Ireland has the longest train ride on the continent
The Irish public is spending a record €20,000 on public transport this year, a surge of more than 10% compared with 2015.
The average journey time between Cork and Dublin is a whopping 10 hours and 17 minutes, and the number of trains and buses being used to deliver services has increased by 40% compared to last year, according to a report from the Department of Transport.
The total cost of the journey on the M1 between Cork, Donegal, Galway and Kerry is more than €9,000.
The number of train and bus services on the Irish Railways (IRS) is expected to grow by 25% to €8.4 billion, with the rail network covering the whole of Ireland.
This year, the number one priority for IRS and National Transport is to increase the number and type of trains in service, and ensure that there is sufficient capacity on the existing network.
The IRS said it expects a doubling of the number in service in 2018 and that it will also invest €1 billion to improve the rail infrastructure in Cork, Dublin, Kerry and Galway.
The report said the number has increased because of the “widespread demand for public transport services in the area”.
“The number and types of trains are important, as is the capacity to meet this demand, and as the Government continues to invest in the infrastructure and train networks,” it added.
This has also been reflected in the number on the rail networks in the counties.
In Cork, the total number of rail services has more than doubled since 2015.
It said the total cost for the M8 from Dublin to Cork was almost €1 million in 2016.
It has also increased the number (8) of trains per hour, from 5.6 in 2015 to 6.3 in 2018.
And it has increased the frequency of trains, from 6.4 per hour to 8.3 per hour.
On the other hand, the report said that the number per train in Galway has decreased from 2.5 to 1.9 per hour since the mid-1980s, as more people have moved from other parts of the country.