A record number of people used public transport in 2023

Last year saw a record number of people using public transport such as Bus Éireann and Ianród Éireann, with passenger numbers exceeding 300 million for the very first time.

Figures from the National Transport Authority (NTA) have shown that 308 million journeys were made in 2023, which is the first time that figures have exceeded 300 million.

There was a 5% increase on previous record numbers set in 2019, and a 24% increase on overall numbers from 2022. However, figures from 2020 – 2022 were impacted greatly due to Covid-19 restrictions.

While the lion’s share of these journeys were taken with Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann accounted for 44 million, an increase from 35 million in 2022.

The number of people using Irish Rail also saw a significant increase of almost 10 million passengers, bringing the total amount of Irish Rail journeys to 45.5 million.

The TFI local link service, which serves many rural areas, accounted for 3.2 million journeys.

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan credits expanded services and lower fares for the marked increase in the use of public transport, and has stated that these latest figures are ‘really encouraging’ and are the hallmarks of providing a good service.

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