Rome to Dublin

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1. Posted by bmax (Budding Member 2 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I'll be in Italy for about a week in a couple months. Then i'll be going to Dublin for another 2 weeks. What is the best way (non-flying) to get from Rome to Dublin?

2. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

if you're going to bring a car , you could go through the tunnel between france and england, from there get a boat over to Ireland,

3. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


The best route on land would be by train and ferry. Now you could either take a train to either Cherbourg or Roscoff in France and then take what looks like a rather long ferry ride to Dublin, or take trains from Rome, across Europe, through the Chunnel, and then to Fishguard in the UK and take a ferry from there. If you're going to have a Eurail pass, I say go from France, because the ferry-ride should be covered on the pass. If you don't have a Eurail or Interrail Pass, it will be a lot more costly and time-consuming to travel by land, so I would suggest to go for a budget airline.

Katie ;)

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

If your doing it on by land on Public transport, what's most important for you cost/speed/places on route (do you have a desire to see/avoid London/Paris/Cork etc. etc.) or other??? In addition, do you get sea sick at all??

I've done very similar journeys so can give you some more specific route ideas if it's helpful, but your personal circumstances would dicttate what i suggest.

If it helps, last time i did it, about 2 years ago (i was travelling Dublin - Bologna) i did Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead (fastferry,m but you can also go direct from Dublin), then train from Holyhead via London - Eurostar to Lille - Lyon - Milano - Bologna (train continued to Roma). However, i stayed with friends in Lyon a night instead of going straight through. Going direct, you are probably better off going Eurostar to Paris, then night train to Italy (although be aware the direct Paris - Roma service is due to be withdrawn shortly, so you will probably have to change in Milano.

But there are dozens and dozens of permutations. Via Holyhead, the trip will take 27-30 hours depending on which crossing you get and connections.

HTH, and if you need more details, let me know

5. Posted by bmax (Budding Member 2 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Thank you all for your help. I will have a Eurail Pass. No car. I will be leaving Rome on the 10th and need to get to Dublin by the 12th, which is why i decided not to fly. I've been thru Spain, France, and Italy by rail before, but i've never gone thru to England or used the ferry's so i didn't know if that was included with the Eurail pass. Thanks again.