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Train Information to Dublin from Manchester

distanceDistance165 miles (266 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 39 min
priceAverage train ticket price£46 (€53)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain companiesArriva Trains Wales

Trains from Manchester to Dublin cover the 165 miles (266 km) long journey taking on average 2 h 39 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 £46, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £45.

Trains from Manchester to Dublin

Taking a train is a comfortable and eco-friendly way to travel. A train trip between Manchester and Dublin takes between 9-12h, depending on the route you take, and it includes a ferry. The second half of your journey, going northeast from Chester, will take you along the coast of Wales, so you are sure to have great views of the Irish Sea. You will also pass the northern edge of Snowdonia National Park. Trains depart Manchester approximately every 40min.

Manchester to Dublin Train Time: Daily Departures

To travel to Dublin via train, you can take one of two routes. The direct train departs hourly. If you connect via another, there is a train every hour as well. The first train departs at 5:26 a.m and the last train at 11:54 p.m. From Chester to Holyhead, there are hourly trains, the first departure is at 6:44 a.m and the last departure is at 10:57 p.m. For your convenience, the trains are available seven days a week, through different operators. In total, 13 daily trains are available.

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

The journey by train takes approximately 7 to 9h from the time you depart Manchester, until the time you arrive in Dublin. Taking the direct train from Manchester to Holyhead doesn’t have any train changes. If you take the second route available, you need to change trains in Chester and continue with the second train to Holyhead. From Holyhead, you have to take the ferry, which arrives in Dublin.

Dublin Street Sun. Source: Shutterstock

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

Departure train station: The first station you can depart from, for the direct train, is Manchester Picadilly. It’s easy to reach via free buses from Manchester city, which takes approximately 10min by bus or a 5min walk. It is Manchester’s main station with restaurants, shops and wheelchair accessibility and assisted travel. Manchester Oxford Road station connects via Chester. A 10min walk from the city centre, with a restaurant and disabled access.

Arrival train station: At Holyhead station on the island of Anglesey before you depart for Dublin on the ferry, you will find a comfortable station with a waiting area, restaurants and a cafe. The station is step-free and fully accessibly if you have reduced mobility or a wheelchair. When you arrive in Dublin at the ferry station, the city centre is a short 10min walk, or 5min bus ride away.

Which train companies travel from Manchester to Dublin?

Many service providers travel on the two routes between Manchester and Dublin. The first route departing from Manchester Oxford Road requires you to change trains at Chester Station or Crewe. The direct route, departing from Manchester Picadilly has no changeovers. Arriva Trains Wales, Avanti West Coast, Transport for Wales and Northern Rail all provide services between Manchester and Holyhead.

In Holyhead, there are two ferry operators to choose from - Irish Ferries, or Stena Line. You might prefer not to change trains, in which case, we recommend taking the direct train, approximately 7h later, you will reach Dublin. The indirect route through Chester or Crewe takes around 8h to complete.

Transport for Wales trains from Manchester to Dublin

Trainsport for Wales (TfW) service the two main routes from Manchester to Holyhead, before you board the ferry for Dublin. The direct train takes just under 3h, and there are three trains per day. If you connect through Chester the journey takes approximately 3h 30min, excluding transfer time.

Avanti West Coast trains from Manchester to Dublin

Avanti West Coast also has trains three times per day, with a change-over in Crewe. Your trip should take around 3h.

Northern Rail trains from Manchester to Dublin

Northern Rail has hourly trains between Manchester and Chester, from where you will need to take an Avanti West Coast or Trains for Wales service. It will take around 3h 15min.

Arriva Trains Wales trains from Manchester to Dublin

Arriva Trains Wales has a direct train that takes almost 3h as well. From Holyhead, the ferry is every four hours and the journey takes 3h15min.

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Train Manchester to Dublin: Services on Board

Arriva Trains Wales and Transport for Wales have Business Class seats, as well as economy seats available. For a little bit of extra luxury, Transport for Wales offers First Class tickets as well. First and Business class includes meals, drinks and snacks for your journey. All the other providers, like Northern Rail and Avanti West Coast, have economy class seating. If you choose economy, you can still buy snacks and beverages onboard. Avanti West Coast, Arriva Trains Wales and Transport for Wales all allow you to bring your bike, but you need to book in advance, as space may be limited.

If you are travelling with pets, all the carriers allow one or two small cats or dogs, in a carrier, as long as they don’t disturb other passengers. For bigger dogs, enquire with each service provider what their regulations and charges are. Wheelchair users and people with reduced mobility can contact the assisted travel office at each company for support. Wheelchairs and service dogs (correctly identified) are allowed on all trains. Every company will advise which train compartment is the best for you.

How to find cheap train tickets from Manchester to Dublin?

The best way to get cheap train tickets is to keep a close eye on Omio. All the rail service providers offer “advance” tickets, which allows you to book tickets in advance at a lower price. Certain dates have more expensive tickets, due to demand.

Keep your dates a bit flexible to get the best deals. Depending on which train service you use, connecting journeys, or even combining trips from different train companies may work out cheaper. However, slower journeys can also be more expensive, so check all your options. Many companies also offer season or regular travel passes, which are cheaper and very useful if you plan on doing the trip a few times. Don’t forget to ask about, or look for student and/or senior discounts that are also available.

To Dublin by train—travel tips

Dublin is the gateway to the Emerald Isle, and arriving by train and ferry will allow you to experience a bit of its history in a different way. After a stop at the closest local pub for a pint, explore downtown and the docks area with its rich history as a commercial hub. For a culture fix, make sure you visit the Longroom Library and Trinity College, before continuing the Georgian Architecture theme to Saint Patrick's Cathedral and Audeon’s Gate. If you’re famished, make sure to pay Glover’s Alley a visit for great Irish food.

For a night out on the town, don’t miss going to the Little Pig Speakeasy. On a pub crawl? Go to Devitt’s Pub or Murray’s Bar. Whiskey and beer enthusiasts will also enjoy all the distilleries that offer tours. Take day trips into the countryside, and you might find a leprechaun, or its gold waiting for you in the forest.

Literary fanatics and connoisseurs alike will delight in doing a pub crawl of pubs frequented by some of the biggest literary icons and test your knowledge with quizzes on the way. We're sure you won't regret your trip by train to Dublin.

Travel Tips

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FAQs
Am I allowed to travel by train from Manchester, United Kingdom to Dublin, Ireland?

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

Can I enter Ireland from United Kingdom?

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

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Ireland from Manchester?

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?

All travellers in Ireland must observe these coronavirus safety measures:

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

The information above was last checked on 15/10/2021. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train to Dublin from Manchester as this information can change.

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

The restriction level for your return train to Manchester, United Kingdom from Dublin is: Fully open.

Is my return train into Manchester from Dublin restricted?

International entry 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?

Conditions of reentry:

  • 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 Manchester, United Kingdom?

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

  • Social distancing required: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask required: Regional advice

Last checked on 20/10/2021. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Manchester from Dublin closer to your date of departure here.

How much do cheap trains between Manchester and Dublin cost?
Looking to save money on your trip? Omio customers have found the cheapest train to Dublin from Manchester for the next 7 days starting from £45  one way.
What is the cost of a train ticket from Manchester to Dublin on average?
If you are looking to purchase your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Manchester to Dublin train to cost on average £46  one way.
What is the distance by train from Manchester to Dublin?
The train distance from Manchester to Dublin is around 165 miles (266 km).
How long does it take from Manchester to Dublin by train?
On average the train from Manchester to Dublin duration is 2 h 39 min  for the 165 miles (266 km) long trip, but the travel time can vary if you depart on weekends and holidays.
Which train providers can take me to Dublin from Manchester?
For the best Manchester to Dublin train to purchase, you can travel safely and comfortably with Arriva Trains Wales. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services between Manchester and Dublin to compare what amenities they may offer.
Is there a direct train from Manchester to Dublin?
Yes, you can search for direct trains from Manchester to Dublin on Omio with Arriva Trains Wales, and you won’t need to change in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when travelling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you purchase your train ticket.
What are the first and last departure train times from Manchester to Dublin?
The first Manchester to Dublin train departs at 08: 53   and the last train from Manchester to Dublin leaves at 10: 52. Check out the most up-to-date Manchester to Dublin train schedule on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
How far in advance should I purchase train tickets from Manchester to Dublin for the best deals?
You can find a train to Dublin from Manchester to cost on average £46 one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your route. You’ll see tickets for the Manchester to Dublin train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Manchester
Dublin
The major railway station for departures from Manchester is Manchester Piccadilly. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Manchester Piccadilly for your trip between Manchester and Dublin.
Amenities at station
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LockersLockers
ParkingParking
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TaxiTaxi
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket office hours
Mon - Sat: 04: 30 - 22: 30 | Sun: 07: 00 - 22: 30
Connections to/from station
Bus lines: 1, 2, 3, 147
Train lines: Northern, TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Transport for Wales