Expressway X8 replaced by Bus Eireann 245X (Cork / Dublin)

The National Transport Authority (NTA) and Bus Éireann have has announced that from Sunday 5 September 2021:
  • Route X8 (Cork to Dublin City-centre) is cancelled
  • Route, 245X will run 4 times a day (Mon-Sun) between Cork and Dublin, with stops in Fermoy, Mitchelstown, Cahir, Cashel and Newlands Cross. It will have the same timetable and stops as the previous route x8, but Bus Éireann will receive a subsidy for running the service.
Important differences between the X8 and 245X services:
  • Buses will have TFI/Bus Éireann colours / logos, instead of the Expressway logos.
  • Some fares between Dublin and Cork will increase by €1
  • Leap cards can be used to buy tickets, and a 30% discount will be applied when they are. 
  • Tickets can be purchased on Bus Éireann's website, but seats cannot be reserved.
This is a follow-up to the change in January 2021, when the X8 service stopped travelling to Dublin airport.

The current route 245 (Cork to Clonmel) bus is not affected by this change.

See Cork regional buses for information about other services in these areas.