Cleaner, Greener fleet on the way to McGinley Coach Travel

John McGinley Coach Travel have just placed a major order for 10 new state-of-the-art coaches to add to their fleet.


Not only will they bring the best in travel comfort and safety to our valued passengers, but are much more environmentally friendly, cutting emissions by an impressive 9%!


This new deal, worth over €4 million, will see the family-run company add ten new custom built Volvo coaches to their fleet in the Spring.


It is one of the largest individual custom orders Volvo will undertake this year, and is seen as a major commitment by the Donegal firm to improving the standards of independent local and national transport services.


The new additions will also help McGinley’s expand their daily services to and from Dublin next year. They will also play a role in their regular Donegal to Glasgow Service (any links for this ?) as well as their highly popular tours and ‘no-fly’ cruise holidays.


Managing Director, James McGinley, said it is a signal of their commitment to offering top quality travel for all their passengers, while still being environmentally responsible as they look to the future. 


He stated: “We are delighted to have signed this deal with Volvo and add such top quality coaches to our fleet. Our investment will also help reduce emissions that will help contribute to cleaner air for all our communities, as well as an improved journey experience to our growing number of customers.”


Speaking from their company headquarters, based on the scenic Wild Atlantic Way, he said the deal shows their ongoing commitment to offering the very best in travel luxury and service.


“Donegal might be the forgotten county in some aspects but we want to make sure it’s not when it comes to the best in public transport. We regularly invest in new technology and want to ensure we play our role in road safety and helping protect our environment,” he added.


The 10 new additions will be maintained to the highest standards by the team at McGinley headquarters. See them at work here.


The news was also welcomed by the team at Volvo who said they are delighted to be partnering with the Donegal company once again.


Built on Volvo’s new B13R chassis to add fuel savings of up to 9 per cent, the order comprises seven 13.1m 4×2 and three 14m 6×2 models, with 55 and 61 passenger seats respectively. The 9700s are powered by the fuel-efficient Euro-6 D13K engine, producing up to 500 hp and a peak torque of 1,585 Nm, reducing running costs and CO2 emissions. The 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission combines smooth and precise gearshifts with high average speeds and outstanding drivability.


The family run enterprise was founded in 1968. It now provides travel for corporate, holiday and tour groups of all sizes, as well as daily coach services between Co. Donegal and Dublin City and Airport


Don’t forget that you can always book a ticket for your next journey online and we look forward to welcoming you onboard.


Happy travels!


Student & Young Adult discounts available with McGinley Coach Travel

We are delighted to say we now offer special discount fares for young adults and full-time students travelling on our daily services from Donegal to Dublin and other local routes.

In order to avail of the YAC (Young Adult Card) fares you need to book your seat online on Due to LEAP card conditions YAC fares are not available to buy on the coach.

The Young Adult Leap Card discount is available to all 19 to 23-year-olds right up to their 24th birthday. The Student Leap Card remains available to students in full-time education who are 24 years old and above.

It is welcomed as a major boost for college students traveling with us to colleges in Dublin such as Trinity, UCD and DCU, and Dublin students attending institutions such as Atlantic Technological University – Donegal Letterkenny Campus, formerly Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT).

The fare reductions for young people, in some cases as much as 50 per cent, was introduced by the Government in Budget 2022 as a permanent measure and it took effect from May 9th, 2022, but now it has been rolled out further to include private coach companies like McGinley Coach Travel.

Students and young adults have long been valued passengers at McGinley Coach Travel and we hope that our inclusion on this scheme will see a real benefit to them as they strive to continue their education.

Announcing the news Transport Minister, Eamon Ryan, said it was important to include commercial coach operators to take part in the scheme to offer greater flexibility and access for students and young people across the country.

We look forward to welcoming all students on our daily Donegal to Dublin, Dublin Donegal Services and wish them well for the year ahead.

You can apply for a Young Adult Leap Card online today through

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McGinley Travel welcomes delivery of four new coaches

To ensure our passengers always travel in comfort and safety we continually invest in our fleet and recently McGinley Coach Travel took delivery of four brand new high-spec Volvo buses.


New livery adds a splash of colour.

These stunning new Plaxton Panther coaches are a welcome addition to our range of vehicles and have already hit the road on service routes from Donegal to Dublin, via Dublin Airport, our Donegal to Glasgow service, as well as a number of private hire engagements.

Our new arrivals awaiting our brand colours.

We are delighted with the feedback from our loyal customers who have already traveled on the new additions and we look forward to welcoming many more on board over the coming months! 


The new coaches are 12.8m long and built on Volvo B8R chassis. They are each fitted with 53 comfy seats, bathroom facilities, air conditioning, Wi-Fi and ample storage and finished to the highest standards.  


When we took delivery from our supplier Alexander Dennis Limited, the buses came in their standard white high-quality finish but we couldn’t wait to get them into our garage to add our own distinctive colours and branding. You can see the transformation here  and we are delighted with how they turned out. 


By putting our passengers safety and comfort first, we always go the extra mile when it comes to adding to our fleet. 


Alexander Dennis Limited are a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers, and we work with them to make sure each coach is manufacture to the highest standards and specifications tailored to suit our requirements


McGinley Coach Travel Director, James McGinley, said “We’re delighted to take delivery of these four brand new vehicles which will be welcomed by our customers I’m sure and will be an excellent addition to our already modern and comfortable fleet.”


Lee Gibson, ADL’s Regional Sales M

The comfortable interior of our new buses.

anager in Ireland, stated: “These are high-specification coaches and it’s been a pleasure working with the team at McGinley Travel to make sure they have the kind of modern, high-quality and reliable coaches they want for their operations.”


We look forward to welcoming you on board soon.


Happy travels!

Corrie star takes the wheel at McGinley Travel

Soap fans will have no problem spotting one of TV’s most recognizable characters when McGinley Coach Travel were joined by Coronation Street star, Mikey North recently.

Actor Mikey North, aka Gary Windass, from Coronation Street.

Mikey is best known for his role as street bad boy, Gary Windass, in the ever popular ITV soap opera Coronation Street.


He has been in the role since 2008 but had no problem jumping behind the wheel of one of our executive coaches recently and he is welcome on the McGinley Coach Travel team anytime!


It was great to welcome Mikey on board and he is one of many famous faces we have carried as passengers over the years on

Emily Scanlon, Grandmother of PGA golfer Shane Lowry at the wheel.

private hire journeys, as well as our daily services from Donegal to Dublin, via Dublin Airport.


We also run weekly return services from Donegal to Glasgow and have a full range of vehicles for private hire in our fleet to cater for groups of all sizes.


Of course it’s great to welcome famous faces on board, but the stars of the show for each and every McGinley Coach Travel trip are the passengers themselves and we look forward to welcoming you on board in the future!


Among the well-known guests include PGA and Open Winner Shane Lowry’s grandmother Emily Scanlon. Emily from Offaly became a star in her own right when she took to the airwaves after Shane’s epic victory in The Open in Portrush in 2019 and won our hearts with her warm character and quick wit.


Keeping with Sport we were proud to welcome TV sport presenter Tommy Martin onboard recently as well as Ryder Cup star Paul McGinley.

TV sport presenter, Tommy Martin, pictured with driver Micheal Coyle.
Ryder Cup star Paul McGinley supporting his namesakes!

A number of years ago we also had the pleasure of transporting French Rugby legend, Sebastien Chabal, when he visited the country.

French rugby icon, Sebastien Chabal, gets on board a number years ago.

Lets not forget our very own Daniel O’Donnell who has been onboard many times and is a tremendous ambassador for Donegal all over the world!

The one and only Daniel O’Donnell.

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McGinley Coach Travel welcomes the return of the Roses!

McGinley Coach Travel were delighted to see the return of the Rose of Tralee festival this year after a two year break.

We were delighted to sponsor local man Cillian Ó Gallachóir from Falcarragh who did a great job acting as escort to Perth Rose, Olivia Duffy.


Huge congratulations to Donegal Rose, Katie McAteer from Rathmullan, a Journalism and New Media graduate from the University of Limerick, who dazzled the audience in her stunning green evening dress. A proud Donegal woman, she recited a poem about her hometown as a short film she made to promote the scenic beauty of her beloved Rathmullan shown to the live and television audiences.


McGinley Coach Travel driver John Joe Gallagher (pictured above) even had the pleasure of meeting some of the contestants at this years event!


27-year-old Cillian was one of 33 escorts at this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival. A skilled footballer with our local teams Cloughaneely GAA and Glenea United, he has a Masters degree in Cancer Research and currently works for a medical device company in Galway.

Cillian said: “I would like to say a massive thank you to ‘John McGinley Coach Travel’ for sponsoring me for this prestigious festival. Their support has been phenomenal.”


Everyone at McGinley Coach Travel wishes to say a massive ‘congratulations’ to Katie and Cillian on representing the county, and our company, so well and we look forward to welcoming you on board again in the future!


We love nothing more than supporting national and international events of all kinds with vehicles from our fleet range of top quality luxury coaches, modern mini-buses and executive cars as well as offering our daily services from Donegal to Dublin, via Dublin Airport, and our weekly services from Donegal to Glasgow.


If you are planning a special family event, tour, concert, sports outing or day trip, feel free to give us a call as we have private hire options for all occasions and groups sizes.


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Happy travels!