Using the Eurail Global Pass in Ireland to get from Killarney to Dublin?

I'm trying to reserve a spot on a train from Killarney, Ireland to Dublin. Can I use my Global Eurail pass on this IRISH RAIL train? Thanks!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 16, 2019 19:32
    Hi Nancy,

    Yes, the Eurail Global Pass is valid on the rail network of Ireland. Therefore, you can rest assured that the pass does cover from Killarney to Dublin. Reservations are not necessary at all on trains in Ireland, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board.

    Connections from Killarney to Dublin take about 3.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Mallow along the way. All you need to do is show your pass to board both the train from Killarney to Mallow and the train from Mallow to Dublin.

    There is also one direct train from Killarney to Dublin departing in the early morning. However, the connections via Mallow depart throughout the day, every couple hours.

    For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) just to view schedules for these trains. When just trying to access schedules for trains in Ireland, you would have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.

    For the options via Mallow, you would have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search from Killarney to Mallow and then another search for connecting trains from Mallow to Dublin.

    To purchase the Eurail Global Pass itself, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880
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  • Thank you so much Jeff. So, if I would like to reserve a seat, then what do I do? Sounds like I won't be able to. I'm looking at the early morning train departing around 7:30am-ish. What if there are no seats available as the weekend I'm traveling to Dublin is a busy one (June 2). I'm concerned that I might be in trouble if the train is full. Are people allowed to stand?

    How early should I arrive at the station? 15 mins or so?

    Thanks again for your help.
    Nancy
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