Bus Connects - Your Local Areas: Finglas, Finglas North, The Ward

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 additional information that is not available in this brochure or on our website, call us on 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
E1 Balbutcher Lane Ballymun - Glasnevin - Phibsborough - City Centre (O'Connell St, St.Stephen's Green) - Donnybrook - Stillorgan Rd Bray Every 10-15 mins
E2 Charlestown Balbutcher Lane - Ballymun - Phibsborough - City Centre (O’Connell St, St.Stephen’s Green) - Donnybrook - Stillorgan Rd Dun Laoghaire Every 10-15 mins
F1 Charlestown Finglas Rd - Whitworth Rd - City Centre (Dorset St, O'Connell St, St Stephen's Green) - Harold's Cross - KCR - Fortfield - Firhouse Tallaght Every 10-15 mins
F2 Charlestown Barry Rd - Mellowes Rd - Finglas Rd - Whitworth Rd - City Centre (Dorset St ,O'Connell St) - Harold's Cross - KCR - Perrystown Spawell Every 10-15 mins
F3 Charlestown Finglas Village - Mellowes Rd - Finglas Rd - Whitworth Rd - City Centre (O’Connell St, St Stephen’s Green) - Harold’s Cross - KCR Limekiln Every 10-15 mins

Orbital Routes

Orbital services operate around the city. They provide connections between suburbs and town centres without having to travel into the city centre. They also provide connections to Rail, Luas or other bus routes.

1.2 Orbital Routes
Route From Via To How Often
N2 Heuston Station Stoneybatter - Broombridge - Glasnevin - Marino Clontarf Rd Station Every 20 mins
N4 Blanchardstown Centre Cappagh Hospital - Finglas - DCU - Whitehall - Donnycarney - Killester - East Wall Spencer Dock Every 10-15 mins
N8 Finglas Charlestown Shopping Centre - Ballymun - Santry - Beaumont Hospital - Coolock - Tonlegee Rd Donaghmede Station Every 10-15 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.

1.3 Other City Bound Routes
Route From Via To How Often
7 Charlestown Jamestown Rd - Tolka Estate - Glasnevin - Phibsborough - O'Connell St Merrion Sq Every 20-25 mins
8 Airport Charlestown - Ballygall Rd - Glasnevin - Phibsborough - O'Connell St Merrion Sq Every 20-25 mins
35 Blanchardstown Castleknock - Auburn Ave - Navan Rd - Phibsborough - City Centre (Gardiner St, Merrion Sq) Burlington Rd Every 20-25 mins
94 Ballymun Wadelai - Glasnevin - Drumcondra - City Centre (Dorset St) Parnell 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 Finglas Charlestown Shopping Centre - St Margaret's Rd - Rivermeade - Knocksedan - Swords Airside Every 120 mins
261 Blanchardstown Clonsilla Rd - Main St - Waterville - Snugborough Rd - Corduff Rd - Blanchardstown Rd North (Loop Service) Blanchardstown Every 10-15 mins
262 Blanchardstown Blanchardstown Rd North - Cruiserath Rd - Tyrrelstown - Cappagh Rd - Ratoath Rd Broombridge Rail & Luas Every 30 mins
280 DCU Whitehall - Beaumont - Priorswood - Clare Hall - Clongriffin Station - Kinsealy - Feltrim - Drynam Rd - Swords Main St Swords Business Park Every 40 mins

Peak Time Routes

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

1.5 Peak Time Routes
Route From Via To How Often
360 Ongar Blanchardstown Rd South - Navan Rd - Stoneybatter - Custom House Ringsend Bus Garage Peak Only
362 Ongar Littlepace - Navan Rd - Stoneybatter - Custom House Merrion Sq Peak Only
363 Damastown Ind Est TU Dublin Blanchardstown - Connolly Hospital - Navan Rd - Phibsborough - Parnell Sq Abbey St Lower Peak Only
365 Luttrelstown Clonsilla Rd - Navan Rd - Stoneybatter - Custom House Merrion Sq Peak Only
384 Knocksedan Rathbeale Rd - Pavilions Shopping Centre - Holywell - M1 - Port Tunnel - Custom House - Merrion Sq - St Stephen's Green - Donnybrook 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.

Finglas, Finglas North, The Ward

E1 and E2 spines travel down on Ballymun Road E2 continues on Balbutcher Lane North and Saint Margaret's Road.

F1 and F2 and F3 spines run on Finglas Road, with F2 branching to pass Kildonan Park and through Mellowes Road. F3 travels down McKee Avenue to Cardiffsbridge Road and Saint Helena's Road. F1, F2 and F3 merge back on Finglas Road at Tolka Valley park.

Terminus for E2, F1, F2, F3 and 7 at Charlestown Shopping Center. Terminus for 280 at DCU.

Orbital route N2 runs through Old Finglas Road and Griffith Avenue.

Orbital route N4 travels along Navan Road to Sungbor Road and Ballycoolin Road to Cappagh Road, Glasnevin Avenue and Collins Avenue.

Orbital route N8 proceeds on St Margaret's Road to Melville Road and Poppintree Park then through Balbutcher Lane South to Santry Ave.

City Bound route 7 travels on Old Finglas Road to Griffith Road and Glasanaon Road, along Jamestown Road to St Margaret's Road.

City Bound route 8 proceeds on Old Finglas Road Ballygall Road and Sycamore Road, then along Melville Place.

City Bound route 35 runs though Castleknock and Connolly Hospital to Waterville Road and on to Corduff.

City Bound route 94 travels on Ballymun Road, branches to St Pappin's Road befor rejoining Ballymun Road and proceeding along Balbutcher Lane South.

Local route 196 runs from Knocksedan down St Margaret's Road.

Local route 261 travels on Snugborough Road to Corduff Road.

Local route 262 proceeds along Blanchardstown Road North.

Local route 280 runs on Collins Avenue.

Peak time routes are available at Corduff, on Navan Road and at Knocksedan.

Examples of BusConnects in action

Examples of BusConnects in action
Your Chosen Route How BusConnects will get you there
Charlestown Shopping Centre to St Stephen's Green Take the F1 or F2 Route directly from Charlestown Shopping Centre to St Stephen's Green.
Charlestown Shopping Centre to Clontarf Road/td> Take the F2 Route from Charlestown Shopping Centre to Mellowes Road then take the N4 Route from Mellowes Road to Clontarf Road

Try out your route

Visit www.busconnects.ie/routemapper