Bus Éireann have announceed late night weekend services on two key city routes for the upcoming Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF). This is the first time services have been extended for the event, in a bid to encourage more festival-goers to leave their car at home, and travel to the city centre for as little as €1.61.
This year is set to be the biggest in GIAF’s 41-year history, as we build towards Galway European Capital of Culture 2020. Bus Éireann will operate late night services for customers travelling on Route 404 (Eyre Square-GMIT-Parkmore) and Route 409 (Oranmore-Eyre Square-Newcastle).
Routes 404 & 409 extended for GIAF18
Late night bus services will operate from Galway city to these areas on Friday, July 20th, Saturday 21st, Friday 27th and Saturday, July 28th. Route 409 will operate up until 01:00, with extra services at 00:00, 00:30 and 01:00. Route 404 will operate up until 01:05, with extra services at 00:05 and 01:05. Route 404 will also operate an increased frequency half hourly service from 14:00 to 19:00 on these four weekend dates. These extensions are an addition to all city services, and regional and Expressway services to/from Galway city.
Fans going to the festival venues in the heart of Galway can also avail of Bus Éireann's city network of services throughout the day, including the Route 401(Salthill-Eyre Square) 402 (Merlin Park-Eyre Square-Seacrest), 403 (Eyre Square-Castlepark), 404 (Newcastle-Eyre Square-Oranmore), 405(Rahoon-Eyre Square-Ballybane), 407 (Eyre Square, Bóthar an Chóiste & return), 409 (Eyre Square-GMIT-Parkmore) in addition to late night services on Routes 404 and 409.
Late night Bus Éireann services will operate from the city – at regular fares for single journeys – with single city LeapCard trips costing just €1.61. Discounted student and child fares are also available, and free travel passes are valid.
Brian Connolly, Bus Éireann Regional Operations Manager, North/West said: "We are delighted to play our part in enabling everybody to avail of both late night and regular bus services, to experience the great programme of events the Arts Festival has to offer. I am sure late night services will be popular with both customers and visitors to the city.”
John Crumlish, GIAF chief executive said: "We very much welcome the late night extended bus services that Bus Éireann have put in place for the festival.”
For further information please see: http://www.buseireann.ie
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