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Expressway Route 30/X32 Dublin – Donegal

Dublin - Donegal

The eclectic nightlife, culture, shopping and heritage of Dublin, through quintessentially Irish village and towns and rolling landscape to the hills of Donegal and gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way coastline.


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Travel Type:


No. of Attractions:

4 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

3 hours 30 minutes

Route Frequency:

Every 90 minutes

Starting point:

Dublin Busáras Central Bus Station

How to get here

Journey fact:

Donegal is home to Ireland's highest sea cliffs, the Slieve League Cliffs, which rise to a height of over 600 meters.

Journey Overview

This is a journey that combines two great locations, whilst crossing fantastic, classic Irish scenery, north and south and all from the comfort and relaxation of an Expressway coach.

The coach winds its way through the rolling hills of County Cavan, folk can admire the patchwork of fields dotted with sheep and cows, and the occasional farmstead nestled among the trees.

Approaching Butlersbridge, the scenery becomes even more picturesque, with the tranquil River Erne flowing alongside, surrounded by reeds and willows. The quaint stone bridges crossing the river add to the charming landscape, while the thatched-roof cottages and traditional Irish pubs provide a glimpse into the area’s rich cultural heritage.

As the coach continues on its journey, it passes through the picturesque town of Belturbet, known for its charming streets and historic buildings, before reaching the rolling hills of County Fermanagh. The coach then stops at the bustling town of Enniskillen, located on the shores of Lough Erne, before reaching the charming village of Belleek, famous for its delicate porcelain. From here, the bus heads towards the coast, passing through the lively town of Ballyshannon before finally arriving in Donegal.

Donegal is a breathtaking destination, with its rugged coastline, rolling hills, and breathtaking scenery.

A Fab Day Out!

This is a journey with so much to explore at both ends – in Dublin and Donegal that maybe you’d love to do it over a few days, or just in one day. We’ve suggested some inspiration for a fabulous trip.

 Here are some of the top places to get off and visit on this journey:

As the starting point of the journey, Dublin is a must-visit for anyone traveling on Expressways’ awesome Route 30. The capital city is rich in history and culture, and there is no shortage of things to see and do. Some of the top attractions in Dublin include Trinity College, the National Museum of Ireland, and the iconic Guinness Storehouse.

Then, it’s on the coach and maybe a stop off at Virginia to explore the town’s beautiful parks, take a stroll along the River Annalee, or visit the nearby Virginia Park Lodge, a magnificent Victorian mansion. Off to Butlersbridge next on the bus – a small village on the banks of the River Erne and known for its picturesque thatched-roof cottages and traditional Irish pubs. Visitors can take a leisurely walk along the river, sample the local cuisine, or visit the nearby Marble Arch Caves, a fascinating underground network of tunnels and caves.

Back on board the coach, perhaps to the charming town of Belturbet which has many historic buildings including the Belturbet Railway Station and the Belturbet Hotel. Visitors can explore the town’s charming streets, take a walk along the River Erne, or visit the nearby Lough Boderg for some excellent fishing.

Then, it’s onto Enniskillen and a peruse round the Enniskillen Castle Museum, or a boat tour of the Lough Erne, or possibly an overnight stay! 

Onto the Expressway Route 30 again, this time to Belleek, a charming village famous for its delicate porcelain and is a must-visit for anyone interested in Irish craftsmanship. Folk can visit the Belleek Pottery Factory and learn about the history of this unique and beautiful art form.

Further along the route is Ballyshannon, a lively town located on the coast of County Donegal and is a great place to stop for a bite to eat or a drink. Visitors can explore the town’s charming streets, take a stroll along the beach, or visit the nearby Donegal Bay Waterbus, a unique and fascinating tour of the local waterways.

Finally, the denouement of a gripping journey is Donegal, to explore the  town’s historic streets, visit the Donegal Castle, or take a hike along the stunning Slieve League cliffs.

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Places to visit & things to do on this journey

National Museum of Ireland

Enniskillen Castle Museum




Busáras Central Bus Station

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