Bus Connects - Your Local Areas: Clontarf, Donnycarney, Fairview, Harmonstown, Killester, Marino, Raheny

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
A1 Beaumont Drumcondra - City Centre (O'Connell St, George's St) - Rathmines - Rathgar - Terenure - Templeogue - Knocklyon Ballycullen Every 10-15 mins
D1 Clongriffin Malahide Rd- Fairview - City Centre (Quays, Amiens St) - Cork St - Crumlin Rd - Kylemore Luas - New Nangor Rd - Grange Castle Business Park Griffeen Ave Every 10-15 mins
D2 Clarehall Malahide Rd - Fairview - City Centre (Amiens St, Quays) - Cork St - Crumlin Rd - Greenhills Rd - Tallaght - Jobstown - Fortunestown Kingswood Ave Every 10-15 mins
D3 Clongriffin Malahide Rd - Fairview - City Centre (Quays, Amiens St) - Cork St - Crumlin Rd - Kylemore Luas - New Nangor Rd - Clondalkin - Fonthill Rd St.Cuthbert's Rd Every 10-15 mins
D4 Coolock Lane Beaumont Hospital - Ardlea Rd - Malahide Rd - Fairview - City Centre - Crumlin Rd - Greenhills Rd - Tallaght - Killinarden Kiltipper Way Every 30 mins
D5 Blunden Drive Edenmore - Gracefield Rd - Malahide Rd - Fairview - City Centre - Crumlin Rd - Greenhills Rd - Castletymon - Seskin View Tallaght Every 30 mins
G1 Red Cow Luas Park West Ave - Clifden Rd - Ballyfermot - Inchicore - City Centre (Thomas St, Quays) Spencer Dock Every 10-15 mins
G2 Liffey Valley Fonthill Rd - 9th Lock Rd - Neilstown - Coldcut Rd - Ballyfermot - Inchicore - City Centre (Thomas St, Quays) Spencer Dock Every 10-15 mins
H1 Clongriffin Red Arches Rd - Grange Rd - Donaghmede - Raheny - All Saints Rd - Howth Rd - Fairview - City Centre (Amiens St) Abbey St Lower Every 10-15 mins
H2 Malahide Portmarnock - Baldoyle - Raheny - Howth Rd - Fairview - City Centre (Amiens St) Abbey St Lower Every 30 mins
H3 Thormanby Rd Howth - Sutton - Raheny - Howth Rd - Fairview - City Centre (Amiens St) Abbey St Lower Every 30 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 Clontarf Rd Station Marino - Glasnevin - Broombridge -Stoneybatter Heuston Station Every 20 mins
N4 Blanchardstown Center 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
20 East Wall City Centre (Quays ,George's St) - Kevin St - St Thomas Rd - Crumlin - Walkinstown - Ballymount - Kingswood Tallaght Every 30 mins
22 East Wall City Centre (Quays, George's St) - Kevin St - St Thomas Rd - SCR - Drimnagh Crumlin Hospital Every 30 mins
23 Griffith Avenue Ballybough Rd - City Centre (O'Connell St, Dame St, Thomas St) - St James's Hospital - Drimnagh Walkinstown Every 10-15 mins
64 Clontarf Mount Prospect Ave - Clontarf - Fairview - Amiens St Abbey St Lower Every 10-15 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
93 Dublin Port East Wall- Amiens St - City Centre (Quays) - Islandbridge - Naas Rd - Red Cow - Clondalkin - Saggart Rathcoole Every 60 mins
96 Beaumont Hospital Kilmore - Beaumont Rd - Collins Ave - Donnycarney - Killester - Clontarf - Fairview - Amiens St Abbey St Lower Every 60 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
290 Howth Station Summit - Carrickbrack Road - St Fintan's Road - Strand Road - Station Road Sutton Station 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
381 Seabury Malahide - Portmarnock - Baldoyle - Clontarf - Fairview - 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.

Clontarf, Donnycarney, Fairview, Harmonstown, Killester, Marino, Raheny

A1 spine runs down Lorcan Avenue to Beamont Road.

D1, D2, D3, D4 and D5 spines travel on Malahide Road.

D1 spine travels to R135 and Main Street.

D2 spine proceeds to Greencastle Road, Barrycourt Road, Glin Road and Priorswood Road.

D4 spine runs fown Ardlea Road to Skelly's Lane, up to Dundaniel and Coolock Lane.

D5 spine travels down McAuley Road, along Harmonstown and Spingfield Road, on to Milbrook Road and Blunden Drive.

H1, H2 and H3 spines run on Howth Road.

H1 spine travels to All Saints Road to Raheny Road and Grange Road, then onto Red Arches Road.

Terminus for D1, D3 and H1 at Clongriffin. Terminus for A1 and 96 at Beaumount Hospital. Terminus for G, N4 and 95 at Spencer Dock. Terminus for H, 64, 81 and 96 at Abbey St Lower.

Orbital Route N2 runs on Griffith Avenue and Malahide Road.

Orbital Route N4 travels on Collins Avenue and East Wall Road.

Orbital Route N8 proceeds on Coolock Lane to Kilbarron Lane, through Oscar Traynor Road and Tonlegee Road to Donaghmede.

City bound routes 20 and 22 travel by the Point towards East Wall Road.

City bound route 23 runs on Phillipsburgh Avenue and loops back to Phillipsburgh after travelling down Griffith Avenue.

City bound route 64 travels along Blackheath Party to Mount Prospect Ave, by St Anne's Part then Clontarf Road.

City bound route 81 proceeds on Malahhide Road.

City bound route 82 proceeds on the Swords Road towards Glen Ellan.

City bound route 93 runs from Dublin Port to Alexandra Road and Promenade Road.

City bound route 96 travels on Clontarf Road, through Castle Avenue and Blackheath Park, on to Collins Avenue and then to Skelly's Lane and Kilmore Road.

Local route 290 runs from Sutton.

Peak time route is available on Baldoyle Road and James Larkin Road .

Examples of BusConnects in action

Examples of BusConnects in action
Your chosen route How BusConnects will get you there
Killester to O'Connell Street Walk to the Howth Road, take any H Route (H1, H2, H3) direct to Abbey Street and then walk to O’Connell Bridge
Donnycarney Road to Liffey Valley Walk to the Malahide Road, take any D Spine Route (D1, D2, D3, D4 or D5) to Walkinstown Avenue then take the S4 Route from Walkinstown Avenue direct to Coldcut Road

Try out your route

Visit www.busconnects.ie/routemapper