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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bus and train services, Easter 2015

Easter Bunny with basket of eggs photo-bombing a picture of a Healy bus in the sunshine
Easter 2015 is from Friday 3 -  Monday 6th April.

Good Friday (the 18th) is a bank holiday but not a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland:  most public-transport run normal services, with a few exceptions.  However all pubs, hotel bars and off-licenses are closed, all banks and many publc services (eg post-office) are closed, and some other companies treat the day as a "bank holiday".

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

Easter Monday is a public 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.

Bus √Čireann

The following applies to both city and regional / national bus/coach services:
  • Holy Thursday - normal Thursday timetable
  • Good Friday - normal Friday timetable
  • Easter Saturday - regular Saturday timetable
  • Easter Sunday - normal Sunday timetable, except for 3:30pm Dundalk / Galway and 6pm Galway / Dundalk, which are cancelled
  • Easter Monday - based on the normal Sunday timetable with a number of changes.  See their press-release for details

City Direct

  • Good Friday:   Normal Friday services on routes 411 and 412 during the daytime.    Last bus leaves Eyre Square at 6:45pm.   No services on route 414.
  • Easter Saturday:   Normal Saturday service
  • Easter Sunday and Monday:  Normal Sunday service.

See their website for further details.

CityLink and GoBus

Running regular daily timetable during each day of Easter.

Feda O'Donnail (Galway / Sligo / Donegal)

Some reduced services during Easter weekend:- see their announcement for full details.

On Easter Sunday, the late afternoon bus from Co Donegal to Galway will not go via Dungloe, Glenties, Ardara or Killybegs.

BusLink (Athenry)

To be advised:   In 2014, they ran:
  • Regular Friday services on Good Friday - except for the NightLink service that did not run.
  • NightLink on both Saturday and Sunday nights.

Healy Bus (Loughrea and Mayo)

Some changes to the student service to/from Castlebar - see their announcement for details.

Kearns Transport (Birr / Portumna)

  • Good Friday - Normal timetable
  • Easter Saturday - Normal timetable
  • Easter Sunday - No service
  • Easter Monday - Reduced service: No 3pm from Birr or 5pm from Galway.
  • One bus from Birr at 7:45pm, returning from Galway at 10pm.
See their announcement for more details.

Other bus companies

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


Irish Rail's Easter service details are here..   For Galway they include:
  • Normal weekday services on Good Friday
  • Two-hourly frequency on Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday, with more carriages than usual on each train, but big changes to train times.
  • Monday services on Easter Monday, with a number of exceptions.
There are more differences in other areas, including extra trains for some special events.