Expressway Eurolines Conditions of Carriage

  1. Carriage of passengers
    Carriage of passengers and their luggage is subject to the respective standard conditions of carriage of Bus Éireann - Irish Bus, Broadstone, Dublin 7, National Express Group PLC, National Express House, Birmingham Coach Station, Mill Lane, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DD, Eurolines (UK) Ltd., Eastern Docks, Dover CT16 1JA and Irish Ferries, PO Box 19, Alexandra Road, Ferryport, Dublin 1 which are available for inspection on application to these offices.
    Passengers should note that the conditions of carriage on the ship portion of the journey specifically incorporate the provisions of the Athens Convention of 1974. See important notice at Ferry Terminal before boarding vessel.
    In the event of demand for the services being greater than that which can be accommodated on one coach, or otherwise - for operational reasons, it may be necessary for passengers to change vehicles at the port, or at intermediate or interchange points en route. Service levels are subject to market demand and may be impacted by unforeseen circumstances.
  2. Child
    Child fares as shown in the fare tables are applicable to those between 1 year and 12 years of age. Persons under 16 years are not permitted to travel on any service unless accompanied by an adult over 18 years of age. Please note: An infant’s weight and height will determine if a baby seat is required for travel on the coach. Standard EU Regulations apply.
  3. Early Bird Fares
    Early bird tickets are issued at promotional fare valid for single or return travel. Tickets must be booked 7 days or more before date of travel and is subject to availability. Return ticket is not valid for 2 journeys in the same direction. Dates for outward and/or inward travel must be specified at time of booking. Outward and/or inward travel must occur within 1 month. There are no amendments and no refunds on these tickets.
  4. Luggage
    Each passenger may take one small item of hand luggage (capable of fitting into an overhead luggage rack or beneath their seat) with them onto the coach. Hand luggage must not be left unattended during ferry crossings or at refreshment stops. All other luggage must be stored in the coach’s luggage compartment. One additional item of luggage is included with your ticket, each item not exceeding 80 x 70 x 20cm in size and weighing no more than 15kg. In the event a passenger wishes to add a further bag to the luggage hold, they may do so at a cost of €10.00 per bag. This cannot be done via the driver; it must be done when booking your ticket. Each passenger must present their luggage to customs or security for examination if required, and all luggage must be labelled. Medication, cash, documents, and other valuables must not be stored in luggage but should be always kept with each passenger. The company is not obliged to carry any of the following items of luggage and passengers may not bring them onto any coach - any weapons, drugs or solvents (other than medicines), live or dead animals, fish or insects, battery powered wheelchairs, prams, non-folding pushchairs, bicycles, skis and surfboards.
    The company does not accept liability for loss or damage to the passenger’s luggage or to any possessions of the passenger (however caused), unless such loss or damage is proven to have been caused by the negligence, breach of duty or breach of statutory duty of the company. In the event of the company being proven liable for loss or damage under this clause the liability shall be limited to a maximum of €254 per passenger.
    Guide dogs and Assistance dogs accompanying passengers are permitted to travel on all Eurolines services free of charge.  An Assistance dog must be clearly identifiable either by coat or harness to distinguish it as a working dog and not a pet. A pet passport should also be carried. Apart from the foregoing exceptions, dogs, cats or any other animals or live fowl of any description WILL NOT be carried.
  5. Travel Insurance
    Passengers are recommended to take out Travel Insurance which is available at most travel agents.
  6. Tickets
    All passengers travelling on the coach must have a valid ticket. A ticket is non-transferable and may only be used by the person(s) named on it. The ticket must show customer’s full name, otherwise it will not be valid for travel.  Free Travel passes are not valid/accepted on Expressway Eurolines Services.
    Return tickets have a maximum validity of 60 days. Promotional tickets are subject to the conditions specified in the promotion. Return tickets are valid for outward and return travel on the dates shown on the ticket. 
    Tickets must be retained for inspection and must be produced for inspection on request by any authorised official of Bus Éireann, National Express, Eurolines or any other authorised agency. Tickets must also be surrendered if and when requested by any authorised official of Bus Éireann, National Express, Eurolines or any other authorised agency.  
    All tickets are valid for travel as indicated by the fare paid and/or details printed on the tickets at time of issue. Passengers are obliged to ensure that these details are correct in respect of the journey intended. 
    Standard tickets may be altered subject to accommodation being available. An amendment fee of €10.00 per leg of journey will be charged for this facility. Note: No amendments or refunds are permitted on Early Bird or promotional tickets. Please note that any amended tickets are not eligible for a refund.  
    Tickets may not be altered after the departure of the service on which passengers are booked. If the published fare payable for the ticket as amended would be more than the fare already paid for that ticket, then an additional fare will be payable for the difference, but the fare already paid by the passenger will not be refunded except in accordance with any refunds expressly allowed under these general Conditions of Carriage.
    The company will not replace lost, mislaid, or stolen tickets. Passengers will be required to purchase a new standard fare ticket to enable them to travel.
    If a ticket is spoiled or tampered with, it will be invalidated and if a passenger travels with it, s/he will be considered to have travelled without a ticket. If a passenger’s ticket is spoiled or tampered with before travel, then the company may at its absolute discretion replace that ticket if passenger asks for a replacement a reasonable time before scheduled to travel and provides the company with proof of his/her purchase, his/her identity, and an acceptable explanation as to why his/her ticket was spoiled or tampered with. 
    The company may refuse to replace a ticket at its discretion and will charge €10.00 fee for replacing a ticket.
  7. Refunds
    Where travel is cancelled over 48 hours before time of travel a refund will be made subject to an administration fee of 20% of the value of the unused ticket. Cancellations less than 48 hours before time of travel will be subject to an administration fee of 50% of the value of the unused ticket. No refunds for ‘no show’ or for lost, stolen or mislaid tickets. Certain ticket categories have special conditions which do not permit changes to or cancellations of reservations. No refunds will be made on partially used tickets under any circumstances. No partial refunds will be permitted. No refunds on tickets that have been amended.
  8. Failure of Ferry Service to Operate
    Passengers should note that in the event of a disruption to Ferry Services, for any reason whatsoever, Bus Éireann/National Express/Eurolines will not be liable for alternative travel arrangements, accommodation and/or other costs incurred by passengers. However, every effort will be made to facilitate passengers on the earliest available departure after such disruptions. No refunds are permitted when an alternative date is arranged for passengers of a cancelled service.
  9. Special Notice
    Passengers should note that due to security procedures and customs regulations, passengers will be required to disembark from the coach at the Ferry Port, coach stations or other locations to have their luggage checked and to present suitable identity documents for verification. All passengers shall be deemed to be fully acquainted with customs, police, security, censorship, and immigration requirements applicable to international travel. In the event of passengers being unable to satisfy the requirements of the relevant authorities before the departure time shown in the published timetables, services will not be delayed. The company shall not be liable for any loss, damage or expense arising as a result of such delays or inability to complete a journey. Any inconvenience caused by these restrictions is regretted.
  10. General Terms
    Passengers are not permitted to:
    1. Smoke in or on any part of a vehicle operated by the company
    2. Bring on to the company’s vehicles or have in their possession when on them, intoxicating liquor for the purpose of consuming the same
    3. Consume intoxicating liquor on the company’s vehicles
    4. Enter or remain upon the company’s vehicles having consumed intoxicating liquor or when drunk
    5. Bring on to the company’s vehicles hot food or beverages
    6. Bring on to the company’s vehicles or have in their possession when on them any medicinal products other than for medicinal purposes within the meaning of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977
    7. Remain on a vehicle when directed to leave by the driver or other company official on the grounds that he or she is causing a nuisance.

The company reserves the right to refuse entry to or to remove from the company’s vehicles any passenger who shall be or, in the opinion of the driver or other company official appears to be, in breach of any of the provisions of condition number 10 and any passenger so refused or removed shall not be entitled to any refund or compensation whatsoever from the company and the company shall have no liability to the passenger whatsoever.
In the context of the foregoing conditions “company’s vehicle” means any coach, bus, car or other mechanically propelled vehicle owned, operated, or controlled by Bus Éireann/National Express/Eurolines, or any other person or organisation acting on behalf of any or all of the companies aforementioned.

Check-in Procedures

All passengers must check-in prior to departure:

  1. Photo ID: Passengers should note they will be asked to produce photo identification when checking-in at the Eurolines Desk or to a driver, e.g., Valid Passport, Driver’s licence with photo, International Student Identity Card, CIE Photo ID Card, National ID Card or Bus Pass with photo.
  2. Check-in at major departure terminals: Passengers are required to check-in no later than 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time at the appropriate point indicated at the departure location, unless otherwise indicated on travel ticket.
    The check-in closes 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time for the service.
  3. Departure at intermediate stops: Passengers should arrive at the boarding point for a service at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time for that service, unless otherwise indicated on the travel ticket.
  4. Effect of late arrival or check-in: The company may give a seat to another passenger if passenger arrives later than the scheduled check-in time, in which case passenger will be considered to have missed the service. The company shall not be liable to passenger if s/he misses any service as a result of his/her late arrival and shall not be obliged to hold up any service to wait for him/her, or to provide a seat on any other service if passenger misses a service.

If a short halt is made on a service for meals or refreshments, passengers must return to the coach punctually within the time allowed for the halt. The company shall not be obliged to hold up the coach to wait for any passenger, and the company shall not be liable to any passenger who misses the coach because s/he returns later. The company will not reimburse any additional costs a passenger may incur as a result of him/her missing the coach.
Passengers may not board or leave any service except at the starting or finishing point of the journey, save for any short meal or refreshment break permitted. In the context of the foregoing conditions “the company” refers to any or all the following – Bus Éireann-Irish Bus, National Express Ltd., Eurolines (UK) Ltd., or any other person or organisation acting on behalf of any or all of the companies aforementioned. Passengers are advised to familiarise themselves with Regulation (EU) 181/2011 which sets out their rights when travelling by bus and coach. More information is available at