Pre booking required on all intercity rail travel

Iarnród Éireann wishes to advise customers that it will be mandatory to pre-book if you are travelling on Intercity services between Friday 18th December 2020 and Wednesday 6th January 2021 inclusive.

Government COVID-19 measures in place during this time permit non-essential inter-county travel for the first time in two months, or three months in the case of Dublin, and 50% of capacity is available for use on board rail services and all public transport.

Pre-booking Intercity travel will ensure the available capacity is effectively managed, providing rail customers with a safe and sanitary travelling environment over the Christmas and New Year period.

Intercity travel can be pre-booked at along with further information, and customers are advised:

Please only travel if your journey is necessary, and avoid peak and busier times if at all possible

Holders of existing tickets (e.g. open returns, season tickets, DSP free travel) can also pre-book Intercity travel during these dates at no extra charge via

Seating will be unassigned, and customers are asked not to sit in seating designated as restricted, to ensure appropriate distancing.

Face coverings are mandatory on public transport.

We are continuing to implement enhanced cleaning and sanitisation measures on trains and at stations, with a focus on customer touch points.

Catering services remain suspended on board Intercity, and alcohol is prohibited.

Revised schedules are in place from Christmas Eve 24 th December to New Year’s Day 1 st January inclusive, and customers should check times.

There are no rail services on Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day.

Iarnród Éireann thanks customers for pre-booking their Intercity travel, and for their continued cooperation and overwhelming compliance with measures in place during COVID-19.

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