We will be spending 2 weeks in Ireland WITHOUT a car (too hard to drive on the OPPOSITE side of the road for us. We live in USA).
I was all ready to buy bus tickets on line for 2 Bus Journeys:
BUT then I remembered reading about lots of BUS PROBLEMS: such as Bus being 1 hour late OR arriving 20 min. early. People on Trip Advisor had some really awful experiences and mistakes can happen.
1) We want to go FROM: Cashel on a Saturday (Expressway X8); Change buses in CAHIR - to Expressway 55 (or NEXT bus is Bus Eireann Bus 355) going TO: WATERFORD for the day.
We are FINE if we miss the 10:30 in Cahir due to the X8 (arrival 10:25) being late. We can just visit Cahir Castle for an hour.
But....we do NOT want to wait 2 hours in case the bus is always late.
If the X8 is coming from Dublin Airport - would it typically run late on a Saturday?
Since we will be in small villages - there are not many options.
On the RETURN from Waterford: We arrive in Cahir at 17:55 and need to wait until 19:20 for the X8 to got to Cashel.
That is FINE - we will eat dinner.
BUT.....I am concerned that IF the X8 at 19:20 "the LAST bus" (Cork to Dublin) does NOT come. We could be stuck in Cashel with no Taxis in Cashel itself!!
2) On a SUNDAY: we are leaving Cashel & going to Dublin.
Based on what people on Boards advise - we might take a train INSTEAD of a bus.
On A Sunday in September:
On Expressway X8 -(Cork to Dublin) IF we get on bus at 11:40 in Cashel WITH Luggage: will there still be SEATS for us?
Cashel is the LAST "Pick Up" listed (all the following Stops are "Drop-off Stop Only"). So I am concerned that we would have to STAND for 1 hr, 45 min until Heuston Station BUS Drop Off.
If it gets VERY crowded BEFORE the Stop in Cashel:
We could get a Taxi to Thurles and take the TRAIN to Dublin from Thurles.
Your opinion please?
I appreciate any advice you have to share.