Do anyone of you know if Bus Eireann are increasing there prices from wexford to dublin in Jan 2012?
Yes they are,by approx 5% it seems.....the entire mishmash is here...
Cudda been worse.
Would ya not check the private operator on the route for fares?
It's peculiar that Dublin to Drogheda is listed as a commuter route by BÉ but Dublin to Wicklow a similar distance isn't listed as a commuter route.
It does say that they are examples directly above the table and therefore not exhaustive. Dublin/Wicklow is definitely a commuter service.
At the moment there isn't much difference between Bus Éireann and Wexford Bus day fares, a day return from Wexford town to Dublin (city) is €19.50 with BÉ, Wexford Bus offering an anytime return at €20. Likewise the day return fare from Gorey is the same (€18). However, when it comes to monthly returns the differences become apparent; BÉ charge €24 in this regard. Similarly Wexford Bus are already significantly cheaper when it comes to weekly tickets (€60 for an adult Wexford-Dublin versus BÉ charging €66.70 for a 10-journey ticket on the same route).
Wexford Bus already have edge (south of Arklow) in terms of journey times, with BÉ really only winning on frequency here. So taking all this into account one might question the wisdom of further fare increases on the 002, it'll only drive its County Wexford passengers to the competition. Granted it probably won't affect the Arklow business as badly simply because the Wexford Bus stop is less than conveniently placed outside the town itself.
It will be nearly three years since the fares went up but bear in mind they actually went up twice on the 002 in 2009. From memory in January 2009 the adult return fare from Gorey to Dublin rose from €15 to €16, going up to €18 around late February/March, presumably to do with the increased service, but if goes any further it will have been quite a significant price rise over the less than half a decade.
Niles,not being a Sunny South-Easter myself,how do Wexford Bus manage to achieve the better journey times vs BÉ ?
Arklow is a request stop meaning that if you wish to be collected there heading south you must ring beforehand to arrange pickup, also their busses don't go into Arklow but pickup out on the old Dublin road which probably saves a lot of time. They also take a different route through the city centre and have less stops in Dublin.
Do Wexford Bus accept free travel passes ? Are they strict ?
If Wexford bus now have a higher potential to grab customers from Wexford, surely BE should be renumbering a few of the buses which serve as commuting runs in Gorey and Arklow to 384s, saving a few pennies by not travelling as far as Rosslare with an empty bus.
I'm curious Parsi......
Wexford bus 10 journey flexi ticket is the way to go. 80 clams, lasts forever.
Do private operators generally accept free travel passes? Is there some scheme for them to claim back the cost of the journey or something? Would imagine it would be difficult to administer.
My granny and her sister were going to Wexford and they got the Ardcavan bus. They had their travel passes so it didn't cost them anything. They usually get the Bus Eireann bus when they are going down to Wexford but they said the Ardcavan bus was much faster as it doesn't stop in Wicklow.
According to their website they accept the free travel pass on all routes.
And I doubt they would be strict unless you arrived after departure when they probably would not let you travel!
but if you mean do they check passes and look for photo id i would think they might have a system like JJ Kavanagh's where those with Free passes must fill out a ticket with their name address and pps number as well as date of travel and start and end points, AFAIK JJ Kavanagh's also reserve the right to ask for passport driving licence or other photo id if you are not known to the driver/staff
The buses bypass Arklow town using the motorway, the stop is located some way outside of the town itself (on the old Dublin road, towards the Rubgy club). At peak times avoiding the Arklow traffic would make a difference (the fact that BÉ have five stops in Arklow doesn't help). I suspect this gives them something of an edge in terms of journey times.