JJ Kavanagh Coach Hire | Kilkenny Tourism

JJ Kavanagh Coach Hire


J.J. Kavanagh And Sons, established in 1919, has developed from being one of the first private providers of public transport, into the largest privately owned Coach Company in Ireland today. With ownership spanning over three generations, we have become a nationally recognized and trusted operator. Each year, we add new coaches to our fleet, making it one of the most modern and reliable in the country.


JJ Kavanagh & Sons Smartcard is the new convenient way to pay for travel across our services. It’s a plastic Smartcard which can hold pay as you go travel credit and weekly bus passes. It saves you carrying or looking for change and Smartcard fares are 10% cheaper than cash tickets! Smartcards can be picked up from all bus drivers across our three main routes.


Coach Hire

We have a dedicated team who are highly experienced in private hire and can guide you through the process. They will provide advice, suggest the best possible solution for your requirements and provide you with a quote.


Day Trips to Kilkenny  

Depart Dublin City (Ulster Bank Georges Quay) at any of seven times daily to Kilkenny City (Ormonde Rd): 06.45, 10.30, 13.30, 15.30, 17.45, 21.00 or 23.30. 

From starts from as little as €10 one way. If you buy your bus ticket online with promo code leap10 you can avail of 10% off. 


Arrive to Kilkenny 

A lively city with a relaxed atmosphere, with many walking trails and tours to take. To help you make the most of your time, we’ve put together a short destination guide of our recommendations for the best things to do in Kilkenny. Take a look and start planning your coach trip today.


Kilkenny: Attractions 

Must–see things in Kilkenny include visiting one of the many churches or castles in and around the city. The magnificent Kilkenny Castle, stands dramatically on a strategic height that commands a crossing on the River Nore. While St Canice’s Cathedral and the Round Tower are an essential part of the structural heritage in the vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny. 


Kilkenny Tours 

Those looking for a little adventure can experience the gruesome thrills of the ‘Kilkenny Ghost Tour’ or ‘The Kilkenny Way Tour’ for those who like to learn about Kilkenny's extraordinary Hurling Heritage! 

A fantastic way to view the city is to take the Kilkenny City Road Train. You will see all the historical sites. While on board you will get a full commentary, which will give you some fascinating insights into the history of Kilkenny. 


Exclusive Travel Discounts

JJ Kavanagh & Sons have teamed up with some amazing companies in Kilkenny to make your journeys more memorable and unique. 

How it works: 
Produce your JJ Kavanagh & Sons bus ticket at any of our partners brands in Kilkenny and save up to €35 and more when you shop or visit. 

  • The Kilkenny Way - Save €5 
  • Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny - Save €2.40
  • Kilkenny Ghost Tours - Save €2
  • Kilkenny City Tours - Save €1.40
  • River Court Hotel - 
  • St Canice's Cathedral - 10% discount off Admission Fee 
  • Round Tower - 10% discount off Admission Fee 
  • Kilkenny Design Centre – 10% off items in shop 
  • Supermacs - €3.90 saving on a combined medium meal for two 


Return to Dublin City

You can choose from any of seven times daily back to Dublin City: 02.15, 06.15, 08.20, 10.20, 12.20, 15.20 or 17.50.