Bus Travel

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Bus Travel

Busaras, just behind the Custom House on the Northside, is Dublin's main station for buses to and from the city. Dublin Bus runs the city's regular buses. Bus Éireann is the main intercity bus company, with service throughout the country. Aircoach has direct bus connections to Cork and Belfast, and is usually a bit cheaper than Bus Éireann.

In town, there's an extensive network of buses, most of which are green double-deckers.

Some bus services run on cross-city routes, including the smaller "Imp" buses, but most buses start in the city center.

Buses to the north of the city begin in the Lower Abbey Street–Parnell Street area, while those to the west begin in Middle Abbey Street and in the Aston Quay area. Routes to the southern suburbs begin at Eden Quay and in the College Street area. Several buses link the DART stations, and another regular bus route connects the two main provincial railway stations, Connolly and Heuston. If the destination board indicates "an lár," that means that the bus is going to the city center.

Museumlink is a shuttle service that links up the National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of Archaeology and History, and the National Museum of Decorative Arts and History. You can catch it outside any of the three museums.

Bus Fares and Schedules

In the city, fares begin at €1.40 and are paid to the driver, who will accept inexact fares, but you'll have to go to the central office in Dublin to pick up your change as marked on your ticket. Change transactions and the city's heavy traffic can slow service considerably. Most bus lines run until 11:30 at night, but some Nitelink buses run Friday to Saturday until 4:30 am on some major routes; the fare is €5.

Bus Information

Aircoach (01/844–7118. www.aircoach.ie.)

Busaras (Store St., Northside, Dublin, Co. Dublin, 1. 01/830–2222.)

Bus Éireann (01/873–4222. www.buseireann.ie.)

Dublin Bus (59 Upper O'Connell St., Northside, Dublin, Co. Dublin, 1. 01/873–4222. www.dublinbus.ie.)

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