What is included in a Railtours Ireland First Class package?

All tours are priced per person sharing and include:

  • All travel by rail and coach
  • Reserved seats on trains
  • Local tours as appropriate
  • Entry fee to all attractions on the tour
  • Information pack including itinerary
  • Qualified Driver/Guide on coaches. Host on trains
  • Hotel / B&B accommodation on all extended tours
  • Breakfast at your hotel each morning (except in Dublin as it is on a room only basis due to the early start of our tours)

Do you have a question about Railtours Ireland First Class? Below are some of our most Frequently Asked Questions and Answers. Feel free to contact us if you have a question which is not answered below.

Q. When I book a tour online, what happens next?
A. All our Day Tours are immediately confirmed. All Overnight Tours are provisional and you will receive a FINAL email confirmation email once all elements are booked. You will receive an email confirmation with check in instructions.The next contact you will have is when you check in for your tour at the appropriate Dublin train station at the correct time. You will be checked in by one of our Railtours Ireland colleagues in one of our highly recognisable bright yellow jackets!

Q. When I book a tour by phone, what happens next?
A. The next contact you will have is when you check in for your tour at the appropriate Dublin train station at the correct time. You will be checked in by one of our Railtours Ireland colleagues in one of our highly recognisable bright yellow jackets!

Q. Can I leave the tour before it returns to Dublin?
A. Yes, for example if you wish to leave one of our tours in Galway, you are free to do so. However, please advise your host on the day, otherwise they will be worried about you! Please note that there is no refund for any unused portions of the tour. If you wish to extend your tour to an overnight in Cork, Killarney, Galway and Belfast we can arrange accomodation / subject to availabilty.

Q. On your extended tours can you tell us what Bed and Breakfast establishments we will be staying in, in Killarney?
A. While your accommodation will be confirmed when you make your booking it is only on the day of travel that you are allocated a specific property. However if you opt for a four star standard hotel upgrade in Killarney we can tell you what hotel you will be staying in after the booking is confirmed. Hotels we use include: The International Hotel, The Malton Hotel, The Killarney Plaza, The Holiday Inn, Randles Court Hotel and the Dromhall Hotel. These hotels are either in the centre or very close to the centre of Killarney. Individual hotels are subject to availability and cannot be requested specifically.

Q. What is a B&B (Bed and Breakfast Accommodation)?
A. A B&B is an Irish home which lets out a number of rooms to paying guests.The rooms are always ensuite with their own private bathroom shower room facilities.
B&B's are very clean and comfortable - but they are NOT hotels and do not have the same facilities as hotels - they tend to be on the edge of Killarney and not in the centre - as most hotels are. If you are unsure that a B&B would be the right choice for your particular needs then we strongly advise availing of our upgrade to four star standard hotel option.

Q. I want to go on one of your extended tours – what about luggage?
A. There are luggage facilities on board trains & coaches and we try to keep luggage transfers between trains and coaches to a minimum. It is recommended that large excess amounts of luggage be stored, perhaps, at your Dublin hotel for the duration of your railtour.

Q. What sort of people travel on your tours?
A. Railtours Ireland is what’s known in the travel/tourism trade as an FIT tour product. This means that it attracts “Free Independent Travellers” of all ages and nationalities. What they have in common is a desire to have a unique touring experience in Ireland. Our tours also provide a credible means to explore Ireland without having to drive!

Q. What language are your tours conducted in?

A. Our tours are conducted in English only, however we can provide detailed itinearies in all major European Languages if we are informed in advance of your requirement. Also at key visitor attractions in Ireland, multiple language literature is normally available.

Q. Are our tours wheelchair friendly?
A. As long as the individual has some mobility then our tours would be suitable. The trains are wheelchair friendly in Ireland however the buses/coaches are not. The person would have to be able to climb the steps on to the bus. It is with regret that we cannot accommodate mobility scooters on our tours.

Q. What type of Room is a Twin, Double and Triple?

Twin Room = Has Two Beds
Double Room= Has One Double Bed
Triple Room = Sleep three people (usually a double and a single bed)

Q. What hotels do you use in Dublin?
A. Hotels we use are: the Ashling Hotel, The Gibson Hotel, The North Star Hotel,The Clarion Hotel IFSC, The Hilton Kilmainham, and Wynn's Hotel – all four star standard.
Dublin has very busy periods all year round so, from time to time, we have other partner hotels that we also use.

Q. What hotels do you use in Galway?
A. We like to use hotels in Galway's vibrant city centre including : The Radisson Hotel, The Forster Court Hotel, The Eyre Square Hotel, The Imperial Hotel, and The Meyrick Hotel. All are three and four star properties. Galway can be a very busy place especially during the summer with all its festivals and on occasion we use other hotels just outside the city centre.