Summary: A EU regulation, which outlines the rights of passengers with disabilities in bus and coach transport, came into effect in March 2013.
This regulation provides for the rights of passengers with reduced mobility and people with disabilities. It provides for rights to information, assistance, accommodation and compensation for passengers travellinglong distances (more than 250 km).
The rights which apply to long distance services (more than 250 km) include:
- Specific free assistance for people with disabilities and people with reduced mobility, both at terminals and on board, and, where necessary, transport free of charge for accompanying people.
- Information provision before and during a journey;
- Staff training, and
- Compensation for delayed or cancelled journeys.
Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann
Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann (Irish Bus) are the State bus companies. provides bus services within Dublin city and surrounding areas. operates intercity coach services as well as commuter services in the cities of Cork, Waterford, Limerick and Galway and some larger towns. Both Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann are obliged to provide services to people with disabilities. You can read more about and
A number of private operators provide public transport bus services in Ireland, which are listed below:
Here is a list of operators who provide accessible transport to old people, people with disabilities and people with mobility impairments who who are unable to access or use public transport:
Rural Transport Programme
There are Programme to address unmet public transport needs. The transport offered depend on the needs of the area and can include mini-buses, buses, taxis and private cars. The times and routes of the service are often determined by the intending passengers. Find out more at .groups in Ireland which are funded under the Rural Transport