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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bus and train services in Galway, Easter 2017

Easter Bunny with basket of eggs photo-bombing a picture of a Healy bus in the sunshine
Easter 2017 is from Friday 14 -  Monday 17 April.

Good Friday (the 14th) 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

Bus Eireann services did not run during the three weeks leading up to Easter due to the bus-drivers being on strike.   Services started running again in some cities on Thursday afternoon, and are expected to be close to normal on Friday - but there may be some operational issues still.

The following applies to both city and regional / national bus/coach services in Galway:
  • Good Friday - normal Friday timetable
  • Easter Saturday - normal 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

Have not made any announcements. But based on 2016, their likely timetable is
  • 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.


Normal timetable - no changes for Easter


  • Regular weekday timetable on Easter Sunday
  • Sunday timetable applies on Easter Monday
  • Otherwise as per normal timetable

Feda O'Donnail (Galway / Sligo / Donegal)

Some reduced services during Easter weekend. Details are available here.

BusLink (Athenry)

No announcements have been made. In previous years, 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)

  • The 7:45am Loughrea - Galway will not run between 6-14 April.
  • The 9pm Galway - Loughrea ceases on 6th April, and will not run again until September.
  • Otherwise normal services (note:  this company does not run on Suday or public holidays)

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.


There are major changes to train services in Dublin over the Easter weekend, due to maintenance work being done. People travelling to/from Dublin may have bus-transfers at the Dublin end of their journey.

  • Good Friday: Galway trains on a Friday timetable with some alterations.
  • Easter Saturday - normal Saturday timetable
  • Easter Sunday: Galway trains will run to a Sunday timetable with some changes
  • Easter Monday: Galway trains rill run to a Monday timetable but with a significant number of alterations.
For full details of the changes, see Irish Rail's detailed announcement