John Mc Ginley coaches. Here's the link:
If you wish to do the journey by rail as far as Derry it will take a bit longer (as it's not a direct route) but the scenery is quite good.
Would involve taking the Enterprise train from Dublin (Connolly) to Belfast Central
then an easy change of trains at Belfast Central to a Derry~Londonderry train.
It's possible to purchase a through ticket from Dublin to Derry though it's worth keeping an eye on online promotions as it may work out cheaper to buy Dublin-Belfast and Belfast-Derry separately.
Once in Derry, there's a free bus from the railway station to the bus station. From there Lough Swilly buses operate regularly to Buncrana.
The train crosses the Boyne at Drogheda - great views of the town and surrounds. North of Dundalk the train runs through the foothills of the Mourne mountains. The Belfast to Derry line has a spectacular coastal stretch.
Dublin - Belfast timetable:
Belfast - Derry~Londonderry timetable:
Lough Swilly bus from Derry to Buncrana:
A suggestion (if returning to Dublin) may be to take the coach one way and return by rail (or vice versa).
Hope you have an enjoyable stay.
Thanks to all for the info. I think we will take the train one way and coach the other. Again... Thanks to the helpful Irish!
Planning same journey this Summer also , so many thanks for replies all . Very helpful .
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