|Parent||Córas Iompair Éireann|
|Service type||public bus service and school bus service|
|Fuel type||Diesel, NGV (Trial)|
Bus Éireann (Irish pronunciation: [ˈbˠɔsˠ ˈeːɾʲən̪ˠ], Irish Bus) provides bus services in Ireland with the exception of those operated entirely within the Dublin Region, which are provided by Dublin Bus. Bus Éireann, established as a separate company in 1987, is a subsidiary of Córas Iompair Éireann. The logo of Bus Éireann incorporates a red Irish Setter, a breed of dog which originated in Ireland. The company's primary hub is Busáras - Central Bus Station, located in Store Street, Central Dublin. In 2007, the company carried 96 million passengers. In 2010, reduced tourism and slowdown in retailing in Ireland had reduced the number to 79,5 million passengers.
Bus Éireann's main services in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland in association with Ulsterbus include: expressway (intercity), commuter, local and school services. Additional services within Ireland include city services in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford and town services in Athlone, Balbriggan, Drogheda, Dundalk, Navan and Sligo.
International services to Great Britain and Europe are also provided via the ports at Dublin and Rosslare Europort via the Eurolines system. Cities served include London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds.
 Service expansion
According to transport law in Ireland, Bus Éireann must receive permission from the Department of Transport for any alterations to services or any new routes.
The National Development Plan included a large expansion in commuter services, especially in the greater Dublin area, and so the company greatly increased services on routes such as Dublin/Drogheda/Dundalk, Dublin/Ashbourne, Dublin/Ratoath, Dublin/Dunshaughlin/Navan/Kells/Cavan; this has been driven mainly by the economic boom of the Nineties, known as the Celtic Tiger.
Bus Éireann has also introduced regular clockface schedules on popular Expressway routes, such as hourly services on the routes Dublin/Athlone/Galway, Dublin/Belfast, Tralee/Killarney/Cork/Waterford, Cork/Limerick/Shannon Airport/Galway.
The Dublin/Dublin Airport/Newry/Belfast route is jointly operated by Bus Éireann and Ulsterbus. In fact, at the time of the establishment of the company in February 1987, there were no bus services between Dublin and Belfast. Now there is an hourly service each way, from 0600 to 2100 daily; this has come about due to several factors, including the economic boom in the Republic, known as the Celtic Tiger; the Northern Ireland peace process, which has helped to boost the economy in the North, and the rise of the low-cost airline industry, which has greatly increased the numbers of people flying in and out of Dublin Airport. In October 2006, further services were introduced on this route, departing at 0100, 0300, 0500, and 2300, thus the route became the first "24-hour service" in the country. The service has since been upgraded to an hourly service, 24 hours a day. A similar service is to be implemented on the 002 route between Dublin Airport and Rosslare Harbour, starting 18 January 2009. Services depart Dublin Airport for Rosslare on the hour from 0500 to 2300, with services during the night at 0100 and 0300.
As with the Dublin/Belfast route, the Dublin/Derry route is also jointly operated. On 4 September 2006 a new timetable on the Dublin/Derry route was launched, increasing the service level up to nine trips per day, including night-time services.
Bus Éireann has stated that they also intend to develop similar services to the 24-hour Dublin-Belfast route on the following routes: Donegal-Dublin, Ballina-Dublin, Sligo-Dublin and Drogheda-Balbriggan-Dublin Airport-Dublin.
On 20 January 2009, Bus Éireann announced that it was to let 320 staff go and withdraw 150 buses due to the economic crisis. Some services are being permanently withdrawn or being reduced due to the cutbacks.
 Tourism services
Bus Éireann operates special one-day sightseeing tours from Dublin to locations such as Glendalough, Newgrange; from Cork, day tours to the Ring of Kerry, County Clare, West Cork and Cape Clear Island; and from Galway, tours of Connemara and the Burren.
 Real Time Passenger Information
The Bus Arrival Information Service is being rolled out across Cork and Dublin, and provides real time estimates of bus arrivals at certain bus stops, based on current GPS locations of buses. It is being run by the National Transport Authority under the brand Transport for Ireland, a single portal providing information on public transport in Ireland.
Bus Éireann's bus stations have been upgraded in many locations around the country. the prime example is Cork bus station, located at Parnell Place in the city centre, which was remodelled as part of the city's preparation for being European Capital of Culture, 2005.
Other new bus stations include Sligo, Waterford and Letterkenny. A new bus station for Killarney was integrated into a shopping centre development. Limerick will also be getting a new bus station in the near future.
Bus Éireann has had a few fatal incidents in recent years, with those involving school buses being particularly scrutinised. After the death of five schoolgirls in a fatal accident in County Meath in 2005 involving a DAF MB230/Van Hool (ex front line expressway) school bus, all school buses are to be fitted with seatbelts.
The company has also posted notices to encourage orderly queuing at bus stops after a series of incidents where pedestrians on the foot path were struck on the head by the wing mirrors of city buses.
 Natural Gas Buses
Bus Eireann Introduced the first NGV on 17 July 2012 in Cork. It will operate on the 216 Cork City centre to Mount Oval, Rochestown, route until mid-August on a trial being undertaken in partnership with Bord Gáis. The Eco-city bus is made by MAN.
 Vehicle fleet
The company mainly uses buses built by firms such as Scania, VDL Berkhof and Volvo. Bus Éireann's fleet have been substantially invested in as part of the National Development Plan. The vast majority of the operating fleet for "expressway", commuter and local services are now 5 years old or less.
 Bus Scoile
Bus Éireann operates the School Transport Scheme on behalf of the Department of Education and Science. County Meath VEC assist Bus Éireann in administrating the service in County Meath to all second-level schools. Bus Éireann is responsible for planning routes, employing bus drivers, collecting fares and ensuring compliance with safety regulations and insurance.
The 'Schools' services were until recently operated by cascaded second-hand ex-frontline vehicles. Due to recent regulations regarding seatbelts, all dated and unsuited vehicles were withdrawn replaced with second-hand vehicles (mainly from UK). Since 2006 Bus Éireann has being purchasing brand new buses from BMC in Turkey. A roll out of BMC 1100FE started between 2006-2008.
A number of the routes are outsourced to local bus companies such as Dunshaughlin Coach Hire, Jerry Ryan, O'Rourkes and Bernard Kavanaghs.
Longford have some ex-Dublin Bus school vehicles and are used on Bus Éireann services.
A collection of older vehicles, many of which were unique to Ireland, are now preserved and can be seen from time to time at vintage shows. These vehicles are owned by private individuals with the support of Bus Éireann.
 25 Years
Bus Eireann was 25 years old on the 5 February 2012.
- 2007 Annual Report and Financial Statements 2007 Bus Éireann
- 2010 Annual Report and Financial Statements 2007 Bus Éireann
- Ireland’s First 24 Hour Inter-City Inside Government
- Bus Éireann serving Dublin Airport from Rosslare Bus Éireann, 16 January 2009
- 320 jobs to go at Bus Éireann RTÉ News, 20 January 2009
- School Transport Meath VEC
- Official site - Bus Éireann
- Network Map Bus Éireann
- Busáras Irish Architecture Online
- Journey planner for Ireland, including Bus Éireann Routes