Irish Citylink acquires GoBus for €12m

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Irish Citylink has completed the purchase of Irish operator GoBus for a reported €12m, allowing it to extend its network throughout Ireland.

David Conway, Regional Director of Irish Citylink, commented: “Having navigated the challenges of Covid-19 and as we are rebuilding and expanding the range of services we offer to the travelling public, the addition of the GoBus network will enable us to provide significantly more options to both Citylink and GoBus customers. This enhanced network of services will encourage more people to travel via public transport and support our greater green agenda of moving towards a sustainable public transport network.”

The acquisition of GoBus’ modern fleet and route network is part of Irish Citylink’s strategy to become the largest operator of intercity coach services in Ireland. Frances Cahill, General Manager of Irish Citylink ,commented: 

“This is just the beginning. The acquisition of GoBus brings so many new opportunities to the business in terms of employment, funding for local sponsorships, and the services we can provide for our passengers. We are absolutely delighted to bring two reputable transport providers together to provide an expanded network of routes and an even better customer experience for our current and future passengers.”

Irish Citylink started operating almost 20 years ago, offering up to 12 daily services between Galway and Dublin. Since then, the firm has expanded its business and network of routes to over 100 daily direct, express, and multi-stop services and employs over 150 people. GoBus was established in 2009 with three main routes serving Galway, Dublin, Cork, and Ballina.

GoBus operates an all-Volvo-based fleet. The acquisition will allow the Irish operator to expand its existing network.