Lonely Planet Writer

Ireland's new luxury sleeper train has sold most of its tickets already

Ireland is known for some super luxurious hotels and resorts, but a new train that’s scheduled to start chugging along in August has already piqued interest around the world. The luxe sleeper is the country’s first ever high-end train and comes from Belmond, the company that runs the Orient Express and Royal Scotsman.

Leaving from the capital city of Dublin, it’ll take in various sights in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Daily excursions mean passengers will get to see far beyond the train’s cabins, taking in sights like Dublin’s famous Trinity College and Blarney Castle in Co. Cork.

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Giant’s Causeway. Image by Belmond.com

Despite the fact that the cheapest ticket for a trip on the Grand Hibernian costs upwards of €3160 and a six-night trip will set you back €7722, 85% of the tickets have already been sold to travellers primarily from the United States, Australia and continental Europe.

The fabulously-appointed train will take 20 trips in total in its first season, from 9 August until the end of October, and can hold up to 40 guests per trip. There are three packages to choose from; a two night trip from Dublin to Belfast, a four-night option taking in Cork, Kerry, Galway and Mayo from the capital, and a six-night tour including all of the above.

The prices might seem eye-watering, but all meals and entertainment are included and guests are promised a truly memorable experience of the Emerald Isle.

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Cabin on the Grand Hibernian (picture via belmond.com)