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Train Information to Dublin from Bristol

distanceDistance200 miles (323 km)
durationAverage train duration5 h 41 min
priceAverage train ticket price£47 (€53)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain companiesArriva Trains Wales

Trains from Bristol to Dublin cover the 200 miles (323 km) long route taking on average 5 h 41 min with our travel partners like Arriva Trains Wales. There are direct train services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around £47, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £47.

Trains from Bristol to Dublin

Travel from Bristol to Dublin isn't possible solely by train. However, you can travel by train from Bristol the port city of Holyhead and from there you can take a ferry directly from Holyhead to Dublin. This train trip usually requires either one change in Birmingham or a change in Birmingham and a change in Crewe. You can find SailRail tickets on the Omio website which will allow you to connect from your train to a ferry with ease or you can purchase your train and ferry tickets separately.

Bristol to Dublin Train Time: Daily Departures

Trains from Bristol to Holyhead usually depart roughly once an hour between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and then again in the evening from around 6:00 p.m. with the last train departing around 10:00 p.m. Ferries from Holyhead to Dublin usually depart four times a day roughly every six hours between around 2:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Both the trains and ferries run every day of the week.

How long is the journey by train from Bristol to Dublin?

The time spent on the move is usually around 9h however the overall trip from Bristol to Dublin may be shorter or longer depending on the number of changes and if there is a delay between one transport arriving and the other departing. Depending on these factors your travel will usually take between 9h 30min and 17h 10min. By booking with Omio you can check the length of any stopovers and make sure your train arrival and ferry departure times line up as conveniently as possible.

Dublin Castle. Source: Shutterstock

What is/are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Bristol to Dublin?

Departure train station: Most trains depart from the Bristol Temple Meads station. It is located around an 18min walk, 8min drive and 15min bus ride from the city centre. There are ATMs shops and baby changing facilities available if you need them and the station provides trolleys if you need them to transport your luggage. If there is any disruption to the train service, replacement bus services will be available at the station.

Arrival train station: The train will arrive at Holyhead station. If you have a long stopover between your train arriving and ferry leaving and wish to see some of the city then the station is located only around a 3min walk from the city centre. Once you are ready to board your ferry it conveniently departs from the same station that your train arrives in at the far end of platform 2. When you arrive Dublin Port you can get to the Dublin city centre via bus in roughly 26min and by car or taxi in roughly 14min.

Which train companies travel from Bristol to Dublin?

Arriva has trains that travel from Bristol Temple Meads Station to Holyhead Station. The initial leg of your trip will be operated by Arriva's Cross Country Trains services and you will then switch to the Arriva Trains Wales service, all routes operated by Arriva make this change when you arrive in Wales. Once you have arrived at Holyhead Station you will transfer to a ferry operated by Stena Line that will take you from the Port of Holyhead to Dublin Port which will complete your trip from Bristol to Dublin.

Arriva trains from Bristol to Dublin

Arriva offers connecting RailSail train trips that will take you from Bristol to Dublin These allow you to purchase a cheaper all-inclusive ticket rather than booking separately. However, if you choose to book your tickets separately, this allows you to opt for Arriva's first-class options. The routes usually involve at least one change, often two, though the stopover times usually only take roughly between 5min and 30min. These changes will take you from Arriva's Cross Country service to their Arriva Trains Wales service.

Dublin Lighthouse. Source: Shutterstock

Train Bristol to Dublin: Services on Board

Arriva Cross Country Trains offers a first-class option for an extra fee. It includes larger seats and foot space, a larger table and Wi-Fi as well as complimentary snacks and drinks on most trains. Arriva Cross Country also has hot meals on offer from the dining car as well as alcoholic beverages. Power points are also available on all trains in first class to help you get work done while you travel. arrive trains wales offers a business class option on some trains. The highlight of this option is the inclusion of freshly cooked hot meals and personal service as well as more space to stretch out.

Bikes and pets, especially service dogs can be taken on some Arriva trains, contact them before your trip to check and see if you need to book an extra space for your bike. The Stena Line ferry allows you to choose between a seat or a cabin as you finish your travel from Bristol to Dublin. There are a variety of cabins available from Standard to Deluxe so you can choose whatever suits your needs and budget. They also have a Hygge reclining lounge specifically designed for relaxing, perfect for those travellers prone to seasickness. If you upgrade to their premium service you can access the Stena Plus lounge which offers complimentary drinks and snacks as well as table service meals.

How to find cheap train tickets from Bristol to Dublin?

You can help ensure you get the best deal on your tickets from Bristol to Dublin by using Omio to compare the different prices and offers available. You can usually find the best prices by booking well in advance of your trip, this will also mean a greater variety of options will be available to you. As some routes or options may only be available on certain days, being able to travel on different days will help you take advantage of the cheapest option. It may also help if you can be flexible with the length of your trip. Anyone between the ages of 16 and 25 can get a Railcard which will give you a discount on any train tickets. If you're a student with an NUS extra or Apprentice extra card you can get further discounts on top of Railcard discounts.

To Dublin by train—travel tips

Dublin is a city with something for everyone with plenty to do, see, eat and drink. Renowned worldwide for its Guinness beer, travellers to Dublin can visit the Guinness Storehouse, a visitor experience that displays the history of the iconic brand's journey over more than 250 years. At seven storeys high, the Storehouse is an excellent way to get a birds-eye view of the city.

For some more ancient history, you can visit the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology which holds prehistoric, Celtic and medieval artefacts. To get away from the busy city streets, you can head to St Stephen's Green, a peaceful expanse of parkland right in the heart of the city. Fans of Gaelic sports can watch an event or tour the stadium grounds at Croke Parke, the home of the Gaelic Athletics Association.

For shopping and a bite to eat Grafton Street is Dublin's high street with plenty of boutique shops and well-known designers, it has a vibrant atmosphere with talented buskers frequently performing on the street.

Travel Tips

Trains from Bristol to Dublin
Travel by train to Dublin easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Bristol to Dublin.
Is cross-border travel by train between Bristol, United Kingdom and Dublin, Ireland allowed?

Travel between Bristol, United Kingdom and Dublin, Ireland by train is: Partially open.

What is the status of international entry into Ireland from United Kingdom?

International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom

Do I need to self-quarantine on arrival in Ireland from Bristol?

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative Covid-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the safety rules to follow in Dublin, Ireland?

When travelling in Ireland, you must follow these COVID-19 safety rules:

  • Physical distance requirement: 2 metre (s) (7 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 23/10/2021. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train to Dublin from Bristol before travelling.

Are there travel restrictions, such as quarantine measures, in place when returning to Bristol, United Kingdom from Dublin, Ireland?

Return travel from Ireland to United Kingdom is: Fully open.

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to Bristol from Dublin?

Entry into United Kingdom is allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Ireland

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in United Kingdom from Dublin?

Requirements for reentering:

  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival

What are the safety rules to follow in Bristol, United Kingdom?

The government of United Kingdom has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Regional advice

Last checked on 23/10/2021. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to the travel date of your train to Bristol from Dublin.

How much does a cheap train from Bristol to Dublin cost?
If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find a cheap train from Bristol to Dublin for as little as £47  in the next 7 days.
What is the cost of a train ticket from Bristol to Dublin on average?
If you’re looking to book your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Bristol to Dublin train price to come in at an average of £47  one way.
How many miles is it from Bristol to Dublin by train?
When travelling this route you should expect the distance between Bristol and Dublin via train to be approximately 200 miles (323 km).
How long is the train between Bristol and Dublin?
The train time from Bristol to Dublin is on average 5 h 41 min  for the 200 miles (323 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go from Bristol to Dublin by train can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and holidays.
Which train providers should I travel with from Bristol to Dublin?
For the trip from Bristol to Dublin you can take a train with Arriva Trains Wales. Be sure to check out all possible train providers that offer services between Bristol and Dublin on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
When is the earliest train from Bristol to Dublin? When is the last train from Bristol to Dublin?
The first train from Bristol to Dublin leaves at 06: 35   and the last train for this leaves at 07: 35. Omio shows you the latest train from Bristol to Dublin schedule to help you book the best departure time for this journey.
How early should I purchase Bristol to Dublin train tickets to get the best deals?
In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train providers offering this route and save money. If you purchase train tickets between Bristol and Dublin within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £47 one way. To find the best prices for this trip, consider booking your train ticket from Bristol to Dublin a few months in advance.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

The major railway station for departures from Bristol is Bristol Temple Meads. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Bristol Temple Meads for your trip from Bristol to Dublin.
Amenities at station
Ticket office hours
Sun: 06: 45 - 21: 30 | Mon - Sat: 05: 30 - 21: 30
Connections to/from station
Train lines: CrossCountry, Great Western Main Line, Severn Beach Line
Bus lines: A1, 1, 2, 8, 39/349/X39, 70, 73, 178, 376