9.39am. If its, as you say, less busy on the connection then there shouldn't be a problem. It's midweek too.
Mid week you will have no problem sitting in the same coach as the bike which will again be D as far as Mallow.
Online bookings cease an hour before departure iirc.
They don't cease. I think it's 39.99.
The .99 makes it a bargain.
No online tickets will be sold 90 minutes before departure of a particular service.
Around 4 years ago I sent an email to Irish Rail complaining that no names were displayed for pre-booked seats. Got a response along the lines of when a train is/is expected to be very busy they switch them off. Well that's the f#cking time you need to book a seat!
Anyway I think they still do this on purpose, they'll say it's a fault on that particular train if you complain but I don't believe them.
I reserved a seat a few times, and what I don't like is having my name up there for all the world to see. One time some young lads, kept saying "hi Maggie, nice day Maggie, howya doing Maggie" over and over. Now it was all good natured fun, no malice at all, but I would prefer a reservation number.
Option has been introduced after a complaint around Data Protection.
I regularly join the train to Dublin mid journey at Thurles and bar unforeseen journeys would have a seat booked. To date I haven't had a problem. Name is above the seat and nobody has sat in it. Maybe I've been lucky but no complaints so far
I can't believe people actually debate this kind of stuff. I mean, if I book a seat its usually for a reason, I don't want to be left without a seat going on a long journey, or I need the table for work in a 4 seater. If I don't need it I don't book it. So why would I then deny some one who bothered to book it, the seat I've sat in? It doesn't matter about the rules to be honest. I would think someone who refused to move was just being a complete ***** if I'm honest.
My seat number is on my ticket. I’d be taking my seat which I paid for.
That's bull that they switch them off.
I've yet to have a satisfactory answer as to why someone who gets to travel for free gets a guaranteed seat and someone - me - who pays E4,050 for travel does not, unless prepared to pay even more.
Under no logic is that right.
They don't, they have to pay a fiver for a seat same as yourself.
I think just because they have paid at a discount in advance for the year, they think it gives them first dips on the seats.