Dublin Bus strike: Here's how you can get to work tomorrow and Friday

Culture Night bus services in the city on Friday have been cancelled due to the strike

Dublin Bus strike: Here's how you can get to work tomorrow and Friday

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The second round of Dublin Bus strikes is taking place this week, following the first major work stoppage last week.

Dublin Bus services will again terminate from 9pm tonight ahead of two full days of strike action. 

There will be no services at all on Thursday or Friday (the 15th and 16th) as workers at the company continue their action over a long-running dispute about pay.

It is the second of three 48-hour strikes planned this month, with further work stoppages scheduled for the 23rd and 24th.

More details of how individual routes will be impacted tonight can be found here.

The strike will also impact Culture Night on Friday, with big crowds expected in the city centre for a variety of free events, shows and demonstrations.

While this is likely to put extra pressure on other transport into Dublin city, the strike has also led to the direct cancellation of the dedicated Culture Night Dublin Bus shuttles and the free Ghost Bus tours that were due to take place on Friday evening.

So, what are your choices if you're commuting tomorrow or Friday?

A quick heads up: many of these services will be extra busy over the coming days, so bear that in mind when planning your trip.

You can also visit the Transport for Ireland website, where the journey planner will account for the bus strike and automatically offer alternative options.

Dublin Bus has also said it will issue customers with annual and monthly tickets on Leap Cards with a refund for each day lost due to industrial action, saying customers should contact the company's head office.

Train

All rail routes - including DART and Commuter - will be operating as normal on Thursday and Friday, with no additional services scheduled. There will be no additional services in effect for either the strikes or Culture Night.

The company says all available capacity will be in operation.

Luas

Luas services are also operating as normal.

A number of Luas stops along both the Red and Green lines offer park & ride facilities, which is worth bearing in mind if you don't fancy driving into the city itself. 

Bus Éireann

Again, it will be business as usual for Bus Éireann services. Given many routes stop in suburbs around the city, it is definitely worth checking to see if it's an option.

Taxi

If you end up having to call a taxi, it might be a little bit cheaper than usual on Thursday or Friday.

Taxi app Hailo will again be offering 50% off journeys between 6-7am and 10am-12pm on both mornings, through a discount code that will be displayed on the app.

The company says it is attempting to "encourage off-peak travel" after seeing increases in rush hour demand during recent Luas strikes.

Private bus services

Private buses will be running as normal over the next few days. These will be of particular benefit to those travelling from the further edges of the Dublin Bus network. 

Just some of the services worth considering:

  • Swords Express operates a number of services every day between Swords and the city centre. The service accepts Leap Cards, and Night Link services operate on Thursday and Friday/Saturday nights. The company has had extra capacity on standby during the strikes.
  • Finnegan Bray offers a scheduled service to Sandyford Luas stop, as well as a late night bus service on Thursday and Friday nights from the city centre to Bray, Greystones and Kilcoole.
  • Aircoach services run between Dublin Airport and the city centre 24 hours a day.

More information about private bus operators are available on the Transport for Ireland website.

The CitySwifter website - which has been established by three DCU graduates - allows 'crowdsourcing' of transport and booking of private bus seats.

Dublin Bikes

Dublin Bike converts already know the benefits of the city's popular public bike scheme, but there's no better opportunity for newcomers to try it out.

You can get a three-day ticket for a fiver, and it's only €20 for an annual subscription - and the first half hour of every journey is free.

Check out more details on their website.

If you're coming from further afield, cycling in on your own bike is always an option anyway. Just plan your route and make sure you have somewhere to leave your bike securely in the city.

Driving

If you do end up having to drive in, consider carpooling - at the very least, you'll be able to share those parking and petrol costs!

If you are travelling to Dublin for Culture Night, there are special discounts available for a number of city centre car parks from 4pm on Friday. Full details can be found on the Q-Park website.

Walking

While not every bus route is easily walkable, it's certainly worth considering the simplest option of all if you can.

A 5 km walk at average speed will burn off between 100-200 calories for most people, so will definitely add to your daily fitness goal (don't forget that Fitbit).

Anybody still playing Pokemon Go might even find a rare creature or hatch an egg along the way.

Give yourself plenty of time to get in on time, of course, but considering rush hour traffic speeds you might not even have to leave that much later than usual.