May Bank Holiday Public Transport Arrangements 2021

If you’re planning a journey over the May Bank Holiday weekend, you can expect changes to public transport schedules. We’ve compiled these changes for Dublin Bus, Luas, Go Ahead, Irish Rail (including DART) and Bus Éireann for you below.

Remember that public transport should be used for essential journeys only and that travel restrictions are still in place country wide. You are now required by law to wear a face covering, it’s advisable to pay your fare through contactless methods and most operators have reduced capacity (25%).

Check the transport provider’s website for specific times and routes before you travel. Have a lovely weekend and stay safe!

IRISH RAIL

Engineering works will take place between Heuston and Sallins on Friday (30th), with alterations in place on services between Grand Canal Dock (GCD) and Hazelhatch as well as on the Kildare, Portlaoise and Cork lines.

Saturday (1st)

  • Engineering works will take place on Saturday (1st) between Dalkey and Greystones affecting DART and Rosslare services:
    • No DART services will operate between Dun Laoghaire and Greystones. Sandycove and Glasthule, Glenageary, Dalkey, Killiney, Shankill and Bray stations will be closed. Dublin Bus and Go-Ahead Ireland will accept valid rail tickets.
    • Rosslare Europort services will operate via bus transfers between Dublin Connolly and Greystones.
  • Engineering works will also take place between Heuston and Sallins as well as Portarlington and Athlone on Saturday (1st) which will affect all Heuston services:
    • Cork/Kerry/Limerick services will operate via bus transfers between Heuston and Newbridge.
    • Galway/Westport/Ballina services will operate as bus transfers between Heuston and Athlone.
    • Waterford services will operate as bus transfers between Heuston and Athy.
    • Portlaoise Commuter services will operate to a reduced schedule, with bus transfers between Heuston and Newbridge.
    • Bus transfers will operate between Limerick and Limerick Jct.
  • In Cork, no services will operate between Glounthaune and Cobh Stations until 10pm on Saturday (1st) due to engineering works and bus transfers will be place as a result.

Sunday (2nd)

  • Engineering works will take place on Sunday (2nd) between Dalkey and Greystones, affecting DART and Rosslare services:
    • No DART services will operate between Dun Laoghaire and Greystones. Sandycove and Glasthule, Glenageary, Dalkey, Killiney, Shankill and Bray stations will be closed. Dublin Bus and Go-Ahead Ireland will accept valid rail tickets.
    • Rosslare Europort services will operate via bus transfers between Dublin Connolly and Greystones.
  • Engineering works will also take place between Heuston and Sallins as well as Portarlington and Athlone on Sunday (2nd) which will affect all Heuston services:
    • Cork/Kerry/Limerick services will operate via bus transfers between Heuston and Newbridge.
    • Galway/Westport/Ballina services will operate as bus transfers between Heuston and Athlone.
    • Waterford services will operate as bus transfers between Heuston and Athy.
    • Portlaoise Commuter services will operate to a reduced schedule, with bus transfers between Heuston and Newbridge.
    • Bus transfers will operate between Limerick and Limerick Jct.

Monday (3rd)

  • Engineering works will take place on Monday (1st) between Dalkey and Greystones:
    • No DART services will operate between Dun Laoghaire and Greystones. Sandycove and Glasthule, Glenageary, Dalkey, Killiney, Shankill and Bray stations will be closed. Dublin Bus and Go-Ahead Ireland will accept valid rail tickets.
    • Rosslare Europort services will operate via bus transfers between Dublin Connolly and Greystones.

Irish Rail services will return to normal Monday to Friday timetables from Tuesday (4th), which can be viewed here. (These timetables will replace the reduced schedules that had been in place). For full information, visit the Irish Rail website.

LUAS

There will be changes to Luas services this weekend:

Saturday (1st) and Sunday (2nd)

On the Green Line, no services will operate between St Stephen’s Green and Beechwood due to engineering works. A replacement bus will serve the closed stops approx. every 15 minutes and a valid Luas ticket is required.

Monday (3rd)

Both Green and Red Line services will operate to Sunday schedules, with services beginning at 7am.

On the Green Line, no services will operate between St Stephen’s Green and Beechwood due to engineering works. A replacement bus will serve the closed stops approx. every 15 minutes and a valid Luas ticket is required.

BUS ÉIREANN

Bus Éireann services will operate as follows this weekend:

Saturday (1st)
All services will operate to a normal Saturday schedule.

Sunday (2nd) and Monday (3rd)
A Sunday schedule will be in operation on all services.

DUBLIN BUS

Dublin Bus will operate with slight schedule changes:

Saturday (1st)
A normal Saturday service will be in operation.

Sunday (2nd) and Monday (3rd)
Services will operate to Sunday schedules.

From Tuesday (4th), Dublin Bus services will return to normal Monday to Friday timetables (rather than the enhanced Saturday timetables that had been in place). There will be exceptions to some routes and Xpresso services. Full information can be viewed here.

GO AHEAD

Go Ahead services will operate as follows this weekend:

Saturday (1st)
A Saturday service will be in operation.

Sunday (2nd) and Monday (3rd)
Services will operate to Sunday schedules.

Now that the distance you’re permitted to travel has slightly increased, it’s a good idea if you’re driving this weekend to run a few safety checks on your car before making any longer journeys. We’ve covered the most important ones on our blog.