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Planning a trip on public transport in Ireland? There's an app for that

There is now a national app that integrates real-time updates for all of Ireland, thanks to the National Transport Authority.
Jun 26th 2013, 6:24 PM 10,911 28

HAVE YOU BEEN waiting for an app that will let you plan your journey anywhere in Ireland, whether it is by bus, rail, DART or Luas?

Well, that app has arrived.

The new national transport app has been launched by the National Transport Authority, which says the app integrates all real-time arrival information services for Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus, Irish Rail, DART and Luas in one handy place.

The Real Time Ireland app is free to download for both iPhone and Android phone and device users. As Gerry Murphy, CEO of the National Transport Authority put it:

The Real Time Ireland App makes it easier for people to check when a Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann, DART, Train or Luas is due – in one convenient service. And this isn’t a Dublin-only service – it’s nationwide.

He said that combining live information services across several transport operators is “a complex process”.

We developed this App in partnership with Dublin City Council; together, we worked closely with transport companies and local authorities, and we would like to thank them all very much for their co-operation.

Public Transport Minister, Alan Kelly TD, said that he has been “extremely keen to embrace new technology to improve the transport experience” and commended the National Transport Authority for their work in this regard.

Integrated real time information for Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and Luas is also available online at, along with a National Journey Planner.

Features of the new Real Time Ireland App:

  • The app allows you to set alerts to tell you when your bus is 10 minutes, or 20 minutes or 30 minutes away from a certain bus stop
  • The app can inform you when you are approaching a particular bus stop (GPS-dependent)
  • The app shows combined transport updates from Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann, Luas, DART and Irish Rail.

The National Transport Authority is also at the final stages of commissioning on-street real-time signage for bus services in Galway, Limerick and Waterford and said it is continuing to increase the number of signs in the greater Dublin area.

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