We had heavy cases so we decided to take the train and ferry route from London to Dublin.
The Virgin train from Euston Station left bang on time and was very comfortable and quick. It was a modern high-speed train, which took us, with some stops but without any changes, to Holyhead.
The journey through the English and Welsh countryside was beautiful. We didn't have to wait too long at Holyhead before boarding the Ulysses. It was a huge ship with every comfort. It had restaurants, bars, shops and a cinema. The seating was comfortable enough for a three-hour voyage across the Irish Sea. There was an area with even more comfortable pullman-type seating but I imagine they would be hard to get on a busier day.
The crossing was smooth and enjoyable. Using the train and ferry is a very viable option when compared to low-cost airlines operating between London and Dublin. We left London at 08.50 and arrived in Dublin at 17.30 as scheduled. It took 8 hours and 40 minutes city-centre to city centre. We felt it wasn't much longer than flying when the time getting to and waiting in airports is included.
We appreciated the freedom to walk around on both the train and the ferry. Maybe we were lucky in the sense that the weather was very good on the day we travelled and that the ferry was neither delayed nor too busy. All of the staff with whom we engaged on the train and the ferry and at the stations and ports were very helpful and pleasant. The total cost was much more economical than flying.
Though we chose the sea bridge partly as a novelty journey, we were so impressed that we'd consider it as an option in the future. Buying food and drink on both the train and ferry may be pricey for those on a budget but they have the option to take their own store-bought refreshments with them.
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