How to take bikes on buses
Many of the most scenic parts of Ireland are not on the rail network, such as Mizen Head, from where the classic 5-day ride to Malin Head starts. Cyclists doing this often get the Cork to Goleen bus and cycle the last few kilometres to Mizen Head.
There are three important things to do if you are travelling by bus. Firstly, go at a time that is not too busy, as bicycles are only accommodated if there is space.
Secondly, know the timetable, so that you know how long you may need to wait if you have to get the following bus.
Thirdly, try to board the bus at the start of its route, as there will be more space in the bus station to load the bike and it is easier than doing it at the side of the road.
There are no bicycle reservations possible on any buses in Ireland.
The national bus network, Bus Eireann runs the vast majority of services in the South. Long-distance and rural buses have luggage compartments. They charge a fee which depends on how far you are going but can be over €10.
Aircoach runs services direct from Dublin Airport to Belfast and Cork and are an excellent option for those flying in or out with bicycles. Their buses have very large luggage compartments.
Citylink run services from both Dublin Airport and Cork Airport to Galway, and also services from Galway to Clifden. They charge €5 for taking a bicycle and it is dependent on there being space for it.
Goldline Express buses serve numerous towns in Northern Ireland. A maximum of two bikes can be carried on any bus in the luggage compartment at the discretion of the driver and there is no charge.
Bicycles are not permitted on Goldline Express buses prior to 09:30 Monday to Friday.
Drivers are generally helpful and if you travel at off-peak times you are not likely to have issues. But always have a plan for what you will do if the bus you want is full.