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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Easter 2012 bus and train services

The following information is for an earlier year.

See Easter bus service information for up to date  bus and train details for Easter weekend.

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Easter is from Friday 6th - Monday 9th April in 2012.

Good Friday is not a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland:  most public-transport run normal services, with some exceptions.  However all pubs are closed, and some other companies treat the day as a "bank holiday".

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

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

Announcements from individual companies are summarised below.  Always check with the company for specific services.

Bus √Čireann (city and regional / national services)
  • Good Friday - normal Friday services
  • Easter Saturday - regular Saturday service
  • Easter Sunday - normal Sunday service, except for 3:30pm Dundalk / Galway and 6pm Galway / Dundalk, and 4:45pm Tuam / Athlone, 6:15pm Athlone / Tuam Sligo / Galway at 9:05pm - which are all cancelled
  • Easter Monday - based on the normal Sunday service, with a number of changes.  See their press-release for details

City Direct buses:
No announcement has been made:   in 2011, they operated
  • Good Friday - regular Friday timetable, except that the last bus leaves Eyre Square at 6:45pm.
  • Easter Saturday - regular Saturday service
  • Easter Sunday AND Monday - regular Sunday service.

Feda O'Donnail (Galway / Sligo / Donegal)
Some slight alternations - see their announcement for full details

Other bus companies:
Have not issued information about their Easter timetables.  Check with individual companies for details.


Irish Rail's Easter servcies details are available here.  For Galway they are running:
  • normal Friday services on Good Friday
  • normal Saturday serivces on Easter Saturday
  • Sunday services on Easter Sunday, with three cancellations
  • normal Sunday serivces on Easter Monday.
There are more differences in other areas, including extra services for some special events.