The title is a little misleading in that the rail is from Dublin to Belfast. The ride out to the Giant's Causeway is by bus. Our driver was very knowledgeable, entertaining and professional. We were put on a new bus, but no keys to the bathroom meant we had to stop frequently for restroom facilities. The places we stopped had good facilities and good food. So it wasn't bad. The ride out to the Causeway was absolutely gorgeous. We had a mist most of the day and heavy fog. On a clear day the views would have been even more breathtaking. I highly recommend this tour.
We had only a limited time to spend in Dublin and wished we could visit the Giant's Causeway. It seemed not to be practical. Then, we found his great one day tour by rail and bus up to Belfast, and several of the most popular sights. It was perfect! Our guide was easy to find at the rail station, remained helpful throughout the day, and the trip north was smooth and fast. At Belfast we transferred to the tour bus with Troy in the driver's seat. He was a wonderful mix of humor and history and really got us into a great mood, in spite of the rainy weather. Sometimes his patter was a bit fast and the accent hard to understand, but he was fun. The stops were well planned, if a bit rushed, but with this size group, they have to stay on schedule. It did give us a chance to walk out to the Carrick bridge, adequate time at the Giant's Causeway and a quick stop at Bushmills. The pub stop at lunch was delightful and cozy, with the added plus of some Game of Thrones memorabilia available. The tour around Belfast when we returned was quick, but gave us a sample to see if we would like to return here. Everything ran according to the plan we were given and we very much enjoyed the day.
This was a great trip. We took the train thinking it would be another great way to see Ireland. Really didn't see much from the train to warrant the additional expense. Save your money and take the bus tour from Dublin. Tour guides were knowledgeable and fun to chat with. Our favorite part was the Carricke rope bridge - fantastic vews of the coast. Giant's Causeway is just Ok.
My family and I had a wonderful time! The rope bridge was a great experience, but required a lot of stamina to climb up and down the steps to get there and back to the entrance. The Giant's Causeway was also fantastic. Our tour guys both the driver and our regular guide were highly entertaining and helpful. I would definitely recommend this trip to others.
My friend and I did this Day Long Rail tour. It was a long day, but worth it. The train ride gave us the opportunity to see some of the coastline and talk with our guide about what we were seeing and what to expect.
We visited the Giant's Causeway and marveled at it . The motor coach planned a pub lunch in a small town. The food was ready for us when we got there and was very good. We had time to enjoy our meal before getting back on the bus.
The trip home seemed long. When we got to Connolly Station, the soccer match had just ended so we had to miss 2 LUAS trams before being packed into the third one. Everyone on the tram was so nice. We talked with them while being packed in. We never felt threatened or anything just packed in. Had a great time. They warned us when our stop was coming up and moved so we could get off easily.
Thank you to all the Irish folks we came in contact with for being so nice and helpful.
This is a fantastic trip. The Antrim coast is gorgeous, and the guides very helpful and entertaining. At the carrick a rede bridge we were kind of rushed, which made it less fantastic than it could have been. The difficult part of that stop is not the rope bridge, it is the very steep steps to the rope bridge, which I did with my 84 year old Mother. Go Mom!. We were at a disadvantage because we sat in the back of the bus, so we lost about ten minutes of the stop waiting to get off the bus. You need to use both doors and have both guides collecting lunch orders and handing out tickets.