Public Transport  

 

The Park is accessible by public transport, though options are limited and in order to get here from other areas of the country, travel generally has to be via Dublin city. To move on elsewhere usually requires a journey back via Dublin. In many cases, public transport will only bring you to towns that are several kilometres away from the Park.

Here you will find details of scheduled services. Other transport options to look at are backpacker tours, some of these buses have a hop on / hop off arrangement, details can be sourced at hostels or tourist information offices around the country.

 

Eastern Side

Glendalough

'St. Kevin's Bus' operates a twice-daily bus service runs from Dublin city centre to Glendalough. It departs from opposite the Mansion House on Dawson Street, off St. Stephens Green. Glendalough is the most popular visitor area in the Park and is a good base for exploring this side of the mountains.

The Wicklow Way Bus Service, operating to an advanced booking system, meets the train from Dublin at Rathdrum, and goes to Glendalough and Glenmalure.

Rathdrum

Irish Rail runs several trains a day from Connolly Station (Dublin) to Rathdrum. Rathdrum village is 16km from Glendalough but there are no bus connections to the valley. The telephone number for Rathdrum train station is +353-404-46426.

Bus Éireann serves the town several times a day. Route No.133 runs between Busáras bus station in Dublin and Arklow town in Co. Wicklow and among the places it stops are Bray, Kilmacanogue, Wicklow and Avoca.

Enniskerry

Dublin Bus has suburban bus routes to the pretty village of Enniskerry near the north-eastern end of the Park. Enniskerry is approximately 4km from the Wicklow Way, the long distance walking route which travels through the entire county and parts of the Park. Powerscourt Waterfall, the highest waterfall in Ireland is located here. The waterfall is in a privately owned park and an entry fee applies. The No.185 bus to Enniskerry departs regularly from Bray train station. There is a high-frequency suburban train service called the 'DART' between Dublin and Bray. The No.44 bus to Enniskerry departs on an hourly basis from Townsend St. in Dublin city centre.

 

Western Side

The most accessible towns in west Co. Wicklow are Blessington and Baltinglass.

Blessington

Dublin Bus suburban bus services will bring you to Blessington which is approximately 8km west of the Wicklow Mountains. The Blessington Lakes fall between the town and the Park and are worth exploring. The No.65 bus departs from Eaton Quay off O'Connell St in the city centre of Dublin several times a day.

Baltinglass

Bus Éireann bus services will bring you to Baltinglass which is located closest to the Glen of Imaal area of the National Park (south-western end). There are several buses a day from Busáras bus station in Dublin. This bus passes by the turn off for Donard, from where, there is a hillwalking route up to Lugnaquilla, Wicklow's highest mountain.

 

Dublin Mountains

North of the Park, the Dublin Mountains can be accessed at certain times of the year by the Dublin Mountaineer bus service. For more details, see the website of the Dublin Mountains Partnership.

 

National Parks & Wildlife Service, 7 Ely Place, Dublin 2. Phone: +353 1 8882000 Fax: +353 1 8883272