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Published: 07/06/2018
From: Department of the Taoiseach

Plan Your Transport (Dublin)

  • Decide how you will travel to the Phoenix Park well in advance. You are strongly advised to take public or group transport (coach) to this event.
  • Public transport and coaches will be given priority and will bring you closest to Phoenix Park.
  • It will not be possible to drive up to or near to the Phoenix Park by car.

Decide how you will travel to the Phoenix Park well in advance - bus, train, Luas, walking or coach. You will not be able to drive up to or park near the venue but Park & Ride or Park & Walk will be available around the city. Information on all transport options is below.

Please note that given the volume of people attending this event, the gate through which you will enter the Phoenix Park will be assigned to you. You will also be required to leave from this same gate. When you receive your ticket for the event, it will include the information on your route to the Phoenix Park and the gate you must use to enter and exit.

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

This information is updated online on an ongoing basis so please check back regularly.

Papal Travel Card

A special transport ticket – Papal Travel Card – will be available for travel to and from the Papal Mass.

The Papal Travel Card will allow you to take multiple trips up to midnight on Sunday 26 August with the following providers:

  • Dublin Bus
  • DART
  • Luas
  • Commuter Rail as far as Balbriggan, Maynooth, Sallins and Kilcoole.

The Papal Travel Card is available to travel on services from the dedicated transport hubs.

Note the Papal Travel Card cannot be used on Bus Éireann or on Irish Rail Intercity services.

This Papal Travel Card is now available to buy online.

A child Papal Travel Card will cost €2, an adult Papal Travel Card will cost €4 and a family Papal Travel Card will cost €10 which will allow 2 adults and up to four children up to the age of 18 to travel.

Please note the Papal Travel Card is for travel only and is not for admission to the Mass. You must apply for your Mass ticket separately on the World Meeting of Families 2018 website.

Transport Options

It is advisable, where possible, to avail of public transport, or pre-organised private coaches to attend this event. These options are being given priority and will bring you closest to the Phoenix Park.

Regardless of your transport option choice, this day will include considerable walking. Therefore appropriate footwear and weather related clothing is advisable. For more information on how to plan for a long day, click here

For those travelling from Northern Ireland

Translink have set up a dedicated webpage where you can buy tickets online in advance, find useful links for a range of travel options, get journey planning support and other general advice. Translink strongly recommends that people book their travel ticket well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Private Coach

Groups on private coaches will be allocated parking in specially designated coach parks from which you will have to walk to the Mass location in the Phoenix Park.

Groups and coach companies will be required to register in advance.

Registration for hired private coaches will open on Monday 25 June.

Please note those travelling on these registered coaches via their group/Parish do not need to separately apply for Mass tickets – your Mass ticket will be included. It is the responsibility of the group/Parish Leader to advise those within the group that this is the case.

Further Information: Coaches
Please contact your Private Coach company or your Parish leader for more information.

Bus Éireann

All Bus Éireann services (Commuter and Expressway) will operate to and from Busáras or its immediate surrounding area (Beresford Place, Amiens Street, Georges Quay & Custom House Quay). Busáras is approximately 3km from the Phoenix Park (Park Gate Street) entrance. Passengers arriving at Busáras can walk via the recommended route or travel on the LUAS red line as far as Smithfield.

Commuter services to and from Dublin City

An enhanced Sunday schedule will operate on all commuter routes into and out of Dublin city on Sunday 26 August.

Those wishing to travel to Dublin via this service should refer to the website www.buseireann.ie nearer the time for the most up to date timetable information.

It is advised to secure a ticket in advance via regular channels to avoid disappointment.

The Papal Travel Card cannot be used on Bus Éireann.

Intercity Expressway Services

An enhanced Sunday schedule will operate on all intercity Expressway routes into and out of Dublin city on Sunday 26 August.

Those wishing to travel to Dublin via this service should refer to the website www.buseireann.ie or www.expressway.ie nearer the time for the most up to date timetable information.

It is advised to secure a ticket in advance via regular channels to avoid disappointment.

The Papal Travel Card cannot be used on Bus Éireann.

Further Information: Bus Eireann
Phone 1850 836611 (Mon-Sun, 08:30 - 18:00)
Twitter @buseireann (staffed 24/7) @expresswayIRE (staffed Mon-Fri, 09:00-17:00)
Website www.buseireann.ie

Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus will run their normal scheduled Sunday service on 26 August. Some diversions will be in place on these services - more information will be available closer to the event date.

In addition to this, Dublin Bus will have dedicated transport hubs, throughout the city, to bring you as close as possible to the Phoenix Park. Regular services from the transport hubs will commence from early in the morning and finish at night.

The hubs will operate from the following locations (please note this is subject to change):

  • Clarehall (exact location to be determined)
  • Swords Business Park
  • UCD
  • Grange Road Rathfarnham
  • Grange Castle, Clondalkin
  • Celbridge (exact location to be determined)
  • Blanchardstown (exact location to be determined)
  • Stocking Avenue, Tallaght

A special Papal Travel Card is now available to buy online. This card is valid for travel on services from the dedicated transport hubs and on all normal scheduled services on 26 August.

Further Information: Dublin Bus
Phone 01 8734222 (Mon-Sat, 08:30 - 18:00 excluding Bank Holidays)
Twitter @dublinbusnews
Facebook @ Dublinbusnews or https://www.facebook.com/DublinBusNews/
Website www.Dublinbus.ie

Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail

For all Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail services, the closest stations for this event will be Heuston Station, Ashtown Railway Station, Navan Road Parkway, Tara Street Station and Connolly Station. Passengers arriving at these locations can walk via the recommended route or travel on the LUAS red line as far as Smithfield, depending on their location.

Intercity

A special timetable will be in operation with additional services on Sunday, 26 August. Details of the special timetable will be available soon on www.irishrail.ie

Booking on Intercity services is now available. Those who wish to travel to Dublin on Intercity services for the Phoenix Park event on Sunday 26 August must book a ticket in advance at www.irishrail.ie. If you do not have an advance booking you will not be permitted to travel from any Intercity station.

This includes existing ticket holders, including Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection pass holders and annual ticket holders, who can choose “seat only” reservation on the Irish Rail website.

It is not possible to use the Papal Travel Card on Intercity services.

Commuter

A special Commuter timetable will be in operation on Sunday 26 August. Extra services will be provided on Drogheda/Dundalk, Maynooth and Portlaoise Commuter services.

Those intending to travel on Commuter services may purchase their ticket on the day, use a valid season ticket, their Leap Card or Papal Travel card if they are travelling within the shorthop zone (from Balbriggan, Maynooth, Sallins & Naas or Kilcoole). Large crowds are expected, it is advisable to allow plenty of time to queue for your ticket or purchase in advance.

Details of the special timetable will be available soon on www.irishrail.ie.

The Papal travel Card can be used on Commuter services.

This Papal Travel Card is now available to buy online.

DART Services

A special DART timetable will be in operation on Sunday 26 August. Extra services will be provided, with services commencing from 07.00. The Papal Travel Card is valid on all DART services. This Papal Travel Card is now available to buy online. Those wishing to travel by DART may also purchase their ticket on the day, use a valid season ticket or their Leap Card. Large crowds are expected, it is advisable to purchase your ticket in advance or allow plenty of time to queue for your ticket.

Details of the special timetable will be available soon on www.irishrail.ie.

Further Information: Iarnrod Eireann Irish Rail
Phone 1850 366 222 (Mon-Fri, 09:00-18:00)
Twitter @irishrail (Mon-Fri, 07:30-18:30)
Láithreán Gréasáin www.irishrail.ie

Luas

All available Luas trams will be operating on Sunday 26 August from 7am until midnight. The Papal Travel Card can be used on the Luas services. This Papal Travel Card is now available to buy online. Please note:

  • The Green Line will operate from Brides Glen to Broombridge.
  • The Red Line will operate from Tallaght and Saggart to Blackhorse and from The Point to Smithfield.

From Broombridge, Blackhorse and Smithfield, passengers will walk via the dedicated routes. Given the high volumes of people likely to be attempting to use Luas services on this day, please give yourself lots of time to get to the venue.

Further Information: Luas
Phone LoCall 1850 300 604
Twitter @Luas (Mon - Fri, 07:00 – 18:00, Sat, 10:00 -14:00)
Email Info@luas.ie
Website www.luas.ie

Car

It is strongly advised to take public transport or a pre-organised coach to this event, rather than drive yourself – these are the modes of transport that will be given priority.

A Garda cordon around the Phoenix Park will be in place on the day. It will not be possible to drive up to or park near the Phoenix Park.

Some Park & Ride facilities will be available around the city at the below transport hubs. Public transport will be available directly from these hubs which will bring you close to the Phoenix Park.

If you have to travel by car, you should drive to these allocated transport hubs where you will then take public transport to the Phoenix Park. Limited parking will be available at the hubs.

Transport hubs are located in:

  • Leopardstown Racecourse – Park & Ride (Luas)
  • UCD Belfield – Park & Ride (Dublin Bus)
  • Maynooth University – Park & Ride (Irish Rail)
  • Dunboyne M3 Parkway – Park & Ride (Irish Rail)

You will need to purchase a Papal Travel Card which you can use on the public transport bringing you to and from the Phoenix Park from these transport hubs. This Papal Travel Card is now available to buy online.

Plans for some limited Park & Walk facilities are being finalised. Details will be available closer to the event. For more information on how to plan for a long day, click here.

Walk

If you are walking to the event from Dublin City, please pay attention to road closures in the city as this will impact your route and the time it will take. More details on road closures will be published closer to the event.

Once you get to the Phoenix Park, you will be required to walk from the gate to and from the Mass site in the heart of the Park. Walking is unavoidable due to the size, scale and location of the event. For more information on how to plan for a long day, click here.

Cycle

It is not possible to cycle directly to the Phoenix Park as bike parking facilities will not be available. Dublin Bikes will be unavailable up to a certain radius of the Park.

Therefore it is recommended that you take public transport, group transport or walk.

Accessibility

Every effort is being made to accommodate as many people with accessibility needs as is possible, within this unique location. We are currently consulting with disability organisations regarding this and will be communicating the finalised plans as soon as possible.

In the meantime, please do register for a ticket, indicating your accessibility requirements.

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