Sunday, 27 June 2010

Free Travel on Route 66

Golden Trekker
  • Sit back, relax and enjoy the views as you travel across Ireland by train. If you’re 66 years or over, you can now enjoy travel across the island of Ireland using the FREE Golden Trekker.

    Avail of the Republic of Ireland’s Golden Trekker (until 31 December 2010) around the Republic of Ireland
    Avail of the Northern Ireland Golden Trekker Smartcard (between 1 July and 30 September 2010) around Northern Ireland

As access to many of Northern Ireland's must see tourist destinations is mostly rail free perhaps the smart card should be extended to Translink's bus service as the buses are seldom crowded. Why isn't the scheme available in Northern Ireland outside the main and more expensive holiday season? This would be of great assistance to those who have less money to spend.

Visitors will be surprised to see that an iLink card costs £5 in Belfast but £15 in Derry. And that in Murphy-speak Donegal is in the South, not in the North!!