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07th Dec 2020

Pre-booking tickets for Intercity rail services will be mandatory during Christmas break

Rory Cashin

You won’t be able to buy your tickets at the station when inter-county travel is permitted later in December.

This will be important information for anyone looking to travel between counties once the restrictions have been lifted on Friday, December 18.

From that date, inter-county travel will be permitted until Wednesday, January 6, but during that time, any passengers who wish to board an Intercity rail service will need to be pre-book their tickets before arriving at the station.

As per the statement by Irish Rail:

“Iarnród Éireann advises customers that it will be mandatory to pre-book Intercity travel in advance, for travel on dates from Friday 18th December 2020 to Wednesday 6th January 2021 inclusive.

“Government COVID-19 measures in place during this time permit non-essential inter-county travel for the first time in two months, or three months in the case of Dublin, and 50 percent of capacity is available for use on board rail services and all public transport.

“Pre-booking Intercity travel will ensure the available capacity is effectively managed, providing rail customers with a safe and sanitary travelling environment over the Christmas and New Year period.”

Seating will be unassigned, and customers are asked not to sit in seating designated as restricted, to ensure appropriate distancing, while face coverings are mandatory on public transport and in stations.

Irish Rail have also stated that “Revised schedules are in place from Christmas Eve 24th December to New Year’s Day 1st January inclusive, and customers should check times. There are no rail services on Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day.”

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