Ireland’s public transport will freeze for 24 hours on December 25.
Foreigners who have been living in Ireland for a short time and tourists heading to Ireland around Christmas may be shocked by the fact that Ireland’s public transport will be paralysed on Christmas Day, December 25.
Not only trains and buses will be put out of action but also shops and restaurants will stay closed.
Luas, which is a tram rail service in Dublin, and coach companies Citylink and Bus Éireann have confirmed they will stop their services on Christmas Day.
The national railway operator Irish Rail will not run its services on Christmas Day and the day after, on St Stephen’s Day.
Also, coach firm Aircoach recommends following its website and social media for updates on its Christmas timetable. Bus operator Dublin Bus, who provides services within the Dublin area, has communicated changes regarding its Nitelink service only. However, its buses are not expected to be out on the roads on the day of December 25, either.
Here is an overview of Christmas and New Year’s Eve timetables:
Although there will be no Luas service on Christmas Day, night trams in Dublin will be running until the early hours on selected December nights until New Year. There will also be other changes to the timetable between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. More details can be found here or download the Luas app.
The following Luas services will operate over Christmas and New Year:
- Tues 24 Dec (Christmas Eve): Services end at 20:00
- Wed 25 Dec (Christmas Day): No Luas services
- Thurs 26 Dec (St Stephen’s Day): Services running 09:00 – 23:30 with Sunday frequency
- Fri 27 Dec: Services running Saturday operating hours & frequency
- Sat 28 Dec: Services running Saturday operating hours & frequency
- Sun 29 Dec: Services running Sunday operating hours & frequency
- Mon 30 Dec: Services running Saturday operating hours & frequency
- Tues 31 Dec (NYE): Services running Saturday operating hours & frequency plus Night Luas
- Wed 1 Jan (bank holiday): Services running Sunday operating hours & frequency
- Thurs 2 Jan: Regular weekday services resume.
2| IRISH RAIL
Late-night services will serve all stations on DART, Dundalk, Maynooth, and Kildare commuter lines, including Pearse to Kildare via Phoenix Park Tunnel, on selected nights during Christmas, the Irish Rail wrote on its website.
Late-night services will operate in the run-up to Christmas on Fridays and Saturdays – Dec 6 and 7, Dec 13 and 14, Dec 20 and 21. Late-night trains will also run on Dec 31 until the Jan 1 early morning. You can find more details on the exact hours here.
Here is what the Irish Rail Christmas timetable (valid from Dec 24 to Dec 30) looks like in 2019:
- Christmas Eve
- regular Intercity timetable until 9:00 pm with a few alterations
- commuter services will operate on a Saturday timetable until 9:00 pm
- Christmas Day and Stephen’s Day – no service will operate across the network
- 27 to 31 December
- normal services will operate on Intercity with a few alterations
- commuter services will operate on a Saturday timetable (only until 9:00 pm on Dec 31)
- late-night services will operate after Dublin’s New Year celebrations
- 1 January
- DART and Commuter services will operate on a Sunday timetable
- Intercity services will operate on a weekday timetable with a few alterations.
Late night #Christmas services are back tomorrow evening Friday 6th and Sat 7th from Pearse/Connolly to all DART, Maynooth, Dundalk and Kildare line stations.
Also operating Fri 13th & Sat 14th, Fri 20th & Sat 21st December
— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) December 5, 2019
4| Bus Éireann
In the case of Bus Éireann, buses will run every day across the Christmas holiday period – apart from December 25 – with services operating standard timetables with some slight exceptions, the company said on its website.
With above-mentioned exceptions, all December 24 departures up to 9:00 pm will operate to a normal timetable.
Additionally, some services will not run on December 26 – bus routes will operate to a Sunday timetable. Also, there will additional buses added on the 26th for the Belfast-Dublin route. Between December 27 and 30, buses will run normally.
On December 31, buses will return to a normal timetable until 10:00 pm. After this hour, there will be no buses operating apart from Expressway services. On January 1, buses will operate to a Sunday timetable.
5| Dublin Bus
The company’s Christmas Nitelink service will operate on the following days in December:
- Thursday, 12, Friday, 13, Saturday, 14
- Wednesday, 18, Thursday, 19, Friday, 20, Saturday, 21
- Friday, 27, Saturday, 28, Tuesday, 31 (New Year’s Eve).
Dublin Bus said all the buses will depart from Westmoreland Street and D’Olier Street and will cost €4.50 with Leap Card or €6.60 on the bus.
Route information and other details can be found here.
Tourists and foreigners new to Ireland can use the Transport for Ireland website to check public transport timetables and plan their trips around the country, either before or after December 25.