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Easter 2021 bus and train services

Easter Bunny with basket of eggs photo-bombing a picture of a Healy bus in the sunshine
Easter this year is from Friday 2 - Monday 5 April 2021.

Good Friday (the 2nd) is a bank holiday but not a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland:  All banks and many public services (eg post-office) are closed, but most public-transport will operate according to their normal Friday timetables.

Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday are not public holidays:  usual Sat / Sun timetables generally apply.

Easter Monday is a public holiday and a bank holiday, and in most cases Sunday timetables apply.

Information from bus and train companies is summarised below.  Always confirm details with the company.  Bookings are recommended, because there are a number of events happening this weekend.

Covid-19 and public transport

All public transport services are running at 25% capacity, and are only available for essential travel.   Pre-booking is strongly recommended.

Bus Éireann separates Expressway and Non-Expressway tickets

Bus Éireann have announced changes to their ticketing, effective from Tuesday, 23 February 2021.  When you buy a ticket for a journey that is served by both Expressway and PSO (ie government subsidised) Bus Éireann buses:
  • You must choose the type of bus (ie Expressway or non-Expressway) when you buy the ticket, and
  • You can only use the ticket on the type of bus that it is for.
This means that tickets for Expressway services can only be used on Expressway services, and tickets for Bus Éireann PSO services (ie everything but Expressway services), can only be used on non-Expressway routes.

This is different from the past, when Expressway coaches accepted regular Bus Éireann tickets and vice versa.

Consequences for longer journeys

If you want to travel with Bus Éireann from a place that is not served by Expressway services, to somewhere far-away that is , eg from Oughterard to Dublin, then you will need to buy two separate tickets.   One will be for the  non-Expressway part of the journey eg Oughterard to Galway, and one for the Galway to Dublin (ie Expressway) part of the trip.

This change will be phased in over four weeks, from 23-February to 23 March 2021. 

However it is already (20-Feb-2021) impossible book through-journeys in one transaction on the Bus Éireann website;  If you try, you get a message that "There are no direct journeys for your search."   And it is very likely that you will not be able to buy tickets for through journeys on-board buses from 23-February.

If the Bus Éireann website or driver tells you that "there are no direct journeys for your trip" then you need to buy separate tickets (single or return) for each part of the trip.   And because the website doesn't have a shopping-cart, you need to do a separate transaction for each part of the trip: there is no way to group tickets together and buy them all in one transaction.

Questions can be emailed to
All e-tickets will be issued from

A high-level map of Expressway services is available here.

Note:   There are some cases where an Expressway coach is used to provide a non-Expressway service, for example an Expressway coach is sometimes seen on route 424-Spiddal.   Presumably in these cases, the non-Expressway rules will apply because it is a non-Expressway route.

Other changes to Expressway ticketing

A number of other changes are being make to the Expressway ticketing system, from Tuesday 23-February-2021:   
  • Advance Seat reservations will be available on all all Expressway routes, including an option for Free Travel Scheme passengers.
  • There will be priority boarding for pre-booked customers:  walk-up passengers will only be accepted if there is a seat available for them.
  • On-coach payments can be made using Contactless, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and TFI Leap Card.

Note that these features will not be available for non-Expressway services.

Reduction in Bus Éireann services to Dublin

Bus Éireann have announced that from Saturday 30 January 2021, Expressway route X20 (Galway/ Dublin/Dublin airport) will be reduced
  • The number of buses in each direction on weekdays (Monday - Friday) is reduced from 14 to 6:  the earliest bus is now at 7am (previously 5am) and the latest at 6pm (was 8pm)
  • The number of buses in each direction on weekends (Saturday-Sunday) is reduced from to 12 to 6:  the earliest bus is now at 7am (previously 7am) and the latest at 6pm (was 8pm)  

See Galway Regional Buses for information about other services to Dublin city and airport.