All the transport details you need for the Pope's visit
MORE than half a million people will be travelling this weekend to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis on his papal visit to Ireland.
Gardai are urging people to take public transport as they make their way to events in Dublin and Knock.
A number of park-and-ride hubs are being set up to facilitate the crowds.
These are at the University College Dublin campus in Belfield, Leopardstown Racecourse in south Dublin, Fairyhouse Racecourse in Co Meath and Maynooth University in Co Kildare.
There is a dedicated helpline operating until Monday - (00353) 1-222-888 - for information on road closures if people do need to drive.
A traffic management and incident centre will provide updates via Twitter at dcctraffic and they can be called from the Republic on 1800-293949.
On Sunday, seven walking routes will be in operation converging on Phoenix Park and they are marked on the map of the closed zone.
Most roads will be closed in Dublin city centre on Saturday and Sunday.
Road closures will be in place between 6am and 7pm on Saturday from Patrick Street and Dawson Street to Cathal Brugha Street, Sean McDermott Street and King's Street North.
College Green and part of Nassau Street will be closed along with all streets leading on to O'Connell Street. Lord Edward Street to Georges Street junction will be closed between 10am and 1pm and North Quays, South Quays, Dame Street, O'Connell Street and Church Street will be closed from 1pm-6pm.
On Saturday afternoon, there will be rolling traffic restrictions as the Pope visits a number of locations and travels in his Popemobile from the Pro Cathedral on Marlborough Street and along Dame Street to the Capuchin Day Centre on Bow Street.
On Sunday, no taxis will be allowed into Phoenix Park and many other busy routes in Dublin city on Sunday.
Taxis will be facilitated in entering the controlled access zone if conditions allow. These zones cover an area from east of the M50 between the N3, N4 and N7, south to the Grand Canal, north to Cross Guns Bridge and west of O'Connell Street.
Traffic restrictions can be avoided by travelling to the east of the city centre as the East Link bridge, the Port Tunnel and M1 are operating as normal.
The restrictions will be in force from 6am to 11pm on Sunday, while on Saturday rolling road closures during the afternoon will affect the core north and south city centre.
People who want to use a bicycle to get around Dublin during the visit will be allowed to cycle in and through the area around Dublin city centre and Phoenix Park, despite access being restricted for private cars and taxis.
However, cyclists have been warned they may be asked to dismount for safety reasons if the crowds of pedestrians are too large.
Cyclists have been told they are not allowed to park their bikes along the route of the Popemobile.
Three designated cycle hubs are being provided with a total capacity to park 2,000 bikes. They are located at DIT Grangegorman Campus, Dublin 7, at Scoil Bhride (Cailini), Blanchardstown, west Dublin and at the Amphitheatre at Dublin Civic Offices on Wood Quay, Dublin 8.
On Saturday, cyclists will not be allowed to use bike stands on some streets in the city centre and bikes left at those stands will be removed. Notices have been attached to these stands.
On Sunday, cyclists will not be allowed to travel along the designated walking routes from transports hubs to Phoenix Park.
For those who want to use bike-sharing schemes, Dublin Bikes says around 30% of its stations will be closed over the weekend.
- Bus services
Bus Eireann will be increasing capacity by around 100% with 350 drivers.
A normal weekday service nationwide will be in operation to bring people to the capital, while Dublin Bus has created seven dedicated "transport hubs" near the gates of Phoenix Park.
More than 300,000 passenger journeys are expected to be made on Bus Eireann.
Bus Eireann will be running special Expressway services from 10 destinations nationwide to Dublin and is advising customers to book these in advance as soon as possible.
Capacity on commuter services to and from Dublin city will increase by more than 143%, with almost 10,000 extra seats being provided.
Capacity on Expressway (Intercity) services to and from Dublin city will increase by more than 38%, with over 4,500 seats available in each direction before and after the event.
- Rail services
Irish Rail has warned those attending the papal mass that its routes to Dublin on the day are almost sold out.
All tickets to Dublin on Sunday from counties Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Mayo and Waterford have been bought.
Irish Rail said its Intercity customers must book tickets in advance for travel on Sunday. It is mandatory as tickets will not be available on the day.
The closest train stations to Phoenix Park are Heuston (700 metres from Park Gate Street), Ashtown Station (650 metres from Ashtown Gate entrance) and Navan Road Parkway Station (1.3 kilometres from Ashtown Gate).
All routes are expected to sell out ahead of the Pope's arrival.
Advance booking for all services to Dublin and Knock on Sunday is mandatory - tickets will not be on sale at stations.
Extra Dart and commuter services will operate on Sunday before and after the papal mass.
Holders of tickets to the papal mass on Sunday travelling within the Short Hop Zone (all stations in the Dublin area from Kilcoole to Balbriggan, and from Dublin city centre stations to Kilcock and from Heuston station to Sallins and Naas) can avail of free public transport on the day.
- Dublin Bus
Dublin Bus will operate a normal Saturday service, however significant diversions will be in place on these services.
Between 10am and 1pm Lord Edward Street to George's Street junction will be closed to buses, while the North Quays, South Quays, Dame Street, O'Connell Street and Church Street will be closed to buses from 1pm to 6pm.
You can follow Dublin Bus updates at dublinbusnews on Twitter or by calling its customer service line on 01-873-4222, which is operating from 8.30am-6pm on Saturday.
Luas services will also operate on a six to 10-minute frequency on the day and travel will be free on Sunday for papal mass ticket-holders.
Passengers are being advised that they should expect long waiting times at all Luas stops.
Red Line - Saturday
On Saturday: From 3.15pm to 5pm services will be operating from Tallaght/Saggart to Smithfield and The Point to Connolly. There will be no service between Busaras and Four Courts and no alternative bus service. The Abbey Luas stops will be closed from 11am to 5pm. After 5pm, normal service resumes.
Red Line - Sunday
The Red Line will operate from Tallaght/Saggart to Blackhorse and from The Point to Smithfield between the hours of 7am and 10pm.
There will be no service between Blackhorse and Smithfield from 7am until 10pm.
The Connolly stop will be closed between the hours of 7am and 10pm.
Luas will service all Red Line stops from 10pm-11.30pm.
From Blackhorse and Smithfield, passengers will walk via the dedicated routes. Given the high volumes of people likely to be attempting to use Luas services on this day, please give yourself lots of time to get to the venue.
Customers travelling from Tallaght, Hospital and Cookstown alight at Belgard for onward travel.
Green Line - Saturday
On Sunday, normal services are in operation until 10.30am. From 10.30am to 5pm trams will be running from Brides Glen to St Stephen's Green and Dominick to Broombridge. There will be no service between Dawson and Parnell and no alternative bus service.
After 5.30pm, normal service resumes.
Green Line - Sunday
The Green Line will operate from Brides Glen to Broombridge between the hours of 7am and 11.30pm.
From Broombridge, passengers will walk via the dedicated routes. Given the high volumes of people likely to be attempting to use Luas services on this day, please give yourself lots of time to get to the venue.
The Phibsborough stop will be closed post-event from 3pm-10pm.
Knock pilgrims are being urged to arrive as early as 4am on Sunday morning.
The Pope will travel to Knock to recite the Angelus prayer at 9.45am.
Pilgrims are being encouraged to travel by bus, private coach or in car pools.
A shuttle bus service will be in operation from Claremorris train station to the shrine, which will be free for those with tickets for the event.
Bus Eireann will operate additional services from Swinford to Claremorris and from Athlone to Westport to cater for increased demand.
There will be a number of road closures in operation in Co Mayo for the visit.