World Meetings of Family - Dublin Bus


Visit of Pope Francis for the World Meeting of Families 2018

Dublin Bus is proud to be a part of the World Meeting of Families 2018 by providing transport to events taking place in the Greater Dublin Area from 22 to 26 August. 

We advise the public to plan your journey in advance and allow plenty of time for your journey. Regular updates will be available here, on Twitter @dublinbusnews or by calling our customer service line on (01) 8734222. Lines are open from 08:30 - 18:00 from Monday to Saturday excluding bank holidays.

Closing Mass at the Phoenix Park Sunday on 26 August 2018

With large numbers of people registered to attend the Closing Mass, taking place in the Phoenix Park on Sunday, 26 August, we will have the capacity to provide up to 400,000 journeys across our full fleet of 1000 buses. Up to 1,500 drivers and 100 additional support staff will be scheduled for the day.

If you have a ticket to attend the Phoenix Park event, you will be able to avail of free public transport in the Greater Dublin Area on the day of the event.  

We will run our normal scheduled Sunday service with additional departures. However diversions will be in place on these services. Details of the diversions are available here   

In addition to this, Dublin Bus will have 7 dedicated transport hubs, throughout the city, to bring you as close as possible to the Phoenix Park. Regular services from the transport hubs will commence from 08.00am and finish at night.

The hubs will operate from the following locations (please note this is subject to change)

  • Hub 1 Clarehall Avenue, Malahide Road to Ratoath Road. Click here for detailed route map and stops.
  • Hub 2 Swords Business Park to Ballyboggan Road. Click here for detailed route map and stops.
  • Hub 3 Leopardstown to Cook Street. Click here for detailed route map and stops. 
  • Hub 4 Grange Castle to Chapelizod Bypass. Click here for detailed route map and stops. 
  • Hub 5 Celbridge (Salesian College) to Chapelizod Bypass. Click here for detailed route map and stops.
  • Hub 6 Stocking Avenue to Chapelizod Bypass. Click here for detailed route map and stops.
  • Hub 7 Tyrrelstown (Carlton Hotel) to Laurel Lodge. Click here for detailed route map and stops.

Our social media team and customer service line will be available from 06.00 until last bus on Sunday 26 August for any queries you have on our services during this time.

Visit of Pope Francis on Saturday 25 August 2018

We will run our normal scheduled Saturday service, however significant diversions will be in place on these services. Details of the diversions are available here. 

Our social media team and customer service line will be available from 07.00 until last bus on Saturday 25 August for any queries you have on our services during this time.

Pastoral Congress at the RDS on 22, 23 and 24 August 2018

We will provide enhanced services on all routes serving the RDS for the Pastoral Congress taking place at the RDS on 22, 23 and 24 August.

DoDublin Tours and Airlink

The Hop on Hop off tour will not serve the Phoenix Park from Friday 24 August until first bus on Tuesday 28 August as there will be no public access to the Phoenix Park from 19:00 on 24 August until 07:00 on Tuesday 28 August. Click here for detailed route map and stops. 

The Hop on Hop off tour will not operate on Sunday 26 August.

DoDublin Coastal Tours will operate as normal on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August. 

Airlink will be operating on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August, however diversions will be in place.

See dodublin.ie for further information 

FAQs

Tickets

  • Will the Closing Mass event ticket be valid on hubs and normal scheduled services? Yes
  • Will free travel cards and Leap Cards be accepted on the transport hubs? The Closing Mass event ticket will be the only ticket accepted at the transport hubs. The services at the transport hubs are dedicated to those attending the event in the Phoenix Park.

Transport Hubs

  • Where can I find out exact locations of transport hubs and stops? Detailed maps available here.
  • What time will services start and finish on the hubs on Sunday 26 Aug? Services will commence from 8.00 and run until late in the evening. Chief Inspectors will be on the ground to monitor the situation and ensure that services meet the needs of people attending.
  • How often will buses be running from the hubs? A shuttle service will be in operation from the hubs. Buses will be departing every 5 mins approx.
  • How close are the hubs to the Phoenix Park? Approx. 2km.
  • If I arrive at a Dublin Bus hub, will someone be available to assist me? Each Dublin Bus hub will have a team of Chief Inspectors to assist the public on the day.
  • What if I miss the bus I want to return on? The public can return by normal scheduled services. 
  • Am I allocated a bus to return on or how does this work? The public will be required to return to the hub they arrived by, where buses will depart regularly. 

Diversions and enhanced services

  • What additional services will be in place to facilitate people travelling to the three-day Pastoral Congress taking place at the RDS on 22, 23 & 24 Aug? There will be enhanced services on all routes serving the area. 
  • Will additional services be in place for Croke Park event on 25 Aug? Croke Park and the surrounding areas are well served by Dublin Bus. See our Bus it to events page for a full list of routes serving the area. We will have a team of Chief Inspectors on the ground who will monitor the situation and organise additional services if required. 
  • What time will normal scheduled services start and finish on Sunday 26 Aug? Normal scheduled services will run as per the regular timetables. 
  • Will there be additional capacity on normal scheduled services on Sunday 26 Aug? In addition to our normal scheduled Sunday service, Dublin Bus will have 7 dedicated transport hubs, throughout the city, to bring you as close as possible to the Phoenix Park. Regular services from the transport hubs will commence from early in the morning and finish at night.
  • Will Dublin Bus routes change/scheduled stops change from 22 to 26 August? Diversions will be in place on Saturday 25 August and Sunday 26 August. Details of the diversions are available here.
  • Will Nitelink be operating? Nitelink will be operating, as normal on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 August.

Useful Information & Links

Dublin Bus customer service lines (01)  873 4222 are open from Monday to Saturday excluding bank holidays. Our Twitter team are available 07.00 to 19.00 from Monday to Saturday.