ICLC travel trains

Talking with @iclc-giuseppe (conference chair), we thought we’d look for interest in building travel into the ICLC conference plans. This is initially spurred by environmental concerns around cutting down on the more polluting modes of transport (like flying) where they aren’t needed, but just as compelling motivations are touring with performances and other events on the way to/from the conference, saving cash by booking together etc.

One idea - overnight ferries from the Netherlands to Hull are quite cheap if people don’t mind sharing cabins, and I’d be happy to join travelers from there via train and boat to Ireland, perhaps stopping off to have an event in e.g. Sheffield or Manchester.

Another might be doing something in Paris and/or London and then taking the train and boat together from there.

Any enthusiasm and/or ideas for this?

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To facilitate research on how to travel from UK (or elsewhere in Europe) to Limerick (Ireland) by train you may want to check this website: https://www.thetrainline.com/

From elsewhere in Europe (at least from Barcelona) you can only book separate trips, first to London and from there to Limerick.

Definitely a multi-day journey …

https://www.rome2rio.com also presents Bus options etc.

I use the ferry or
train to go between the NL and London. Both pretty reasonable
connections if you book far enough in advance. The ferry takes
significantly longer (goes between the Hoek van Holland (corner
of Holland) to Harwich, after which you take a train, but it
definitely has a certain charm!

    Boats can be booked

here:

And trains here:

It seems the ‘rail and sail’ tickets to dublin aren’t available yet for February.
Looking at possibilities from Sheffield though, this looks doable (based on looking at same day of week on other dates)

  • 08:42 -> 17:25 Rail and sail to Dublin Ferryport from trainline.com, £39.50
  • then bus to Dublin
  • 19:00 -> 21:07 -Train to Dublin -> Limerick from irishrail.ie, €14

The route back on the Saturday is trickier to do in a day, the boat leaves Dublin Ferryport at 08:05, too early to get there on time from Limerick, I’d say. The weekend effect means to get to Sheffield would involve a lot of changes.
It’s easier to get to London, but still involves making a 08:05 sailing.

There is a Friday night sailing at 02:15 (technically, Saturday morning), which gets in 05:45. Not much time for sleep…