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Racecourses and Public Transport

  • 21-08-2021 4:24pm
    Registered Users Posts: 212 ✭✭ FiftyP

    I'm wondering what racecourses (in Ireland) are accessible by public transport? I don't drive and I'd guess a taxi in some of the racecourse towns are either difficult to find from the bus stop or would cost a bomb if you're heading out on your own on a rainy Tuesday. Hotel stays (even hostel stays, if there's a hostel nearby) are too expensive.

    I'm based in Cork and I've been to Mallow (Cork) Racecourse a couple of times. In Pre-Covid times you could get a train from the city centre station to Mallow and the racecourse put on a private bus to transport people between the train station and the racecourse and back. I never had to get the bus back as I'd met people there but I know it was something people used. I just don't know if they do it with limited capacity (I doubt it.)

    I know Tipperary Racecourse is right by Limerick Junction for the trains (or at least that's what it looks like.) So there's plenty of trains running through there to get to the course.

    I'm wondering about other courses. Ireland's a pain for public transport, that's accepted, with everything more-or-less running through Dublin and even then you could end up waiting an age for a bus or a connection, after traipsing across a town or city. There must be places (at least during non-lockdown) that figured out someone rocking up on a bus or train is an easy day out and an easy admission ticket.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,543 ✭✭✭✭ ArmaniJeanss

    In Dublin area, Leopardstown puts on free buses from various Dart and Luas stations. Only one I've used is Sandyford Luas stop.

    Fairyhouse, there a BE stop (route 105) beside the course.

    Curragh sadly no longer has its own halt on the train line, but they lay on a free bus from Newbridge station to the course.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,162 ✭✭✭ kksaints

    Buses from Dublin and Waterford with connections to Cork stop around a 5 minute walk from Wexford racecourse.

    There's a bus stop in Gowran around 10 minutes walk from the racecourse with buses from Waterford and Dublin but the walk to the course would be hazardous on a busy road. There used to be buses from Kilkenny Castle directly to the racecourse but that was pre pandemic so not sure if that will be back.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,368 ✭✭✭ Speak Now

    Tramore racecourse is an easy one from Waterford City,, depending on time of day or time of year. Worst case bus every hour, best case every 15 minutes.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,002 ✭✭✭ maximo31

    Killarney racecourse be perfect for you. Get train in Mallow into Killarney and track just a walking distance from there.

  • Registered Users Posts: 212 ✭✭ FiftyP

    Top stuff fellas (and fe-lasses, I don't know.)

    Tipp and Killarney are added to my possibles when I have a bit more cash. Being from Cork, however, I tried to avoid Dublin as much as I can.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 585 ✭✭✭ famagusta

    Thurles racetrack is about a ten minute walk from the train station, that would be a handy trip for you

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,188 ✭✭✭ finbarrk