Transports in Dublin

Getting around in Dublin

Dublin Bus is the only bus company running in Dublin. It can get you pretty much anywhere from the city centre, but you will need to have your change ready as the bus only takes the exact fare in coins (or more but no less). You can also get Rambler tickets for 1, 3, 5 days or more.
The Luas (the word means 'speed' in Irish) is a tramway system linking the two train stations, and the travel bus station. It has two lines at the moment but a future third one will connect the city centre with the Airport. The minimum fare is €1.50 (24/09/2010).
The DART, or Dublin Rapid Railway Transport, is a railway system that runs along the Dublin Bay coast. It is part of Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) and connects to the regular train service for communities north of Dublin, right up to Belfast. The DART is most convenient if you want to explore coastal areas, such as Howth, Malahide or Dalkey.

Arrival by Air

Dublin Airport is very busy. A new terminal is in construction, which should bring the airport capacity to 35 million passengers per year. This means that many airlines fly to Dublin, including the usual cheap fare companies, so you will have no problem finding flight connections from your nearest city, whether you're based in Europe or elsewhere.
Dublin Bus No. 41 and no. 41b will bring you near the city Centre, to Lower Abbey Street, for €2.20 (24/09/2010). From there, you can connect to the train stations by the Luas. A good alternative is the Aircoach bus which also brings you to the city centre (€7 single, €12 return). Though more expensive, it is much faster and more comfortable, especially if you are travelling with a suitcase. There are also many taxis outside the airport. Although the standard fare for the city centre is about €25, it can be more expensive during rush hour.

Arrival by sea

Dublin has direct Ferry connections with Wales (Holyhead), England (Liverpool) and the Isle of Mann (Douglas). You will dock at either Dublin Port, 2 miles east of the city centre, or Dún Laoghaire, 9 miles to the south. While Dublin Port is only served by Dublin Bus No. 53, Dún Laoghaire is on the DART line. If you bring your car, you can also take the Ferry from Scotland (Stranrear to Belfast) or from France (Le Havre or Roscoff to Rosslare).

Traveling around Ireland

If you are planning a trip around Ireland, but have no car, the best options are the train and the bus. Connolly Station serves the Western coast of Ireland from Belfast to Rosslare, while Heuston Station serves the rest.
For backpackers, the bus is a cheaper option. You can get to lots of places from the central busstation, Busáras, located near Connolly train station.

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