Trains Killarney to Dublin: Times, Prices and Tickets

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Getting from Killarney to Dublin by train

Schedules and timetables when traveling from Killarney to Dublin

A standard train journey from Killarney to Dublin takes 4 h and costs $ 22.32, with low-fare options available. There are many daily departures, with 2 daily connections starting from 05:27. The last departure time is 19:41.

The route from Killarney to Dublin

The west-east train line from Killarney to Dublin is a pretty cross-country route that spans 164 miles. Almost traversing the entire breadth of the country, the journey takes in traditional countryside scenes and captivating coasts. The route crosses 7 different Irish counties and 2 provinces, from Munster through Leinster.

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The fastest InterCity route to Dublin from Killarney takes in 9 stations. Although direct trains are possible, some journeys require connections in Mallow. As part of Irish Rail’s InterCity network, the following major stops are found on the route:

  • Killarney
  • Mallow
  • Limerick Junction
  • Thurles
  • Dublin

Starting in Killarney, trains to Dublin depart from the town’s only station. Killarney Railway Station is very small and easy to navigate. With just 2 platforms, you should have no problem identifying your Dublin-bound train. Because of its size, there are also limited services within the station itself. It’s recommended you pick-up any snacks or travel essentials from the town center before arriving. Thanks to its ancient history and serene views, Killarney is among Ireland's most popular tourist spots. Be sure to discover the town’s iconic landmarks like Ross Castle before departing.


The beautiful vistas of County Cork

From Killarney, the train heads east, quickly crossing county lines into County Cork. Keep your eyes peeled to the right-hand carriage windows for final glimpses of pretty Lough Leane. From here, it’s pleasant fields and farming land, with the occasional views of River Blackwater. You’ll pass through several rural communities before arriving in Mallow on the borders of County Cork.

Mallow is a charming historic town and site of the ruined 13th-century Mallow Castle. You may have to connect here to travel on to Dublin, depending on your service. Luckily, the town is a delight to explore if you have the time. Otherwise, the train veers north into County Limerick. You’ll then pass through the well-preserved medieval town of Kilmallock. You can catch glimpses of the eye-catching heritage center from your train seat.


Peaceful scenery, from County Limerick to County Kildare


As you cross through County Limerick and County Tipperary, you’ll catch flashes of mountainous regions and forests. In general, though, the journey is mostly through flat, green farmland with peaceful scenery. The next major stop is Thurles, noted for its pretty surrounding landscapes and the Silvermine Mountains nearby.

From Thurles, you’ll cross County Laois through its capital, Portlaoise. This pretty town is home to the captivating 9th-century castle ruins of Rock of Dunamase. It’s also one of the last stops before pulling into Dublin. The train crosses through verdant County Kildare and then into the more compact County Dublin. This train disembarks at Dublin Heuston, one of the city’s three major stations. Dublin Heuston is the city's westernmost station, with excellent links into the center by tram, bus, or taxi.

Explore Ireland’s thriving capital of history, culture, and gastronomy

Dublin is Ireland’s beating heart. Home to an impressive array of historical attractions, the city is marked by centuries of architectural accomplishments. One of the most famous is Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university. Founded in the 16th century, it has seen successive waves of impressive alumni. Walk the same grounds as Beckett and Swift, or head to Trinity's true gem, the Old Library. This magnificent center of illuminated manuscripts is a bibliophile’s dream with incredible displays of works like the Book of Kells.

Historical gems

Dublin has a very impressive museum network. Three captivating and grand National Museums of Ireland cover Natural History, Decorative Arts, and Archaeology. However, there are plenty of hidden gems and eccentric spots too. It wouldn’t be Dublin without a visit to one of these more idiosyncratic museums. The Little Museum of Dublin is a fantastic introduction to local life, while the National Leprechaun Museum is great fun. Add to that a roster of world-famous art and literature museum, and you have one of the most exciting cultural hotspots in Europe.

The Guinness experience

There's no escaping Dublin's very own black gold, Guinness. The Guinness Storehouse is an impressive brewery and multimedia center. Learn about the rich history of this 18th-century stout and then sip a sample in the Gravity Bar. Travelers arriving via Dublin Heuston can take a short 5-minute walk to arrive at this famous attraction. What’s more, you’ll find other big-hitters like the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Kilmainham Gaol here too.

Dublin’s top drinking and eating spots

Dublin is a major gastronomical capital. As such, booking is essential at Dublin’s trendiest restaurants like Dax, Glovers Abbey, or SOLE. However, there are ample street food, budget, and exciting veggie options too. Popular spots include Richmond, Cornucopia, Sova, and Temple Bar Food Market. If you do fancy something a little more local, search out coddle or Irish stew, found in many of Dublin's pubs.

Revel in the nightlife

Dublin has a great reputation for its nightlife. In fact, many of Dublin's pubs have housed literary royalty and others have been featured in literary classics. Davy Bryne's Pub is something of a pilgrimage site thanks to its appearance in Ulysses. As for those frequented by poets and writers, see McDaid's Pub, Toner's Pub, Grogan's Pub, and The Palace Bar. John Mulligan's is another of Dublin's cultural institutions, having been established in 1782. As for live music, head to O’Donoghue’s, a famous haunt since the 1960s.

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Killarney to Dublin by train

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Journey duration 4 h
Connections per day 30
First departure 05:27
Last departure 19:41
Distance 162.8 mi
Departure Killarney
Arrival Dublin
Carriers Irishrail, Irish Rail

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How long will it take me to travel from Killarney to Dublin by train?

The journey between Killarney and Dublin by train usually takes 4 h to cover a distance of 163.4 mi. The shortest journey from Killarney to Dublin will take you 2 h 48 min. Remember, as always, that this time does not include any delays that might occur due to weather conditions, construction, or unexpected diversions and disruptions. If arriving in Dublin quickly is a priority for you, look for express or non-stop services. You may also find that a connecting route reaches your destination faster than some direct journeys. Virail will allow you to explore all your options and come to a decision that suits your needs.

When do the first and last departures from Killarney to Dublin leave?

In general, the first departure of the day will leave Killarney at 05:15, and the last departure will leave at 19:41. However, it is important to remember that this is general information, and these journey times are not necessarily available every day. Timetables for each provider on the route from Killarney to Dublin can change from day to day or month to month. In particular, many providers offer different schedules on weekdays and weekends. Public holidays, local events, and seasonal timetables can also cause schedules to change.

What are the stations on the Killarney to Dublin route?

You will be able to leave Killarney by using stations such as Killarney. These connect you to stations including Dublin Heuston, Tara Street and Dublin Connolly in Dublin. 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 Killarney or in Dublin, for your convenience while traveling.

How many times a day do journeys run from Killarney to Dublin?

You will be able to travel from Killarney to Dublin using companies such as Irishrail and Irish Rail. Combined, these providers offer an average of 31 journeys each day. This average figure may not necessarily reflect your chosen travel dates. On certain days of the week, there may be more or less journeys available. At the busiest times, there will be up to 35 departures available in a single day. You can choose to travel from Killarney to Dublin using both direct and indirect routes. These options will help you find a journey that suits your budget, your time frame, and the circumstances of your trip. There are, on average, 2 direct connections from Killarney to Dublin each day. Indirect connections add more possibilities, giving you extra flexibility when traveling. In an average day, you will find 29 journeys with at least one change. These figures may vary at certain times of year, and some routes might not run every day of the week.


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