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Does anyone even do this anymore? Am I going to die of boredom?
I took the bus once, top banter
I had to stop the bus 3 times to be sick and a group of men were really drunk and we stopped about 2 miles from Hollyhead as the driver wanted to throw them off. Not such good banter.
Nice relaxed journey with your own supply of alcohol. Sounds like a great Idea. And its only about 30 quid I think.
the longest part is the train to Holyhead. i assume you'd be getting the Stenaline HSS? that journey only takes about 45mins and the boat has 'restaurants' and shops and an arcade and so can keep you vaguely occupied. it brings you straight into Dun Laoghaire, right by the DART station into the centre so it's ok.
but i'm sure it's quite expensive and it'd be cheaper and quicker to fly.
last time i was at home people were stuck on the HSS for like 2 days or something cos a lorry fell out the back and they couldn't get it off.
Expensive? Pish - it's only £29 each way from London. Just takes a bit longer than cunty O'Learys airline.
^ Great website about all kinds of train journeys
To get to dublin. Plus a bit for the Dart.
london - holyhead - dublin return? or £60 return?
anyway, i've investigated train/ferry before and it always seemed massively expensive and so long compared to just getting on a plane and being there in an hour.
and it;s for this weekend but I've changed my mind now so this thread was a massive waste of time. Cheers!
sure i could walk it
But they never change (except possible year on year changes).
Unlike Ryanair 99p flights with all the shit on top, plus getting to the airport and all the hassle that entails.
You can stroll up to any train station in the country, UK or Ireland and pay. In theory.
Only downside is the day it takes to travel, which I enjoy. So if you're going for a short break it might never make sense. If you're staying for a while, it makes perfect sense (to me at least).
but you only get lumbered with extra charges if you don't pay attention.
last time i flew to ireland it cost me £20 return (£10pp) and that was because they charged me £20 for using a debit card.
online check-in, no bags, easy enough.
i don't think i could handle a whole days travel and changing to a ferry blah blah. though at the other end it would be a lot easier as my mum lives 15mins from the port. but then on the way back, argh. i don't think i could face that journey.
I never plan trips to ireland. They are all either forced on me or last minute (normally both).
So, by the time I get round to booking flights they cost an arm and two legs. Plus if you have to cancel, you can't get your money back. Another pain in the arse is getting to the airport. You put the train fare for that against the ticket to ireland and it looks pretty reasonable.
I'm also beginning to dislike the way airport travel is going - far too much hassle.
The train requires no pre booking at all and no need to cancel, cos you haven't pre booked.
Saying that, the last time I went to Ireland was by Ryanair. So I can't really hold any sort of high ground. It did make me swear I'd never do it again though.