St. Patrick’s Day

St Patricks Day Parade

Happy St. Patrick’s to all of the Airport Hopper Fans!  It is an incredible achievement for such a small country to have such a  huge global impact and parades and events will take place all of the world.  As always, the local parades are the highlights of St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

To facilitate the parades  & Traffic Management Plans, we  are unable to service the following stops on the 17th of March.

Maynooth Airport Hopper Service:

  • Tesco Extra Maynooth between 10:45 and 14:00
  • Main Street Leixlip between 12:30 and 15:00
  • Circle K Main Street Lucan & Chalet Gardens between 12:30 and 18:00

Tallaght Airport Hopper Service:

  • Mill Centre Clondalkin between 13:00 and 17:00

St Patricks Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Local Parades:

The Airport Hopper Team are proud supporters of our local community. If you are staying at home for St. Patrick’s Day ? Be sure to check out your local parades.

Tallaght St. Patrick’s Day Parade:

Parade starts at the college gates, turn left down the Old Blessington Road, turn left at The Dragon, continue down Main St, turn left onto the Greenhills Rd & finally turn left back into the college grounds. The parade starts at 1.30 pm sharp & should finish by 2.30 pm. Road closures will be in operation from 12.30 pm to 3 pm approx.

Clondalkin St. Patrick’s Day Parade:

The parade will start at Clondalkin Sport & Leisure Centre, Old Nangor Road at 2.30pm. The route is: Old Nangor Road, Orchard Lane, Main Street, Tower Road. The review stand is Tower Road (Tuthill’s Car Park).

Maynooth: St Greenfield shopping centre, Straffan road to Tesco travelling via Main Street to the Tesco. Road a 10, parade at 11, Road Closures from 10:45  – 1pm :

Leixlip: marching groups will assemble in Scoil Bhride and the vehicles will assemble at the Ryevale Lawns Junction Parade starts at 1, walking down towards the village will pass through the main Street to finish at Mill Lane. Should be complete and roads reopened by 2.30.

Lucan:  The main street in Lucan will be closed from 2pm – 5.30pm on St. Patrick’s Day to facilitate the Parade.


Off the beaten track

Air Travel has never been cheaper. Embrace your Wanderlust and explore the world. Time to seize the day and knock a few more amazing locations off your travel bucket-list. As the proverb says … “Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times”  Check out some relatively low cost ideas off the beaten track from Dublin.


Everyone should witness Venice Carnival once in your life. Dust of your vintage masks & cloaks as party atmosphere will be electric for the 2 weeks of the carnival. A trip to Venice would not be complete without a ride on a gondola but for your own sakes don’t ask to hear ‘ O Sole mio’ as its not from Venice and they are likely to grind their teeth! After the Carnival see for yourself why Venice is consistently voted the most romantic city in the world.  ps top tip, always check the prices in the tourist areas. Lounge like a local and Sip an espresso at the bar!


Dubrovnik is the pearl of the Adriatic and one of the most beautiful Tourism destinations in the Mediterranean. This Port city is steeped in history and its known as the only city to become part of the Napoleonic empire without a single shot fired. Dubrovnik boosts picture perfect aqua marine water which is perfect for dip. Eagle Eagle Eyed fans of the Game of Thrones will recognize Dubrovnik is the setting for the Kings Land.

A bit further afield …

Camino de Santiago

Are itching to take on the Camino after seeing the Way?  Camino de Santiago is 800kms long and takes approximately five weeks to complete.You do not have to be an elite athlete & can start your Camino at any point on the starting in France, Portugal and Spain. A popular option is to fly from Dublin to Biarritz & then bus it to St. Jean de Pied ( 52KM) to start the incredible voyage of discovery.  Don’t forget comfortable well worn hiking boots! Buen Camino my friends

Whether you are booking a package holiday or looking for a holiday destination, all great journeys begin with the Airport Hopper. Don’t forget to book online to save 20% off  your standard booking price.

Christmas Time on the Airport Hopper

Christmas Message from the Airport Hopper Team

Airport Hopper Service over Christmas 

Ho Ho Ho and a very Merry Christmas to you all!

Reminder we are operating a full service every day except Christmas & St. Stephen’s Day. At which stage our lovely drivers will take a well deserved rest indulge in some Christmas Pudding and spend quality time with their families. Check out our Maynooth Timetable & Tallaght Timetable. While we will be operating a full  schedule,  we are at the mercy of traffic which is out of our control! Typically inclement weather (which we are  already getting a blast of) and heavy traffic are recipes for heavy traffic and possible delays! We will do our best to keep you updated  however please log onto our  Real Time Positioning Tracker which will tell you the location of your nearest Airport Hopper Shuttle.  Don’t forget to ‘Hail the Hopper’ to let us know that you will be joining us on board.

Dublin Airport at Christmas

There is something particularly magical about Dublin Airport at Christmas Time. You have the excitement of people returning home for Christmas  and even those leaving our shores to visit friends and family. While the atmosphere is electric, our sources at the Airport told us that it is particularly congested at present.  Get through Security early and pick up some last minute presents in the Loop 🙂 Soak up the festive atmosphere.  Here are some of the delights that await you at Dublin Airport.

Christmas Message from the extended Airport Hopper Family

As you know the Airport Hopper is a Family owned business.  Local community and our amazing passengers are at the heart of our operations.  On behalf of the extended Airport Hopper family, we would like to wish our friends and passengers a very Merry Christmas full of all the things that make you happiest.  In addition, we would like to thank our loyal customers for your continued support over the year. 2018 has been an amazing year on the Airport Hopper.

We look forward to welcoming you on board the Airport Hopper in 2019.


Lucan Festival

Join us for Family Fun at the Lucan  Festival

It’s the final Hurrah of the Summer! While technically we are in Autumn, Lucan village is going to be hopping for their annual Village Festival.  It’s the 10th anniversary of this family festival which promotes life in the gorgeous village.  The Airport Hopper is delighted to take part in this year’s festival and to celebrate our integral part in the Lucan community. The Lucan Festival will take place of  3 Action Packed Fun-Filled Days:


The festival will literally kick off with a bang with an amazing display of fireworks at the Weir in the heart of the village. Make sure that you are in place at 8.20pm as the firework will go off around 9 pm. Following the pyrotechnic display, raid your wardrobes and head to  Kenny’s Courtney’s and Carroll’s for the Annual fancy dress competition.


The scenic grounds of the Italian Gardens and Residence Lucan House will play host to the Festival Fundraiser.  Expect to see Falcon Display, Fighting Kites, Ukelele Band and Acrobatic Group.  Kids will love playing with Ivan the Viking, Mr Bubbles and the Messy Play Area for Tots.  This fundraiser will charge €5 for Adults and Children under 12 are free with an adult.  Children will also have to help round up the Gnomes which are roaming around the village!


This is the highlight of the festival and it promises to be an exceptional day. Come and find the Airport Hopper Team close to the Main Stage and get your face painted and have a chat with our friendly staff.  The Duck Race will be at 4:30 in the afternoon following the rafting over Lucan’s stunning wier.  Lucan Village will be rocking to the Sweet sounds of the Rock Stage with 8 bands strutting their stuff.  On the opposite of the village beside  Kenny’s Pub, you will find the second stage which will feature local Children’s  Groups and Community Entertainers.

Airport Hopper

Now for the bad news…To facilitate the Festival, we are not going to be able to travel through Lucan Village on Sunday. We will be travelling from Leixlip down the N4, re-entering at  Stop 10 the ST. EDMUNDSBURY (Opposite Woodies) Stop.  Please note we cannot serve  Stop  7 at Lucan Spa,  Stop 8 Topaz,  Stop 9 Chalet Gardens on Sunday the 9th of September. 

The Good news is that we have doubled our Week Day Peak Time Services from Maynooth to Dublin Airport travelling through Lucan.