Expressway is proud to partner with Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival 2024

Bealtaine Choir

  • Age & Opportunity’s National Arts Festival, Bealtaine established since 1995 returns for the month of May, celebrating the arts and creativity as we age
  • The festival theme is ‘Lust for Life’ 
  • Expressway has 14 routes nationwide and offers direct and regular services throughout Ireland

Expressway, Bus Éireann’s premium coach service is delighted to partner with Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival 2024, offering passengers direct and regular services to their favourite events nationwide.

Expressway Coach

Events range from music and choral performances to visual art, theatre, writing workshops, dance, literature, circus, discussions on aging diversity, film screenings, storytelling and much more. The festival is developed by Age & Opportunity and is funded by the Arts Council and the HSE, supported by communities nationwide and a vast and accomplished array of local and national bodies.

Bealtaine Festival is an annual festival, which runs nationwide for the month of May and the theme this year is ‘Lust for Life’, celebrating Ireland’s arts and creativity as we age. Expressway provides direct and regular coach services on 14 routes across Ireland and offers the quickest and easiest way for you to travel to any of the events featured at To explore the wide range of routes and destinations that Expressway offer, please check out

Tara Byrne, Arts Programme Manager and Bealtaine Festival Artistic Director, Age and Opportunity said: “We’re thrilled with how Age & Opportunity's Bealtaine Festival programme has come together, seeing significant interest from organisations and artists who share our enthusiasm. Building on 2023’s success, we’re excited to entertain even more participants all across Ireland this May, embodying the theme ‘Lust for Life’, celebrating passion and resilience across all ages. Have some fun and join us in celebrating Bealtaine Festival 2024! Visit for the full programme”.

Andrew Yates, Head of Expressway, Bus Éireann said: “Travel with Expressway and let us take you to one of the wonderful array of events that Bealtaine Festival has on offer over the month of May. We take the stress out of travelling as you avoid expensive parking costs and tolls while you sit back and relax onboard. As it’s a busy time of year, I would advise to book your ticket in advance at to guarantee your seat and avail of priority boarding”.

Booking with Expressway

All Expressway passengers are welcome to walk up and will be boarded on a first-come first-served basis subject to capacity constraints. All passengers have the option to book a ticket either online or at an in-station Ticket Vending Machines, which guarantees a seat for a particular service. For customers who prefer not to use the internet, we have also the option to make a Seat Only Reservation for future dates from our Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) which are conveniently located at the following key locations and Bus Stations around the country: Athlone, Cork, Cork Airport, Dublin (Busáras), Dublin Airport, Ballina, Drogheda, Dundalk, Ennis, Galway, Killarney, Letterkenny, Limerick, Shannon Airport, Sligo, Tralee, Waterford.

Passengers who already hold a valid method of travel, including Free Travel Pass users, have the option of guaranteeing a seat on a particular service by making a seat reservation online or using a Ticket Vending Machine for the low fee of €2.00 per leg of the journey. Expressway is happy to assist with group bookings and our call centre staff are waiting to take your call and assist with any query you may have. They can be contacted by phone on 0818 836 611. Our phone lines are open 07.00 – 19.00 Monday to Friday, and 08.00 – 18.00 Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays.

Any passengers who have pre-booked a ticket for a particular service should be given priority boarding at each stop. Tickets can be purchased online at up to five minutes prior to the scheduled arrival time at that stop. Passengers who have booked seats online will automatically receive a notification in the event of any service changes.

Wednesday, 1st May, 2024