Practical Life in Dublin

Transport in Dublin

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A two-line light tram network called the Luas ( opened in 2004 in Dublin. Five new Luas lines are planned and the two existing lines set to be joined up by 2012.


There's no Metro in Dublin


Bus Átha Cliath - Dublin Bus, provides most of the bus services in Dublin, with some other operators providing a number of routes.

It also offers Dublin sightseeing tours on a daily basis.

Dublin Bus follows an "exact fare - no change" policy on all buses for passengers who pay cash fares. To minimise the risk of staff being robbed, passengers must place the exact fare in coins (be careful, notes are absolutely not accepted ) in the fare box; in the case of overpayment a "change ticket" is issued which can only be exchanged for cash at the company's head office on O'Connell Street.

For information, timetable are not always on date. Check on the website before to take you bus and be ready 10 minutes before.

For all information, you can contact the Sales Office and Information Bureau:
Telephone: (01) 873 4222
Fax: (01) 703 3177.
Phone lines open: 08.30 - 18.00 (Monday - Saturday excluding Public Holidays).

There are several types of pre-paid tickets available, including:

  • Booklets of single day and multi-day tickets ("Ramblers")
  • Tickets corresponding to cash fares
  • 90 Minutes tickets which allow unlimited travel for 90 minutes

You can buy all this ticket to the newspaper agents

There are private operators which provide services to Dublin Airport from Dublin city centre. The biggest and more comfortable is Aircoach. (

To travel around Ireland in good condition and price, use Bus Eireann ( )



The Dublin Suburban Rail network is a system of five rail lines serving mainly commuters in the Greater Dublin Area.

One of these is an electrified line that runs along Dublin Bay and is known as the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) line. A good idea to travel is to take the Dart and stop on Bray. Now, have a look of the landscape!

Look on to get the timetable


Today six ferry companies operate daily connecting Dublin port with Holyhead, Liverpool and Douglas.

Ferry Operators:

From Roscoff (Britany in France) to Cork, use Irish Ferries.
From Cherbourg (Manche in France) to Rosslare, use Celtic Links.


All the world major companies and low cost are available from Dublin airport.

There's 3 runways for around 20 billion passengers.

For cheap flights, Ryan Air (, EasyJet (
The national Irish companies is Aer Lingus ( )

For more information about the destination, look on


Taxis in Ireland are easily recognised by the yellow sign on their roof, showing the licence number. On Friday and Saturday night, Dublin city centre is full of Taxi.

On the beginning of the night, you will get the choice to pick one. But you can wait some hours before to get one at the end of the night.

Taxi can be economical for short distance if you are 4 people. They can be hailed on the street, ordered by phone or you can go to a taxi rank.

The main ranks in the city centre are at O'Connell Street, Dame Street and Stephen's Green.


With a car, you will notice, obviously right at the beginning (except if you come from UK, Hong-Kong or Australia), that you drive on the left side of the road! Saying that, you might want to hire a car:


Don't forget that you must drive on left!

Tourists driving on the wrong side of the road cause serious accidents every year.

Dublin is the main hub of the country's road network. The M50 motorway (the busiest road in Ireland) runs around the south, west and north of the city, connecting the most important national primary routes in the state.

To have an idea of the Dublin network, have a look on this Google Map

City Map:
Road Map:

Update 18/05/2015


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Under Bus/Coach -
There is also a Leap card option which is a pre-paid card for transport including on DART trains and Irish Rail Commuter services, Dublin bus, Iarnród Éireann and Luas tram.

The minimum top up for the card is currently €5.

There are a daily/weekly/month cap to save money and it is cheaper than paying cash.


Under Airport -
Easyjet does not service Dublin city at either Dublin Airport terminals. This should be removed.

Under Cars -
Whizz Car Rental has expired. Irish Car Rentals could replace this link? Irish Car Rentals provides car rental to customers from 15+ locations in Ireland.



The Leap card : prepaid system for Dublin transport
The leap card is a prepaid card, introduced in Dublin at the end of 2011, that can be used instead of paper tickets to pay-as-you-go for transport in Dublin. It works on DART trains and Irish Rail Commuter services, Dublin bus, Iarnród Éireann and Luas tram.

The minimum top up for the card is currently €5.

Time based tickets (e.g. a weekly or monthly ticket) will be made available on Leap Cards in the near future.

The advantages of Leap Card are:
- You pay less with a Leap card than when you pay for single fares with cash.
-You can jump on Dublin Bus, Luas, DART and commuter rail services around Dublin when it suits you, without having to plan your journey or buy a specific ticket in advance.
- No more queuing at ticket machines for single tickets on Luas, DART and commuter rail.
- You can register your Leap Card online and see your card history and buy Travel Credit online.; also if it’s lost or stolen, no one else can use it.

Check the website for latest changes and recent fares:

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