After being away for eighteen months, Off The Beaten Track has returned with a new update. And it seems appropriate to return with a new route that has commenced in that time period.
With the recovery taking place within Ireland, and Dublin, following the economic collapse a decade ago, there has been an increase in traffic through Dublin Airport. In 2016 this resulted in Dublin Bus reviewing the commercial services it provides there. The 747 increased its operating hours and frequency, and a new route was introduced between the south city and the airport.
The 757 terminates on Charlotte Way near the Harcourt stop on the Luas Green Line. It serves St. Stephen's Green, Merrion Square, Pearse Street, the IFSC and Dublin Docklands on its way to the Airport. This encompasses the Central Business District as well as several hotels, leisure and cultural locations. It provides interchange with the two tram lines and the railway network. The route operates every twenty-minutes Monday to Saturday and half-hourly on a Sunday.
The route is operated by Airlink VGs from Summerhill Garage. Some of these buses transferred from Harristown Garage to provide the increase in Airlink services.
It is an interesting route covering some of the historic parts of the city along with some of the most modern parts of the city. And it provides a more direct alternative to the airport compared to the 747, with journey times of approximately 40 minutes.
On the day I traveled on VG 29.