South Tipperary by rail& complementing local bus routes (Waterford - Carrick-on-Suir - Clonmel - Cahir - Tipperary - Limerick Junction)
Public consultation on Rail Review: Closure of the Waterford – Clonmel – Limerick Junction line identified as a possible measure to plug the funding gap.
A public consultation on the review of rail services is underway. The consultation material can be accessed here.
Adult day return Cahir - Tipperary - just €6.00
Adult day return Clonmel - Waterford - just €7.00
Adult day return Carrick to Waterford - just €6.10
Fáilte! Welcome! Croeso! Bienvenue!
This is an informational website with practical and useful information about the South Tipperary railway line and complementing bus routes.It is hoped that the website will be of interest and assistance to the general public, locals and visitors alike.
Places served: The line provides an useful link between Waterford city, the towns of South Tipperary (from east to west: Carrick-on-Suir, Clonmel, Cahir, Tipperary) and Limerick Junction. It is shown in blue on the map section hereunder.
Map (c) M.G. Ball.
Onward connections are available at Limerick Junction (e.g. to Dublin, Cork, Limerick & Kerry). Onward trains depart from an adjacent platform with no footbridge or subway to negotiate.
Two town bus routes serve Clonmel and buses to places such as Mitchelstown and Ardfinnan depart from outside the station. Bus routes also allow access to locations such as Bansha, Cashel, Fiddown and Kilsheelan.
Photo (c) O' Donoghue's
There is also a once a day each way opportunity to connect with the Kilkenny/Carlow/Kildare/Dublin line train at Waterford (entails a wait of 1 hour to 1 h 30 at Waterford).
There are two trains in each direction daily though there are no services on Sundays. The timetable may be viewed on the Irish Rail website. The train offers the fastest public transport journey times for most journeys between the towns of South Tipperary and to/from Waterford.
Onboard & from the train window:
train has wheelchair areas, luggage and bicycle racks, toilets (including infant changing facility). Table and airline type seating is available.
One can play a board game or avail of the free Wi-fi to surf the web/ catch up on the news/
e-mails.At seat power sockets are available.
56-mile long cross-country single track line is quite scenic – if you wish to relax
and enjoy the passing scene the detailed description of the line on A journey along the line page may be of interest.
Places to visit along the line:
Visit Cahir Castle by train!
Visitorattractions range from the castle and Swiss Cottage at Cahir to the county museum in Clonmel and a further castle in Carrick-on-Suir. Tipperary town is close to the Glen of Aherlow - great walking countryside. Each town has its own heritage/historical trail allowing one to explore buildings and features of interest around the town. All towns have a variety of accommodation, places to eat and shop with Clonmel having a particularly extensive array of shopping facilities.
Ideas on days out by train:
people living or staying in South Tipperary, this website suggests a selection
of days out by rail. Check out the Days
out by train page.
sea and rail (SailRail) tickets which allow one to travel from any provincial
railway station in Ireland to any station on the national rail network in
Britain are also detailed.
The sea & rail corridor from the cities & towns of Munster to South Wales & London via Rosslare-Fishguard:
Disappointinglythe train on the eastward continuation of the line from Waterford to Rosslare Harbour ceased in September 2010 and is replaced by Bus Éireann route 370.
The journey from Munster to Britain by sea and rail via the Rosslare-Fishguard sea route is no longer realistic as a continuous journey as it entails a 6 hour break in Waterford eastbound and 7.5 hours westbound (the Waterford to Rosslare Harbour part of the journey must be made by bus).
Visitors arriving at Rosslare from Fishguard wishing to explore the South and South-West of Ireland by rail may wish to consider taking the bus from the port to Waterford, overnighting in the city and continuing by rail the following day. Waterford city has a host of interesting visitor attractions.
Photo above: boat train departing Fishguard Harbour. This train has dropped-off passengers bound for Rosslare and collected passengers who have arrived from Rosslare.
Photo (c) O' Donoghue's
town bus route serves Clonmel railway station and buses to places such as Mitchelstown
and Ardfinnan depart from outside the station. Bus routes also allow access to
locations such as Bansha, Cashel, Fiddown and Kilsheelan.
Comments, compliments & complaints about public transport: Any comments, compliments and
complaints about rail, bus, ferry or tram services are best made directly to
the relevant operator(s).
About this website:This website is non-commercial and
is just run as a hobby. It has no involvement in the operation of any
public transport services.
The website is a work in progress and it is intended to develop it further over
time. Constructive comments and contributions are welcome. Please feel free to get in touch via the
e-mail address on the Contact & FAQs page.
interesting and enjoyable travels!
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Site launched January 21st, 2013.
New site with info on travel to Britain & the Continent via Rosslare:
Travelling to Britain or France? Check out new sister website, Rosslarerailandsea with comprehensive information on the sea routes from Rosslare & onward rail connections in Wales and France.
Date of last update to this page: 7th September, 2015: minor edits.