Closing Mass for the World Meeting of Families, 26th August 2018, Phoenix Park, Dublin.

26/08/2018

Click on the following link to download our transport maps for getting to the event in the Phoenix Park: TFI Phoenix Park Transport Maps.

Public transport is free in the Greater Dublin Area on the 26th August if you have a ticket to attend the mass

You need to show your ticket for the event when boarding the public transport service of your choice.

Details of transport services to and from the Phoenix Park are available below. Passengers need to be prepared for some waiting times because of the high number of passengers travelling to the event.

Click on the following link for a list of road closures in the Dublin City area for the Papal Visit.  

For more information on the event go to www.gov.ie/popeinireland.  

Click here for transport information for the visit of Pope Francis to Knock, Co Mayo.

Transport Information

  • Bus

    Dublin Bus

    Normal scheduled Sunday services will operate, however diversions will be in place.  Details of the diversions are available here

    In addition to this, Dublin Bus will have 7 dedicated transport hubs, throughout the city, to bring you as close as possible to the Phoenix Park. Regular services from the transport hubs will commence from early in the morning and finish at night. 

    The hubs will operate from the following locations:

    • Hub 1 – Clarehall Avenue, Malahide Road to Ratoath Road
    • Hub 2 – Swords Business Park to Ballyboggan Road
    • Hub 3 – Leopardstown to Cook Street
    • Hub 4 – Grange Castle to Chapelizod Bypass
    • Hub 5 – Celbridge (Salesian College) to Chapelizod Bypass 
    • Hub 6 – Stocking Avenue to Chapelizod Bypass
    • Hub 7 – Tyrrelstown (Carlton Hotel) to Laurel Lodge

    See www.dublinbus.ie for detailed route maps and stops and a full list of FAQs.

    Customer service will be available from 06.00 until last bus on Sunday 26 August.

    Bus Éireann

    Bus Éireann will be operating an enhanced service throughout to bring people to the event. In excess of 30,000 passenger journeys, to and from Dublin can be made on the day on Bus Éireann.

    All Bus Éireann services (Commuter and Expressway) will operate to and from Busáras or its immediate surrounding area (Beresford Place, Amiens Street, Georges Quay, Talbot Street & Custom House Quay). Busáras is approximately 3km from the Phoenix Park (City Gate) entrance. Passengers arriving at Busáras can either walk via the recommended walking route or travel on the LUAS red line to Smithfield.

    Commuter services to and from Dublin City – An enhanced Sunday schedule will operate on all commuter routes into and out out of Dublin on Sunday 26th August.

    Intercity Expressway services – Normal Sunday schedule to operate on Expressway services Nationwide

    To cater for additional demand on the 26th August, Expressway will operate special services on all key routes into Dublin. Details of these are as follows:

    • Route 2 Dep Wexford at 0700, pick up in Wexford (0700), Enniscorthy (0720), Gorey (0745) & Arklow (0800).
    • Route 4 Dep Waterford at 0700, pick up in New Ross (0630), Waterford (0700) & Carlow (0800).
    • Route X8 Dep Cork at 0600, pick up in Cork (0600), Fermoy (0630), Mitchelstown (0650), Cahir (0715) & Cashel (0730).
    • Route 12 Dep Limerick at 0630, pick up in Limerick (0630), Nenagh (0710), Roscrea (0740) & Portlaoise (0810).
    • Route X20 Dep Galway at 0530, pick up in Galway (0530), Loughrea (0600), Ballinasloe (0630) & Athlone (0700)
    • Route 22 Dep Ballina at 0630, pick up in Ballina (0630), Swinford (0730), Charlestown (0738) & Longford (0910)
    • Route 23 Dep Sligo at 0630, pick up in Sligo (0630), Boyle (0650) & Ck-on-Shannon(0715)
    • Route 30 Dep Donegal at 0530, pick up in Donegal (0530), Ballyshannon (0550), Enniskillen (0630), Cavan (0720) & Virginia (0805).
    • Route 32 Dep Letterkenny at 0530, pick up in Letterkenny (0530), Strabane (0600), Omagh (0630), Monaghan (0715), Castleblayney (0750) & Carickmacross (0805).
    • Route 100X Dep Dundalk at 0730, pick up in Dundalk (0730) & Drogheda (0800)

    In order to guarantee a seat tickets must be purchased in advance. 

    Getting from Busáras to the Phoenix Park

    Busáras is approx. 3km from the Phoenix Park (Park Gate Street) entrance. Passengers arriving at Busáras can walk via the recommended route or travel on the LUAS red line as far as Smithfield for FREE with your Papal ticket. 

    Further Information: www.buseireann.ie or www.expressway.ie

    Private Bus Operators

    The following private operators will be running services for the Papal Mass, please refer to the individual operator for further details.

    Matthews Coaches

    John McGinley

    Wexford Bus

    JJ Kavanagh

    Collins Coaches

    O’Callaghan Coach Holidays

    Bus Feda

    Michael Friel Coaches

    Curran Coaches

    Wexford Bus to Papal Mass Phoenix Park

    All Wexford Bus scheduled bus services will operate as normal. As this will be a busy day we advise all intending passengers to book in advance and to allow extra time in case of delays.

    Sunday 26 August 2018:

    Wexford Bus has dedicated bus services operating to the Final Mass in Phoenix Park. Passengers will be brought to the Papal Mass Coach Park on Kylemore Road, Dublin.

    The Wexford Bus dedicated buses must be pre-booked and will operate from the following stops: Wexford, Oylgate, Enniscorthy, Ferns, Camolin, Gorey, Arklow Town (Lidl), Arklow Town (Ferrybank), Jack Whites Cross, Ballincore, The Beehive and Wicklow Town (Grand Hotel). To Book your seat visit the Wexford Bus Book Tickets page and select “Dublin Papal Mass Coach Pk (Kylemore Rd)” as your destination. Tickets cost €23 return.

    Departure Times: Wexford 09.15, Oylgate 09.30, Enniscorthy 09.40, Ferns 09.50, Camolin 09.55, Gorey 10.15, Arklow Town (Lidl)10.25, Arklow Town (Ferrybank) 10.30, Jack Whites Cross 10.35, Ballincore 10.40, The Beehive 10.45 and Wicklow Town (Grand Hotel) 10.50 with arrival at the Dublin Papal Mass Coach Pk (Kylemore Rd) at 11.40. Please note numerous buses will be operating so different buses will be serving different stops on the route

    Return Times: Buses will depart from The Coach Park on Kylemore Rd after the mass at 19.00 (please note time will be allowed for passengers to return to the bus so the departure time may be later).

    All other Wexford Bus scheduled bus services will operate as normal on Sunday August 26th. As this will be a busy day we advise all intending passengers to book in advance and to allow extra time in case of delays.

    Collins Coaches

    Papal Visit – Phoenix Park 26th August

    Collins Coaches – departing Carrickmacross at 08.30am & Ardee (Susie’s Newsagents) at 08.45am.

    Price €20.

    Book your seat online at www.collinscoaches.ie

    Kelly Travel

    Coach Services for Papal Visit to Knock Shrine and to the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park

    Kelly Travel online booking http://www.kellytravel.ie/WorldMeetingOfFamilies or call 061 384422

    Bus Details for Knock:

    • Kelly Travel Depot Pallasgreen 03.30am
    • City East Plaza Limerick 04.00am
    • West County Hotel Bus Stop Ennis 04.30

    Bus Details for the Phoenix Park

    • Kelly Travel Depot Pallasgreen 07.00am
    • City East Plaza Limerick 07.15am
    • Five Alley Nenagh 07.45am
    • Racket Hall Hotel Roscrea 08.15am

    JJ Kavanagh & Sons

    Papal Visit – Phoenix Park 26th August

    JJ Kavanagh & Sons have buses from; Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow, Portlaoise, Clonmel, Nenagh, Limerick, Callan and Naas.

    Prices start from €25 return.

    Book your seat online here: https://www.coachhire-ireland.com/pope-francis-closing-mass-phoenix-park-dublin/

    O’Callaghan Coach Holidays

    O’Callaghan Coach Holidays (in Killarney, Co. Kerry) are organising coaches to the Open Mass in Phoenix Park on Sunday August 26th. The coaches will be departing from Killarney with pick up available along the route (Castleisland – Abbeyfeale – Newcastlewest – Adare – Limerick – Birdhill – Moneygal). €45 per person – Call O’Callaghan Coach Holidays on 0646631095 for bookings.

    Bus Feda

    Bus Feda will operate an early morning service from Donegal and Sligo to Knock on the 26th August for the Papal Visit.

    Booking is essential so please contact 074-9548114 or info@feda.ie to secure your seat.

    Michael Friel Coaches

    Michael Friel Coaches will be providing services to Papal visit to both Phoenix Park & Knock Shine on 26th August.

    Phoenix Park pick up points will be:

    • Letterkenny, Co Donegal
    • Lifford, Co Donegal
    • Monaghan Town, Co Monaghan
    • Castleblayney, Co Monaghan
    • Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan
    • Ardee, Co Louth

    Knock Shine pick points will be:

    • Letterkenny, Co Donegal
    • Ballybofey, Co Donegal
    • Donegal Town, Co Donegal

    Bus tickets for both services are available online through our website http://www.michaelfrielcoaches.com/concert-travel/

    Curran Coaches

    Curran Coaches will be operating buses to Knock Shrine, departing from Glencolmcille, Carrick, Kilcar, Killybegs, Dunkineely, Donegal Town and other pick up points on route.

    Bookings can be made by contacting 0876339071 or via www.currancoaches.ie

    Matthews Coaches

    Saturday – August 25th – Croke Park

    Travelling to Croke Park on Saturday, August 25th please avail of our regular service from Dundalk, Drogheda, Bettystown or Laytown.

    No pre-payment is required for the Saturday service because we will pass Croke Park as part of our regular route and drop in the vicinity of Quinn’s Pub.

    Check out our times to suit you at matthews.ie/timetable

    BUT like any large event, Dorset Street will be closed after the ceremony. So you are advised to return to Cumberland Street North for the return journey.

    We will post the walking map on our website and on Facebook on the morning of Saturday 25th to help you with your return.

    Price €15 Return

    Sunday 26th – Booking is ESSENTIAL – Dedicated Service

    Please book and pay for your coach seat to the Papal Mass on Sunday 26th by clicking http://book.matthews.ie/

    Parking will be in the area of the Docklands – organisers will have shuttle service to and from the city for you to enter the Mass.

    On Sunday morning you must present your Matthews prepaid ticket along with the ticket for the mass.

    We have been asked by the organisers to only take people who have a valid ticket with them on the day due to crowd control for the event.

    Full details on their website: http://book.matthews.ie/

    Price €20.00 Return

    Free Travel Pass or Taxsaver Tickets are NOT accepted on this service

  • Tram

    Luas services commence at 7am on 26th August 2018

    Green Line will operate from Brides Glen to Broombridge.

    Red Line will operate from Tallaght and Saggart to Blackhorse and from The Point to Smithfield. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Will my ticket for the Mass allow me to travel on Luas?

    If you have a ticket to attend the Phoenix Park event, you will be able to avail of free public transport in the Greater Dublin Area for the day of the event

    Will Luas be stopping at all stops?

    Luas services will operate under direction of An Gardá Síochána and Luas Control. Luas services will commence at 7am on Sunday 26 August and operate until 23:30.

    The Green Line will operate from Brides Glen to Broombridge.

    The Red Line will operate from Tallaght and Saggart to Blackhorse and from The Point to Smithfield.

    What is the tram frequency?

    Red and Green Line tram services will operate at a frequency of 6 – 10 mins depending on time of day.

    Will I be able to Park in a Luas Park and Ride?

    Yes but parking will be limited.

    See Luas Park and Rides for information on locations and number of spaces. Customers are advised to note Park and Rides will reach maximum capacity very early.

    Will Luas be putting on extra trams?

    All available trams will be in service and fully utilised given the anticipated increase in volume.

    Given the high volumes of people likely to be attempting to use Luas services this day, please give yourself lots of time to get to the venue

    How do I contact Luas and/or follow Luas for more information?

    Email Info@Luas.ie

    LoCall 1850 300 604

    Twitter@Luas 7am-9pm

    Visit www.luas.ie

  • Rail

    Intercity

    If you intend to travel via Rail to Dublin please book a ticket in advance at www.irishrail.ie this includes Department of Social Protection pass holders and annual ticket holders. If you do not have an advance booking you will not be permitted to travel from any Intercity station. 

    Commuter 

    Those who wish to travel to Phoenix Park on Commuter  services, must present their Papal Ticket if they are travelling within the shorthop zone (from Balbriggan, Maynooth, Hazlehatch or Kilcoole) to avail of FREE travel. Large crowds are expected, it is advisable to allow plenty of time to queue.  

    A special Commuter timetable will be in operation on 26th August. Extra services will be provided on Northern, Maynooth and Portlaoise Commuter services. Details of the special timetable are available on www.irishrail.ie.

    Translink

    Translink will be operating their normal services and special services to increase capacity in Bus and Rail for the Papal Event. Coach hire is also available for groups.  Please visit translink.co.uk/popeinireland/ for further details. 

    Translink will be operating services from Northern Ireland to Connolly Station. These services must be booked in advance on www.translink.co.uk Those who do not have a valid booking, will not be permitted to travel. 

    Nearest Train stations to Phoenix Park

    Heuston Station is 700metres from Park Gate Street entrance to the Park.

    Heuston Station is 3.5km from the Island Gate entrance to the Phoenix Park.

    Ashtown Railway Station is 650metres from the Ashtown Gate entrance to the Phoenix Park.

    Navan Road Parkway is 1.3km from the Ashtown Gate entrance to the Phoenix Park.

    Tara Street Station is 3km from Park Gate Street entrance to the Phoenix Park.

    Connolly Station is 3.5km from Park Gate Street entrance to the Phoenix Park.

    DART Services

    A special DART timetable will be in operation on Sunday 26th August and extra services will be provided. Please present your Papal Ticket to avail of FREE travel.  Large crowds are expected, it is advisable to allow plenty of time to queue. 

    Details of the special timetable is available  on www.irishrail.ie 

    Nearest DART Stations to Phoenix Park

    Tara Street Station is 3km from Park Gate Street entrance to the Phoenix Park.

    Connolly Station is 3.5km from Park Gate Street entrance to the Phoenix Park.

    If you require more information, visit www.irishrail.ie, call: 1850 366 222 Monday to Friday 09:00hrs to 18:00hrs or via twitter @irishrail.

  • By Taxi

    Taxis

    Taxi Access  in Controlled Areas on Sunday 26th August 2018

    A controlled access area will be in place from 6am to 11pm on Sunday 26th August 2018 for the Mass by Pope Francis in the Phoenix Park. The priority for this event is public transport, including Small Public Service Vehicles (SPSV’s) in order to ensure the safety of the high volumes of pedestrians expected. Taxis will be allowed to move through the controlled access area, subject to significant limitations including:

    • High volumes of pedestrians are expected along the routes from the transport hubs to the Phoenix Park and all vehicles, including taxis, will not be allowed along these routes.
    • The controlled access area includes closure of roads east of the M50 between and including the N3, N4 and N7; North of the N7 and Grand Canal; South and West of the N2 to Cross Guns Bridge and west of O’Connell Street.

    Dublin City remains open for business with  the eastern corridor largely unaffected (M1, Port Tunnel, Eastlink).

    Under no circumstances will taxi fares to the Phoenix Park, or the roads/streets around the Phoenix Park, be facilitated when the controlled access area is in place.

    Where possible and subject to the safety of pedestrians, taxis will be facilitated. For example, to take a passenger from Stillorgan Road to the Rotunda or Holles Street Hospitals will be facilitated. If scheduling fares to the airport, plan accordingly and allow extra time for the journey. All taxi drivers are asked to study the details available on the Garda website, and to be familiar with the limitations in the controlled access area.

    In addition to the road closures published on the Garda website, other roads may be temporarily closed (depending on the prevailing conditions at the time) to vehicular traffic due to the high volume of pedestrians.

    For further information, see www.garda.ie which will be updated in advance of the event.

    The following arrangements have been confirmed by An Garda Siochana:

    • All existing Taxi Ranks within the Dublin Region will be operational with the exception of Aston Quay and Heuston Station.
    • There will be accommodation for taxis at Dublin Industrial Estate with vehicle access via Slaney Road/ Finglas Rd Junction. 
  • By Car

    You can park your car in any of the Transport Hubs below (subject to availability) and take a bus/luas/train to the Phoenix Park. 

    It will be sufficient to show your ticket for the event upon then boarding the public transportation service of your choice to avail of Free Public Transport. 

    UCD Belfield

    Park your car in UCD Belfield and take a Dublin Bus Shuttle Service to the Phoenix Park.  

    Parking at UCD will be on a first come first served basis and you will be directed to your parking spot by staff from UCD.  The parking at this site is being provided free of charge to those attending the mass in the Phoenix Park.

    Leopardstown Racecourse

    You can park your card at Leopardstown Racecourse and we will take you to the Phoenix Park by Luas.  

    Parking at Leopardstown will be on a first come first served basis and you will be directed to your parking by staff from Leopardstown. The parking at this site is being provided free of charge to those attending the mass in the Phoenix Park

    Maynooth University

    You can park your car and we will take you to the Phoenix Park by Train.  

    Parking at Maynooth will be on a first come first served basis and you will be directed to your parking by staff from Maynooth. The parking at this site is being provided free of charge to those attending the mass in the Phoenix Park.

  • Walking & Cycling

    For walking and cycling routes and details use the TFI map. diversions will be in place so plan your route in advance.

    There will be three bicycle parks available for people who want to travel to the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park by bicycle. The facilities are at the DIT Grangegorman, (junction of Grangegorman Rd Upper and North Circular Rd); Civic Offices at Wood Quay; and Scoil Bhríde Cailíní, Blanchardstown with total capacity of over 3,000 cyclists. The DIT site is a 3.6km walk to the Papal Cross. Civic Offices is a 4.2km walk, and Scoil Bhríde Cailíní is 4.9km.

    Cycle parking will be provided free of charge to the cyclists.  It will operate on a ‘cloakroom’ basis. A numbered sticker will be placed on each bicycle and a corresponding wrist band will be given to the cyclist. The cyclist will be required to present their wristband as they remove their bicycle after the event. The facilities will be staffed at all times by security personnel.

    Some Dublinbikes stations will be closed from midnight Friday 24th until 10pm Sunday 26th, all the details are on their website www.dublinbikes.ie.