Ireland-Britrail vs. Global Pass

Hello, I am arriving in Belfast, Northern Ireland and want to travel to Dublin, Cork, and possibly Limerick before I go to Rosslare to take the Ferry to Fishguard, Whales. I am not planning on traveling in Whales, but am taking this route to Bath. After Bath I plan to travel to Oxford and London. From the UK I will then travel throughout Europe (France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Greece). I am planning on purchasing the Global Pass Flex for 15 travel days within two months and the Britrail 3 days in 2 months. I am a student and am trying to find the best deal while still having an open itinerary.

Does this sound like a good plan?

Also, are the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland covered by the Global Pass or the Britrail pass?

Additionally is the ferry from Ireland to Whales included in either pass?

Thank you!
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  • Dear Emily,

    This sounds like a good itinerary and if you do purchase the Global pass, then Ireland and Northern Ireland would be included in the pass. You can then use the Britrail pass for your travels in the UK.
    For the ferry, it is not included in the pass, however, we do sell the tickets for the ferry which are $45.00 per person. By purchasing these before you travel will save you time as you can then just board the ferry instead of standing in line to purchase your tickets.
    Please remember that when traveling through Europe with the Eurail Global pass, reservations may be required on a lot of trains which are an additional cost to the pass. Reservations are also subject to availability. If you are traveling in June, July or August, you may want to consider purchasing reservations for those trains you know you will be taking.
    The trains with in France will limit their passholder fares during high season and also a lot of international trains are selling out.
    If you have questions regarding certain reservations, please contact us at 800-438-7245 and one of our Travel Consultants will be able to assist you further with your request.
    I hope this information is useful in planning your vacation. Have a great day!
    Jen
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  • I was looking to travel through Ireland and then onto Germany, Spain, Turkey etc When looking for tickets I would type in cities in Ireland that fall on the secondary lines when looking at the map of where the pass works and the cities do not pop up. Does the global pass not cover secondary lines?
    • Jeff (Official Rep) November 04, 2014 15:43
      The objective of a rail pass is to cover trains operating between different cities, including trains on 'secondary' lines. While there are a few random exceptions to this in Europe (certain 'private' lines), there are no notable exceptions in Ireland, and any rail pass that includes Ireland would cover the ticket costs for trains to destinations located along secondary lines. With that said, cities and towns situated along such lines are not always recognized by the schedule search engine on our website. That does not mean trains to these locations would not be covered by a rail pass, it's just that the schedules for those particular routes are not able to be viewed on our website. What cities in Ireland are you referring to?
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