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Friday, March 25, 2016

Bus and train services in Galway during Easter 2016

Easter Bunny with basket of eggs photo-bombing a picture of a Healy bus in the sunshine
Easter 2016 is from Friday 25 -  Monday 28 March.

Good Friday (the 25th) 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 in Galway:
  • 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 few changes.  See their press-release for details

City Direct

  • Good Friday:   Normal Saturday services on routes 411 during the daytime:   First bus from Cappagh Rd at 7am.   Last bus leaves Eyre Square at 6:45pm.   No services on route 412 or 414.
  • Easter Saturday:   Normal Saturday service
  • Easter Sunday and Monday:  Normal Sunday service.

See their website for further details.


Running regular daily timetable during each day of Easter - except:

  • Sunday 27th: no Galway - Dublin Airport 8:15pm or 9:15pm buses
  • Monday 28th: extra buses rull run from Galway - Dublin Airport at 8:15pm and 9:15pm

Also, clocks in Galway Coach Station are being put forward at midnight on Saturday night:  all buses leaving from Galway after 12-midnight on Easter Saturday night will run according to daylight savings time:   the 1am multi-stop and 1:15am express coaches from Galway will leave at according to Irish Summer Time

On Easter Sunday, due to the 2016 commemorations, there are a number of changes to Dublin City pick-up and drop-offpoints - see here for details.

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Running a Sunday timetable on Easter Monday, and the regular daily timetable during each other day of Easter.

All coaches leaving from Galway after 12-midnight on Easter Saturday night will run according to daylight savings time:   the 1:45am bus from Galway will leave at 1:45am Irish Summer Time, ie at 12:45pm Irish Winter Time (aka GMT / UTC).

On Easter Sunday, due to the 2016 commemorations, there are a number of changes to Dublin City pick-up and drop-offpoints - see here for details.

Feda O'Donnail (Galway / Sligo / Donegal)

Some reduced services during Easter weekend.  These have not been announced on their website, but are available on Facebook.  Or click the image here to see it full-size:

BusLink (Athenry)

To be advised:   In 2015, 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)

Has not been announced.

Kearns Transport (Birr / Portumna)

  • Good Friday - Normal timetable
  • Easter Saturday - Normal timetable
  • Easter Sunday - No service
  • Easter Monday - Reduced service:  One bus from Birr at 7:45pm.   See their website 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
  • Normal Saturday services on Easter Saturday
  • Normal Sunday service with two cancellations on Easter Sunday.
  • Monday services on Easter Monday, with a number of exceptions.
There are more differences in other areas, including extra trains for some special events.