Bus Eireann

  • Bus Eireann has announced additional Expressway services from Ballina to Galway from this Sunday.

    The company will run additional Route 52 services from Ballina departing at 11.35 am and 5pm each day, and departing from Galway at 7am and 9pm.

    The additional services will operate 7 days per week, and Bus Eireann says the additional services are coming on-stream this Sunday, as third-level students prepare to return to college.

    Buses are continuing to operate at a maximum of 50% capacity, due to Covid-19 restrictions, while passengers must wear face coverings.


  • Bus Éireann has enhanced services and timetables in this region and they are in operation since yesterday.

    It has resulted in 9 new jobs located at Ballina Bus station.

    In conjunction with the National Transport Authority (NTA), Bus Éireann is offering a significantly enhanced timetable on Route 423 linking Clifden to Westport, Route 446 linking Blacksod to Ballina via Belmullet and Route 450 linking Louisburgh to Dooagh via Westport.

    The main benefits include:
    -Three round trips daily linking Clifden and Westport, operating throughout the year (previously only peak summer months) [423]

    -Three weekday round trips daily linking Blacksod and Ballina via Belmullet, operating throughout the year, later evening services [446]

    -Up to seven daily weekday services and six daily weekend services to both Louisburgh and Achill Island, earlier morning arrival before 9.00am into Westport from Achill Island, later evening services [450]

    -From early 2021, all routes will be operated by low entry full accessible buses

    The funding was made available through the Government’s July stimulus plan which will lead to the creation of more than 110 new jobs in public transport.

    Updated service details and timetables are available at buseireann.ie. Route 440 services that operated between Westport and Achill Island / Achill Sound will be replaced by the enhanced 450 timetable.

    Bus Éireann and Expressway services continue to operate at a capacity of 25% under Level 5 restrictions and Government advice is that public transport should be avoided unless the travel is essential.


  • Additional bus services from Galway to An Cheathrú Rua will come on stream from next September as a result of intense negotiations.

    That’s according to Galway West Fianna Fail TD Eamon O Cuiv.

    Deputy O Cuiv says currently, the last bus leaves Galway at around 6 o’clock in the evening; however there is demand for continuing services up until at least 11pm.

    Bus Eireann say they will introduce half hour frequency services on the An Cheathrú Rua to Galway service at peak commuter lines.

    There will also be three night services at 7pm, 9pm, and 11pm.

  • From this Sunday, 6th September, Bus Éireann will run two additional Route 22 services from Ballina to Dublin Airport.

    Coaches will depart Ballina at 1.00am in the morning and return from Dublin Airport at 7.00am, seven days a week.

    There will also be an additional service departing Ballina at (5.15pm) every Sunday evening.  

    Brian Connolly, Bus Eireann’s Regional Manager in the West, says  expressway services were necessarily reduced in recent months due to the Covid-19 crisis, but with the support of the National Transport Authority, Bus Eireann is now able to deliver additional services on the Ballina to Dublin route, as third level students across the country prepare for the new academic year.

  • Bus Eireann is reminding customers in Co Mayo that, under Level 3 restrictions, public services will operate at 50% capacity - the same as in level 2.

    However, travel should be limited to within your county - unless your travel is essential for work or education.

    Passengers are advised to travel only if absolutely necessary, to observe signs on board the buses, and continue to wear mandatory face coverings.



  • Bus Eireann has today announced changes to Route 52 - the service from Ballina to Galway - as this bus route will no longer service the towns of Swinford and Kiltimagh.

    The changes will come into effect from this Sunday 1st July.


    Bus Eireann says the revised Route 52 buses will travel from Ballina to Castlebar and onto Galway, with some changes also for other routes in Co Mayo.

    A new Route 421 will be introduced bringing passengers from Swinford, Kiltimagh and Knock to Claremorris, with connections from Claremorris to other services.

    Mayo Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers says she predicted this outcome earlier in the year, but Bus Eireann continually denied that services would be cut, and a review was underway to enhance services in Mayo.

    Deputy Chambers says today's statement from Bus Eireann confirms what she feared all along - that Swinford and Kiltimagh would be removed from Route 52.....

  • Bus Eireann has announced it will operate additional services on the 26th August for the visit of Pope Francis to Dublin and Knock Shrine.

    Over half a million people are expected in the Phoenix Park that day where the Pope will celebrate Mass, and Gardai are urging people to use public transport to travel to the capital.

    Bus Eireann is running a number of additional services to Dublin from across the country, with a 100% increase in capacity on that particular day.

    Pope Francis will also visit Knock Shrine on the morning of Sunday 26th August, and to cater for anticipated demand, Bus Eireann is operating additional services on the Route 44 from Westport to Knock and Athlone to Knock, Route 421 from Ballina to Knock and Route 64 which runs from Galway to Knock and onto Sligo.

    In addition, Bus Eireann will operate a bus shuttle from Claremorris train station to Knock.

    For those who have a ticket for the Pope's visit, the bus shuttle service will be free of charge.

    Further details are available on Bus Eireann's website.

  • Bus Eireann has announced a recruitment campaign to hire almost 200 people for jobs around the country.

    This includes 190 drivers and additional mechanic roles to service the ongoing expansion of the national network.

    The jobs will be in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Mayo, Waterford, Wicklow, Navan, Drogheda, Limerick and west Clare.

  • Bus Eireann has apologised to passengers, after a door fell off a bus in Co Mayo yesterday.

    Passengers on the 10am Sligo to Galway service were alarmed, when the door fell away from the bus near Charlestown, about an hour into the journey.

    Bus Eireann says no passengers were injured in the incident on Route 64 when the vehicle experienced a mechanical fault with the door.

    The company says the driver followed all safety procedures, and a replacement bus was dispatched to bring passengers on their journey to Galway, with a short delay.

    Bus Eireann has apologised for any inconvenience caused to passengers using the service yesterday morning.



  • A callout is going out to women today, to join Bus Eireann as bus drivers.

    The company's holding open days at its depots in Cork, Galway and Dublin during the day.

    It's also recruiting Apprentice Heavy Vehicle Mechanics this year and is encouraging applications from women.


  • Bus Eireann is introducing revised timetables from today for services across many routes, for those who need to travel during the Covid-19 crisis.

    The revised timetables are based on the current Saturday schedules on most routes, and full details are available on the Bus Eireann website.

    There's also reduced seat capacity on all services, and Bus Eireann is asking customers to engage in social distancing on board by avoiding the seats that are blocked off.

    Passengers are also urged to buy their ticket online or from a ticket machine, or to use their Leap card, to reduce cash usage.

    Irish Rail introduced a revised schedule of services last Monday on all routes, and says people should only travel by train if their journey is essential.

    The number of weekday train services between Westport and Dublin has been reduced to 4, while the number of return services from Dublin to Mayo is now 3.


  • A Castlebar Councillor is calling on Bus Eireann to install shelters at some of their bus stops - particularly those located just outside villages where passengers cannot shelter from harsh weather conditions.

    FG Councillor Ger Deere says bus stops in areas like Ballyvary and Kilkelly should have shelters installed, as it's unfair to see particularly elderly people standing in the wind and rain.

    Councillor Deere has written to Bus Eireann asking that they install bus shelters to provide a better service for their customers....

  • Bus Eireann is to hire thirty people in Galway and eight in Mayo, under a new recruitment plan announced by the company today.


    Over 200 people will be hired nationwide, as the company recruits additional drivers and mechanics to service the ongoing expansion of the national network.


    The jobs will be in Mayo, Galway, Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Wicklow, Navan, Deogheda, Limerick and west Clare.


    In Mayo Bus Eireann is looking at bringing in some additional services on Route 52 under the PSO – that’s the Ballina-Westport-Galway route and faster journey times.


    In Galway there will be increased services on Route 404 and Route 409.

  • Bus Eireann has returned to financial stability, and is today announcing ambitious plans for the future.

    The company achieved an operating profit last year of €1.6 million - compared with a loss of €6.8 million in 2017.

    It also reduced its deficit from €23.7 million to €6.7 million in the past year.

    Bus Eireann says the financial recovery was due to the implementation of over 60 businesses measures over the last two years, together with strong growth in passenger numbers -which are now at their highest since 2008.

    Bus Eireann carried 83.6 million passengers in 2018.

    The company says 102 new buses will be introduced countrywide this year - double decker buses will be introduced in Galway, Cork and Limerick cities with low floor accessible buses being introduced in Mayo, Galway, Sligo and parts of Donegal.

    250 new drivers have also joined Bus Eireann following a recent recruitment drive.


  • Bus Éireann wishes to advise customers that due to a Status Red weather warning all road passenger, school transport and Eurolines services remain cancelled today Thursday, March 01st.


    Based on updated weather warnings from Met Éireann, the company will not operate any services in Leinster and Munster tomorrow, Friday 2nd March. All Expressway inter-city services nationwide will also not operate.

    We apologise for any inconvenience to customers but road conditions will have to be assessed and safety is our priority.


    Given the reduced weather warning for Connacht, and parts of the West and Northwest, we may be able to operate some services in less affected areas tomorrow.

    However, this is very much subject to local road conditions and the level of treatment undertaken.


    We will review this situation in the morning and provide further information around midday with a view to a possible resumption of some services in the late afternoon or evening.

    We will provide a further update in relation to the operation of scheduled services from Saturday morning.


    Please see www.buseireann.ie for updates or @buseireann or @expresswayIRE on Twitter


  • One of the county’s oldest and most popular bus routes, has been significantly impacted by the new Bus Schedule Service announced last week by Bus Eireann.

    Route 52, that had always picked up passengers along the road between Ballina and Castlebar, particularly between Foxford and Castlebar,  has now become an expressway service. That’s according to Castlebar Sinn Fein councillor Joe McHale.

    He says its means that passengers who use the service between Foxford and Ballyvary and on through Chancery in Turlough, who had always been picked up along route, must now travel to either Foxford or Ballyvary to access the bus.

    Route 52 is also a Galway bus service from Ballina.

    The councillor says many people had depended on the route and it’s a significant change to the service.

    Speaking to Midwest News today councillor McHale said he is calling on Bus Eireann to immediately look at this new expressway service and think again about its impact on customers.

    Midwest News has contacted Bus Eireann and are awaiting a response.

  • A Donegal woman's collected nearly 4,000 signatures on a petition for wheelchair accessible buses.

    Victoria Matthew has discovered that she can't use public transport to travel to college in Sligo, because the local bus can't take her wheelchair.

    Bus Éireann has confirmed that Ballyshannon to Sligo is not a wheelchair accessible route.

    Victoria says she's aware that some wheelchair-friendly buses can be booked -  but even then, they exclude rural Ireland.

  • A Galway West TD has strongly criticised changes to the schedule of bus services from Galway to Cong.

    Fianna Fail TD Eamon O’Cuiv says the changes were made without a full consultation with local people.

    Deputy O’Cuiv says while he welcomes the fact that there will be a small number of additional services, changes to the timetable were brought in without any proper consultation with local people.

    He says the new service will also require passengers to change bus in Headford, which will increase the journey time.

    Deputy O’Cuiv has also suggested a local link bus service which could link Corr na Mona, Clockbrack and Clonbur to the service to Cong every morning and evening.

  • Bus Eireann have confirmed to Midwest News that one of their buses went off road earlier in the Bunnacurry area of Achill.

    Extremely icy road conditions have been reported right across the region today.

    There were no passengers on board the Dooagh to Louisburgh route at the time and the driver was also uninjured.

    Mayo Gardai are advising motorists to watch out for icy patches on secondary routes and in sheltered areas.

  • There is increasing concern among passengers who regularly use Route 52 Bus Eireann service that connects Ballina to Galway city that the service is now under threat.

    People in the areas of Swinford and Kiltimagh look set to be directly affected but so too will patients from north Mayo trying to attend hospital appointments in Galway.

    Bus Eireann is remaining tight lipped over its plans for the route.

    Listeners to Midwest News first expressed concerns about the service two months ago, and Midwest News contacted Bus Eireann who responded at that time, stating that the route is under review.

    Following further concerns about its future expressed by Midwest News listeners this week, we again sought a response from Bus Eireann.

    The brief response again reads:

     Bus Éireann has received a revised licence for Route 52 from the National Transport Authority (NTA), which it is currently reviewing.

    The company is working with the NTA – who have responsibility for the public transport network – on other proposals, to ensure connectivity remains in place.

    We have asked Bus Eireann when the review will be completed and we are awaiting a response.