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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Buses and trains on St Patrick's Day 2016

Thursday 17th March 2016

St Patrick's Day - Lá Féile Pádraic

is a

public holiday in Ireland.

St Pattie's Day parade in Galway 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.

Galway City Bus services

Bus Éireann will run according to the

  • Sunday timetable on Thursday 17 March
  • Friday timetable on Friday 18 March.
There will be slight diversions around Eyre Square area while the parade is on on the 17th (11:30am - 1:30pm).    Details of these are on their website- many morning buses will leave from either Woodquay or Galway Bus Station.

City Direct will ran a 30-minute service on route 411 - Knocknacarra on Thursday 17th March:
  • First bus at 10:15am from Woodfield (Cappagh Rd).
  • Last bus 7:45pm from Eyre Square.
However buses will only go as far as the Cathedral until after the parade is over.

See City Bus Services for route maps and timetable links.

Regional Bus services

Bus Éireann 

On Thursday 17 March, there will be a Sunday timetable with some exceptions (cancellations and/or time changes). For the Galway area, affected services are to/from:
  • Belfast
  • Dundalk
  • Cavan
  • Clifden
  • Lettermullen
  • Carraroe
  • Westport / Ballina
See their website for full details.


BusLink will run Daylink services to/from Athenry starting at 10am on Thursday 17th, and will also run the Athenry NightLink service on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th of March.  There are also minor changes to their other services during the week.   Timetable details here.


Citylink will run their regular services, but pickup and drop off points in Dublin city will be changed from 9am until 6pm (approx).   Details are available on their website.


Will run a Sunday timetable (4 services each way between Galway and Tuam) on Thursday 17 March.   Some changes to pickup-points - see their website for details.

Bus Feda

Will run a normal Thursday service on  17 March.

Other companies

Have not made specific announcements:  it is likely that they will run regular Sunday-timetable services on 17 March.   See Regional Bus Services for a full listing of all companies involved.


Many towns will have parades around midday or in the early afternoon: bus services at this time could be temporarily delayed due to road closures.

Train services

Irish Rail will run a Thursday service with some cancellations on 17th March,  See their timetable for St Patrick's weekend for details.