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hail to the bus driver

Dublin Bus is flogging a load of its old double deckers...

The transport company is replenishing its old fleet hence the reason for the sale.

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IF YOU’VE EVER fancied getting your hands on your very own double-decker bus, now’s your chance.

Dublin Bus have announced that they’re selling 84 of their old buses, all double-deckers, to anyone who may want one.

The transport company’s fleet is being replenished which means that many of the older models have to go.

All 84 of the buses will come with their company livery scrubbed off. They’ll be in roadworthy condition and they’ll even throw the tyres in for free. Which is good to know.

74 of the buses are Volvo B7TL / Alexander vehicles registered in the years (2000-2002), with the other 10 being Dennis Trident IIs registered in 2003.


That may not mean much to the ordinary punter – suffice to say all are double-deckers with “powered wheelchair ramps” and “‘fogmaker’ fire suppression equipment.

You can fit about 81 people in each.

There is a specific licence that needs to be earned for those driving such a large vehicle. And indeed that is where some of these buses end up – as practice vehicles for motoring schools or test vehicles for the examination proper. was curious as to what type of person would wish to buy a second-hand double decker bus. Dublin Bus were a little cagey when we asked them:

“Dublin Bus receives interest from many people including UK and mainland European operators,” a spokesperson told us.

As to how much a 15-year-old bus costs, no answer was forthcoming as such information is “commercially sensitive as the tender process is ongoing”.

However, a bit of googling reveals that vehicles of this size and vintage generally go for about the €20,000 mark.

You can find out more by calling 01 7033474 or emailing

The closing date for the receipt of bids for the buses is 11 March.

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