Launched November 26

Phase 5b of the BusConnects Network Redesign commenced on the 26th of November and involved the introduction of new Southern Orbital, Radial and Local routes. S2, 74 and L25 are operated by Dublin Bus and routes S4, S6, S8, W2 and L55 are operated by Go-Ahead Ireland, on behalf of TFI.

The following routes will cease from 26th of November: 17/d, 18, 61, 75/a, 76/a and 175.

What’s new?

These new routes provide services across southern Dublin.

S2 Heuston Station – St James’s Hospital – RDS – Poolbeg
S4 Liffey Valley Shopping Centre – Ballyfermot – Crumlin Hospital – Terenure – UCD
S6 Tallaght – Rathfarnham Shopping Centre – UCD – Blackrock Station
S8 Citywest – Tallaght – Sandyford Luas – Dún Laoghaire
W2 Tallaght – Newlands Cross – Liffey Valley Shopping Centre
74 Dundrum Luas – Marlay Park – Coombe Hospital – Eden Quay
L25 Dundrum Luas – Dún Laoghaire
L55 Palmerstown Village – Ballyfermot – Chapelizod


The map below shows a detailed view of all new routes introduced from November 26.

Route Maps

The maps below are specific to each route with landmarks and possible interchanges included to help showcase connectivity to other services.



Phase 5b – English

Phase 5b – Irish

Phase 5b – Accessible

How often do they run?

The majority of S and W Orbitals run quite frequently, which is every 10-20 minutes during peak hours. The majority of these frequencies remain the same on weekends, except the S8 which runs every 30 minutes.

During weekdays the L25 runs every 15 minutes and the L55 runs hourly. Route 74 usually runs every 30 minutes on both weekdays and weekends.

For a full view of frequencies, please click below.

Frequency tables


Please choose one of the below routes for timetable information.

S2 Accessible
S4 Accessible
S6 Accessible
S8 Accessible
W2 Accessible
74 Accessible
L25 Accessible
L55 Accessible

How much are the fares?

The TFI 90 Minute Fare applies to most journeys in the Dublin area, along with some parts of East Kildare and North Wicklow. It allows you to transfer between Dublin City Bus (Dublin Bus and Go-Ahead Ireland Dublin city services), Luas, DART and commuter rail (zones 1 to 4 in the Short Hop Zone) for free during 90 minutes when using a TFI Leap Card. You must touch-on every time you board a service to demonstrate you hold a valid ticket for each journey. As long as you touch-on your last service within 90 minutes of the first touch-on, you will qualify for the TFI 90 Minute Fare.

TFI Leap Fares Adult Young Adult / Student Child
Short Fare €1.30 €0.65 €0.65
TFI 90 Minute Fare €2.00 €1.00 €0.65


TFI Cash Fare Adult Child
Short Fare €1.70 €0.90
Long Fare €2.60 €0.90

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Interchange with different routes and modes of public transport with the TFI 90 Minute Fare. Just use your TFI Leap Card as normal and start your last journey within 90 minutes of your first.

For a list of available interchanges, please use the below link.


The other routes that will make up the new BusConnects network will be rolling out on a phased basis over the next few years.

An Orbital is a name given to the type of route that provides connections between suburbs, without having to travel into the city centre. Some examples of Orbitals are routes N4 and N6.

Go-ahead Ireland and Dublin Bus are responsible for different routes. If your query is regarding routes S4, S6, S8, W2 or L55, please call Go-Ahead Ireland on 0818 804 071, or visit Go-Ahead Ireland.

If your query is regarding routes S2, 74 or L25, please call Dublin Bus on 01 873 4222, or visit Dublin Bus.

The new network follows from three rounds of public consultation which concluded in 2020. It will improve the existing Transport for Ireland (TFI) network by providing enhanced bus services with high frequency Spines and new Local, Orbital and Radial routes. This new network is being introduced on a phased basis over the coming years.

To interchange with another mode of transport essentially means to switch modes of transport. Passengers now have the option to switch between bus, Luas or some DART services for free, as long as it’s within 90 minutes.

Places that could not be reached previously may now be accessible at a cheaper fare, giving public transport users more control of their commute.

TFI 90 applies to most journeys in the Dublin area whether you are using multiple services during 90 minutes or simply taking a single trip. TFI 90 applies to:

  • Dublin Bus (Except Express services which cost €2.40);
  • Go-Ahead Ireland services in the Dublin City Bus network;
  • All Luas services; and
  • Most DART and Commuter Rail services (zones 1 to 4 in the Short Hop Zone).

To get the TFI 90 minute fare, simply use your Leap Card as you normally would within 90 minutes. You must touch on every time you board a service to demonstrate you hold a valid ticket for each journey:

  • touch on before each bus journey; and
  • touch on before and touch off after each DART, train and tram journey.

As long as you touch on your last service within 90 minutes of your first, you will qualify for the TFI 90 Minute Fare. You can see how much time you have left within your 90 minutes by checking your Leap Top Up App.