St. Patrick’s Festival

15/03/2018 - 19/03/2018

The best way to take in all the St. Patrick’s festival has to offer is by public transport, use the TFI map and the latest public transport information below to get to where you want to go in the festival. Our National Journey Planner will help you find the best route for your journey, all you have to do is type in your location and destination. And remember to use your TFI Leap Card to get even better savings on your travel!

Transport Information

  • Bus

    Dublin Bus

    As well as regular services, additional buses will operate along the main bus corridors to bring festival-goers to and from the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade on Saturday, March 17. 

    St. Patrick’s Festival Diversions 2018

    Due to the St. Patrick’s Festival there will be a number of diversions in place on Friday 16, Saturday 17, Sunday 18, Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 March 2018. For further details of diversions click on the links below.

    Nitelink Service
    A full Nitelink service will operate on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 March 2018. There will be no Nitelink service on Sunday 18 March 2018.

    Saturday 17 March 2018 – St. Patrick’s Day
    A Sunday Timetable will operate on all routes on St. Patrick’s Day. City Tours, Coastal Tours and Ghostbus will not operate.

    St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    St. Patrick’s 5k Road Race

    Diversion on Routes 4, 9, 140 due to closure of Western Way

    Diversions on Routes 44, 61 and 757

    Diversion on Routes 14, 15, 27 and 151 due to Custom House Quay

    Diversion on Routes 25/a/b, 26, 66/a and 67 due to closure of Merrion Square

    Balbriggan, Skerries, Rush & Lusk St. Patrick’s Festival Diversions

    Swords St.Patrick’s Day Parade

    Blanchardstown St. Patrick’s Day Diversions

    Customers can also get updates on www.dublinbus.ie.

    Bus Éireann

    Bus Éireann will operate a comprehensive timetable of services for local, commuter and intercity Expressway routes over the St. Patrick’s Festival weekend. Their services connect you with the festivities across all the regional cities, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford, together with other local celebrations. For those heading to the Dublin, Bus Éireann provides a nationwide coach network, which links the major towns and cities throughout Ireland to Dublin City, and also provides a high-frequency service to the commuter towns in the greater Dublin area.

    Local Link

    For a full list of Local Link services operating on St Patrick’s Day visit the Local Link website

  • Tram

    On St. Patrick’s Day, the first trams will run at 6.30am. A normal bank holiday/Sunday service will operate on Monday, March 19, from 7am to 11.30pm.

    Luas Green Line: Services will operate from Brides Glen to St. Stephen’s Green and from Broombridge to Dominick from 06:30 – 18:00 to facilitate the parade. Normal Green Line service will resume at 18:00 approx.

    Last tram from: Brides Glen is at Midnight, Broombridge is at 00:15, St. Stephen’s Green is at 00:43

    Luas Red Line: Services from Saggart/Tallaght will terminate at Smithfield at 10:45 to facilitate the parade. Normal Red Line service will resume at 15:00 approx.

    Last tram fromTallaght is at Midnight, The Point is at 00:30, Saggart is at 23:50, Connolly is at 18:49

  • Rail

    Irish Rail brings tens of thousands of visitors to St. Patrick’s Festival each year. DART and Commuter trains in Dublin will help everyone to enjoy the festivities, with extra trains in service before and after the St. Patrick’s Festival parade. The national Intercity network connects the whole country to the Festival. Irish Rail will also bring visitors to the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival in Howth, to Fingal Goes Green in Skerries and Balbriggan.

    Tara Station DART Station will remain closed until 16.00hrs on St. Patrick’s Day

    St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday 17th March

    On St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday 17th March, Tara street DART station will remain closed until 16:00hrs.and a Sunday Service will be in operation on DART and Commuter route.

    • Additional special DART, Maynooth and Drogheda trains will operate to and from the City Centre before and after the Festival Parade.
    • Southbound special trains will operate from Pearse station and Northbound special trains from Connolly station.

    To avoid queues, please ensure to travel early and use your Leap Card.

  • By Car

    PATRICK’S FESTIVAL 2018: Road Closures

    The following roads will be closed to facilitate the St. Patrick’s Festival Event, during the periods listed below:

    St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    • Location A:
      Western Way from 19.00hrs on Friday 16th March 2017 to 15.00hrs on Saturday 17th March 2018.
    • Location B:
      Mountjoy Street, Mountjoy Street Middle, Palmerstown Place, Wellington Street, Street Mary’s Place North, Granby Row, Parnell Square North, Parnell Square  East, Cavendish Row, O’Connell Street Upper & Lower, O’Connell Bridge, Westmoreland Street, College Green, Dame Street, Lord Edward Street, Christchurch Place Nicholas Street, Patrick Street, New Street South, Clanbrassil Street Lower, Kevin Street Upper, Kevin Street Lower, Cuffe Street and St. Stephens Green South from  04.30hrs to 18.00hrs on Saturday 17th March 2018.

    Traffic Management Plan

    • Traffic on Arran Quay travelling north and east will be diverted via Church St, Constitution Hill, North Circular Road, Portland Row and Amiens Street.
    • Traffic on North Wall Quay travelling south will be diverted via City Quay Lombard Street, Westland Row, Merrion Square North, Mount Street Lower
    • Traffic on North Wall Quay travelling west will be diverted via George’s Quay Beresford Place, Gardiner Street, North Circular Road, Infirmary Road, Parkgate Street.  
    • Pedestrian access will be maintained.

    St. Patrick’s Festival – Custom House Quay Funfair

    Customs House Quay (from Eden Quay to Memorial Road) from 20.00hrs on Friday 16th March 2018 to 06.00hrs Tuesday 20th March 2018.

    Traffic Management Plan

    • Traffic from Eden Quay / Butt Bridge wishing to travel on Custom House Quay will be diverted via Beresford Place and Memorial Road.
    • Pedestrian access will be maintained.

    St. Patrick’s Festival – Merrion Square Funfair

    Merrion Square West from 19.00hrs on Friday 16th March 2018 to 06.00hrs on Tuesday 20th March 2018.

    Traffic Management Plan

    • Traffic on Merrion Square North wishing to travel on Merrion Square West to Baggot Street Lower will be diverted via Merrion Square East and Fitzwilliam Street Lower.
    • Traffic on Merrion Row wishing to travel on Merrion Street Upper and Merrion Square West to Clare Street will be diverted via Baggot Street Lower, Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Merrion Square East and Merrion Square North.
    • Pedestrian access will be maintained.

    St. Patrick’s Festival – Big Day Out

    Merrion Square South, Merrion Street Upper and Fitzwilliam Lane from 14.00hrs on Saturday 17th March 2018 to 23.00hrs on Sunday 18th March 2018.

    Traffic Management Plan

    • Traffic on Merrion Square North wishing to travel on Merrion Square West to Baggot Street Lower will be diverted via Merrion Square East and Fitzwilliam Street Lower.
    • Traffic on Merrion Row wishing to travel on Merrion Street Upper & Merrion Square West to Clare Street will be diverted via Baggot Street Lower, Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Merrion Square East and Merrion Square North.
    • Pedestrian access will be maintained.

    St. Patrick’s Festival – 5k Road Race

    St. Stephen’s Green South from 10.00hrs to 13.00hrs on Sunday 18th March 2018.

    Traffic Management Plan

    • The race will Start & Finish on St. Stephens Green South, and route via St. Stephens Green East, Merrion Row, Baggot Street Lower, Pembroke Street Lower, Fitzwilliam Square West, Pembroke Street Upper, Leeson Street Upper, Fitzwilliam Place, Fitzwilliam Square East, Fitzwilliam Street Upper Baggot Street Lower, Herbert Street, Mount Street Crescent, Herbert Place, Wilton Terrace and Leeson Street Lower.
    • Traffic on Leeson Street Lower wishing to travel on St. Stephens Green South to Cuffe Street & St. Stephens Green West will be diverted via Earlsfort Terrace, Hatch Street Upper and Harcourt Street.
    • An Garda Síochána will operate traffic control measures on the race route.
    • Pedestrian access will be maintained.
  • Walking & Cycling

    Just Eat dublinbikes

    Check www.dublinbikes.ie for any temporary station closures over the course of the festival.

    The following stations will be closed due to a technical fault incurred during the recent extreme weather events: Sandwith St (64), The Point (67), Fitzwilliam Sq East (89).