Bus Éireann services to Electric Picnic 2014

Festival mode for Electric Picnic kicks off with Bus Éireann services from Dublin, Cork & Galway.

Anticipation has been building and the sell-out music and arts festival of the year is almost here.  Electric Picnic, one of Ireland's top boutique festivals, takes place from Friday, 29 August to Sunday, 31 August next at Stradbally Estate, Co. Laois and Bus Éireann will run return services to the event from Dublin, Cork and Galway.  These special services offer customers the chance to leave their cars at home and forget about driving and parking worries.  The festival experience with friends and other Picnickers, begins once you board one of our buses.

Services from Dublin depart from Custom House Quay on Friday, 29 August from 0830 until 1800, and will run every 30 minutes.  On Saturday, 30 August and Sunday, 31 August, there will be hourly departures to Stradbally between 1000 and 1300.  Return services to Dublin depart from Stradbally hourly between 2300 and 0100 on Saturday, 30 August.  On Sunday, 31 August there will be return services to Custom House Quay, from 2100 to 0200, every 30 minutes.  Return tickets cost €29 and can be purchased online at www.buseireann.ie or on the day of service.  A limited number of tickets can be purchased on the day of service.

Special buses will depart from Parnell Place bus station, Cork at 0800 on Friday, 29 August next and these will service Fermoy (MacCurtain Street) at 0835, Mitchelstown (The Square) at 0850, Cahir (Castle Street) at 0920, and Cashel (Main Street) at 0940.  This service is scheduled to reach Stradbally Hall at 1045.  The return service will depart from Stradbally Hall at 1200 on Monday, 1 September and will arrive at Cashel at 1245, Cahir at 1305, Mitchelstown at 1335, Fermoy at 1350 and Parnell Place Cork at 1425.  Tickets cost €45 and must be purchased in advance from Cork bus station.  A limited number of seats are available.

A third service will operate from Galway to Stradbally to facilitate festival-goers from the west.  This will depart from Galway bus station in Eyre Square at 1200 on Friday, 29 August next and is scheduled to arrive in Stradbally at 1500.  A return service to Galway will depart from Stradbally Hall at 1000 on Monday, 1 September and will arrive back to Galway at 1300.  Tickets must be purchased in advance from Galway bus station, and there are a limited number of seats available.

Sustainability is very much part of the ethos of Electric Picnic - which includes the Global Green and Leave no Trace initiatives - and sustainable transport via public transport is also a key element of this.  Bus Éireann customers will also be dropped at a very accessible point, from which they can enter the festival site, without having to worry about traffic jams and carrying camping gear from car parks.

"Electric Picnic is a very popular festival and we are delighted to be able to provide a hassle free way to get there, from three locations around the country" said Nicola Cooke, Bus Éireann Media and PR Manager.

"We advise all intending passengers from Dublin to book online if possible.  Those travelling from Cork and Galway should purchase in advance over the next 10 days.  After that, all you need to worry about is wellies and whether it's music, comedy, or the theatre of food, that you'll visit first."

For further details see http://www.buseireann.ie/inner.php?id=357

Wednesday, 20th August, 2014