Dublin - Belfast Special Winter Fare

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VC105
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Joined: 08 Jul 2008, 10:45

13 Dec 2009, 00:49 #1

On Route 1 Dublin to Belfast (Route 200 on Ulsterbus), there are some Special Winter Fare's available at the moment, on both Bus Eireann and Ulsterbus,
which are as follows;




Dublin to Belfast *Special Day Return Fare* of €16, normally €22. Available only until 31st January 2010.




Dublin to Newry *Special Day Return Fare* of €12, normally €19. Available only until 31st January 2010.




Dublin to Belfast **Super Single Fare** of €10, normally €15. Available only until 21st March 2010, and this offer is only available between the hours of
22.00 and 05.00.




Dublin Airport to Belfast **Super Single Fare** of €9, normally €14. Available only until 21st March 2010, and this offer is only available between the hours
of 22.00 and 05.00.




There is a bus EVERY hour ON THE HOUR, from both Belfast to Dublin and Dublin to Belfast.




The 22.00, 23.00, 12 midnight & 01.00am from Belfast to Dublin, and the 02.00, 03.00, 04.00 & 05.00am from Dublin to Belfast, are all operated by
Chambers Coaches on behalf of Ulsterbus {Translink}.




The buses from 06.00 to 09.00am, from 14.00 to 17.00, and from 22.00 to 01.00am from Dublin to Belfast, and from 10.00am to 13.00, from 18.00 to 21.00, and
from 02.00 to 05.00am from Belfast to Dublin, are all operated by Bus Eireann.(However on some occasions Bus Eireann might use some of their hired-in private
operators such as Boyce Coaches, Rover Coaches and Corduff Travel for example, but the majority of buses are Bus Eireann buses). Ulsterbus operate all the
other services (and also Chambers, like i've stated above).




Buses operate from Dublin to Belfast via Dublin Airport, Newry, Banbridge, Sprucefield and Belfast. Some services, which i will list below, call into both
Drogheda and Dundalk bus stations, for passengers for and beyond Newry. Newry, Banbridge and Sprucefield are only drop off stops when travelling from Dublin,
and will only be served if there are passengers onboard who wish to get off in any of these towns, however the majority of the time there are passengers
getting off in Newry.




Buses operating from Belfast to Dublin will only pick up passengers at Sprucefield, Banbridge and Newry who wish to go to Dublin Airport and Dublin {Busaras},
and also to Dundalk and Drogheda, which i will give a list below of what buses call into Dundalk and Drogheda. Dundalk, Drogheda and Dublin Airport are
drop-off stops only, and will only be served if there are passengers onboard who wish to get off in these towns, however 98% of the time there are always
passengers getting off at Dublin Airport. Route 238, which is an Ulsterbus service, is the local bus from Newry to Belfast via Banbridge and Sprucefield, and
leaves approx every hour, in both directions.




Buses from Dublin to Belfast, which call into Drogheda bus station and Dundalk bus station to pick up passengers (for Newry and beyond), are the; 08.00am,
10.00, 12 noon, 18.00, 20.00, 23.00, 01.00, 02.00, 03.00, 04.00 & 05.00am - (not the 12 midnight bus) - from Dublin.


Buses from Belfast to Dublin which call into both Dundalk and Drogheda bus stations are the; 08.00am, 10.00, 12 noon, 18.00, 20.00, 22.00, 23.00, 12 midnight,
01.00, 03.00, 04.00 & 05.00 - not the 2am bus - from Belfast.




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Again, please note that the Super Single Fare is only valid between 22.00 and 05.00am, all other services will charge the normal current standard single fare
of €14 and €15 to/from Dublin Airport and Dublin (Busaras) respectively, and are valid until 21st March 2010 (not 31st).




The Special Day Return Fare's from both Dublin to Newry and Dublin to Belfast, are only valid from Busaras in Dublin City, and not from Dublin Airport,
both to Newry and to Belfast, and is valid until 31st of January 2010. However the Super Single Fare is valid from both Dublin Busaras and Dublin Airport to
Belfast (€10 from Dublin and €9 from the airport).
Last edited by VC105 on 13 Dec 2009, 01:46, edited 2 times in total.
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gnr302
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Joined: 02 Jan 2004, 01:30

14 Dec 2009, 15:24 #2

Thanks for that useful info, VC105. A relative of mine has reason to use Route 1 to Banbridge from time to time. He finds that sometimes the departure that
would most suit him from Dublin does not serve Banbridge at all, and he ends up going an hour earlier than he should have to. The 1000 from Dublin does not
serve Banbridge.
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Stevie1202
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Joined: 20 Sep 2003, 03:24

14 Dec 2009, 18:56 #3

Thats odd.


The Translink website shows all buses going through Banbridge northbound but the Bus Eireann timetable shows it operating direct from Newry to Belfast.
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gnr302
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Joined: 02 Jan 2004, 01:30

15 Dec 2009, 00:09 #4

Well, if it does, they lost business last Sunday by not showing it. The 1100 bus would not reliably get him there in time, 0900 was too early, so I drove my
son to Banbridge
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VC105
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Joined: 08 Jul 2008, 10:45

15 Dec 2009, 21:48 #5

gnr302 wrote:
Thanks for that useful info, VC105. A relative of mine has reason to use Route 1 to Banbridge from time to time. He finds that sometimes the departure that
would most suit him from Dublin does not serve Banbridge at all, and he ends up going an hour earlier than he should have to. The 1000 from Dublin does not
serve Banbridge.


I've just looked the timetable now and Gnr you are right, the 10am Dublin to Belfast does not serve Banbridge, it's the only bus that doesn't. I
can't understand that. It and Sprucefield are only drop-off stops so i don't see why it can't be included. It does call into Drogheda and Dundalk
to pick-up but so do alot of the other services and the others all call into Banbridge to drop off, only if there is somebody on for Banbridge or Sprucefield.
I can't understand that.
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gnr302
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Joined: 02 Jan 2004, 01:30

16 Dec 2009, 15:00 #6

But Stevie is also correct. If you check the Translink site this bus is shown as service Banbridge.
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7minus1
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Joined: 17 Jun 2005, 06:39

16 Dec 2009, 20:32 #7

gnr302 wrote:
Well, if it does, they lost business last Sunday by not showing it. The 1100 bus would not reliably get him there in time, 0900 was too early, so I drove my
son to Banbridge

You obviously have a very demanding schedule then. Even if the 10.00 did serve Banbridge it would have been at most 30mns ahead of the 11.00 due to
additionally serving Drogheda and Dundalk.


The translink online planner may say it stops in Banbridge but the printed timetable (produced by Translink) does not.




Frankly Banbridge has a better service than it has any right to as it is, the idea that business may be lost due to the fact that there is only 23
rather than 24 services daily from Dublin is not something I would be overly concerned about.


IMO it would make better business sense to remove the stop along with all the others from all the daytime 001/200 services to boost timings, quality and
demand on the route's main flow Belfast-Dublin Airport/City with alternative arrangements made for the intermediate towns. Once the Newry bypass is
complete a non-stop bus would reliably do Belfast to Dublin Airport in 1h30 and Dublin City in under 2 hours. Including Sprucefield, Banbridge, Newry, Dundalk
and Drogheda adds an hour to that. In a time when people are used to flying across Europe in a few hours a 2h30 bus trip that would take 1 hour in a car is no
longer acceptable to most.




This is a fact BE in particular seem to refuse to grasp. The case study from the Galway-Dublin road is clear, if you do not seperate out the major city-city
traffic from the commuter, intermediate town traffic and rural stage carriage elements of ALL current "Expressway" routes it is only a matter of time
and improving roads before the main traffic is gone and you are left with the scraps.
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