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Get out of the big city and spend the day taking in the countryside of Northern Ireland during this Northern Ireland and Giant's Causeway Rail Tour from Dublin. Ride comfortably in a train and take in stunning scenery of the Emerald Isle before making a photo stop at Dunluce Castle. Then, continue on to the Giant's Causeway for some free time at the basalt columns.
  • Enjoy a full-day rail and coach trip from Dublin to Northern Ireland
  • Relish the romance of travelling through Ireland's beautiful countryside
  • Marvel at the mystifying basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway
  • Make a photo stop at Dunluce Castle along your journey
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Host on trains
Information pack
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Local charge to cross the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge (Open March to October only)
Connolly , 1 Amiens St, Dublin Docklands, Dublin, Ireland

Check in at the Railtours Ireland stand in the main concourse area. Our representative will be waiting at the stand with your travel pack in a bright yellow jacket. Check in is 20 minutes prior to the departure time listed.

7:35 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour offers stops en route for photographs, shopping, etc.
  • Due to operational reasons it may, on occasion, be necessary to alter certain itineraries.
  • Wheelchair accessibility: As long as the passenger has some mobility then this tour would be suitable. Trains in Ireland are wheelchair friendly however buses/coaches are not. The guest would have to be able to climb the steps onto the bus. Mobility Scooters cannot be accommodated on this tour.
  • Children U16 cannot book independently. They must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 53 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Railtours Ireland First Class
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Northern Ireland including Giant's Causeway Rail Tour from Dublin?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Northern Ireland including Giant's Causeway Rail Tour from Dublin?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Northern Ireland including Giant's Causeway Rail Tour from Dublin.
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What is the social distancing policy during Northern Ireland including Giant's Causeway Rail Tour from Dublin?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Northern Ireland including Giant's Causeway Rail Tour from Dublin.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Northern Ireland including Giant's Causeway Rail Tour from Dublin?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "The ride out to the Giant's Causeway is by bus." See review

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star-3
Disappointed ☹️
Arlene_F
, Jul 2022
I’m not one to complain and go with the flow BUT I must say that I was very disappointed with this tour. It was quite pricey ($153) and we did not get to see 3 of the sights on the itinerary, Carrickfergus Castle, morning tea in Carnlough village and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge (so bummed about this one) were skipped. We switched buses along the way to meet up with another group, we were told we could get off at the switch off to see the caves on the beach where Game of Thrones was filmed but were only given 10 minutes to see them. It took us 10 minutes to walk there! I did not get to see them, only from a distance, while the other group that was there waiting to meet up with us was given sufficient time to take in the sight. I was upset, but decided to let it go and things would improve. We then stopped for lunch at a dreary pub along the way, no shops or anything else there to do, even though the itinerary stated we would be doing that. We were only able to eat there or eat lunch you had brought with you. We finally arrived at the Giant Causeway (a beautiful sight) at 2:30 pm and had to leave by 4pm to head back to Dublin. We stopped for less than 5 minutes to take a quick picture of another castle from afar and buy pastries at a quaint bakery. On the positive, the tour guide David did his best to make everyone comfortable and Ray the driver had lots of knowledge to share. Unfortunately, whoever created this tour did a poor job on time management. They should not advertise the sights that tourists will not be able to see and experience. My recommendation is to skip this tour unless it gets reorganized and price cut.
star-3
A light breakfast and...
Sarah_K
, Jul 2022
A light breakfast and crossing the rope bridge were supposed to be included. They weren't. The bus tour was fine, but it's not for me. I'd rather be able to stop and go on my own time than be rushed. Giant's Causeway was pretty rad.
star-5
Beautiful!
Tonia_L
, Apr 2022
Joe was a wonderful guide. Super friendly! It was a beautiful day . Every stop was great. Loved learning about Ireland. Most do this again!
star-1
Mixed
chrisbZ6101YB
, Aug 2019
This was the worst experience I've ever had booking through Viator/Trip Advisor. We have booked over 30 trips through Viator/Trip Advisor both in the US and Internationally. This was by far the worst experience. The Tour operator was Railtours.com. The guides were generally friendly but the tour operator's planning was awful. The list is endless but here are a few things to keep in mind if you are thinking about booking this tour; 1. It was a rail tour from Dublin to Belfast, but we departed the train 1/2 through the trip. The rail was down from Newry to Belfast so we had to bus the rest of the way. Locals tell us this line has been having problems since mid-July (our tour was August 13th). I would have been courteous if Railtours.com would have let us know, we booked this excursion specifically because of the train ride. 2. The description of the tour said you could order breakfast on the tour, we left our hotel at 7am, however no meal service was offered. We did not stop for lunch until 2:30. 3. We ended up taking three different busses on this trip. The third bus was not even a tour bus; it was an old, unclean bus for a local football team. The teams logo was painted on the center section windows so there were 4 seats with 100% unobstructed views, unfortunately we had two of them. Disappointing given it was a scenic tour. We tried to move seats 1/2 through the trip and the bus drive emphatically told us to stay in our original seats that it was first come first seated. There is more but I would caution anyone booking through railtours.com. On the plus side Northern Ireland is beautiful and I would strongly recommend a trip to see the Carrick a rope bridge and Giant Causeway. We also really enjoyed the lunch and the trip to Bushmills distillery, great trip just don't book with railtour.com
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
What a Wonderful Way to Travel
Paula_S
, Jul 2019
This was such a great way to spend the day. We were met at the trains station by Paddy who got us on the train and made our trip to the next stop easy and enjoyable. From there our coach driver Patrick was awesome. His stories, jokes, tales and knowledge of the country made the entire tour. It would not have been the same without him. Needless to say how beautiful the country of Ireland is. The way back to Dublin we were me at the train station by the most incredible man named Liam who kept us intranced with his knowledge of his life and history of Ireland. I am so grateful to have experienced his prescence and wisdom.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Ireland Adventures
Sue_F
, Aug 2018
The title is a little misleading in that the rail is from Dublin to Belfast. The ride out to the Giant's Causeway is by bus. Our driver was very knowledgeable, entertaining and professional. We were put on a new bus, but no keys to the bathroom meant we had to stop frequently for restroom facilities. The places we stopped had good facilities and good food. So it wasn't bad. The ride out to the Causeway was absolutely gorgeous. We had a mist most of the day and heavy fog. On a clear day the views would have been even more breathtaking. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Beautiful Tour
SANDRAVS1
, Jul 2018
I highly recommend this tour. It is a beautiful drive from Dublin and the tour guide was great. Be sure not to miss the sheep herding demonstration.
star-5
So much fun! Sean, Patrick, and...
Julia W
, Nov 2017
So much fun! Sean, Patrick, and Rodney were absolute dreams to work with. Our train was delayed and Rodney was able to make up for it by stopping at some incredible sights along the way to meet up with our tour down the path. Be sure to walk all the paths and see all of the local draws!
star-5
This tour was fantastic and would...
Jenna W
, Oct 2017
This tour was fantastic and would recommend for sure! It's a long day but well worth it!
star-5
We had only a limited time to spend...
Kathleen B
, Oct 2017
We had only a limited time to spend in Dublin and wished we could visit the Giant's Causeway. It seemed not to be practical. Then, we found his great one day tour by rail and bus up to Belfast, and several of the most popular sights. It was perfect! Our guide was easy to find at the rail station, remained helpful throughout the day, and the trip north was smooth and fast. At Belfast we transferred to the tour bus with Troy in the driver's seat. He was a wonderful mix of humor and history and really got us into a great mood, in spite of the rainy weather. Sometimes his patter was a bit fast and the accent hard to understand, but he was fun. The stops were well planned, if a bit rushed, but with this size group, they have to stay on schedule. It did give us a chance to walk out to the Carrick bridge, adequate time at the Giant's Causeway and a quick stop at Bushmills. The pub stop at lunch was delightful and cozy, with the added plus of some Game of Thrones memorabilia available. The tour around Belfast when we returned was quick, but gave us a sample to see if we would like to return here. Everything ran according to the plan we were given and we very much enjoyed the day.
star-3
Experiencing the rope bridge and...
Kathleen M
, Sep 2017
Experiencing the rope bridge and Giants Causeway were the best parts of the trip. Having to order and buy lunch at a specific pub left much to be desired. Also, our loud tour bus guide was incapable of being silent for even a second. Ended the day with a headache.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
This was a great way to get some sights...
Cathryn H
, Sep 2017
This was a great way to get some sights in! The guides were fantastic!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
This was a great trip. We took the...
RICHARD_S
, Sep 2017
This was a great trip. We took the train thinking it would be another great way to see Ireland. Really didn't see much from the train to warrant the additional expense. Save your money and take the bus tour from Dublin. Tour guides were knowledgeable and fun to chat with. Our favorite part was the Carricke rope bridge - fantastic vews of the coast. Giant's Causeway is just Ok.
star-5
Long day but amazing scenery and the...
AKASupahighway
, Sep 2017
Long day but amazing scenery and the driver was rather comical and entertaining. Train trip up was nice, the stop from lunch was pleasant as were the couple of stops before and after. Loved Giant's Causeway and the swinging bridge. Lots of tourists as it was the perfect day weather wise but not annoying. Lunch at Bushmills Whiskey distillery was nice as you were able to visit the store afterwards, you paid for your own lunch. Great value for money and would highly recommend.
star-5
This was a very good tour. Everyone...
Kathleen M
, Aug 2017
This was a very good tour. Everyone was very helpful with those of us with limited mobility. I was very glad for the shuttle out to the causeway. The facilities at the visitor cnter weren't great -- the better ones are inside and you have to pay extra to enter the center but that isn't the fault of the tour. I liked the O'Connel station better than the main train station. I really enjoyed the Northern Ireland perspective on the conflicts
star-2
The natural view is great but the...
Chung Kwan V T
, Aug 2017
The natural view is great but the travelling time is too long. Will suggest not to take rail to Belfast in case someone will like to go to the Giant's Causeway.
star-5
My family and I had a wonderful...
Michelle T
, Aug 2017
My family and I had a wonderful time! The rope bridge was a great experience, but required a lot of stamina to climb up and down the steps to get there and back to the entrance. The Giant's Causeway was also fantastic. Our tour guys both the driver and our regular guide were highly entertaining and helpful. I would definitely recommend this trip to others.
star-3
Train and bus driver/tour guide were...
Terrence P
, Aug 2017
Train and bus driver/tour guide were excellent but there was not much variety on this trip compared to the Galway/Cliffs/Limerick train trip tour we took last summer with Viator. Just most stops looking at cliffs/causeways.
star-4
My friend and I did this Day Long...
suzware
, Aug 2017
My friend and I did this Day Long Rail tour. It was a long day, but worth it. The train ride gave us the opportunity to see some of the coastline and talk with our guide about what we were seeing and what to expect. We visited the Giant's Causeway and marveled at it . The motor coach planned a pub lunch in a small town. The food was ready for us when we got there and was very good. We had time to enjoy our meal before getting back on the bus. The trip home seemed long. When we got to Connolly Station, the soccer match had just ended so we had to miss 2 LUAS trams before being packed into the third one. Everyone on the tram was so nice. We talked with them while being packed in. We never felt threatened or anything just packed in. Had a great time. They warned us when our stop was coming up and moved so we could get off easily. Thank you to all the Irish folks we came in contact with for being so nice and helpful.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
This is a fantastic trip. The...
Lmmcslim
, Jun 2017
This is a fantastic trip. The Antrim coast is gorgeous, and the guides very helpful and entertaining. At the carrick a rede bridge we were kind of rushed, which made it less fantastic than it could have been. The difficult part of that stop is not the rope bridge, it is the very steep steps to the rope bridge, which I did with my 84 year old Mother. Go Mom!. We were at a disadvantage because we sat in the back of the bus, so we lost about ten minutes of the stop waiting to get off the bus. You need to use both doors and have both guides collecting lunch orders and handing out tickets.

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