I've often used Sail&Rail tickets to travel between Ireland and the UK. Seat61 tells me that Sail&Rail is also available from the UK to the Isle of Man. However, I cannot find out whether I can use Sail&Rail between Ireland and the Isle of Man. (Tickets from the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland would do.)

The Seat61 site has an embedded booking form from Rail Easy, but that just says "No journey found".

  • Yeah I looked into it a while back and also ran into the same problem with Seat61's booking :/ Alas I never did the trip.
    – Mark Mayo
    Sep 18, 2012 at 18:50
  • Bahn.de finds me connections from Tullamore via Holyhead and Liverpool. I'm sure there are direct ships from Dublin to Douglas. I'm guessing those ferries aren't in the rail booking system.
    – TRiG
    Sep 18, 2012 at 19:41
  • I checked it out in June 2015, for dates in June and July, Dublin as well as Belfast, no results found.
    – Willeke
    Jun 14, 2015 at 8:38

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Well one reason why this is not in the rail booking system is probably due to the very few scheduled ferries between Ireland and Isle of Man.

According to Steam Packet Company, there are 2 round-trip possible in the next 6 months, around Christmas.

Bahn.de/OBB do not give any schedule after December 8, 2012 so it would not be included. RailEasy just gives a basic "schedule not found", and loco2 does not know Douglas anyway.

So the best option is to just book a ferry and a train separately (is Rail&Sail a cheaper combined ticket?). Steam Packet Company has a page with Sail&Rail offers that does not refer to trips to Ireland.

  • In answer to your question, yes, Sail&Rail is a much cheaper combined ticket. I once travelled from Hull via Holyhead and Dublin to Tullamore. On the train, I met a guy travelling from Chester to Dublin. He'd bought two separate tickets, and had paid a fair bit more than I had.
    – TRiG
    Oct 30, 2012 at 23:48

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