In Dublin, there are a few different transportation options. Here, we’ve included some info on Dublin Bus, the LUAS (light rail), the DART (coastal commuter rail), the Dublin Bike system and taxis.
Dublin Bus can be unreliable and difficult at times, yet unfortunately it is sometimes necessary! Within the city centre the bus stops are well marked and have adequate information, but heading anywhere else it is best to tell the driver where you want to go. You pay on the bus and no change is given. Also, note that times listed at bus stops do not tell you when the bus is arriving at that particular stop, but when the bus was scheduled to leave its point of origin. The automated signs that tell you how long until the next bus are sometimes a little unreliable. For more information and timetables/routes, visit the Dublin Bus website: http://www.dublinbus.ie/
You can also download free of charge the official Dublin Bus app, as well as some other similar apps for ios phones and android which can help with real time info, bus routes, timetables, and journey planners:
LUAS (Light Rail)
The LUAS is a reliable and comfortable mode of transportation.
There are two routes – the red and the green.
The red line runs from the “Point” (out towards Dublin Port on the North side of the Liffey) through Connolly Station, O’Connell Street, Four Courts, the National Museum at Collins Barracks, the main train station on the west side of the city (Heuston Station), near the Guinness Brewery (James Hospital stop), near Kilmainham Gaol (the Suir Rd stop), and then continues out west along the grand canal.
The green line begins at St. Stephen’s Green and runs directly south through the southern neighbourhoods and suburbs. This line takes you to the pleasant village of Ranelagh and onto the large shopping area of Dundrum, then on to other southern points such as the Sandyford Industrial Estate.
For more info on the LUAS, visit https://luas.ie/
There is also the commuter rail, the “DART”. The DART runs along the coast from the lovely fishing village of Howth (about 25 mins from Connolly Station) through City Centre (stops behind TCD at Pearse Street) and down through the wonderful seaside towns of Bray and Greystones. The DART will bring you to the “Casino Marino” (Stop: Clontarf), the new Aviva stadium (Stop: Landsdowne Road), Sandymount Strand (Stop: Sandymount), the ferry terminal at Dun Laoghaire (Stop: Dun Laoghaire) and the James Joyce Museum (Stop: Sandycove/Glasthule), among other things.
For more info on the DART, visit http://www.irishrail.ie
The official DART app can be downloaded free of charge as well as similar apps for ios and android phones, to help with real time info, timetables, journey planners, and routes:
The Dublin Bike system has proven to be very popular and successful. It’s easy to use as a visitor, and 3 day passes can be bought for 5 euro. For more information, visit http://www.dublinbikes.ie/
Taxis are the most expensive way to get around Dublin, but there are plenty of taxi ranks around, and taxis can be hailed from the street as well. You can download the app for taxis in Dublin for ios and android phones free of charge: