I feel Bus Éireann does not always get the credit it deserves. (See end of post for a little bit o’ history on Bus Éireann)
I have used Bus Éireann Expressway service on and off over the past few years and have yet to be disappointed.
Take for example my recent trip from Cork City to Dublin City.
I left Cork Bus Station at 12pm and arrived at Busaras in Dublin city centre at 4pm.
It was an Express bus which means it does not stop as often as the non-express !!
This included a 20 minute stop at Josephines in Urlingford which is about half way. At Josephines there are public toilets a restaurant and shop.
All of this for the princely sum of €9.50 adult one way. This was exactly half the cost of my return flight with Ryanair and is significantly cheaper than a similar train journey with Irish Rail.
The journey of 4 hours was the same time it took me to return by Ryanair from Dublin City Centre to Cork City centre a week later. 30 mins travel from City to Airport, 2.5 hours waiting at airport, 35 minute flight, 15 minutes waiting for bag, 15 minute trip to city centre. I’m not anti flight or rail here, just remarking that sometimes the bus can be just as, or more convenient than flying or taking the train.
On Bus Éireann, there are no baggage restrictions, you can bring what you like on board (within reason). You can buy your ticket on line, at the ticket counter or on board the bus. I must add too that the driver was a very pleasant and welcoming gentleman and would put many of the so called ‘flight attendants’ to shame.
Downside, if you are a bad traveller or suffer from any ailments that require frequent visits to the toilet then you may have to reconsider. Seats are not as comfortable as you would like on a 4 hour journey but it was not a problem for me.
So, make sure you check out Bus Éireann schedules when you are planning any itinerary here.
A little bit o’ history and a minor rant.
(Bus Éireann, is Irish translation of Irish Bus -the national bus carrier)
Bus Éireann and Irish Rail were previously one company known as CIE (Coras Iompar Éireann – now there’s a mouthful for you). The company split a few years ago to form Bus Eireann and Irish Rail. Big mistake as far as I’m concerned, but ho hum, not a lot I could do about it at the time. The split has made it very difficult for commuters/visitors to properly plan integrated bus/train journeys around the country. Another bug bear of mine is if I ask at a Bus Eireann enquiry desk for a rail schedule they will not provide it and vice versa because they are two separate companies. Bizarre.