Travelling from Dublin Airport to Ballybofey, Donegal

Travelling from Dublin Airport to Ballybofey, Donegal

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Posted Tue 23 Aug 2022 6:47 PM
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Hello,

I hope that someone here can help me!

I am traveling from Dublin Airport to Ballybofey, next Monday 29th August. (My flight arrives in Dublin at 19h00—).

I thought that I would have more than enough time to get from Dublin Airport to Ballybofey on that evening but I cannot discern a service [***anywhere, using the online Bus Éireann timetable] that leaves the airport at this time.

Please help if you can.

I have autistic spectrum and I am feeling feeling quite panicked by this!

Christopher

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Posted Wed 24 Aug 2022 2:52 AM
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Hello Christopher,

I understand your nervousness, but that's a part of why this community exists! It's a way to plan and experience so that when you do pop by you can have the very best experience possible.

There are a number of resources available to make planning your visit as stress-free as possible. The first is the RomeToRio website, which is incredibly helpful in finding transportation between any two locations. I already filtered for your destination and it looks like there are a few options available. Based on your schedule, it seems like taking a rail to Sligo and then a bus to Ballybofey might be a reasonable option. The train leaves at 19:05, which is a bit later than you were planning. Still, that means that if your plane is running late, then there's no risk of missing your train. In addition, rails are an amazing travel option and I'd highly suggest this article about public transportation in Ireland.

If you do choose this option, I'd love to recommend some quiet spots in Dublin to relax in while waiting. There's nothing better than a good, hot meal after a long plane ride, and there are some wonderful places in Dublin I hope you would love.

Another option I found is through Translink, which would be to take a bus to a more populous city like Strabane, and then continue on to Ballybofey once you arrive. This does have an option closer to 17:00, with the earliest bus leaving an hour later at 18:00. However, looking at these timetables, it does seem like you would reach Strabane at 21:10 and there wouldn't be another bus to Ballybofey until 8:35 the next morning. If staying overnight doesn't appeal to you, then I would suggest the rail option above.

I do sincerely hope that these options fit your schedule! If you'd like more information, please don't hesitate to reach out. We're all here to help!

Warmly,
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Hi Christopher,

Jumping in here as I believe there was some confusion around the time of your arrival.

As you are arriving after 7 pm on Monday, including the time to go through the airport, and the bus timetable, you won't be able to arrive at Ballybofey that evening except by car, taxi or personal driver. 

This thread on our community has great resources for hiring a private driver, have a look.

If traveling by car is not possible, you have a couple of options:
  • Spend a night in Dublin and leave early in the morning
  • Go up to Derry-Londonderry that evening and spend a night there to leave early morning.
The second option may offer more options in regards to accommodation booking. You can search for accommodation via our website utilising the filters. 

Rio2Rome's website is a great way to find the national and private buses, so I recommend using it to see which option best fits you. Here is the option via Derry-Londonderry - you will arrive after midnight, so make sure your accommodation allows late check-in.
You have a bus to Ballybofey as early as 7 am the following day - here is the timetable.

Please let me know if you need more help checking the options in more detail.


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