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22 March 2010

Free Rail Travel Scheme for Visitors to Ireland over 66

Free Rail Travel Scheme for Visitors to Ireland over 66

Developed by Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Iarnród Éireann, the free rail scheme is now available for all visitors to Ireland aged 66 or over.

The scheme launched for St Patrick’s Day, is designed to increase overseas visitor numbers to Ireland. Overseas visitors aged 66 or over can reserve free rail travel by booking their free Golden Trekker Tickets when in Ireland.

The Golden Trekker Tickets will take the form of a four-day Trekker ticket, or a sequence of four-day tracker tickets depending on the length of stay, providing visitors with unrestricted rail travel for a set period. Each four-day Trekker ticket is worth €100. The scheme provides for free travel to all tourists to Ireland aged 66 and over and there is no restriction on nationality or country of residence.

To avail of your Golden Trekker, send an email to at least 72 hours prior to your arrival in Ireland, and provide the following information:
o First and last name
o Date of birth
o Passport Number or National Identity Card Number
o Date you wish your Golden Trekker Pass to commence (each pass is valid for four days. If you intend to travel for longer periods, you have to apply for more than one pass.)
o Country of residence
o Email address and/or Postal address
o Origin of first rail journey

Once you have provided this information, your Tourism Ireland agent will process your application for a Golden Trekker, and a confirmation will be delivered to you in time for your trip to Ireland.

To get your the Golden Trekker when you arrive in Ireland, present your Golden Trekker Confirmation at the Irish Rail ticket office in any train station, along with the Passport or National Identity Card used when requesting the Golden Trekker.

For more information on the Golden Trekker visit the Discover Ireland Website by Clicking Here