Bus Connects - Your Local Areas: Swords, Dublin Airport, Donabate, Portrane

A bus network designed for Dublin's future.

Public Consultation - Have Your Say. We Want to hear from you


What is BusConnects?

BusConnects is the National Transport Authority's programme to greatly improve bus services across the Dublin region. Dublin is growing and needs a bus network that works for a developing city. Its aim is to deliver an enhanced bus system that is better for the city, its people and the environment. With more buses, more often, to more places, BusConnects is designed to provide a better, more reliable and more efficient bus service for everyone.

You Spoke. We Listened

Last year we held our first round of public consultation on the bus network redesign. The feedback showed us what we got right and what needed a rethink. Based on that input, we've refined our design for the new bus network. We've amended our initial proposals to address many of the issues raised, leading to a better overall network.

Tell me More

This brochure provides details of the proposed bus routes in your area and where they will connect to. It is one of 31 brochures covering the whole region.

All of the brochures and full details of the overall network are available on the BusConnects website www.busconnects.ie

We will be holding Public Information events in various locations over the coming weeks where our team will be happy to explain details of the proposals, and answer any questions you might have. Details of these events are available on the BusConnects website, and will be advertised widely.

If you require extra assistance to understand the information in this brochure or on our website call Freephone 1800 303 653.

Give us your views

What do you think about the amended bus network? This second round of public consultation allows you to give your views on the proposals. You can give us your comments electronically using the feedback form.

Simply go to www.busconnects.ie

Alternatively you can send your comments in writing to: Dublin Area Bus Network Redesign, National Transport Authority, Dún Scéine, Harcourt Lane, Dublin 2, D02 WT20 or email: consultations@busconnects.ie

The closing date for submissions can be checked at www.busconnects.ie

Bus Routes in your local area

Spine and Branch Routes (all via City Centre)

Spines are very frequent routes made up of individual bus services timetabled to work together along a corridor. At the end of the corridor, the individual services branch off to serve different areas. E.g. where bus services A1, A2, A3 and A4 join together that forms the A-Spine

1.1 Spine and Branch Routes
Route From Via To How Often
A2 Airport Santry - Drumcondra - City Centre (O'Connell St, George's St) - Rathmines - Rathgar - Terenure - Rathfarnham - Ballinteer - Grange Rd Dundrum Every 10-15 mins
A4 Brackenstown Rd Santry - Drumcondra - City Centre (O'Connell St, George's St) - Rathmines - Rathgar - Terenure Nutgrove Every 10-15 mins
H2 Malahide Portmarnock - Baldoyle - Raheny - Howth Rd - Fairview - City Centre (Amiens St) Abbey Street Lower Every 30 mins

Other City Bound Routes

Other city bound services operate into Dublin City Centre. These services are not part of any Spine, and operate to their own timetable.

1.2 Other City Center Bound Routes
Route From Via To How Often
8 Airport Charlestown - Ballygall Rd - Glasnevin - Phibsborough - O'Connell St Merrion Sq Every 20-25 mins
81 Malahide Seabury - Kinsealy - Clarehall - Malahide Rd - Fairview - Amiens St Abbey St Lower Every 30 mins
82 Glen Ellan Rd Swords - River Valley - Swords Rd - Santry - Drumcondra - City Centre (Gardiner St) Merrion Sq Every 10-15 mins

Local Routes

Local services provide important connections within local areas, linking to local retail centres and to onward transport connections (e.g. to Rail and Luas, or Spine routes) .

1.4 Local Routes
Route From Via To How Often
196 Airside Swords - Knocksedan - Rivermeade - St Margaret's Rd - Charlestown Shopping Centre Finglas Every 120 mins
197 Airside Swords Main St - Rathbeale Rd - Rolestown Ashbourne Every 60 mins
280 Swords Business Park Swords Main St - Drynam Rd - Feltrim - Kinsealy - Clongriffin Station - Clare Hall - Priorswood - Beaumont - Whitehall DCU Every 40 mins
281 Airport Forest Rd - River Valley - Swords - Seabury - Malahide - Blackwood Lane - Strand Rd Portmarnock Station Every 20-25 mins
283 Airport Swords - Donabate Portrane Every 30 mins
285 Airport Swords - Blake's Cross - Lusk - Rush - Skerries Balbriggan Every 30 mins

Peak Time Routes

Peak-time services operate during the peak travel periods, generally weekday mornings and evenings.

1.4 Peak Time Routes
Route From Via To How Often
380 Wendell Ave Malahide - Seabury - Holywell - M1 - Port Tunnel - Custom House - Merrion Sq - St Stephen's Green - Rathmines - Dartry - Clonskeagh UCD Peak Only
381 Seabury Malahide - Portmarnock - Baldoyle - Clontarf - Fairview - Custom House - Merrion Sq - St Stephen's Green - Donnybrook UCD Peak Only
382 Applewood Swords - River Valley - Airport Roundabout - M1 - Port Tunnel - Custom House - Merrion Sq - St Stephen's Green - Donnybrook UCD Peak Only
383 Portrane Donabate - M1 - Port Tunnel - Custom House - Merrion Sq - Ballsbridge - St Vincent's Hospital UCD Peak Only
384 Knocksedan Rathbeale Rd - Pavillions Shopping Centre - Holywell - M1 - Port Tunnel - Custom House - Merrion Sq - St Stephen's Green - Donnybrook UCD Peak Only
385 Skerries Rush - Lusk - M1 - Port Tunnel - Custom House - Merrion Sq - Ballsbridge - St Vincent's Hospital UCD Peak Only

Getting around with BusConnects

New network, new numbers (and letters!)

BusConnects will have all new route numbers. That means that although some of the bus numbers will remain, routes will not be the same as they are today. For example the new route of the 16 service will not be the same as the current 16 route.

What about fares?

We will simplify fares across bus, Luas and DART. There will be two Leap fares

With the "90 Minute Ticket", you won't have to pay extra to change between buses and Luas or between DART and buses or between buses.

Bus passes and tax saver tickets will continue to work as they do today.

When is the bus network changing?

The new bus network will be introduced in phases. The first phase will be implemented in early 2021 and the full roll-out of the network will take approximately two years. So there will be plenty of time to get familiar with your new routes and bus numbers.

When are the changes happening?

  1. 2020 - Finalisation of Bus Network redesign
  2. 2021 - Implementation of Phase 1 of new Bus Network
  3. 2023 - Final phase of Bus Network roll-out

Your local area map

How BusConnects gets you where you want to go.

Swords, Dublin Airport, Donabate, Portrane

Spine route A2 runs on Swords Road.

Spine route A4 travels on Brackenstown Road and Murrough Road, proceeding along Dublin Road and Swords Road.

Spine route H2 proceeds on Coast Road to Wendell Avenue, then down Carrickhill Road to Strand Road.

City bound route 8 proceeds on Swords Road and Old Airport Road.

City bound route 81 travels on Coast Road to Yellow Walls Road, Estuary Road, then Swords Road to Dublin Road and Malahide Road.

City bound route 82 runs on Glen Ellan Road and Balheary Road, then proceeding along Main Street, River Valley Road, Rathingle Road, Boroimhe, Dublin Road and Swords Road.

Local route 196 travels on Dublin Road, Swords Bypass, Main Street, Rathbeale Road, Murrough Road and Brackenstown Road before continuing to Knocksedan.

Local route 197 proceeds on Swords Bypass, Main Street and Rathbeale Road.

Local route 280 runs on Swords Bypass, Main Street, Mountgorry and Feltrim Road.

Local route 281 travels on Dublin Road, N Naul Road, Forest Road and on to Rathingle Road and River Valley Road.

Local routes 283 and 285 proceed along Dublin Road, Main Street and R132 with 283 branching to Hearse Road.

Terminus for A2, 8, 281, 283 and 285 at Dublin airport.

Peak time routes are available on M1, Dublin Road, River Valley Road, Main Street, Strand Road as well as Murrough Road and Brackenstown Road.

Examples of BusConnects in action

Examples of BusConnects in action
Your Chosen Route How BusConnects will get you there
Glen Ellan Road to Merrion Square Take Route 82 direct from Glen Ellan Road to Merrion Square
Rathbeale Road to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre Take the A4 Route from Rathbeale Road to Collins Avenue, Whitehall, then take the N4 Route from Whitehall to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre

Try out your route

Visit www.busconnects.ie/routemapper