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Bus Éireann Announce Their Christmas 2019 Travel Timetables

Tara Walsh
Tara Walsh

12:05 11 Dec 2019

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Bus Éireann Christmas timetable

Bus Éireann have teamed up with travel and lifestyle blogger Lauren Arthurs to announce their Christmas 2019 timetables.

So if you or a loved one are planning a route home this festive season, we've got you covered.

Check out the timetables below:

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Buses will run every day across the Christmas holiday period with the exception of December 25th (CHRISTMAS WOO!).

Services will operate standard timetables but there will be some slight exceptions in places.

Christmas Eve and Stephen's Day

On Christmas Eve all departures up to 9pm will operate to a normal timetable.

However, the following routes will not operate:

  • Route X1 - 19:45 Belfast - Dublin
  • Route 2 - 21:00 Dublin Airport - Wexford; 1830 & 2030 Wexford - Dublin Airport
  • Route 4 - 20:00 Waterford - Dublin
  • Route 23 - 20:00 Dublin - Sligo
  • Route 32 - 20:45 Dublin - Letterkenny; 1945 Letterkenny - Dublin
  • Route 100X - 20:30 Dundalk - Dublin
  • Route 871/890 - Expressway Eurolines services to and from London

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A small number of Expressway services will operate after 9pm and these include:

  • Route 4 - 22:00 Dublin Airport - Waterford
  • Route 30 - 21:30 Dublin - Donegal
  • Route 100X - 21:40 Dublin - Dundalk

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A full Sunday schedule for December 26th will operate across the entire network excluding the below departures:

  • Route X1 - 18:15, 20:15, 21:15, 22:15 and 23:15 Dublin - Belfast; 05:30, 19:45 and 22:00 Belfast - Dublin
  • Route X2A - 10:15, 16:15, 17:15 and 19:15 Dublin - Belfast; 06:45 and 14:45 Belfast - Dublin
  • Route X5 - 09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30 and 19:30 Dublin - Newry; 08:15 and 10:15 Belfast - Dublin; 09:15 Belfast - Newry; 07:15, 13:15, 15:15 and 17:15 Newry - Dublin
  • Route 32 - 00:30 Letterkenny - Dublin
  • Route 40 - 09:40 Cork-Waterford; 10:40 Cork - Rosslare
  • Route 51 - 07:25 and 08:35 Limerick - Cork; 07:25 and 08:25 Limerick - Galway
  • Route 64 - 06:25 Donegal - Sligo; 06:35 and 08:10 Letterkenny - Derry; 07:35 Sligo - Derry
  • Route 871/890 - Expressway Eurolines services to and from London

However, if you’re travelling between Dublin and Belfast on the 26th December, you're in luck.

Additional departures will operate from Belfast to Dublin at 04:45 and from Dublin to Belfast at 17:15 and 19:15.

The schedule will go back to normal for all routes from December 27th to 30th.

New Years

On the December 31st, all services will be running a normal timetable up until 22:00.

However, the 871/890 Expressway Eurolines services to and from London will not be operating.

Services due to start after 22:00 will not be operating on December 31st, except for the following:

  • All Expressway services will operate as normal
  • Route 220 - Services will resume from midnight on January 1st 2020 and operate a full timetable.


If you’re living in Cork then you’re in luck as Bus Éireann have added additional late-night services.

These have been added to Midleton and Blarney on Route 215 and 261 on the 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st December.

The pick-up is from St Patrick’s Street only and services will depart to Midleton and Blarney at 01:00, 02:00 and 03:00 hours.

If your heading into Cork City then the annual Seasonal Park and Ride from County Hall in Cork would be perfect for you.

This service operates every 15 minutes from 09:30 to 20:15 on Saturday and 10:45 to 20:30 on Sundays.

This will operate until December 22nd with the exception of Sunday 23rd December, where it will close at 18:30.

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Merry Christmas and safe travels!

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