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Dublin Airport Bus Service Changes



  • Registered Users Posts: 15,523 ✭✭✭✭ LXFlyer

    I would have thought that the reason for the route taken would be fairly obvious.

    It's a commercial coach service and they need bums on seats to make it pay.

    The revised route takes them past a lot more hotels which means more people potentially using it.

    It also maintains the service through Ballsbridge since the the main city centre route (route 700) was re-routed along Leeson Street in both directions.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,906 ✭✭✭ crushproof

    I've taken the 703 3 times since summer. However the other day I took the DART from Dun Laoghaire and then the Dublin Express. Low and behold it was faster than the 703. The route the Aircoach now takes is absolutely ridiculous and I've never seen anyone be picked up along the new route through town. It just gets bogged down in traffic, I will say it is slightly better than the Macken Street farce which took 2 hours once!

    A real degradation of the service and no wonder the last time I was it there was only 2 other passengers.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,219 ✭✭✭ D.L.R.

    Dublin Express uses the tunnel yes. No intermediate stops, about 20-25 mins.

    Will never use Aircoach again!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,219 ✭✭✭ D.L.R.

    Lost the DL market in the process though.

    The whole point of the original route was as a DL-DUB express service. There's now zero point using this service anywhere south of Ballsbridge.

    Dart + Dublin Express is faster, more comfortable AND cheaper. No brainer.

  • Registered Users Posts: 676 ✭✭✭ d51984

    Theres talk of a new route to Clontarf via R132 / Clarehall and Donaghmede starting up early next year.

    Its a disgrace Joe!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,629 ✭✭✭ thomasj

    The new N8 from Blanchardstown to Clongriffin via the Airport should also be up and running sometime next year hopefully. Will be interesting to see how the two fair.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,550 ✭✭✭ dublinman1990

    Just coming back to the 703 for a second.

    I'd imagine the route for it changed to go through the CC after the Airlinks were cancelled during the end of August because of Covid. It may be the big reason why going past most of the hotels in town to try & bring out to the airport.

    The 747 from Heuston Station to the Airport used to go past Westmoreland Street & O'Connell Street right up until Covid hit it & the 757 in 2020.

    As soon as Airlink was cancelled by Dublin Bus at the end of August; Aircoach just took the opportunity along with Dublin Express to take over getting a lot of the passengers at those stops since Airlink was scrapped.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,219 ✭✭✭ D.L.R.

    No they changed the 703 well before Covid, at least 3-4 years ago.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,523 ✭✭✭✭ LXFlyer

    As I posted above, the change was to replace the 700 through Ballsbridge when it was switched to serving Leeson Street in both directions.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,219 ✭✭✭ D.L.R.

    Then drop the price accordingly for the slower, inferior service.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,550 ✭✭✭ dublinman1990

    RTÉ News has just reported that a crash has occurred between a truck & a number of cars & buses on the T1 departures road at Dublin Airport.

    The truck collided into a number of vehicles at the time. The truck eventually stopped near the Circle K Garage at Dublin Airport. One taxi driver had to be cut out from his car with help from emergency services. It appears the truck driver had suffered a medical emergency while driving the truck.

    The departure road and main exit road at Dublin Airport are now closed at this time. Diversions are in place for the rest of the night.

    What a frightening incident. I hope the truck driver recovers from that horrible ordeal.

    Does anyone know what buses were involved in the collision?

  • Registered Users Posts: 676 ✭✭✭ d51984

    Spotted a number of Aircoaches recently around Donaghmede and Kilbarrack road out of service. They are not normally down this neck of the woods. I wonder is it route training?

    Its a disgrace Joe!

  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 11,179 Mod ✭✭✭✭ devnull

    Private hire work I believe. They didn't have any new licenses issued as of last week.

    The latest rumour on the Dublin Airport bus market is that CityLink, will be looking at launching a semi-stopper, which is somewhere between the non stop service and their stop everywhere bus, so they'll have three routes between Dublin and Galway.

    If true, that's clearly a defensive move against Aircoach, whose strategy was to go to a semi-stopper to give Maynooth, Athlone, Ballinasloe a faster service than the stop everywhere standard CityLink route. Personally I have my doubts whether they would get a license for it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 676 ✭✭✭ d51984

    Looks like truck driver had a medical issue, could of been a lot worse.

    Its a disgrace Joe!

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,768 ✭✭✭✭ stephenjmcd

    Any sign of Aircoach returning to a pre pandemic service in the foreseeable?

  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 11,179 Mod ✭✭✭✭ devnull

    Talk about a potential increase of services in Spring.

    It's worth noting though that both Aircoach and Dublin Express have added extra services in the past couple of months or so to their routes, but of course they're not up to normal frequency yet.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,265 ✭✭✭ AngryLips

    With the 703 going through town, and Airlink gone, there is now no express service from North Wall and the Point to the airport. The last stop for Dublin Express service before going through the port tunnel is at the hotel just after CHQ's so strange that the new service doesn't stop anywhere further east.

  • Registered Users Posts: 292 ✭✭ soundman45

    Demand must still be low for the Aircoach, and still no Dublin Coach from Dundrum or Airport Hopper from Tallaght/Maynooth

  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 11,179 Mod ✭✭✭✭ devnull

    Both the 702 and 703 stop at The Point as first stop from airport and first stop to airport

    The schedule is a little irregular though right now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,768 ✭✭✭✭ stephenjmcd

    Yeah saw that, I'm on the early parts of the 702 and no early morning service 2/3am is proving a bit of an annoyance for the early flights.

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  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 11,179 Mod ✭✭✭✭ devnull


    Dublin Express have also announced three additional departures with effect of this week

    • 23:35 ex Dublin Airport
    • 00:05 ex Dublin Airprot
    • 00:35 ex Dublin Airport

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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,768 ✭✭✭✭ stephenjmcd

    Good to see.

    Hoping to see the 702 get earlier operating hours in the summer for my own trips

  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 11,179 Mod ✭✭✭✭ devnull


    The route will serve many of the stops that the Dublin Bus Airlink 757 used to serve.

    • 3 Arena (East Wall Road)
    • North Wall Quay (Docklands)
    • Eden Quay (O'Connell Street)
    • Trinity College (Hawkins Street)
    • Pearse Station (Westland Row)
    • Merrion Square North
    • Charlotte Way (For Harcourt LUAS and Camden Street)

    Further details expected to be released in the coming days.

  • Registered Users Posts: 445 ✭✭ p_haugh

    Was doing some digging around and spotted this on

    If this is indicative of the final timetable, I hope it is improved upon in the near future - earliest arrival to the airport is 10:25!

  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 11,179 Mod ✭✭✭✭ devnull

    I've had a look at the proposed timetable and it's very noticeable that between the 782 and the 784 services they will have a service leaving Dublin Airport every 15 minutes during the hours when both are operating.

    It seems to be

    • xx:05 / xx:35 ex T1 for the existing route 782
    • xx:20 / xx:50 ex T1 for the new route 784.

  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 11,179 Mod ✭✭✭✭ devnull


    From 3rd April 2022, an extra departure ex Dublin Airport to Dalkey will operate at 23:35 (previously last service was 21:35)

    This is in addition to the more comprehensive 700 and 704x expansion from the same date that is outlined above.

  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 11,179 Mod ✭✭✭✭ devnull

    Not a great start for the expanded Dublin Express and Aircoach services this weekend.

    Dublin Express

    Dublin Express website only allows you to book tickets from the airport and not from the city centre and even then the booking page seems to hang when calculating the total price after selecting your journeys.

    Their new route as well for a return booking seems to suggest that each leg is £4.66 each way, which is a bit of an odd amount. Even if you add it together it's still strange at £9.32 and looks suspiciously like a sterling price that has been converted.

    Edit: on they are showing up as £4 each way so probably they have been set in Sterling. How many of their own staff do Dublin Express actually have in Ireland? Are the operational staff all contractors and most things ran from UK?


    Meanwhile Aircoach have a shortage of drivers so have already cancelled a couple of services today and six already for tomorrow. With that being the case and them advertising for drivers, I can't see any increase in frequency on the 702/703 in the next few weeks like some were hoping for.

    They've also rather incredibly decided to only open their customer services avenues on weekdays right now also, which for an airport service provider, is quite incredible and not really in line with quality customer services.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,550 ✭✭✭ dublinman1990

    Why the hell would Aircoach only have the customer service staff available on weekdays only. That is incredibly stupid carry on. With all of the news reporting about the lack of check-in & security staff being present at Dublin Airport for the last week or so; It does magnify the significant failures that are going on at the airport at the moment.

    Was there a lot of people looking for Aircoach customer service during the weekend?

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  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 11,179 Mod ✭✭✭✭ devnull

    Aircoach had staff at the airport and at Cork and some Dublin stops.

    By customer service I meant via phone and email as well as social media.