Visit to Apparition Chapel, Knock Shrine, Knock, Co. Mayo


Transport Information

  • Bus

    Bus Éireann

    Knock is served by Bus Éireann routes 440 (Athlone – Knock, Westport – Castlebar – Knock), 421 (Swinford – Kiltimagh– Knock) and 64 (Galway – Knock – Sligo).

    In order to cater for anticipated demand additional services will operate on these routes on the 26th August, space will be limited.

    Enhanced Bus Éireann/Expressway services for Knock on August 26th

    Route 440


    • 06:55hrs service from Westport to Knock only – serving all stops to Knock
    • 06:45hrs service from Athlone to Knock – serving all stops to Knock

    Both services to return directly after the event.

    Route 421

    A 06:05 service will operate from Ballina to Claremorris via Knock returning after the event. 


    Route 64 will operate additional services from Galway at 06:00 am, Sligo at 06:00am and additional departures from Knock at 13:00 to both locations. Customers can walk from the N17 bus park to the Shrine, roughly 1.5km.

    Route 52 will connect to Claremorris train station to the free shuttle.

    The 0600 from Ballina & 0700 from Galway will arrive into Claremorris at 07:25 & 08:45 respectively.

    Online pre-booking is advised for these services. 

    Shuttle buses

    Shuttle buses are expected to operate from 06.30 to 14.30 from Claremorris train station.

    The shuttles will be operated by Bus Éireann and will carry Irish Rail and Expressway customers from Claremorris to Knock – a 15 minute journey. Anyone with a valid Papal ticket can use the shuttles.

    For further information log onto or contact 1850-836611.


    Further Information: Bus Eireann
    Phone 1850 836611 (Mon-Sun, 08:30 – 18:00).
    Twitter @buseireann (staffed 24/7) @expresswayIRE (staffed Mon-Fri, 09:00-17:00).
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    Private Bus Operators

    Kelly Travel

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

    Kelly Travel online booking 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 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 to secure your seat.

    Michael Friel Coaches

    Michael Friel Coaches will be providing services to Papal visit at Knock Shine on 26th August.

    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

    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

  • Rail

    Train transport to Knock on 26th August will be extremely limited. Those wishing to travel must book a ticket in advance at 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.

    Limited services will operate from Westport, Ballina & Athlone with a bus connection at Claremorris for Knock. Full details of these services will be available soon on

    If you require more information, Visit:, Call: 1850 366 222 Monday to Friday 09:00hrs to 18:00hrs, Contact via twitter @irishrail Monday to Friday 07:30hrs to 18:30hrs.

Pope Francis will visit the Apparition Chapel at the Knock Shrine on the morning of Sunday 26 August at 9:45am. Information on Transport options is available below.

If you have a ticket for the Knock event, you will be able to use a free bus shuttle from Claremorris station to the Knock shrine.

An Garda Síochána and the relevant Local Authorities have finalised their list of road closures in and around the Knock area for the Papal Visit.