Which Dublin Bus Tour is Best?

In this post, we will provide information to help you pick the right Dublin bus tour, including tickets, availability, and what sets each apart. 

 

 


HOP-ON-HOP-OFF BUS TOURS

These tours will allow you to jump off wherever you wish and take a look around at various landmarks around Dublin. After you’re done at one stop, you can hop back on and resume the tour.

Most hop-on-hop-off bus tours include both a live guide and an audio guide. While the live guide will provide commentary in English, the audio guides are available in multiple languages.

This is a great way to get around the city and see all of the major sites, and it’s nice that you can take a break in the middle of your tour to explore Dublin at your own pace.

Hop-on-Hop-off bus tours are typically available for anywhere from 1-3 days, and you can expect each route to include anywhere from 15-30 stops at popular landmarks and sites in the city.

There are frequent stops provided at or near each of the following locations:

  • Dublin Castle
  • Marion Square
  • Parnell Square
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • St. Stephen’s Green
  • National Art Gallery
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Teelings Whiskey Distillery

If this sounds like an interesting option, please read our post covering Dublin Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tours.

 


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COMEDY BUS TOURS

If you’re looking for a bus tour that will focus on specific details about Dublin’s history and culture, consider one of the following options.

In this section, we will provide information about specialized Dublin bus tours including some of the locations you’ll visit, how long the tour will take, and ticket prices for each service.

 

 


The Comedy Bus

As the name implies, this bus tour will take you on a trip through some of Dublin’s comedic history. Professional comedians will host your journey and tell jokes about some of the more hilarious things that have happened in this city.

See sites such as the Garden of Remembrance, Guinness Brewery and St. Patrick’s Cathedral while riding around with some of the funniest tour guides in Dublin!

Ticket Information

This company has altered its buses to create a stage-like atmosphere in which their comedians can perform.

Although you will be transported around the city to see a lot of the most famous landmarks, this bus tour does not allow you to hop on and off at your own leisure and there are no stops during the trip.

If you need to cancel your ticket for any reason, you can do so up to 24 hours before the tour begins.

The Comedy Bus is still relatively new, so there aren’t many reviews for the service just yet. That said, many customers who have left a review indicate that this bus tour is very funny and informative.

 


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NIGHT AND GHOST BUS TOURS

Visitors who are more interested in the spooky side of Dublin’s history might want to think about taking either a night or ghost bus tour.

 

 

This section will provide details about these tours, including the length of the tour, which subjects and locations are covered and the price of each service.


The Gravedigger Ghost Tour

This is a somewhat spookier alternative to the Comedy Bus Tour, as it is both creepy and humorous.

Rather than just scare the daylights out of you, your tour guides will keep things a little more lighthearted while telling you some of the most disturbing stories from throughout Dublin’s history.

In addition to this trip around the city, you’ll also get a free brew (either with or without alcohol) at the Gravedigger’s Pub!

 Ticket Information

  • €28 per person
  • Includes free brew at Gravedigger’s Pub
  • Availability: Daily at 7:45 pm
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Purchase or learn more.

Tickets can be canceled at any time up to 24 hours before the tour begins for a full refund.

The Gravedigger Ghost tour takes place aboard a uniquely designed bus which includes a lot of decoration for the experience.

Your tour guides will be dressed up as ghouls, ready to terrify you with tales of Dublin’s haunted past – if they don’t make you bust a gut instead!

As with most of these specialty bus tours, you won’t have the option to hop on or off at your leisure. Instead, you will be taken around the city to see major sites and learn about their spooky past.

With an overall score of 4 ½ out of 5 stars, it’s clear that most people who take this bus tour really enjoy themselves (read reviews here).

Many customers described the outing as both entertaining and informative, suggesting that it wasn’t necessarily a serious history tour, but there were a lot of interesting facts provided during the trip.

Some even described this service as goofy and fun, indicating that it might be good for families. 


The Dublin Ghostbus Tour

If you’re looking for an alternative to the Gravedigger tour, this is an excellent option. Much like their competition, they provide a spooky and fun trip through the streets of Dublin. While there is a focus on somewhat disturbing and frightening stories of the city’s history, your tour guides will also keep things fun and humorous with a comedic take on the macabre.

Ticket Information

  • €28 per person
  • Includes a free walking tour.
  • Availability: Mon – Sat at 8 pm
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Purchase or learn more.

NOTE: There is a combo ticket available which will save you $5 on the tour. Read more about this opportunity in our deals & discounts section.

Tickets can be canceled up to 24 hours before your tour date for a full refund.

The main difference between the Ghostbus and their competitor is the free services they offer. While Gravedigger provides a free brew at their pub, the Ghostbus includes a free walking tour covering the highlights of this city

When it comes to presentation, both companies take a similar approach to decorating their bus in order to make the experience even more creepy.

This is not a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, but you will have the opportunity to stop at several notable locations and learn about some of the more twisted tales from Dublin’s history.

While on this tour, you will enjoy various activities such as a trip to a haunted museum, a stroll through St. Kevin’s Graveyard and more. 

The Dublin Ghostbus has an overall score of about 4 ½ out of 5 stars (read reviews here). 


Ghostbus Kids Tour

If you’re looking for a paranormal outing that your children can enjoy, Ghostbus offers a tour designed specifically for younger guests. 

 

 

While on this trip, your kids will hear about some of the creepiest stories from throughout Dublin’s history. Tour guides will take special care to ensure that the details they share are appropriate for younger audiences.

Unlike their main Ghostbus tour, this service does not include an additional walking tour.

Ticket Information

As with their other services, this company offers free cancellation up to 24 hours before the tour begins. 

Guests can expect to hear about a variety of subjects such as Mad Willian, Misery Hill, and the legend of the body snatchers.

As previously established, this company has an excellent reputation and they routinely receive excellent reviews.


Night Bus Tours

If you’re not interested in a ghost tour, there are still a few options for taking a bus tour after dark.

The main hop-on-hop-off bus tour companies provide their own night tours, allowing you to see what this city looks like when the sun goes down and learn a bit about the history of Dublin along the way.

Both Big Bus Tours and City Sightseeing provide a night bus tour which includes 11 stops over the course of one hour after dark in Dublin. In addition to learning more about the city, you’ll also enjoy some music along the way.

  • Ticket Price: €15/Adults | €10/Children
  • Included for free with the 3-Day Ticket
  • Availability: Daily at 8 pm & 9:30 pm
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Purchase or learn more

For more details about this tour and the company behind it, please read our post covering Dublin hop-on-hop-off bus tours.

 


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DAY TRIPS FROM DUBLIN

There are a lot of different day trips offered from Dublin. Each of these services uses a coach to transport you to-and-from a number of different locations. Here are just a few of the places you can visit:

  • Blarney Castle
  • Connemara
  • Wild Wicklow
  • Glendalough
  • Kilkenny
  • Giant’s Causeway

If you’re interested in seeing any of these places while you’re in Dublin, visit this page to find the day trip you want to take.

 


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DISCOUNTS AND DEALS

There aren’t many discounts available on these types of bus tours, but if you’re also interested in a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, you could save some money with combo packages and other services.

 

 


DoDublin Combo Package

If you purchase either a 24-hour or 48-hour hop-on-hop-off DoDublin bus tour ticket, you will receive admission to additional activities such as a walking tour and entry to the Little Museum of Dublin.

In addition to those extra attractions, you’ll also get a map, discount guide and €5 off any additional tour provided by DoDublin, including the following options:

  • Ghostbus Tour
  • Malahide Castle & Howth Day Trip
  • Glendalough & Powerscourt Gardens Day Trip

Purchase this combo ticket or learn more.

Visitors who are planning to enjoy more than one bus tour may want to consider this opportunity to save a few euros.

For more details, make sure to read our post covering hop-on-hop-off bus tours.


Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour Deals

There are several different discounts available for hop-on-hop-off bus tours in Dublin, including deals through tourist passes and combo packages.

If you’re interested in taking this type of bus tour, please read the deals and discounts section of our Dublin hop-on-hop-off bus tour post for more details about these opportunities to save money.


Discount Sites

Depending on when you choose to visit Dublin, you may find some pretty good deals on bus tours with sites such as Groupon.

In addition to whatever deal the tour operator may offer to begin with, these discount sites typically offer coupon codes that you can use to save an extra 10% – 20% off local activities.

Before you make a purchase, make sure to check the top and bottom of the page for banners that may include coupons you can use to save a few more euros!

 


 


 

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