Transport in Dublin
The Transport in Dublin section covers various methods of transport in and around the city. We have advice dealing with taxis, car hire, the airport, bus and train services along with information on cycling and walking.
We also link to websites which cover transport in detail so you can get the latest information to hand.
Don't worry if planning transport seams daunting, any of the members of staff here are always more than happy to help you arrange transport and give advice.
Dublin Bus provides bus services within Dublin city and to and from the surrounding areas. These services include city bus services, Railink, School link, Airlink, Nitelink and DART feeder buses. Dublin Bus also operates day tours and is obliged to provide services to people with disabilities.
Bus Éireann provides various bus services on a network of routes throughout Ireland. It operates intercity coach services and provides commuter services for major cities. City and town bus services are also provided, together with a local bus service throughout the country. Aircoach provides a 24-hour luxury coach service between Dublin Airport and Dublin city. Aircoach operate five routes, Ballsbridge and Leopardstown, which serve Dublin’s top hotels and places of business, Cork, and Belfast.
Dublin has an extensive bus network but only a few rail and tram lines. The buses can be slow and unreliable due to the city’s traffic but for many destinations outside the city centre (including the airport) they are the only public transport option.
On most city buses the fare depends on the distance you travel. If you are paying in cash, you tell the driver your destination, s/he tells you the fare, you drop the required coins in the farebox and s/he prints off your ticket. On most services the driver cannot give change or take banknotes: if you don't have the exact coins the driver will issue a printed change receipt which can only be redeemed at the Dublin Bus Head Office.
If you plan to use buses more than a few times in Dublin, it's well worth getting some type of prepaid ticket or pass, many of which are also valid on rail and/or tram services, such as the Leap Card. This will probably save money and certainly avoids having to carry a pocketful of coins! See the Section "Leap Card and other Transport Passes" below.
The busier stops have Real Time Passenger Information displays which use GPS tracking to tell you when the bus will arrive.
Luas is Dublin’s light-rail transit service - a swift, reliable tram system crossing the city on two lines.
Tickets for Luas can be purchased at streetside vending machines. They’re available for single/return journeys or as flexi-tickets covering travel for seven or 30 days. Check the destination on the front of the tram before boarding, and you’re all set for a smart light-rail system serving not just stops along the River Liffey, but some of Dublin’s best sights.
The Luas Red Line runs from Saggart through the city centre to the Point Village or Saggart/Connolly Station in Dublin’s docklands. Highlights along the Red Line include the O2 arena, the National Museum of Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks and the historic Kilmainham Gaol.
The Green Line (22 stops) runs from Stephen’s Green out through Ranelagh and Dundrum to Brides’ Glen in the south. Highlights along the Green Line include the foodie village of Ranelagh, the shopping Mecca of Dundrum Town Centre, and stops a short distance from the Leopardstown racecourse.
The two lines are currently unconnected, but work is underway.
Walking and Cycling
Cycling is a recreation, a sport and a means of transport to get around Dublin City. Bicycles are commonly used by people seeking to improve their fitness and cardiovascular health. In this regard, bicycling is especially helpful for those with arthritis of the lower limbs and who are unable to pursue sports such as running that involve more impact to joints such as the knees. Cycling is also an inexpensive way to travel in Dublin City.
A new mini-site for cycling in Dublin is has been developed at www.dublincitycycling.ie. Developed by dublin.ie in collaboration with the Roads & Traffic Department of Dublin City Council the site features:
Cycle lane maps throughout the city
Your say on where new bike parking should be located
A blog featuring events, news, consultations and surveys
Information on the benefits of cycling
There’s no doubt about it, walking is good for you. Whether you want to walk to improve your general health, to keep fit, to control your weight, or perhaps to recover from a period of ill-health, walking can help. If you walk just one mile a day you will burn at least 100 calories, and this could result in a loss of ten pounds in a year without changing your eating habits.