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Sunday, April 4, 2021

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.

Burkes Buses (Tuam)

Likely their normal Sunday service will be operated on Easter Monday.

Also during Easter Week (which is actually a fortnight, from 29th March – 9th April 2021, these GMIT buses will not run:.
  • 7:55am from Tuam
  • 17:10pm from GMIT toTuam
  • 7:20am from Ballinrobe

Bus √Čireann

Have announced that 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
  • Easter Monday - normal Sunday timetable.

Farrells of Athenry

Have not made an announcement.  But based on previous years, they are likely to run:
  • Regular Friday services from 8am on Good Friday, including the NightLink service.
  • NightLink on both Saturday and Sunday nights.

City Direct (Knocknacarra , Salthill, Barna)

Have not made an announcement.  But based on previous years, they are likely to run::
  • Good Friday: Normal Friday service.
  • Easter Saturday: Normal Saturday service
  • Easter Sunday and Monday: Normal Sunday service.

CityLink (Dublin, Cork and Clifden)

Have announced that the 7am and 7:45am express coaches from Ballinasloe to Galway will NOT operate on Easter Monday.  All other services will run as normal.

Feda O'Donnail (Galway / Sligo / Donegal)

Some reduced services during Easter weekend. Details are only available in their JourneyPlanner.

GoBus (Dublin)

Have announced that they will run their usual weekend timetable.

Healy Bus (Loughrea and Mayo)

Have announced that they will run;
  • Holy Thursday: service to Castlebar will run
  • Good Friday: no services.
  • Monday: 8pm from Castlebar to Galway via Balla and Ballinrobe.

Kearns Transport (Birr / Portumna)

Have announced that they will run:
  • 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 over the weekend.   For full details of the changes, see Irish Rail's announcement