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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

Happy travels!

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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Happy travels!

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!


Covid-19 Safety Information

We are delighted to be back offering 100% passenger capacity on our Donegal – Dublin coach services, which includes pick and drop off from Dublin Airport.

While it is great to welcome everyone back on board, we are also mindful of the health of all our passengers and staff, so we have maintained important Covid measures to ensure everyone has a safe journey with us.

Please take a moment to brief yourself on our health & safety procedures and we thank you in advance for your co-operation.

Please remember to book your seats in advance by calling our office which is open from 9am-6pm daily.

We look forward to seeing you and happy travels!


  1. Hand Sanitiser

Hand sanitiser stations will be available on coaches for customer use as you board. We will

also be recommending passengers bring hand sanitiser gel for use during the journey.


  1. Face coverings

To minimise the spread of the virus passengers must wear a face mask or face covering when

on board the coach.


  1. Deep cleaning daily

Regular aerosol-based disinfection with a high-performance antiviral solution, sometimes

called ‘fogging’ is being used on our coaches. Key touch points, including handrails, armrests,

and seat belts, will be cleaned using high performance antiviral cleaning solution.


  1. Air filtration system

An additional filter using three types of technology, including UVC radiation to reduce bacteria

and corona type viruses, a PM2.5 filter to block 99% of airborne particulates and improve

air quality has been installed on the air conditioning systems of all coaches.


  1. Boarding process

Boarding and disembarking may take longer than usual. Customers will be asked to empty

from the front and let passengers sitting in front of them off the coach first.


  1. Driver safety

All of our drivers will be provided with protective equipment including visors, masks, gloves

and hand sanitiser.


What we’re asking you to do to help us

  • Remember not to travel if you feel unwell.
  • Make sure you’re following the driver and crew instructions at all times – they’re
  • there to help keep you safe.
  • Wear your face covering when you’re at the stop and on board.
  • Where you can, wash your hands before travelling.
  • Please keep to your own seat for full journey.
  • Anti-bac stations are on every coach, though carrying your own is also
  • recommended.
  • Please place any rubbish in the bins provided.
  • Please be patient with us as we are all dealing with the ongoing Covid situation.


Your gateway to the northwest and beyond – John McGinley Travel

John McGinley Coach travel have been connecting Donegal and Dublin on a daily basis for many years.

Not only do we serve as a gateway for those looking to explore the sights of the northwest, including Derry, Inishowen, central and west Donegal, but also for those travelling in the opposite direction we form an important link to the bustling Irish Capital, Dublin, and Dublin Airport.

Travel to the northwest couldn’t be easier with John McGinley Coach Travel as you can sit back, relax and enjoy your trip on one of our top-quality coaches.

There has never been an easier way to dip you toe along the scenic Wild Atlantic Way, discover the vibrant City of Derry or explore the wilds of Donegal, as our services pass by many famous landmarks on route to our final destinations in north and west Donegal.

Departing daily from Dublin city centre we are conveniently located on Parnell Square outside the well-known Hugh Lane Gallery. Our distinctive modern coaches have ferried thousands of happy passengers to between Dublin and Donegal, including many well-known names in sport, business and entertainment!

For those travelling from Donegal and the northwest to Dublin, our services offer convenient, scheduled pick-up points along all our routes and bring you directly into the vibrant heart of the city. Arriving at the famed O’Connell St, this is a great location to begin exploring the city by foot, or convenient to all other transport links including taxi, bus and tram.

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