Irish Rail difficulty Christmas journey warning as prepare passengers must pre-book tickets

All train passengers must pre-book tickets for travel in Ireland for Christmas.

To limit the risk of the spread of COVID-19 during the busy Christmas season, Iarnród Éireann has put in place new measures to ensure all trips are safe.

From Friday, December 18 through Wednesday, January 6, passengers must now pre-book their tickets if they want to travel on intercity rail services.

For those who wish to use Iarnród Éireann’s services during this period, the company states: “Public transport will be 50% busy and should only be used by people who are traveling for the purposes required. Avoid peak hours unless your journey is essential. ” “.

Seating will not be assigned and customers are asked not to sit in seats that are marked as restricted in order to ensure adequate distancing.

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In other places, face covering is mandatory in public transport and in train stations

As always, train tickets can be booked in advance on the Iarnród Éireann website. Whenever possible, passengers are asked to avoid peak hours unless their journey is strictly necessary.

There will be no train connections on Christmas Day and St. Stephen’s Day either.

Apart from this data, the service operates a complete timetable on all routes and uses all available cars.

Barry Kenny, corporate communications manager at Iarnród Éireann, said if customers arrive at stations without a pre-booked ticket, they will be turned away.

If people already have tickets – like open returns or free travel tickets – they can also pre-book their reservations for free on the website, he added.

More information can be found here.

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