Dublin Bus Tours 2018-19
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If you're planning a trip to Dublin lasting two or more days then it's worth researching a sightseeing tour that suits your needs. While most parts of the city centre are navigable on foot peripheral attractions like Glasnevin Cemetery and Croke Park stadium are best reached on four wheels.
Additionally, you may wish to visit locations further afield such as Howth, Malahide and County Wicklow, in which case booking transport with a reputable operator will make all the difference. However you intend to spend your time in Dublin, plenty options exist from hop-on hop-off buses to full day coach excursions.
Below you'll find a list of bus tour and shuttle services available to book through CityXplora in 2018/19. We work directly with local operators and all bookings are confirmed immediately via email.
1) Big Bus Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Tour:
To unlock the full range of things to see and do in Dublin it's a good idea to book the Big Bus Dublin open-top bus tour. This hop-on hop-off service has two routes which encompass the bulk of Dublin's top landmarks and attractions. On the main east-west route you can visit iconic spots such as Trinity College, the Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol.
The blue route extends north of the city in the direction of Glasnevin Cemetery and Croke Park Stadium. In addition to travel by day Big Bus Dublin also operate a night tour (see below).
- Pricing: Adults from €22.00.
- Good To Know: Tickets for the Big Bus Dublin tour include around €100 worth of citywide discounts.
- This tour was formerly known as City Sightseeing Dublin, but some of the original buses are still in service. Tickets can be presented aboard either type of bus, because Big Bus Tours now operate City Sightseeing Dublin.
- They're also responsible for the 'See Dublin By Night' double decker tour, which runs every night at 20:00 and 21:30 from April 1st to October 31st (then 19:00 during winter).
2) 'See Dublin By Night' Bus Tour:
The popular Dublin Night Bus Tour is a nightlife experience in of itself. Not only will you see the sights after dark, but you can join in a traditional sing-along, hear live music, and toast a complimentary shot of Irish whiskey. It's the perfect prelude to a night on the town.
- Pricing: Adults from €15.00.
Bus Tours By Dualway:
Dualway operate a range of full day trips and shuttle services to iconic locations such as the Cliffs of Moher, County Wicklow and Giant's Causeway.
Details of their five top excursions are listed below:
3) Cliffs Of Moher Shuttle Bus From Dublin:
Look out across Ireland's windswept Atlantic coast from the top of the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher. Pay them a visit next time you're in Dublin. Dualway's shuttle service can reach them in just a few hours - return transport and entry to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre is included. You'll also get a chance to visit the village of Doolin and see the craggy landscape of The Burren, and take a ferry to the Aran Islands.
- Pricing: Adults from €48.00.
4) Giant's Causeway Shuttle Bus From Dublin:
As far as Irish day trip locations go they don't get any much more quintessential than Giant's Causeway. This shuttle service offers Dublin visitors a straightforward means of reaching the geological wonder in Northern Ireland.
Cool itinerary highlights include a walk across the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (crossing fee included). The itinerary was slightly altered for 2018 based on customer and driver feedback. The times you'll spend at each location are now spaced more evenly (2 hours at the Causeway), and the overall duration is slightly shorter.
Shuttle coaches depart from the bus stop outside the Dublin Visitor Centre (118 Grafton Street) every day at 08:55.
- Pricing: Adults from €65.00.
- Good To Know: This journey features two photo stops at two famous Game of Thrones locations: the Dark Hedges and Dunluce Castle.
5) Wicklow Mountains Day Trip:
Go beyond the city limits and pass into the rugged expanse of Country Wicklow. Wicklow is a strikingly beautiful national park featuring lush valleys, green mountains, loughs and nestled villages. During this coach trip you will get to wander around the Valley of Glendalough and stop for lunch at Fitzgerald's Pub in Avoca - site of Ireland's oldest handweaver mill.
- Pricing: Adults from €33.00.
6) Malahide Castle & Dublin Coat Day Trip:
The Malahide Castle and Coastal Tour takes you away on a scenic excursion to Dublin's green suburbs by the Irish Sea. There's a stop at the picturesque fishing village of Howth and a live guided tour of Malahide Castle.
- Pricing: Adults from €27.00.
7) Newgrange & Hill Of Tara Day Trip:
Available between April - October, 2018, travel back to prehistoric Ireland on the Newgrange and Hill of Tara day trip. Ireland's neolithic legacy is one of the most colourful in Europe, and this summer you'll be able to experience it for yourself by visiting the sacred Hill of Tara and the UNESCO-listed Newgrange Tomb. Coaches depart Dublin every Monday and Tuesday at 09:00.
- Pricing: Adults from €38.00.
- Good To Know: Entry to the 5,000-year-old Newgrange Tomb is included.
Bus Tours By Hidden Dublin:
Hidden Dublin offer themed, actor-led bus tours of Dublin, three of which are currently featured on CityXplora. Revisit the 1916 revolution, explore the city's darker chapters, or follow in the footsteps of its most famous residents. Hop-aboard and listen as the guides bring to life some of Dublin's most fascinating tales!
1) 1916 Bus Tour:
Experience an epic retelling of the 6-day insurrection that ignited Ireland's struggle for independence. On Hidden Dublin's 1916 Bus Tour you'll be transported back to April 1916, when on Easter Monday Patrick Pearse famously stood outside the General Post Office to proclaim the principles of the Irish Republic.
What follows is the story of the men and women who participated in the rebellion, as told by two professional actor-guides in full period costume. The tales of their attempts to capture Dublin and hold out against the British Army are based on first-hand accounts by surviving fighters, soldiers and civilians. You'll visit the actual sites where key events took place, such as Dublin Castle, Four Courts and Moore Street.
The inside of the 1916 tour bus has been redesigned to look like a besieged rebel base, complete with waxworks, weapons and supplies. Book yourself a seat and head along to the College Green Tourist Office, where tours get underway every Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon at 14:00.
- Pricing: Adults from €25.00.
2) Gravedigger Bus Tour:
Join a sinister cast of actor-guides and lift the lid on Dublin's dark side. You'll learn about the time the Plague came to town, visit the sites of gruesome executions and hear tales of city's 18-19th century body snatchers.
- Pricing: Adults from €25.00.
3) Dubliner Bus Tour:
It's often said that people are what make a city, and Dublin is no exception. On this tour you'll set out to discover the haunts and inspirations of some of the Irish capital's most famous residents. Meet James Joyce, Phil Lynott and even lesser-known local legends such as Thomas 'Bang! Bang!' Dudley.
- Pricing: Pricing: Adults from €25.00.