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Galway public transport changes due to the Covid-19 pandemic

This page is a summary of the changes to Galway public transport services which are due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

The plan is to keep it up-to-date as services are reduced, and as they start operating again.





Overall

From 29 March 2020, people in Ireland are allowed to use public transport when they are buying food or medicines, carers, going to medical appointments, or essential workers going to work.  (link).



Galway city buses

Bus Eireann 

  • 25 March:  Buses are running according to their normal timetables - link.  (Passenger levels are very low, drivers are making an effort not to run ahead of time.)
  • From Wed 1 April 
    Buses have had some seating closed off, to maintain social distancing
    City buses will run to a Saturday timetable, with some enhancements.  Link.
  • Route 402 - extra buses at:
    6:30am from Knocknacarra to Merlin Road and from Merlin Park to Knocknacarra
  • Route 405 - extra buses at:
    6:30, 7:00 and 7:30am in both directions, ie from Rahoon ((B&Q) to Ballybane (Boston Scientific) and from Ballybane (Boston Scientific) to Rahoon ((B&Q) 
Note:  Bus Eireann services in Galway City are subsidised by the National Transport Authority.   This is why they are able to continue running, while private companies have to cancel services due to low demand.


City Direct

  • Routes 410, 412 and 414 suspended from the evening of 16 March 2020 (link)
  • Route 411 running a Saturday service from 18 March 2020 (link)
  • Route 411 suspended from 9:15pm on 24-March-2020 (link)


Galway regional and national buses

Burkes - Tuam

  • Reduced services from Saturday 21 March (link)
  • Further reductions from 30 March (link)

Bus4You - Roscommon

  • Services suspended from the evening of Thursday 26 March (link)

Bus Eireann

  • From Wed 1 April 
    Buses have had some seating closed off, to maintain social distancing
    Regional coaches / buses will run to a Saturday timetable, with some exceptions.  Link.

    Exceptions:
    Route 419 - Oughterard will have a bus at 7:05am from Galway to Oughterard, and 7:45am from Oughterard to Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)
    A Monday to Friday timetable will operate on routes 417 - Tuam, 425a - Mountbellew, 434 - Gort

Bus Feda - Donegal

  • Reduced services from Saturday 21 March (link)
  • Services cancelled after 30 March  2020.  (Link)

CityLink - Dublin, Cork/Limerick and Clifden/Cleggan

  • Some service changes happened from Saturday 14 March (link)
  • The 1:00am from Galway and 6:30am from Dublin Airport commuter services will not run on 17 March 2020.(link)
  • All services suspected from 12:30am on Saturday 21 March (link).
    For people with a Taxsaver, 10 journey or an open return ticket purchased from the driver, they will extend your ticket once services are in operation again (link)

Farrells - Athenry

  • Services suspended from the evening of Wednesday 25 March (link)

GoBus - Dublin and Ballina, Co Mayo

  • Services suspended from Monday 16 March (link)

Healy Bus - Loughrea via Oranmore

  • This service is suspended from Tueday 17 March (link)


Trains

22 March 2020:  Trains are running according to normal timetables, but catering is suspended on intercity trains (link).

30 March 2020:   revised timetables apply - see the journey planner for details of available trains.   Allocated seat booking is suspended.  (link)




Ferries

Aran Island Ferries are still running.   Their office is closed, but Islanders can buy bus tickets from the driver, and ferry tickets at the pier.   Non-Islanders are asked not to travel to the area until 29-March, at last, to protect the large number of elderly residents (link).



Taxis

Taxi companies are still operating normally, but individual drivers may not be working, or may ask you to do certain things, eg pay by card.