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Galway public transport changes due to the Covid-19 pandemic

This is a summary of the changes to Galway public transport services which are due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

It will be kept up-to-date as services are reduced, and as they start operating again - current informaiton is in black, outdated information is in grey.







Overall

From 29 March 2020, people in Ireland are allowed to use public transport when they are buying food or medicines, carers, going to medical appointments, or going to work.  (link).

This restriction continues, so that social distancing can be applied.



Galway city buses

Bus Eireann 

  • 25 March:  Buses are running according to their normal timetables - link.  (Passenger levels are very low, drivers are making an effort not to run ahead of time.)
  • From Wed 1 April 
    Buses have had some seating closed off, to maintain social distancing
    City buses will run to a Saturday timetable, with some enhancements.  Link.
  • Route 402 - extra buses at:
    6:30am from Knocknacarra to Merlin Road and from Merlin Park to Knocknacarra
  • Route 405 - extra buses at:
    6:30, 7:00 and 7:30am in both directions, ie from Rahoon ((B&Q) to Ballybane (Boston Scientific) and from Ballybane (Boston Scientific) to Rahoon ((B&Q)
  • From Monday 8 June, city buses run by Bus Eireann return to regular timetables (ref)

Note:  Bus Eireann services in Galway City are subsidised by the National Transport Authority.   This is why they are able to continue running, while private companies have to cancel services due to low demand.


City Direct

  • Routes 410, 412 and 414 suspended from the evening of 16 March 2020 (link)
  • Route 411 running a Saturday service from 18 March 2020 (link)
  • Route 411 suspended from 9:15pm on 24-March-2020 (link)
The hospital shuttle, operated by City Direct, is still running - but this is for staff / patients only, not the general public.



Galway regional and national buses


Burkes - Tuam

  • Reduced services from Saturday 21 March (link)
  • Further reductions from 30 March (link):  Galway to Tuam is the only route which is operating, 6 services per day Monday - Friday, 3 on Saturday, and no services on Sundays.
  • From Monday 15 June - more buses are running on the Galway / Tuam route, and some services on the Galway / Headford route (ref)

Bus4You - Roscommon

  • Services suspended from the evening of Thursday 26 March (link)
  • From Monday 15 June, running one service a day, leaving Roscommon at 7am and returning from Galway at 6:30pm (link).
  • From Wednesday 1 July, adding a second daily service, and a Saturday service (link)

Bus Eireann

  • From 23 March 
    Some Expressway services are cancelled. These include
    Route 20:  5:20am an 7:30am from Galway to Dublin Airport
    Rout 20x:   5am and 6am from Dublin Airport to Galway
    Route 51:   7:10am from Ennis to Galway
    Route 64:  9:15pm Silgo to Galway
  • From Wed 1 April Buses have had some seating closed off, to maintain social distancing
    Regional coaches / buses will run to a Saturday timetable, with some exceptions.  Link.
    Exceptions:
    Route 419 - Oughterard will have a bus at 7:05am from Galway to Oughterard, and 7:45am from Oughterard to Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)
    A Monday to Friday timetable will operate on routes 417 - Tuam, 425a - Mountbellew, 434 - Gort
  • From Sunday 17 May
    These Expressway services are cancelled:
    Route X20 8am, 2pm 5pm and 10:30pm Dublin Airport to Galway on Saturday and Sunday
    Route X20 10:30am, 1:30pm and 4:30pm Galway to Dublin Airport on Saturday and Sunday
    Route 51:   7:05am, 9:05am and 3:05pm Galway to Cork - Monday to Sunday
    Route 51:   9:25am, 12:25pm and 2:25pm Cork to Galway - Monday to Sunday
    Route 52:  7am and 9pm Galway to Ballina - Monday to Sunday
    Route 52:  11:35am and 5pm Ballina to Galway  - Monday to Sunday
  • From Monday 8 June
    Exressway services return to normal times, except for these which are cancelled:
    Route X20 8am, 5pm Dublin Airport to Galway on Saturday and Sunday
    Route X20 1:30pm and 4:30pm Galway to Dublin Airport on Saturday and Sunday
    Route X20 8:30am, 10:30am, Galway to Dublin Airport - all days
    Route X20 5pm and 10:30pm Dublin Airport to Galway - all days
    Route 51:   7:05am, 9:05am and 3:05pm Galway to Cork - Monday to Sunday
    Route 51:   9:25am, 12:25pm and 2:25pm Cork to Galway - Monday to Sunday
    Route 52:  7am and 9pm Galway to Ballina - Monday to Sunday
    Route 52:  11:35am and 5pm Ballina to Galway  - Monday to Sunday


Bus Feda - Donegal

  • Reduced services from Saturday 21 March (link)
  • Services cancelled after 30 March  2020.  (Link)

CityLink - Dublin, Cork/Limerick and Clifden/Cleggan

  • Some service changes happened from Saturday 14 March (link)
  • The 1:00am from Galway and 6:30am from Dublin Airport commuter services will not run on 17 March 2020.(link)
  • All services suspended from 12:30am on Saturday 21 March (link).
    For people with a Taxsaver, 10 journey or an open return ticket purchased from the driver, they will extend your ticket once services are in operation again (link)
  • Services are expected to start again on Friday 31 July 2020 (link).  They will have a reduced timetable, with
    Galway - Dublin express, 9 services daily, two-hourly from 5am - 7pm plus 1:15am
    Galway - Dublin multi-stop:   3 services daily
    Galway - Clifden:   4 services daily
    Galway - Limerick - Cork:   4 services daily

Farrells - Athenry

  • Services suspended from the evening of Wednesday 25 March (link)
  • A limited daytime service started from Monday 29 June (link)
  • The service has been suspended from 13 July 2020, due to lack of demand (link)

GoBus - Dublin and Ballina, Co Mayo

  • Services suspended from Monday 16 March (link)
  • All services are starting again on Monday 21 September, with reduced timetables on some routes (link)



Healy Bus - Loughrea via Oranmore

  • This service is suspended from Tueday 17 March (link)


Trains

22 March 2020:  Trains are running according to normal timetables, but catering is suspended on intercity trains (link).

30 March 2020:   revised timetables apply - see the journey planner for details of available trains.   Allocated seat booking is suspended.  (link)




Ferries

Aran Island Ferries are still running.   Their office is closed, but Islanders can buy bus tickets from the driver, and ferry tickets at the pier.   Non-Islanders are asked not to travel to the area until 29-March, at last, to protect the large number of elderly residents (link).

Ferry offices are now open, and visitors to the islands are permitted.



Taxis

Taxi companies are still operating normally, but individual drivers may not be working, or may ask you to do certain things, eg pay by card.