Dublin Bus introduces first ever Phoenix Park bus service – route 99 

A link has finally been made between Europe’s largest enclosed public park and Dublin City’s existing public transportation system.  

Route 99 is now running from the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre seven days a week, from 9am to 6pm every 30 minutes. Bus service will be provided between Parkgate Street and the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre via Chesterfield Avenue. 

99 bus route launch in the Phoenix Park. Photo:

The route provides access to several of the park’s tourists attractions including stops at Parkgate Street entrance, Dublin Zoo and the Phoenix Monument which facilitates visitors to Áras an Uachtaráin. The new service will allow commuters to interchange with the nearby Heuston Station that connects with existing transport services from TFI. 

“This is a great service for everyone but it’s a particularly great service for families and children who can visit and enjoy the Phoenix Park, the Zoo and the Visitor Centre without having to deal with the hassle of parking,” said Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan .  

“It will also help free the park further of traffic, protecting nature and making it an even nicer place to be for everyone,” he continued. 

The introduction of the route came about as part of efforts to reduce private car usage, enhance sustainable transportation modes for visitors and commuters, and minimise the impact of vehicles on the park and its surroundings.  

Recent studies carried out by the National Transport Authority of Ireland have shown that public transport accounts for an 18% share of all trips with a destination in the Phoenix Park.  

Inside a Dublin Bus double-decker. Photo Sandra Dudkiewicz

The new service is in place to help to increase the numbers accessing the park via public transport. 

Jack Chambers TD has said that the Government is pleased to support expansions in public transport as the country strives to meet our climate goals. 

“It is a privilege to be here to launch this brand-new service, one that will benefit all users of the Phoenix Park, including the local communities, residents across Dublin, visitors from all over Ireland and international tourists,” he said.

The NTA has stated they will assess customer feedback and demand, adjusting the hours of operation where required. 

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