Corporate Information

  1. Our Mission
  2. Our Logo
  3. Our Business
  4. Our Social Role
  5. Our Performance
  6. Our Winning Team
  7. Safety
  8. Our Fleet
  9. School Transport Fleet
  10. City services Fleet
  11. Our Proud Tradition

Bus Éireann is a designated activity company, limited by shares, registered in Ireland at Broadstone, Dublin 7. No 119570 VatNo. 4812850M.

Bus Éireann was formed in 1987 as a subsidiary of CIÉ to provide bus services throughout Ireland with the exception of Dublin City.

Bus Éireann Strategy Statement 2015

Our Mission

Bus Éireann is fully committed to meeting the needs of our customers and this is reflected in our Mission Statement:

Craft Bus Éireann's future in a profitable, sustainable and safe manner.

Achieve this by exceeding customer expectations, maintaining a competitive cost base, making best use of our public transport and network management skills, and making better connections with customers, stakeholders and communities

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Our Logo

The Irish red setter - friendly, reliable and fast - as we aim to be in serving our customers.

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Our Business

We offer a wide range of services catering for different customer groups and market sectors:

  • Expressway Inter- urban coach services
  • Eurolines coach services to Britain and Europe
  • City Bus Services - in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford
  • Town services in Athlone, Balbriggan, Drogheda, Dundalk, Navan and Sligo
  • Commuter bus services radiating from Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford
  • Local bus services throughout Ireland
  • School Bus Services - on behalf of the Department of Education & Skills
  • Ancillary Services - coach and bus hire.

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Our Social Role

  • Social infrastructure - The social dimension of the city and rural services is recognised by the State. A level of State funding ensures the continued operation of many routes, which are not profitable on a commercial basis. The continuing feedback which we receive from local communities and public representatives confirms the important social role of both city and rural bus services.
  • Free Travel Scheme - The Free Travel Scheme operated by the Department of Social and Family Affairs applies throughout our network and has been extended in recent years to include travel to and from Northern Ireland. It is a valuable facility, which is much appreciated by thousands of people in all parts of the country, especially in rural areas.
  • School Transport - The Department of Education established the School Transport Scheme in 1967 to provide a basic, uniform level of transportation for school children who live long distances from school. Bus Éireann administers the scheme nationally, ensuring over 150,000 school children travel to school each day.
  • Employment - We employ approximately 2,630 people directly. A further 1,700 are sub-contracted in the School Transport Scheme. Our business activities also create employment for people in many other sectors who supply us with services and materials.
  • Spread of Economic Benefits - As our operating depots are located in various parts of the country, the benefits of our spending on wages, goods and services are widely dispersed throughout many towns and rural areas.

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Our Performance

Since we commenced operations in 1987, we have consistently performed well, both in commercial terms and in the delivery of those social services which we provide.

We believe that we compare very favourably with bus operators in other parts of Europe. We have the lowest level of State support, and a wider range of services in a less favourable market environment, than our counterparts among bus companies in Britain and Europe.

We have become more cost effective while still remaining focused on the delivery of quality customer service. Through better control of resources, we now carry more people using fewer buses. This means that we have reduced the cost of maintaining buses while expanding the level of service.

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Our Winning Team

Our winning team of approximately 2,630 people is fully committed to providing all of our customers with a quality service at value for money prices.

  • Drivers - Our skilled professional drivers drive millions of miles every year, over all types of roads and in all kinds of weather conditions. They are our front-line staff without whose skill and commitment we could not succeed.
  • Maintenance - Our drivers are supported by a team of highly trained maintenance staff based at 15 depots around the country. Activities at these depots range from daily fuelling, washing and cleaning of buses to planned inspection and servicing procedures designed to maintain the fleet in top condition at all times. Safety is the priority in maintaining the bus fleet.
  • Supervisors - The activities of both drivers and garage staff are co-ordinated by a team of supervisors.
  • Administration - Our clerical and administrative staffs provide a wide range of services. These include front-line customer service in travel centres and bus stations as well as support services such as payroll administration and revenue control.
  • Three Regional Managers - We have divided our business into three regions – East, South and West each based on major business centres controlled by a Regional Manager.
  • Board Members 
    • Chairman - Mr Aidan Murphy
    • Mr Gerard Ryan
    • Ms Deirdre Ashe
    • Mr Stephen Hannan
    • Mr Thomas O’Connor
    • Mr Diarmuid Corry
    • Richard Manton
    • Miriam Hughes
    • Brendan Lenihan

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The safety of our customers and staff is of paramount importance to Bus Éireann. The company is committed to ensuring the well-being of its employees by maintaining a safe place of work and by complying with relevant employment legislation including the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005.

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Our Fleet

We operate a total fleet of close to 1,200 coaches and buses, of which almost 500 are allocated to school transport services. Our 150 strong Expressway fleet delivers services every day across our national inter-city route network while the remainder provide rural, city and commuter services on behalf of the National Transport Authority across the Greater Dublin Area and in key regional cities and towns.

Since 2007, we have continually invested in renewing and upgrading our own commercial Expressway fleet by the acquisition of premium quality, comfortable and accessible coaches.

In the same period, we have also worked closely with both the Department of Transport and the National Transport Authority in developing a modern and efficient national public transport bus fleet including:

  • High capacity commuter service coaches
  • Comfortable rural service coaches
  • Modern city service buses
  • Local town service buses

The result has been an unprecedented improvement in the quality of service and standards of comfort offered to customers travelling on all categories of services, each day throughout the year..

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School Transport Fleet

In parallel with the upgrading of the Expressway and rural service fleets, we continue to upgrade the school transport fleet by the transfer of the rural service buses, which are being replaced and the input of new dedicated school buses. This has improved the quality and reliability of the school bus fleet.

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City services Fleet

Our development plans for city services involve the purchase of both midi-size and large capacity buses. All new city service buses are of low-floor design with full wheelchair accessibility.

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Our Proud Tradition

We have inherited a proud tradition of public service dating back almost to the foundation of the State.

The Irish Omnibus Company was established in 1926 and developed a nationwide network of bus services under contract to the Great Southern Railways. Over a number of years and various amalgamations the original pioneering services of the IOC evolved, first as the Omnibus Department of the Great Southern Railways and, from 1945 onwards, as the Road Passenger Division of CIE.

On the re-organisation of CIE in 1987, the bus services outside Dublin city once again became the responsibility of a separate subsidiary company - Bus Éireann.

For over 80 years, the national bus network has been an essential and integral part of Ireland's transport infrastructure. We are continuing to build on that tradition of public service and transport expertise to give Ireland a bus and coach system of which we can be justly proud in the new millennium.