Iarnród Éireann has advised customers that timetable alterations will be made from 7th December 2018, following public consultation and the approval of the National Transport Authority
Late night Christmas services
In addition to more frequent services between Drogheda and Dublin, late-night Christmas services between Dundalk and Dublin will also begin this weekend, and will operate on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th, Friday 14th and Saturday 15th, and Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd December at the following times:
00:40hrs and 01:40hrs from Dublin Pearse serving Tara Street, Dublin Connolly, and all stations from Howth Junction to Dundalk
Fares will be charged at normal rates, meaning customers can use Leapcard and buy cash fares for the best value Christmas travel option. Weekly, monthly and annual season tickets are valid on late night services, so season ticket holders will be able to use late night services at no extra charge.
Late night services will also have security personnel on board to ensure customer safety.
A company spokesperson said “these changes will give much greater flexibility and options to customers travelling throughout the day, including more weekend and later evening services in response to customer demand. We are also managing capacity on the key Northern Commuter and DART services in the peak and introducing minor changes to better manage demand. While we are using all available trains and existing capacity at peak, we can develop our off-peak services now as we prepare for the major investment in our infrastructure and fleet under the National Development Plan.
In addition, we’re delighted to begin our late night Christmas services on the three weekends in the run-up to Christmas. Operating for all stations to Dundalk from the city centre, , the trains will once again be hugely popular with late night partygoers who can save on expensive taxi fares.”
Summary of changes from 9th December 2018
Three additional services from Connolly to Drogheda on Mondays to Fridays at 07.50hrs, 09.10hrs and 15.22hrs
Three additional services from Drogheda to Connolly on Mondays to Fridays at 09:00, 10:10 and 16:28Results in increase in service to at least 2 trains per hour in each direction for the majority of the day
Additional 06.52hrs DART Connolly to Malahide, to connect to northbound Northern Commuter service for customers from intermediate DART stations
22.05hrs Connolly/Drogheda service on Saturdays advanced to 21.45hrs.
New service on Saturdays from Connolly to Dundalk at 22:45
11 additional services on Sundays, delivering hourly service all day in each direction.
Additional stops on the following weekday services
06.30 Drogheda/PearseAdditional stops at Portmarnock and Howth Jctn.
06.30 Dundalk/BrayAdditional stop at Howth Jctn.
07.05 Drogheda/BrayAdditional stops at Portmarnock and Clongriffin.
08.00 Drogheda/BrayAdvance to 07.58hrs
Additional stops at Portmarnock and Howth Jctn.
18.00 Pearse/DundalkAdditional stops at Clongriffin and Portmarnock
Full timetable information is available at www.irishrail.ie