Day trip to Dublin (Ferry from Holyhead for foot passengers) - £5/person return Tuesdays - £10/person return Sun-Thurs - Stena - HotUKDeals
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This is a proper day trip (not the usual discount "cruise"!) and seems to be available all summer - including during school hols. It's the cheapest I've seen it.

The small print is:-

Depart 10.30am from Holyhead on Stena HSS Fastcraft, arrive 12.50pm Dun Laoghaire*
Depart 8.30pm from Dublin Port on Stena Superferry, arrive midnight Holyhead.
Realistically 6+ hours in central Dublin

*Dun Laoghaire is the port on the South side of Dublin city and a bit further out than Dublin Port.

Do it on a Tuesday for £5 return, or on Sun-Thurs (not Tues or Fri) for £10 return per person. Price is for anyone 4 years and over. Under 4's free. Booked on-line with Debit Cards 48 hour in advance. £5 surcharge for Credit Cards. £2 booking fee for non-web bookings. No refunds. Can't be used with Clubcard offers. Ends 9th September.

FWIW If you are an EU national then there's no passport required - just ID.
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#1
Now this is a deal, heat added.

Full Terms and Conditions >>>> Click to expand >>>>>>>
• Day Trip is by foot and is the same price for adults (16+ years) and children (4 – 15 years).
Infants (0 – 3 years) travel free.
• £5 fare applies to travel on a Tuesday only. Day Trip is £10 on a Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
• Available Sunday to Thursday from 9 April – 9 September 2014.
• Book 48 hours in advance of travel.
• Travel from Holyhead at 10.30 hours and return from Dublin Port at 20.30 hours.
• No refund if the booking is cancelled.
• Passengers are not permitted to bring luggage or own alcohol onboard.
• It is not valid in conjunction with any other offer, discount or promotion including Tesco Clubcard Boost tokens.
• £2 service fee applies to non-web bookings.
• No charge for payment by debit card; however, a £5 handling fee applies to payment by credit card.
• Subject to availability.
• The Stena Line Terms of Business together with these special conditions apply to all bookings and travel.

Cant easily be used to make more of a trip out of it but probably could pull off a nights break for very little money with a couple of back packs.

Edited By: Astec123 on Jul 06, 2014 21:08
#2
Astec123
Now this is a deal, heat added.

Full Terms and Conditions
• Day Trip is by foot and is the same price for adults (16+ years) and children (4 – 15 years).
Infants (0 – 3 years) travel free.
• £5 fare applies to travel on a Tuesday only. Day Trip is £10 on a Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
• Available Sunday to Thursday from 9 April – 9 September 2014.
• Book 48 hours in advance of travel.
• Travel from Holyhead at 10.30 hours and return from Dublin Port at 20.30 hours.
• No refund if the booking is cancelled.
• Passengers are not permitted to bring luggage or own alcohol onboard.
• It is not valid in conjunction with any other offer, discount or promotion including Tesco Clubcard Boost tokens.
• £2 service fee applies to non-web bookings.
• No charge for payment by debit card; however, a £5 handling fee applies to payment by credit card.
• Subject to availability.
• The Stena Line Terms of Business together with these special conditions apply to all bookings and travel.

Cant easily be used to make more of a trip out of it but probably could pull off a nights break for very little money with a couple of back packs.

Historically Stenna have offered the same deal in reverse, but priced in Euros. I haven't checked but you could potentially get the return trip a few days later for 5/10 euros.

But if you are thinking of a longer stay I think Sunshine Stacey (travel guru!) posted a deal a few weeks back involving flights and a hotel stay at a cracking price (possibly £20+?).
#3
Thanks for posting!
#4
The same price from Fishguard
2 Likes #5
the train station in dun laoghaire is across the road from the ferry terminal. darts (train) are every 10-15 minutes to dublin centre and journey is about 20 minutes. a pleasant alternative for your few hours would be travelling in the opposite direction to dalkey or Greystones
#6
Realistically, you'll only have about 5½ hours in central Dublin. Dún Laoghaire is a good half hour journey by DART (suburban train service) to the city centre. Dublin Port is a bit nearer but not very well connected, you'll need to catch a taxi or the special coach service which takes you to the port for that specific sailing. You need to check in at least 30 minutes before departure.

Still, for a fiver (not including transfers to/from the centre of Dublin), it's a pretty good deal.

By the way, it's Stena not Stenna. ;-)
1 Like #7
Cheap as chips if you are doing a runner from HMP
#8
dados
Cheap as chips if you are doing a runner from HMP


How far you gonna go!
#9
I'm watching!
#10
Remember you can always do day trips flying from Manchester with Ryainair for £19.98 return booked 2 or so weeks in advance. You get about 6 hours in Dublin centre and it's about £5-6 for the any-bus Dublin day pass which gets you on express bus to centre (non-express bus might be bit cheaper but takes forever!). This will be cheaper for many people than train/drive to Holyhead. Remember you can get cheap advance tickets to Manchester airport from all over the north.


Edited By: boyaloud on Jul 07, 2014 02:09
#11
terminata
dados
Cheap as chips if you are doing a runner from HMP


How far you gonna go!

To the end of the rainbow,there's a pot o' gold there
#12
This sounds a good deal, but as a foot passenger it really isn't. Have any of you actually looked up the train times from Holyhead in the evening? There used to be a train at 1:50am to Euston (Virgin), but that was stopped about three years ago. Last time I checked, next available train was at 4:30am - I think this was to Man Pic. I stopped travelling to Dublin as a foot passenger for this very reason (I live in Brum), so if anyone is considering this deal you might wanna consider a hotel in `beautiful' Holyhead as well.

EDIT: Here you go - http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/search/advanced/HHD/2014/07/09/0000-0600?stp=WVS&show=all&order=wtt

First train 4:25am to Cardiff Central - stopping everywhere along the way. It is absolutely appaling that a more appropriate connecting rail service cannot be organised.

Also:

``Passengers are not permitted to bring luggage ... onboard''

Fot the wuck? I've never known Stena impose this rule before.


Edited By: TheKingSixtyTwentyFour on Jul 07, 2014 10:11
#13
TheKingSixtyTwentyFour
This sounds a good deal, but as a foot passenger it really isn't. Have any of you actually looked up the train times from Holyhead in the evening? There used to be a train at 1:50am to Euston (Virgin), but that was stopped about three years ago. Last time I checked, next available train was at 4:30am - I think this was to Man Pic. I stopped travelling to Dublin as a foot passenger for this very reason (I live in Brum), so if anyone is considering this deal you might wanna consider a hotel in `beautiful' Holyhead as well.

EDIT: Here you go - http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/search/advanced/HHD/2014/07/09/0000-0600?stp=WVS&show=all&order=wtt

First train 4:25am to Cardiff Central - stopping everywhere along the way. It is absolutely appaling that a more appropriate connecting rail service cannot be organised.

Also:

``Passengers are not permitted to bring luggage ... onboard''

Fot the wuck? I've never known Stena impose this rule before.


I can't imagine a train at that time of night is especially viable for the handful of people who would use it.

And presumably the no luggage rule is to stop people abusing the day trip offer and staying for longer.
#14
callum9999
TheKingSixtyTwentyFour
This sounds a good deal, but as a foot passenger it really isn't. Have any of you actually looked up the train times from Holyhead in the evening? There used to be a train at 1:50am to Euston (Virgin), but that was stopped about three years ago. Last time I checked, next available train was at 4:30am - I think this was to Man Pic. I stopped travelling to Dublin as a foot passenger for this very reason (I live in Brum), so if anyone is considering this deal you might wanna consider a hotel in `beautiful' Holyhead as well.

EDIT: Here you go - http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/search/advanced/HHD/2014/07/09/0000-0600?stp=WVS&show=all&order=wtt

First train 4:25am to Cardiff Central - stopping everywhere along the way. It is absolutely appaling that a more appropriate connecting rail service cannot be organised.

Also:

``Passengers are not permitted to bring luggage ... onboard''

Fot the wuck? I've never known Stena impose this rule before.


I can't imagine a train at that time of night is especially viable for the handful of people who would use it.

And presumably the no luggage rule is to stop people abusing the day trip offer and staying for longer.

The only reason a handful of people use it is because there isn't one to use - thats why! Have you ever been to Holyhead? Its like the end of the world, there is nothing to do there in the day - four and a half hours at night is like an eternity!

When I used to travel, the evening service was reasonably well populated - no different to any other off-peak train.
#15
Also, is there anything to stop people exploiting this offer? For instance, a family of five could book a single car and driver in, and get four of these tickets for a one way trip on a Tuesday, which would (most likely) work out a damn sight cheaper than booking a carload of five?
#16
TheKingSixtyTwentyFour
Also, is there anything to stop people exploiting this offer? For instance, a family of five could book a single car and driver in, and get four of these tickets for a one way trip on a Tuesday, which would (most likely) work out a damn sight cheaper than booking a carload of five?

Not really, as the price is usually per vehicle, not per person.
#17
Cool - i'll spread the word!
#18
wonkothesane
Not really, as the price is usually per vehicle, not per person.
Not quite, the price is for vehicle and driver, any additional passengers travelling in the vehicle are charged extra - in the case of tomorrow's sailing from Holyhead to Dún Laoghaire, £30 per adult passenger.
1 Like #19
That's what I was getting at earlier - technically you could just drop people off outside the ferry terminal. They get on as foot passengers, you drive the car on.

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