Originally Posted by Laneyh
I will need to go from Newbridge to Leeson St Mon-Fri
Working the usual office hours of 9-5
Is the Silver Dawn now run by JJ Kavanaghs bus service from Newbridge to UCD reasonably accurate in relation to the timetable?
Would it tend to get stuck in traffic much ?
Looks like I have 3 main options by public transport
1. The private JJ Kavanagh bus from Newbridge to Leeson St
This might be tricky to catch on the return journey
2. Train to Tara St then a walk or cycle
3. 126 Bus Eireann bus to Custom House and thena walk
Any opinions on which of these 3 would be the most sensible option.
I'm assuming either 1 or 2 ?
Some of the Bus Eireann 126 services go to Stephen's Green, they are the ones listed as Merrion Row on the timetable. For you the 07.20 that doesn't serve Naas would be the best option. The 07.30 via Naas might also get you in on time.
For the return there is a 17.20 and 17.40 that start from Kildare St and pick-up at Earlsfort Terrace. These run via South Circular Road, Crumlin, Long Mile Road not the City Centre/Quays. These do go via Naas though.
There is a morning bus that goes the same way but it leaves Newbridge at 06.40 so probably too early for you unless you can start at 8.
The big advantage of the 126 over Kavanaghs is that if you are late or want to stay on you can go to the CC and get a later bus. The morning buses should be similar as they take the same route, in the evening Kavanaghs may be quicker depending on how long it takes throuth the city.
For the train, the 07.19 direct to Pearse would give you plenty of time to walk up. Via Heuston.
The 07.29 and 07.40 fast trains are from Galway and Waterford so will be already busy at Newbridge and you may have issues getting a seat. The 07.35 starts in Newbridge but is slower. You would then need to get the Dublin Bus 145 to Leeson Street or Luas Red line to Abbey and walk or change to Green line to Stephen's Green.
For the return the 17.31 from Pearse is the best option, 18.05 from Heuston next best. 18.01 from Pearse requires changing at Hazelhatch.
If you could get to Heuston for 17.30/17.32 you would be home quickly, realistically bike would be the only way you could even consider making that though.
Really the best thing to do is to try out all the possibilities and see which suits you best, then you can look at the options for saving money on tickets such as Taxsaver. Unfortunately due to our fragmented transport system you will need to commit to one option to get the best value fares.