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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Citylink Letterfrack timetable change

CityLink have announced that from Monday 21st May 2018, the 11:05am bus from Letterfrack to Galway via Clifden, will leave at the earlier time of 10:25am.

Scheduled arrival time into Galway for this service is still 1:30pm (unchanged).

See regional buses West of Galway for other bus services in the area.

Burkes Buses summer timetable 2018

Burkes Buses have announced that their summer timetable will run from Monday 21 May 2018.

The following services will no longer run:

  • 7:30am Tuam to Galway
  • 7:55am Tuam to GMIIT
  • 5:10pm Tuam to Galway

  • 9:45am Galway to Tuam
  • 1:40pm Galway to Tuam
  • 5:10pm GMIT to Tuam 

They will start again for the September college term - exact date is to be advised.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ed Sheeran in Galway: bus and train services, and road-closures

Pop-music performer, and former Galway street busker, Ed Sheeran is in concert at Pearse Stadium in Salthill on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of May 2018.

To complement the event, venues in the city's Latin Quarter are also running an Ed Fest over the weekend.

Traffic cordon

Due to security and traffic management issues, a large part of Salthill will be restricted to residents vehicles travelling one-way only ( from Threadneedle Road down Doctor Mannix Road and towards the Prom via Rockbarton Road or Dalysfort Road.) between 7pm on Friday 11th and 12 midnight on Sunday 13th.

The area which is affected is shown on this map.   Traffic can still use the roads on the edge of this zone, but access inside it is restricted.   Residents are receiving more detailed maps, and access passes which they can use for this event and for GAA games later in the season.

Darkness into Light 

The annual Darkness into Light walk along Salthill prom is also in the early-morning of Saturday 12th.   
  • People travelling to this from Newcastle / Knocknacarra / Westisde will need to go around the traffic cordon.
  • There will be less parking than usual as no side-streets in the cordon can be accessed.  

Bus and train services, 11-13 May 2018

Bus Eireann have announced that route 401-Salthill will cover a restricted route between the AIB Eyre Square (bus stop ) and the Aquarium only, running at a 20 minute frequency. (It's likely will run more often at peak times.)
  • They didn't give times for this - but the route is likely to apply for the entire cordon period (ie from 7pm on Friday 11th through to the end of Sunday).
  • It is likely that they will run buses much more frequently than every 20 minutes before the concerts, and afterwards for people returning to the city-centre.
Note that there is a substantial walk (15+ minutes, much of it uphill) between the Aquarium and Pearse Stadium.   Another option is to catch bus 402-Seacrest / Knocknacarra (map) and walk downhill to Pearse Stadium.

Irish Rail are running an extra train for people travelling home after the concert (12:15am to Athlone, serving all stations), on both days.

CityDirect have announced that the last 410-Knocknacarra via Salthill (map) on Saturday 12th will leave Eyre Square at 4:30pm.  Services on their other routes are not affected, and route 410 does not run on Sundays.

BusLink (Athenry) have announced there will be a NiteLink service to Athenry on the Sunday night / Monday morning. For this buses will leave Eyre Square (across the road from O'Connells) at 8:30pm, 10:30pm, 12:30pm and 2:30am, as well as the regular Saturday Nitelink service.

Burkes Buses (Tuam) have announced that they are not running any special services for these concerts.  However they to run a regular service to Galway on both Saturday and Sunday, and may have buses available for private hire.

Friday, May 4, 2018

May bank holiday bus and train services for 2018

Monday 7 May 2018 is a public holiday and bank holiday  (Saoire Bainc na Bealtaine) in Ireland.

Bank, public services and government departments will be closed on Monday 7 May.  Most shops will keep their regular Sunday hours on Monday the 7th also.

Below is a summary of the public transport services in the Galway metropolitan area during this weekend.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Bus and train services for Easter 2018

Easter Bunny with basket of eggs photo-bombing a picture of a Healy bus in the sunshine
Easter this year is from Friday 30 March  -  Monday 2 April 2018.

Good Friday (the 14th) is a bank holiday but not a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland:  All banks and many public services (eg post-office) are closed, and some other companies treat the day like a public holiday and close anyway.   However most public-transport run normal services, with a few exceptions.

Following a recent law change this is the first year when all pubs, hotel bars and off-licenses are allowed to be open on Good Friday if they usually open on Fridays.   Anecdotal feedback is that most, but not all, will open,

Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday are not public holidays:  usual Sat / Sun timetables generally apply.

Easter Monday is a public holiday and a bank holiday, and in most cases Sunday services will be run.

Information from specific bus and train companies is summarised below.  Always confirm details with the company.  Bookings are recommended, because there are a number of events happening this weekend.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Buses and trains on St Patrick's Day / Weekend, 2018

Saturday 17th March 2018, St Patrick's Day - Lá Féile Pádraic
is a public holiday in Ireland.  Most public transport services will run a Sunday timetable.    Most towns and cities will have a parade around lunchtime or in the early afternoon: morning public transport services are likely to be busy due to this.

Monday 19th March 2018 is a Bank Holiday, so banks will be closed, but not Public Holiday. However some (not all) businesses, especially ones not usually open on Saturday, will close to give their staff a day's holiday.

Confused?   You will be when you find out what the bus companies are planning!

And the weather service has issued warnings for the weekend: if there is snow, expect some services to be cancelled.

St Pattie's Day parade in Galway Ireland

Friday, February 23, 2018

Weekly Lidl shopping bus for Corrib Village

NUIG's Student's Union have announced that they are running a free bus from Corrib Village to the Lidl supermarket on the Headford Road on Monday evenings, starting Monday 26 February 2018.

This is similar to the supermarket service which operates in some other Irish cities.

It is only open to students (not yet clear if it's only Corrib Village residents, or if other NUIG students can use it), because it not a licensed public bus service.

The service:
Leaves from Corrib Village at 6pm
Leaves from Lidl at 7.30pm

Presumably it will operate during term-time only.

See also

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Extra buses on Burkes Tuam route 427

Burkes Buses have announced that they are adding 10 extra services to their timetable, effective from this week.

They have not published the times of the new services as yet,which are presumably 2 per day, Monday - Friday. 

As at now, the services shown on their timetable are:

Tuam to Galway times

*07:50 - to UHG and NUIG
**07:55 - to GMIT during termtimes
*08:30 - to UHG and NUIG
18:10 - added Oct 2017
19:10 - added Oct 2017

Galway to Tuam times