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Overview: Train from Liverpool to Dublin

distanceDistance135 miles (217 km)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain providersArriva Trains Wales

Trains from Liverpool to Dublin cover the 135 miles (217 km) long route with our travel partners like Arriva Trains Wales. There are direct train services available.

Trains from Liverpool to Dublin

The train from Liverpool to Dublin provides a convenient option for getting between the two cities. It includes a ferry ride across the Irish Sea, and usually involve one or two changes. Trains run at frequent intervals throughout the day to line up with the ferry services, and the total journey takes around 5 hours. Trains from Liverpool to Dublin are run by a number of operators, and prices are competitive so it’s worth shopping around a bit.

Liverpool to Dublin train time: Daily departures

On a regular weekday, indirect trains to Dublin leave approximately every four hours from Liverpool, depending on the scheduling of the ferry services. There are usually between 4 and 8 trains per day from Liverpool to Dublin, with increased frequency during summer months for an average of around 50 trains per week. The earliest train departs at 5:40 a.m., and the last departures are just before midnight (to connect with a 2:30 a.m. ferry crossing from Holyhead).

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

The journey by train from Liverpool to Dublin usually takes approximately 6 hours total travel time. The fastest route, with the shortest connections at Chester and Holyhead, takes just 4 hours and 50 minutes. Each route includes at least one change of trains, usually at Chester, plus a short walk to the ferry terminal at Holyhead.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Liverpool to Dublin?

Departure train station: Trains to Dublin depart from Liverpool Lime Street. It is located a 10-15 minute walk from the city centre and is well connected by public transport. The station has an excellent range of facilities and services, including luggage storage, baby-changing facilities, Wi-Fi, step-free access, and accessible toilets.

Arrival train station: Trains from Liverpool via Holyhead arrive, by ferry, into Dublin Ferryport station. This is located at Dublin Port on the mouth of the River Liffey, 2 miles east of central Dublin and approximately a 15-minute drive or 30-minute bus ride from the city centre. The station has a limited range of facilities and services, including disabled toilets, car hire, and a cafeteria.

Which train companies travel from Liverpool to Dublin?

A number of companies operate the route by train from Liverpool to Dublin, including Arriva Trains Wales, Merseyrail, and Virgin Trains. All providers operate routes that require a change of trains, usually at Chester, as well as a change onto the ferry at Holyhead. The fastest services from Liverpool to Holyhead are run by Virgin Trains, taking just 2 hours and 35 minutes. The average journey time for the train section of the route (from Liverpool to the ferry at Holyhead) is around 3 hours.

Virgin Trains Liverpool to Dublin

Virgin Trains offer the most comprehensive range of services, with a number of high-speed and slower trains covering the picturesque ride from Liverpool to Holyhead via Chester. Services depart throughout the day and night, with up to 2 trains per hour during peak periods and at least one every 2 hours between 5:00 a.m. and midnight.

Merseyrail Liverpool to Dublin

Merseyrail run frequent services from Liverpool to Chester on the Wirral Line, with departures approximately every half hour between 6:00 a.m. and midnight. Most trains have disabled access, wheelchair areas, and bicycle or bulky luggage storage sections.

Arriva Trains Wales Liverpool to Dublin

Arriva Trains Wales operate a small number of services on the route from Chester to Holyhead, on the service line from Cardiff to Holyhead, which runs approximately 14 times a day. 

Liverpool to Dublin trains: Services on board

All services by train from Liverpool to Dublin offer second-class tickets, with a limited number of services (including some Virgin high-speed trains) offering first class tickets. Wi-Fi is available on many services, and services by train from Liverpool to Dublin do not have specified luggage limits. However, passengers with bicycles are required to store them in the designated bicycle sections or folded up and stowed above your seat. Dogs may travel on some services, but only at certain times (excluding regular commuting times) and they must be on a leash. All services operated by Virgin, Arriva and Merseyrail have facilities for disabled passengers including ramp access on and off the platform, accessible toilets, induction loops, and dedicated wheelchair areas.

How can I find cheap train tickets from Liverpool to Dublin?

Passengers wanting to find cheap tickets for the train from Liverpool to Dublin should always be sure to book in advance and be flexible with travel dates and times. Another option is to check each section of the journey by train from Liverpool to Dublin and book the cheapest fare for each one. For example, the commuter train from Liverpool to Chester might be cheaper than booking the whole way through from Liverpool Lime Street. It’s always worth having a search around on Omio, which lets you see all the options and prices in one place.

Travel Tips: Trains from Liverpool 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 Liverpool to Dublin.

Are there any COVID-19 restrictions for international travel by train between Liverpool and Dublin?

Travel between Liverpool, 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 Liverpool?

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

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

All travelers 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 1/13/22. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train to Dublin from Liverpool as this information can change.

What restrictions are there on reentering United Kingdom from Dublin, Ireland?

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

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

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

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

Requirements for reentering:

  • Prebook and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests for unvaccinated travellers
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
  • Prebook and pay for a COVID-19 test, to be taken on the end of day 1 for vaccinated travellers
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the safety rules to follow in Liverpool, 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 1/19/22. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to the travel date of your train to Liverpool from Dublin.

What is the distance between Liverpool and Dublin by train?

The distance between Liverpool and Dublin by train is approximately 135 miles (217 km).

Which train providers can take me from Liverpool to Dublin?

For the best Liverpool to Dublin train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with Arriva Trains Wales. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services from Liverpool to Dublin to compare what amenities they may offer.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

The major railway station for departures from Liverpool is Liverpool Lime Street. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Liverpool Lime Street for your journey from Liverpool to Dublin.
Amenities at station
Phone Number
+44 3457114141
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sat: 05: 00 - 23: 38 | Sun: 07: 15 - 23: 05
Public transit options for Liverpool Lime Street
Suburban train lines: Wirral Line (green)
Bus lines: 9, 10, 61, 82, 79, 86C, 500
Train lines: Northern, West Midlands, TransPennine Express, East Midlands, Avanti West Coast, Transport for Wales, London Northwestern