Unique rail-bus-airport ticketing initiative launched by Dublin Express & Irish Rail

Published: 19th October 2023

Learn more about this incredible new ticket option

Dublin Express have partnered with Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail to launch a first-of-its-type ticketing and travel system that allows passengers to travel to Dublin Airport by rail and then Dublin Express coach from all over the country by booking one seamless ticket. Thanks to a new ticketing agreement, people travelling from all rail destinations to Heuston can buy their tickets online with Irish Rail, with the option of adding an onward connecting bus journey from Heuston Station to Dublin Airport with Dublin Express.

Sales of joint rail and bus tickets between Heuston Station and Dublin Airport have increased almost four-fold in just three months, following a successful trial. Dublin Express, part of National Express Ireland, will be extending this shortly to all services to Connolly Station, taking in services from stations like Sligo, Belfast, Rosslare Europort, Northern, Maynooth Commuter services, and those on the DART line.

John Boughton, Managing Director of National Express Ireland, said: “There’s clearly a demand for high quality, sustainable and stress-free travel from Irish consumers. More and more people are opting for quality public transport services and this service delivers just that. Our partnership with Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail is just one of the ways we can help people travel conveniently and affordably. We estimate 33% of Dublin Airport travellers will use public transport this year and this will only increase in the years to come. Not only will it help cut thousands of car journeys from Irish roads, towns and cities, it will also help to cut carbon emissions and help us fulfil our climate action targets as a nation.

Jim Meade, Chief Executive of Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail, said: “As a public transport provider, we are passionate about promoting the use of public transport. This partnership with National Express enables more and more people to choose a sustainable, seamless, and convenient transport option when travelling into Heuston and onwards to Dublin Airport. The passenger numbers released today show that thousands of people are already opting to use this service, and I believe that these numbers will continue to grow and grow.”


To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.dublinexpress.ie or www.irishrail.ie.

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