Dublin Bus on Strike

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Dublin Bus at O'Connell Street in Dublin

At the present time, Dublin Bus drivers are on strike so there won't be the familiar yellow and blue buses on the city streets for the foreseeable. The strike began at midnight on Saturday and has been in place through Sunday and today, Bank Holiday Monday.


It's difficult to suggest alternatives, there is always walking since Dublin has a relatively compact city centre with few hills, DART rail services are still operating along the coast from Malahide and Howth to Greystones. The two non-connecting lines of the LUAS are also running from south Dublin to St. Stephen's Green and from Tallaght in the west to The Point in Dublin's Docklands. You can always pay a taxi driver to take you on your journey. Dublin Bikes are a good idea for short city centre journeys but you have to register to use them.

Getting to and from the Airport is easy, forget the Dublin Bus services and use the always friendly Aircoach who have several routes through the city to Dublin Airport.

Bus Eireann services throughout the country are also still operating and there are several private companies operating many intercity routes as well.

Not sure at the moment how long the strike will last, but it isn't set to end soon. If you're visiting Dublin in the next week or are already here, send me an email or leave a comment and I'll be glad to give you some advice on how to get around.

Well the 3,000 staff at Dublin Bus will return to work tomorrow, Wednesday August 7th, so hopefully all you visitors to Dublin will be able to go about your holidays in normal fashion.

Last modified on Friday, 14 February 2020 13:56
Darren McLoughlin

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  • Comment Link Panoramic Saturday, 17 August 2013 17:51 posted by Panoramic

    Hi Kathy,

    it depends on where in Ireland you are planning to visit. Normally the bus and train service is good and reliable although timetables and destinations served aren’t necessarily suitable for tourists - sometimes getting around parts of rural Ireland means heading on early in the day.

    Bus Eireann drivers recently had a strike and there has been an ongoing problem between Dublin Bus drivers and their management that resulted in a three day stoppage over the August Bank Holiday weekend. This is threatening to continue with LUAS and DART (both operate in Dublin City and suburban areas) rail drivers possibly joining in strike action.

    Many intercity routes are served by private bus companies and during the Bus Eireann strike earlier this year there were many private buses chartered in in addition to the regular private operators.

    The major towns and cities are well connected, with some exceptions, and if you are prepared before you leave then you should be able to get around without too many problems.

    The same goes for Northern Ireland although there are few private bus operators so the rural towns are again hard to reach outside of normal commuting times.

    The train lines mainly radiate out from Dublin and Belfast with almost no possibilities of getting from one regional city to another without travelling all the way back through the central hub!

    Where are you planning to visit?

  • Comment Link kathy Friday, 16 August 2013 00:57 posted by kathy

    i plan to visit ireland in mid November, I have been told buses and trains service is unreliable. is this true

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