North County Dublin to get New Bus Operator As Go-Ahead Ireland Takes to the Streets

4 years ago Fri 23rd Nov 2018

Go-Ahead Ireland, the capital’s newest bus company, will take over the operation of four North City and County bus routes on Sunday 2nd December 2018. The routes include the 17A, 33A, 33B and 102.

By way of background, the change in operator on these Public Service Obligation (PSO) routes is as a result of a public tender process undertaken by the National Transport Authority (NTA) in 2017. The competitive tender saw Go-Ahead Ireland being awarded the contract to operate 10% of the Outer Dublin Metropolitan Area and since September 2018, the company has been taking over the operation of a number of routes across the capital as well as South County Dublin and Wicklow areas.

Ed Wills, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Ireland, commented, “We are looking forward to expanding our operation across North County Dublin this weekend and would urge customers to visit either the and websites where timetables are displayed, as there may be some changes to both your route and leave times.”


17A: Killbarrack – Beaumount Hospital – Ballymun – Finglas – Blanchardstown

  • Regular 20-minute frequency all day, every day but increasing to every 15 minutes during Monday to Friday peak periods
  • Every 30 minutes early on Saturday and Sunday mornings and during Sunday evenings

33A: Balbriggan – Skerries – Swords – Dublin Airport

  • Co-ordinated with Dublin Bus route 33 to provide a regular 30-minute frequency between Skerries, Rush, Lusk and Swords
  • It will move from being a Double Deck bus to a Single Deck bus
  • Dublin Bus route 33 continues to Dublin City Centre
  • Route 33A is extended from Skerries to Balbriggan every 90 minutes
  • Route 33A is newly extended from Skerries, Rush, Lusk and Swords direct to Dublin Airport (Bus Zone 15) every 90 minutes

33B: Portrane – Donabate – Swords

  • Daytime frequency enhanced to operate every 30 minutes between Portrane  and Swords
  • It will move from being a Double Deck bus to a Single Deck bus
  • Regular hourly frequency early on Saturdays and Sundays and every evening
  • More journeys connect with trains from Donabate Station

102: Sutton – Malahide – Swords – Dublin Airport

  • Regular 30 minutes frequency all day, every day
  • It will move from being a Double Deck bus to a Single Deck bus

 “Customers should be aware that exact cash, the Leap card CAP card, Tax Saver Ticket, Annual and Monthly tickets, Rambler, Dublin Bus and Free Travel Passes are all valid on our services. The Go-Ahead Ireland buses are also different in design and are blue, white and green with a yellow front. Finally, the for those relying on real time data, we advise they download the Transport for Ireland (TFI) RTPI and Journey Planner Apps as they routes; will no longer appear on the Dublin Bus app. Any other questions can be found on the website,” said Mr Wills.


For more information or please contact;

Nikki Gordon - Head of Stakeholder Relations, Go-Ahead Ireland on 086 7757502 &

For any questions on the new timetables please contact our customer service team by using the comment form available on the bottom right hand of your screen, emailing or calling 1850 80 40 71.