Transport in Dublin, Ireland

Dublin Transport

Getting There:

By air: Dublin Airport lies six miles north of the city centre. You can get direct flights to the airport from most European cities along with many American cities. The most efficient way to get from the airport to the city centre is on a blue ‘Aircoach’. Departing every 15 minutes from outside the arrivals terminal, they serve O’Connell Street (Dublin’s main thoroughfare), as well as other places throughout the city centre, going as far as the southside suburbs. Tickets cost €8 one-way and €14 return. A cheaper way to get to the city centre is by using Dublin Bus and the #16A leaves from outside the arrivals terminal. These bus services are normal city services and do not cater specifically for the airport so the journey can take anything up to an hour when traffic is bad. A taxi to the city centre may set you back around €30.

By ferry: Ferries arrive at Dun Laoghaire, or Dublin Port which lies six miles south of the city. Irish Ferries sail between Holyhead in Wales and Dublin Port which is connected to the city centre by the #53 bus and Dublin City’s rail network the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport). A DART to the city centre takes approximately twenty minutes while the bus takes a bit longer. Stena Sealink also sails to Dublin Port so you can get to the city using the same services.

By train: If you travel by train from any other location in Ireland you will arrive at either Heuston or Connolly Station. Both train stations are serviced by the #90 bus which runs back and forth through the city centre. Connolly is in the north inner city while Heuston is further out of the city centre. Taxi ranks can be found outside both stations, while the LUAS service also connects both.

By bus: If you travel to Dublin by coach you will be brought to Busaras, the main bus terminal. It is in the heart of the city centre.

Getting Around

On foot: Dublin is easily explored on foot and, as it is relatively flat, it won’t take up too much of your energy to do so. The northside’s main thoroughfare is O’Connell Street. To get from here to St Stephen’s Green at the end of Grafton Street, the heart of the south inner city, will take no longer than 15 minutes.

By bus: Dublin’s double-decker buses serve nearly all areas of the city and run between 6.00am and 11.30pm. They are reasonably priced and, although services are curtailed at weekends, there are always buses running regularly enough.

By DART: This train service - with the exception of the three city centre stations at Pearse, Tara and Connolly - is mainly used to travel to coastal suburbs on the north and south sides of the city. The number of destinations the DART serves is limited but it is a lot quicker than the bus.

By Luas: Dublin’s tram-like network, the Luas is the city’s newest mode of public transport. There are two lines – the red and the green line. The red line serves west Dublin while the green line links southern suburbs to the city centre. Both the city’s main train stations and the main bus station also have Luas stops.

By taxi: Taxis are marked with yellow signs on top of the cars and are all metered.

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