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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Bus and train services for the October bank holiday weekend 2018

Monday 29 October 2018 is a bank / public holiday in Ireland.

It is also the weekend when most Halloween events happen,  the end of Irish daylight savings time, and there is a race meeting at Ballybrit

Changes to city and county bus and train services for this weekend are summarised below.

City Bus Services

Bus √Čireann and City Direct will run their their standard Sunday city services in Galway on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 October.

There may be delays in the city centre for routes 401, 402, 404, 405 and 407 at around 5 - 7pm, due to Out of the Wilde Sky, the Halloween Macnas Parade.

Regional Bus Services

A standard Sunday timetable applies for most regional and national public transport services on both Sun and Mon 28/29 October.  However:
  • One Bus √Čireann  Dundalk / Galway return service is cancelled on Sunday.  
  • On Monday, Bus √Čireann will operate a Sunday timetable with except that some services will run according to a weekday timetable.   See their announcement for details.
  • GoBus will not run the 7:45pm bus from Galway on Sunday 28th.  See their announcement. 
  • BusLink will run regular NiteLink services to/from Athenry on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
    • Bus Feda have some changes to their services over the weekend:   drop-offs to student accommodation will happen on Monday only (not Sunday), and the Inishowen to Sligo / Galway service will run on Monday instead of Sunday.  See their announcement for full details.  

    Time is changing - clocks are  falling back

    Daylight Saving officially ends at 2am on Sunday 28 October, when the clocks to back to 1am.

    Citylink have advised customers to
    adjust their watches at midnight on Saturday night
    because all services that leave after midnight will run at "winter time" times.

    Train services

    Engineering works are causing train timetable changes in many parts of the country before, during and after the bank holiday weekend - see Irish Rail's announcement for full details.

    However for Galway, they have announced that that normal services will run.  Most likely that means:
    • A normal Sunday service on Sunday 28 October
    • A normal Sunday service will run on Monday 29 October, with some bank-holiday adjustments..

    Galway Races October meeting

    Galway Races early-autumn meeting is on from Saturday 27 to Monday 29th October 2018.

    For this event, there are no shuttle buses from Eyre Square or from surrounding towns.

    Instead, regular regional bus services can be used to get to Galway City, and several Galway city buses route buses go from Eyre Square to the Avenue entrance:
    See the Parkmore neighbourhood map for details about this entrance

    Regular city fares apply, including TaxSaver and Free Travel passes.

    Because this is an evening meeting (gates open 2:15pm, first race 4:15pm), traffic is likely to be moderate and the bus services will run as per their timetables - see the Galway city bus summary for links to these.