Holyhead to Dublin PRIV travel

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  1. gray1404

    gray1404 Established Member

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    I've worked out how to book myself a Sail Rail ticket to Dublin. My friend has now decided to come with me. He had PRIV (with boxes/protected status as ex-BR). I understand he can get free travel between Holyhead and Dublin (and back).

    How does he go about booking this? I assume he has to mark a box - he'll need to do this for the train journey to Holyhead anyway as I don't think Northern staff get free travel on TfW anymore (as its no longer Arriva operated).
    Can he get free travel with both Irish Ferries and Stena Line? My intention is to travel with Stena Line if possible as they treat their passengers better.
    Does he just pay the port tax on the day of travel, which I assume is payable at on departure at both ends?

    I would appreciate any advise. My friend is not good at arranging travel and stuff so I am trying to do as much as I can.

    Also, while in Ireland is he able to get discounted train travel? If so, how would he obtain this?
     
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  3. Mag_seven

    Mag_seven Established Member

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    With regards to the shipping element this is what the RSTL guide states:

    https://www.raildeliverygroup.com/files/Publications/services/rst/RST_Where_Can_I_Go_SG_v7.pdf
     
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    Thanks, so I guess a phone call to Stena to make a foot passenger reservation would be the best bet to avoid disappointment. Although it says a port tax ticket must be obtained in advance, in reality can this be obtained on the day?
     
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    Best give them a ring as per the guide:

    Also from the guide re Irish Ferries:

     
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    Just follow the rules and you can’t go wrong. Simple enough to call Stena and they’ll email the Port Tax ticket. Safeguarded staff get free travel in Ireland, just apply for the Irish coupon on the Rail Staff Travel website for up to 8 days free travel.
     
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    Thanks guys. If Stena can do the port tax payment over the phone too then that all sounds simple.
     
  8. The Quincunx

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    I booked my Port Taxes with Stena last week. A very pleasant yong lady answered straight away: asked for my Privilege Travel Card number, took my payment card details and sent a confirmation e-mail. And that was that.
     
  9. Flying Snail

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    They can also be bought at the port in person, either in advance or immediately prior to travel.
     
  10. gray1404

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    Thanks guys. Sounds like as a phone call needs to be made for the foot passenger bit might be easier to pay the port tax on the same call.
     
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    Indeed they can but it would be a risk to take if in case the ship is "full" for foot passengers. The port tax used to be valid as a reservation but for example when the Fishguard was the smaller Stena Nordica I had problems getting on............
     
  12. Flying Snail

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    That rarely happens and even when the default foot passenger allocation is reached the desk agents can release unused vehicle passenger capacity at check-in close time.

    People who arrive on time with tickets or looking to purchase tickets being left behind is a very unusual occurrence, so much so I regularly travel with no reservations and have never been refused.

    That seems to contradict the "risk" you posted about pre-booking then.

    I am not suggesting that people should travel without reservations, just that it is a valid option and there is really no need for panic about not having one.
     
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  14. reb0118

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    I was offered a port tax ticket when purchasing my priv from Cardiff to Fishguard Harbour a few years back. I've checked and there seems to be one from Cairnryan to Belfast too - albeit at £10 instead of the usual £5.
     

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