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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Buses to Electric Picnic 2013

Electric Picnic music / arts / lifestyle festival is being held at Stradbally Estate, Co Laois from Friday 30 August - Sunday 1 September 2013.

The following companies are providing return bus or coach services from Galway city:

  • Kelly Travel - buses from Galway (The Claddagh), via Athlone
  • BusLink aka Farrell Travel - from Galway city, with pickups in Oranmore, Athenry and Loughrea.  Buses on Friday, and a day-trip on Sunday.  All bookings by phone to their office: 091-844189

Check with the company for timetable, booking and departure / pickup points.  Likely departure points include:

For concerts, return services generally leave 30-60 minutes after the concert ends, from the same place where the bus drops you off.   Festival arrangements are sometimes slightly different.

Services from other towns and cities

  • Electric Picnic are offering a half-hourly shuttle bus from Portlaoise Railway Station - see their website for times, and Irish Rail's site for train times (hourly service from Dublin). 
  • Kelly Travel - services from Limerick, Nenagh, Roscrea; Cork, Mitchelstown, Cahir; Tipparary, Cashel, Portlaois.    Includes day-trips on Sunday.   
  • Marathon Travel are running a range of services from Dublin, including day-trips.
  • Bus √Čireann - services from Dublin (Custom House Quay) and Cork via Fermoy, Mitchelstown, Cahir.   Tickets must be purchased in advance. 


  1. What about buses for volunteers that need to head for the pre-fest on the Sunday or Monday before the EP weekend, also there is a sizable amount of weekend volunteers that need to be in Stradbally by 1 pm at the latest on Thursday 29th August. Even if there was two or three buses at central locations like Galway, Cork and Dublin. There is over 300 weekend volunteers travelling down on Thursday, surely there is some viable transport that could cash in on this, as Irish public Transport pre-fest is absolutely crap.

    1. Good question! I guess most volunteers would be heading from Dublin - just 'cos 1/2 the population lives there. Maybe you could contact Marathon and see if they'd do a volunteer service on the Thursday? Most of the festival services are run by private companies, who are quite good at putting on extra services if there's demand.