Do you need a City Break this Autumn?

Nothing beats the post Summer blues like a cheeky Autumn getaway to look forward to. There are many amazing destinations at our doorstep in Europe, waiting to be explored. Keep reading to find out about our Top 5 picks for an Autumn City Break in Europe.

  1. Edinburgh

The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, is well known for its sovereign heritage, cobbled streets lined with historic facades, and is the 2nd most bicycle-friendly city in the world. The beautiful city’s historical and cultural attractions have made it the second-most visited destination in the UK!

Recognised as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, Edinburgh is the seat of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and the highest courts in Scotland. The city’s Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the British monarchy in Scotland, making it rich in history and artefacts.

You can fly to Edinburgh from all major airports in Ireland, including Cork Airport and Dublin Airport, served by Citylink Routes 251 and 761/763.

Some of the main attractions in Edinburgh include:

  • The Palace of Holyroodhouse: The official royal palace of Scotland
  •  Edinburgh Castle: A historic royal castle and medieval museum
  •  Arthurs Seat: An ancient volcano site in Edinburgh
  •  Calton Hill: An exceptional viewpoint and site of many historical monuments
  •  The Royal Mile: The walk from Holyroodhouse to Edinburgh Castle
  •  Illusion Museum: A really cool spectral museum near Edinburgh Castle

Travel time from Dublin Airport is 1 hr 10 mins

Travel time from Cork Airport is 1hr 20 mins

2. Brussels

The capital of Belgium, Brussels, is home to the seat of the European Parliament and the Belgian Royal Family is a wonderland to visit. Walking through the streets, you’re met with incredible buildings and sites.

Brussels is known for its exquisite cuisine and beverages, including its local waffles, chocolate, french fries and its numerous types of beers.

As well as its historical and architectural landmarks; some of them registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. To top it all off, Brussels is a hub for rail, road and air traffic. Sometimes considered, together with Belgium, as the geographic, economic and cultural crossroads of Europe. Brussels will be beautiful in Autumn, with the evenings turning a bit colder and the leaves changing colour. 

You can travel to Brussels from Dublin Airport daily, and it is well worth a weekend getaway.

Some things to see in Brussels:

  • The Royal Palace of Brussels – Seat of the Royal Family
  •  European Commission/Parliament Buildings – Government buildings of the EU
  •  Grand Place – Historic Square in Central Brussels
  •  Mannekin Pis – Famous Bronze Statue in Brussels
  •  Atomium – Museum, an art centre and a cultural place.

Travel time from Dublin Airport is 1hr 30 mins

Image of the streets and buildings in Brussels.

3. Madrid

The capital of Spain, Madrid, lies on the River Manzanares in the central part of the Iberian Peninsula. Madrid is a hub of business and tourism in Spain, housing the headquarters of the UN’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI), and the Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB).

As well as Spain’s political capital, Madrid is Spain’s royal capital, with the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) situated in the centre of the city. Madrid is bursting with activities and sites, including the Buen Retiro Park, the Reina Sofia and Prado Museum. Enjoy amazing art museums, the Gran Via shopping district, and a thriving nightlife.

The autonomous region of Madrid also hosts cities like Toledo and Segovia, both sites oozing with history.

You can fly directly to Madrid from Dublin Airport, making it a very convenient city to travel to!

Some sites to see include:

  • Retiro Park – Huge park in the City Centre with 2 leisurely lakes
  •  Gran Via – Shopping district in Madrid with many famous brand stores
  •  Segovia – Medieval town in Madrid with a massive viaduct at the entrance of the town
  •  Museums – The Reina Sofia and Prado are famous museums hosting artists like Picasso and Goya
  •  Teatro Real – The Spanish Opera, hosting magnificent operatic art performances
  •  Palacio Real – The Royal Palace of Spain and the city residence of the Spanish royal family

Travel time from Dublin Airport is 2hrs 30 mins

Image of ancient structure in Madrid.

4. Berlin, Germany

Berlin is a world of culture, politics, media and science. It is Germany’s capital and largest city, bursting with a fascinating history. Not only that, but it is one of the most populous cities in Europe!

The city’s main features are the many lakes in the western and southeastern boroughs formed by the Spree, Havel, and Dahme rivers. Due to its location in the European Plain, Berlin is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. As a result, about one-third of the city’s area comprises forests, parks, gardens, rivers, canals and lakes.

The city has numerous orchestras, museums, and entertainment venues and hosts many sporting events. Its Zoological Garden is the most visited zoo in Europe and one of the most popular worldwide. The city is also well known for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts and very high quality of living.

Things to do:

  • Brandenburg Gate – Grand classical archway and city divide
  •  Reichstag Building – Historic, glass-domed home of Parliament
  •  East Side Gallery – Section of Berlin Wall for street art
  •  Memorial of the Murdered Jews of Europe – Columns commemorating the Holocaust
  •  Checkpoint Charlie– Cold War and East/West border landmark
  •  Museum Island – Art museum and Cathedral

Travel Time from Dublin Airport is 2hrs 20 Mins

Image of boat underneath a bridge in Berlin

5. Venice, Italy

Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by over 400 bridges. Venice was once a financial and maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. And a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto. During this period, it was also an important centre of commerce – especially for silk, grain, spices, and art from the 13th century to the end of the 17th.

The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, architecture, and artwork. In addition, Venice is known for several important artistic movements – especially during the Renaissance period.

Although the city is facing some challenges (including an excessive number of tourists and problems caused by pollution), Venice remains a top-rated tourist destination. It has been ranked the most beautiful city in the world numerous times. It has been described by the Times Online as one of Europe’s most romantic cities and by The New York Times as “undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man”.

Things to do:

  • Grand Canal – Canal, basilica and palace
  •  Rialto Bridge – Ornate footbridge over the Grand Canal
  •  St. Mark’s Square – Landmark basilica-dominated square
  •  St. Mark’s Basilica – Landmark cathedral with gilded domes
  •  Burano – Island of lace-making and colourful fishermen’s homes
  •  Murano – Museo del Vetro and glass souvenirs
  •  Bridge of Sighs – Iconic white-stone enclosed bridge

Flight time from Dublin Airport is 2 hrs 40 mins

Image of boats in Venice

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No matter where you decide to travel, you are guaranteed to find some delicious cuisine, historic landmarks, fantastic nightlife, beautiful scenery and much more!

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Discover one of Ireland’s Hidden Gems: Connemara

Travel through Cork Airport – It’s Easy!

For a relatively small island, Ireland is blessed to have several airports for passengers to travel through. Each of the four provinces has at least one international airport, which makes Ireland a very well-connected country. In recent months, now that travel has returned to near normal, major airports across the world have seen delays and disruptions. However, cork Airport, Ireland’s second-largest airport, was ready to adapt and grow and is still expanding services, offering a lot of international routes.

Citylink proudly serves Cork Airport as part of the 251 Galway-Limerick-Cork Route, offering times to compliment outgoing and incoming flights. Our team recently took a trip down to Cork Airport to see how handy it is to get through the airport – From Door to Departures.

Citylink services pull up right outside the terminal building of Cork Airport. If the bus was any closer, it’d be on the tarmac with the plane! When you disembark the bus, you’re just a few metres away from the entrance to the building. Cork Airport is pretty compact. Everything is there for you as you walk through the main doors. You have your check-in desks in front of you, cafes and shops to the left, seating areas dotted along the building, and cool displays showing local bars and restaurants.

When you start making your way through the airport and get through security, it will literally take a couple of minutes to get from the front door to your departure gate (not including a stop in Duty-Free, mind you).

A trip through the airport is not complete until you spend some time in Duty-Free. When you get through security, you’ll find yourself in “The Loop.” Alcohol, perfumes, chocolates, and Clonakilty sausages and rashers are the perfect items to be shopping for before boarding your plane.

On our trip through the airport, we were amazed at how quick and convenient the airport was and how easy it was to navigate, which, for any traveler, is very reassuring.

The same can be said for inbound passengers to Cork Airport. You disembark the aircraft, and you’re nearly immediately at passport control. Once you’ve finished up there, you simply turn around the corner, and you’re at baggage claim! Before you know it, you’re passing through the doors to the arrivals lounge – back to where your journey through Cork Airport began.

Citylink offers 8 daily services to and 8 daily services from Cork Airport, bringing you to/from the airport’s front door.

Now that Cork Airport is adding more departures – including new routes to Rome and Newcastle, maybe a winter break is on the cards? We sure are tempted anyways!

Discover one of Ireland’s Hidden Gems in this fantastic spot: Connemara!

At Citylink, we are proud to serve the region of Connemara. Clifden, Cleggan, Oughterard, Letterfrack – the list of stops along our 923 route are as beautiful as each other. Connemara is the perfect place for any visitor to experience the Wild Atlantic Way. It offers visitors some of the most scenic views and natural beauty you can find across Ireland. Places like Inishbofin Island, Clifden Town, Wildlands Adventures, and others provide top-notch experiences for anyone who finds themselves out in this beautiful part of Ireland.

We had the pleasure of filming and producing our brand new “Hidden Gems” ad campaign highlighting Citylink 923 Galway to Clifden/Cleggan route. With each diverse shot, you’ll be amazed by the stunning surroundings of the Wild Atlantic Coast. To coincide with this ad, we thought we’d run through some of the iconic landmarks featured in the clip that you just MUST Visit.

Lowry’s Bar

Known as one of the best pubs in Clifden and Voted Best Traditional Bar, Ireland 2019, 2018 & 2015, Lowry’s Bar is the perfect place for a bite to eat and a lovely pint. You will have a fantastic time with their amazing traditional style interior and charming staff. A special shout out to barman Damien, whose smile would brighten up any oul grumps day! Lowry’s Bar also has one of the most fascinating backstories we’ve ever heard, bringing a rich character to the place.

Lowry’s Bar Clifden has been in the Lowry family since 1949. At this time, Patrick Lowry, a Garda sergeant stationed in Donegal, decided to retire and move back home to his native Connemara. Upon his return, he decided to buy a pub. As chance would have it, a cousin of his was selling a pub in Clifden located at Market Street, then known as Connolly’s Bar.

So he bought the pub in Clifden, renamed it Lowry’s Bar, and sure the rest, as they say, is history! Patrick ran the business as not only a pub but a grocery as well. The grocery section was situated at the front, and the public house section was at the back. We can imagine that was very handy if you were tired after doing a day’s shopping! You could stop out the back to Lowrys Bar, where a well-poured Guinness would give you some strength for the walk home!

The most interesting part of Lowry’s history is the unique selling point of offering patrons the chance to cure a toothache! A dentist called Mr. John Bermingham operated his dental practice from a small room at the back of the pub. The story goes that patrons in Lowrys Bar would be sent out to have a sizeable Jameson after a visit to the dentist to numb any pain and, of course, settle the nerves. It’s no wonder it soon developed the reputation for being one of the best pubs in Clifden!

In 1977 Patrick’s niece Eilish and her husband Paul took ownership of Lowry’s Bar which they ran until Paul passed away in 2010. Paul was a natural in the pub, a particularly popular figure with all customers, locals, and visitors, and is sorely missed. Eilish is still involved in the pub but is now taking a well-deserved break from the business’s day-to-day running. Damien, the current owner, is the third generation of the family to own and run the pub. He hopes to emulate the great success of Patrick, Paul, and Eilish before him.

Find out more at http://www.lowrysbar.ie

Clifden Station House Hotel Connemara

If you are looking for a place to stay while in Connemara, the Clifden Station House is the perfect base to explore the majestic beauty of Connemara.

The Clifden Station House is Galway’s most popular family hotel. Immersed in the heart of the Wild Atlantic way. The cosy modern hotel has many rooms to choose from, with double rooms, family rooms, junior suites, and deluxe double rooms available. As well as an indoor swimming pool, spa and free kids throughout the school holidays including movies shown in our own 200-seat theatre.

You can also indulge in their delicious gourmet dinners created for you by our award-winning Chef Pascal Marino. They have a fantastic 10% discount on their Gourmet Dining Breaks which are not to be missed. We treated ourselves to their stunning lunch menu at their Signal Bar & Restaurant, and we must Connemara seafood tastes divine!

Check out their deals for this years October Mid Term Break or recharge your batteries on one of their famous Wellness Breaks.

Clifden Bookshop

Clifden Bookshop is one of the staple retail outlets in Clifden. Based on Main Street, this little gem is the perfect store to visit when you’re in the area.

The Clifden Bookshop opened in 1997. It is a niche business in the beautiful town of Clifden, known as the Capital of Connemara. When you walk through the door, you’re greeted by walls filled with gorgeous colourful books and the lovely smiling face of Nicole, the owner of Clifden Bookshop. They state, “Our mantra is that there is a book out there that is the key to unlocking a lifelong love of reading.” And have first-hand knowledge of their stock in their “Room with the Books.”

One of the very cool parts of Clifden Bookshop is you’ll see walls of familiar faces who have passed through the store over the past 25 years. You’re sure to find some inspiration here and a chance to chat about your most recently read books!

Inishbofin Ferries

Cleggan is a beautiful seaside village right on the edge of Ireland. Cleggan is also the point for those wishing to travel to Inishbofin Island will catch the boat.
When you arrive in Cleggan via Citylink, you’ll see the village has four bars Olivers, Joyces, Newmans, and The Pier Bar. One a grocer, a sit-down restaurant, and a seasonal take-out.

In addition to trips to the local islands, leisure activities for visitors include horseback riding and fishing.

We’d always recommend a trip out to Inishbofin Island – It’s the perfect place for a bike ride or a stroll. The lads at Inishbofin Ferries and the office staff are quick to recommend things to do or places to go for a bite on the island.

For ticket information, head to: http://www.inishbofinferry.ie

Connemara National Park

Last but not least, situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway, Connemara National Park covers some 2,000 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980.

Much of the present Park lands formed part of the Kylemore Abbey Estate and the Letterfrack Industrial School, the remainder having been owned by private individuals. The southern part of the Park was at one time owned by Richard (Humanity Dick) Martin who helped to form the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals during the early 19th century. The Park lands are now wholly owned by the State and managed solely for National Park purpose.

The views here are absolutely breath taking and the hike will be sure to get those steps in!

Does this sound like the perfect weekend for you? Well then you are in luck! We are hosting a Weekend Giveaway for Connemara over on our Instagram page. Head there now to enter!

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Fun Things to do in Athlone!

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What do I do if my flight is delayed/cancelled, and I have booked a Citylink ticket?

If you are a regular user of air travel, you are well accustomed to flight delays & cancellations. We here at Citylink completely understand that this can be a stressful situation for our customers coming from the airport.

So, if you book a seat with us and your flight is delayed, we will honour your ticket and put you on the next available service at no extra cost.

I’m concerned it will be busy and I won’t get a seat on the next service; what do I do?

We hear you! This is where our Manage My Booking feature comes to the rescue.

To help our customers have more flexibility and control over their travel plans, customers can now amend their booking up to 3 times prior to the scheduled service departure time.

Conditions:

  • You can amend your booking with Citylink up to 30 minutes before a service departs its first stop
  • We are happy to change the time and date of your booking, but we cannot change the destination.

If you need help amending your ticket, please click here.

Important to note:

• If you book another ticket with Citylink to guarantee your seat, the unused ticket is non-refundable.
• If you book another ticket with another provider, your Citylink ticket is non-refundable.

Fun things to do in Athlone!

IMAGE: Athlone City.

Athlone is the gem in the centre of Ireland. With Dublin to the east and Galway to the west, Athlone is the perfect middle point. Loaded with great shopping and beautiful surroundings, it’s the ideal place for a day trip or to visit for a weekend.

Athlone is served by Citylink’s Multi-Stop 763 Route, which provides services from Athlone to Dublin, Galway, and many towns between the two. Citylink has recently joined as proud Athlone Chamber of Commerce members and enjoys being part of the community. For those unfamiliar with Athlone, we thought we’d give you an idea of what you can do and see in this beautiful town in the heart of Ireland.

Food & Drink

Athlone is lucky to have a great selection of food and drink places to choose from, from fine dining to little coffee shops – all of which are perfect for a trip to the town. Here are some great spots we’d recommend.

Poppy Fields is a cute place to go for breakfast. Poppy Fields’ menu boasts a great selection of foods, with four Hot Specials available daily to compliment the regular menu. They also offer healthy options every day, which are really delicious. In addition, Poppy Fields makes its own bread, scones, and cakes and offers an all-day breakfast option. 

Lunch is essential when you’re roaming around and shopping. We love Bastion Kitchen in Athlone. They offer a vast range of healthy options, which are so tasty. Not only is it a great place to pop in for a bite, but they also have a range of sustainable items for sale, so you can take the Bastion Kitchen journey with you! Check out their site for their range of goods.

There are so many options when it comes to dinner and drinks! Our team members have a few options for eating: Dead Centre BrewingGertie Browns (Hatter’s Lane), or Il Collesseo for dinner. Dead Centre is more chill vibes, and who doesn’t love a pizza and craft beer combo. Their selection of beers is really cool too! Then you have Gerties/Hatters or Il Collesseo, which are excellent for a more formal-style, sit-down meal.

Shop Til You Drop

Athlone has some top-quality shopping – from boutique stores to shopping centers, full of great outlets. Golden Island is a firm staple of the Athlone retail scene and offers shoppers some great choices from Penneys, Born, Park Jewellers, and more! In addition, you’ll find great shopping spaces in the center of town, including Athlone Towncentre, a mall with a whole host of shops and cafes.

There are a lot of neat boutiques around the town, so it is well worth spending a couple of hours wandering around, popping in and out – you’ll definitely find a good bargain for yourself!

Get Active!

IMAGE: Bay Sport inflatable course out in the water.

Many outdoor activities require good weather – which can be hard to come by in Ireland. Nevertheless, we’ve decided to mention a few outdoorsy things and fun activities you can do in Athlone!

Bay sports, just on the outskirts of Athlone, is pure fun for all the family with its giant inflatables out in the water at the Hodson Bay Hotel. If you’ve ever seen the show “Total Wipeout” and wanted to try it out, this place would be perfect for that. Hodson Bay is a great spot for leisure and water activities.

Nearby, for the golfers, is Athlone Golf Club, a great course to play and take in the sights and sounds of the Midlands.

If you start discovering Athlone, be it for a day of shopping at Golden Island, to sample the delicious cuisine at Dead Centre Brewing, or to enjoy some of the outdoor activities, be sure to share your pictures and #DiscoverAthlone

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How to Spend a Summer Night in Galway

Galway is one of those places that when the sun starts to shine, you just don’t want to be at home. You’d much rather be out and about, taking in the sights and sounds of everyone enjoying the summer sun. Galway has some iconic places to spend a summer evening like Spanish Arch, Eyre Square and Woodquay – all with stunning views and perfect for a cheeky drink.

Summers in Galway can be electric. You’ll see tourists and locals mixing with culture and music and there’s always so much to do. We’ve decided to give you guys an idea of how to best spend a summer night in Galway and make the most of the upcoming warm and sunny days.

Dinner in the Dean

The Dean, a recently opened hotspot, is one of those iconic landmarks in Galway. Situated just off of Eyre Square, sitting on their rooftop terrace on a warm day while you eat is idyllic. Acknowledged as “a slice of boutique bliss in the heart of Galway, one of Europe’s friendliest cities”, The Dean and their rooftop restaurant, Sophie’s will offer any visitor a high-class, spectacular dining experience while you take in the view of Galway City.

The Dean, Galway.

Swan Out To Salthill

It’s almost criminal to be in Galway on a warm summer day or evening and not venture out to Salthill. Salthill on a warm day is world-class – you may even think you were in Spain. Taking the 401 city bus from Galway and getting off near the church in Salthill, you’re only a stones throw away from the beach. There’s a lot of cool places to stop and grab a bite, a drink or a coffee in Salthill. O’Reilly’s Bar has a stunning rooftop veranda where you can have a chilled drink and look out to the ocean.

Head down towards Blackrock Diving Tower and you’ll arrive upon up to Jungle Café where you can get delicious coffee and treats which are just perfect for a warm summers evening while listening to the waves.

The Promenade, Salthill.

Booze in the Blue Note

Galway’s Westend is where it happens. There are so many cool bars, restaurants and cafes. The Blue Note is a staple of the Westend’s bar scene. Just on the corner of William Street, the Blue Note is a perfect place to continue your day out in Galway in the sunshine. Sit in their beer garden, which is a hub of activity in the evenings and weekends and listen to some great local music – we can’t think of a better way to chill out!

According to galwaywestend.ie, the philosophy of the Blue Note is “drinks are something to enjoy while you talk to friends, not something you talk about.”

The Blue Note, Wiliam Street.

Get A Load of GIAF

July in Galway is massive. From mid to end July, you’ll meet some of the finest talent and artists both local and international under the roof of Galway International Arts Festival. GIAF 2022 kicks off on July 11th and is the first full programmed festival since 2019. Have a pint and ice-cream at the Festival Garden in Eyre Square, take in a world-class music act at the Heineken Big Top or see one of the street acts – there’ll be plenty of music, art, theatre and performances for everyone to go and see.

As proud Friends of the Festival, Citylink will be giving away tickets to shows during the festival so be sure to check out @citylinkireland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for your chance to win!

Satori and Unfolding, Galway International Arts Festival.

Irish Citylink completes acquisition of GoBus!

With the acquisition of GoBus, Irish Citylink will become one of the largest private land transport companies in Ireland.

Irish Citylink, a wholly owned subsidiary of ComfortDelGro group headquartered in Singapore, has successfully completed the purchase of GoBus from its present owners. The acquisition marks a significant step forward for the company in expanding its network throughout Ireland. 

On reviewing the market to identify companies that offer an excellent level of service, it was imperative to choose a company whose values and reputation aligned with the core values and level of service Citylink is known for. GoBus epitomizes these values that are important to our company and passengers. 

David Conway, Regional Director of Irish Citylink, commented“Having navigated the challenges of COVID-19 and as we are rebuilding and expanding the range of services we offer to the traveling public, the addition of the GoBus network will enable us to provide significantly more options to both Citylink and GoBus customers. This enhanced network of services will encourage more people to travel via public transport and support our greater green agenda of moving towards a sustainable public transport network”.

The acquisition of GoBus fits into Citylink’s strategy to become the largest operator of intercity coach services in Ireland. GoBus’ convenient services and fleet of modern and comfortable coaches, alongside Citylink’s premium and reliable services, provide major opportunities for the company to become the largest intercity coach operator in Ireland. 

When asked about the acquisition, Frances Cahill, General Manager of Irish Citylink, commented, “This is just the beginning – The acquisition of GoBus brings so many new opportunities to the business in terms of employment, funding for local sponsorships, and the services we can provide for our passengers. We are absolutely delighted to bring two reputable transport providers together to provide an expanded network of routes and an even better customer experience for our current and future passengers!”

The stories behind Irish Citylink and GoBus

Irish Citylink first began right in the heart of Galway almost 20 years ago. The company’s distinctive blue and yellow coaches have become synonymous with high-quality, reliable, and affordable coach travel. In the beginning, Citylink ran up to 12 daily services between Galway and Dublin. Since then, they have expanded their business and network of routes to over 100 daily direct, express, and multi-stop services across all routes. Over 150 people are employed in the provision of Irish Citylink’s services in Galway, Dublin, Limerick, and Cork.

GoBus was established in 2009 and operates frequent and flexible coach services across three main routes serving Galway, Dublin, Cork, and Ballina. GoBus prides itself on offering flexibility and the best in comfort and safety on board.

Pairing GoBus with Citylink’s mission to connect Ireland’s towns, cities, villages, and airports across the nation by providing reliable travel is both ambitious and vital. Particularly as the need for public transport increases each year.

Irish Citylink operates a range of services in Galway, Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Clifden, Loughrea, Athlone, Ballinasloe, and more. The company currently carry over 28,000 passengers per week across all routes which is forecasted to surpass 35,000 later this year. With these numbers in mind, it is clear that transport is an essential and vital service in today’s society. With this acquisition, Irish Citylink is determined to create a reality where transport is more accessible in Ireland than ever before!

For more information on how this acquisition will affect Irish Citylink and GoBus’ customers, please click here.

How to spend your Day in Dublin City

Traveling to Dublin has never been so easy! From Galway, you can hop on a Citylink bus at nearly any hour to be in Dublin 2.5 hrs later. With the stress of day-to-day life, it is important to wind down – do some retail therapy, indulge in some culture, or just go up for a nosey.

Recently, our marketing team took a lovely trip up to Dublin City to look around and take in some of the sites. Here’s what they did:

Early Lunch at Mind The Step

After a 2.5-hour bus journey, the first port of call should always be a caffeine fix. After a short walk through Liffey Street and nearby lanes, Mind the Step on Strand Street caught our eye. You’re greeted by high ceilings, cool décor, and smiling baristas when you walk in.

The menu is small but full of delicious items. A variety of sandwiches from classic ham & cheese to turkey and cranberry can come with some super tasty soup too. The sandwiches are served on fresh sourdough bread with a side of crisps. Once the food is in front of you, your belly will rumble, and your mouth will water. One of the most essential items is coffee. The coffee is strong, fresh, and perfect for giving you the jumpstart you need to continue the day.

Mind the Step also doubles as a dance studio. As you wander around the building, you’ll see little nooks and crannies with spaces to read and relax – it’s a perfect little oasis in a busy neighbourhood and is totally worth a visit.

Stroll along the Liffey

After lunch, it’s important to get your steps in! Walking along the Liffey does that perfectly. Make sure to stop in one of the many Starbucks along the way to get an icy beverage as you take in the sights and sounds. You’ll see a contrast between old and new buildings, monuments, and cool industry buildings like Hubspot HQ. It’s cool to walk up and meet the Samuel Beckett bridge, a super unique bridge crossing the Liffey. It gives you a great view of Dublin Port and, on the other side, Dublin City.

A Tour of the EPIC museum

Epic Museum is one of the must-see gems in Dublin City. Our team was lucky to visit and tour the magnificent building and see the exhibit. EPIC Museum presents the life and story of Irish Emigration. The museum shows everything from the far-reaching parts of the world to the impact it has at home. The building itself is a piece of history – a restored merchant’s dock where goods were loaded/unloaded.

Each room in the museum shows many different aspects, from religion to celebration to modes of transport. Each aspect is presented uniquely through audio productions, interactive displays, voice-overs, sculptures, and video clips. The team at Citylink spent over an hour wandering through the various rooms, mostly saying “Wow” and “Oooh,” as most of the information was unknown or new to the team. It was fascinating to see the impact Irish emigration has had on Ireland and the world and how the Irish community expanded into nearly every corner of the globe. We couldn’t recommend them enough, especially for all those instagramble opportunities! Check out some of the fab shots we got inside:

A Day out in Dublin is something everyone should pop into the schedule, and be sure to check out Citylink timetables to find a time that works for you! Want to have an even better look at how our day went? Check out our How to spend your day in Dublin Vlog on our Instagram and TikTok page!

Best Spots for a delicious Lunch in Limerick

At Citylink, we are proud to serve the city of Limerick. Limerick is a jewel along the Wild Atlantic Way and offers visitors some of the most scenic views and landmarks you can find across Ireland. Like King Johns Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral, and some quality stores to do some shopping!

Citylink provides frequent services from Galway, Cork, and Dublin to Limerick, which gives a great opportunity to explore the Treaty City. Exploring any city cannot be done without sampling the local food offerings. So, we’ve created a list of our team’s favourite places to get some grub!

1. Freddys Bistro

This restaurant is located in a restored 19th-century building with a charming ambiance. The menu of Freddy’s bistro has a lot of delicate offerings. Still, their braised beef cheek and pork belly are mouth-wateringly good. All dishes are cooked to order, and the restaurant has a dedicated Coeliac and Vegan Menu. Bellissimo!

2. Café Rose

Café Rose in Limerick has something for everyone! They have a range of delicious light salads and meals to choose from, serving them in a casual dining atmosphere. They cater very well to vegan and vegetarian diners and have a delightful selection of cakes. Their macaroons are to die for!

3. Zest!

A top quality food production company based in Shannon with locations in the area, i.e., Limerick and Ennis, Zest! Provide excellent food items, including cakes, salads, and sandwiches. Located near People’s Park, this café is in a prime location for people touring around to get a sweet treat before having a nice walk in the nearby parks.

4. Fika Coffee

A multi-roasting coffee specialist based on Catherine Street in Limerick, which serves delicious coffee, including roasts by West Cork Coffee and Burren Coffee. This gem serves some top-quality coffees and pastries, which are perfect for anyone who wants a treat as they walk through the streets of Limerick. For non-coffee lovers, their iced tea is definitely worth the visit.

5. The Locke Bar

The Locke Bar is an award-winning eatery in the middle of Limerick’s Medieval Quarter. Open 7 days a week, The Locke Bar is known for its fresh daily special offerings and picturesque views of Limerick Harbour. Their website states, “It can be found on the original site of one of Limerick City’s oldest pubs dating back to 1724. Nearby are some of the city’s most historical landmarks such as St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle & the Hunt Museum.”

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Our Top 5 picks for a Spring City Break in Europe!

Nothing beats the post Christmas blues like a quick Spring getaway to look forward to. There are a multitude of amazing destinations at our doorstep in Europe, waiting to be explored. Keep reading to find out about our Top 5 picks for a Spring City Break in Europe.

1.Amsterdam

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, is well known for it’s artistic heritage, narrow houses with gabled facades and being the world’s 2nd most bicycle friendly city in the world. Amsterdam’s nickname is “Venice of the North” attributed by the large number of canals which form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world in the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century and became the leading centre for finance and trade.

Exploring the cities canals by foot, enjoying a walk on Blijburg beach and learning about Amsterdam’s history at Stadsarchief (City Archives) are a few of the many amazing things you can do to make the most of your time in this wonderful city.

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Flight time from Dublin Airport: 1 hr 40 mins

2. Berlin

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Berlin, Germany

Berlin is a world of culture, politics, media and science. It is the capital and largest city in Germany bursting with fascinating history. It’s 3,748,148 inhabitants make it the second most populous city of the European Union after London.

Among the city’s main features are the many lakes in the western and southeastern boroughs formed by the Spree, Havel, and Dahme rivers. Due to its location in the European Plain, Berlin is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. About one-third of the city’s area is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers, canals and lakes.

The city has numerous orchestras, museums, and entertainment venues, and is host to many sporting events. It’s Zoological Garden is the most visited zoo in Europe and one of the most popular worldwide. The city is also well known for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts and a very high quality of living.

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Flight time from Dublin Airport: 2 hrs 20 mins

3. Paris

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Paris, France

The “City of Love” as it is well-known globally is the perfect place to visit with your loved ones to overcome the Christmas blues. Paris, France’s capital city, is a major European city and global centre for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture.

Paris is especially known for its museums and architectural landmarks: the Louvre was among most visited art museums in the world in 2019, with 9.6 million visitors. The historical district along the Seine in the city centre is classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site, and popular landmarks in the city centre included the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, now closed for renovation after the April 15, 2019 fire.

Paris received 24.5 million visitors in 2018. It was ranked as the second most visited travel destination in the world in 2018, after Bangkok. The football club Paris Saint-Germain and the rugby union club Stade Français are based in Paris. The 80,000-seat Stade de France, built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, is located just north of Paris in the neighbouring commune of Saint-Denis.

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Flight time from Dublin Airport: 1 hr 45 mins

4. Venice

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Venice, Italy

Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated on a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by over 400 bridges. It was a major financial and maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as an important centre of commerce – especially silk, grain, and spices, and of art from the 13th century to the end of the 17th.

The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, their architecture, and artwork. Venice is known for several important artistic movements – especially during the Renaissance period.

Although the city is facing some challenges (including an excessive number of tourists, problems caused by pollution, tide peaks and cruise ships sailing close to the buildings), Venice remains a very popular tourist destination, a major cultural centre, and has been ranked many times the most beautiful city in the world. It has been described by the Times Online as one of Europe’s most romantic cities and by The New York Times as “undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man”.

Things to do:

  • Grand Canal – Canal, basilica and palace
  • Rialto Bridge – Ornate footbridge over the Grand Canal
  • St. Mark’s Square – Landmark basilica dominated square
  • St. Mark’s Basilica – Landmark cathedral with gilded domes
  • Burano – Island of lace-making and colourful fishermen’s homes
  • Murano – Museo del Vetro and glass souvenirs
  • Bridge of Sighs – Iconic white-stone enclosed bridge

Flight time from Dublin Airport: 2 hrs 40 mins

5. Budapest

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Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube. The Széchenyi Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest. Budapest is a global city with strengths in commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. It is Hungary’s financial centre, and was ranked as the second fastest-developing urban economy in Europe.

Among Budapest’s important museums and cultural institutions is the Museum of Fine Arts. The central area of the city along the Danube River is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has several notable monuments, including the Hungarian ParliamentBuda CastleFisherman’s BastionGresham Palace, Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Matthias Church and the Liberty Statue.

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Flight from Dublin Airport3 hrs

No matter where you decide to travel in Europe, you are guaranteed to find some delicious cuisine, historic landmarks, fantastic nightlife, beautiful scenery and much more!

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