Dublin to Sligo has 38 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Dublin to Sligo leave?
The earliest train from Dublin to Sligo departs at 6:20 AM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last train from Dublin to Sligo depart?
The latest train from Dublin to Sligo departs at 7:15 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
From which stations can I leave from Dublin to Sligo?
There are 2 station(s) that you can depart from Dublin to go to Sligo. You can go from Dublin O'Connell Street and Dublin Conn CIE and you can arrive at Sligo Bus Station.
How many direct connections depart from Dublin to Sligo?
There are on average 8 direct connection(s) from Dublin to go to Sligo.
What's the fastest journey time between Dublin to Sligo by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Dublin and Sligo is 3 hr 9 min.
Is there a direct train from Dublin to Sligo?
Yes, there is a direct train between Dublin and Sligo.
What are the CO2 emissions for Dublin to Sligo by train?
The train journey from Dublin to Sligo creates 12.56kg of CO2 emissions.

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