As I have already mentioned in a previous post before, I’m terrible with public transport. It takes me forever to understand a new transport system, so I usually give up and walk everywhere instead. But we don’t want you to suffer the same fate and find yourself running a daily marathon, so I studied hard and prepared a handy guide for you to easily learn everything you need to know about public transport in Dublin. (and much more!)
Here is your guide: 9 things you need to know to get around in Dublin.
#1. You can actually walk!
If you don’t like public transport and are too afraid to use a bike (remember: they drive on the wrong side in Ireland!), you can get basically anywhere in the city centre just by walking. From my personal experience, you can walk from one extreme to the centre to the other in about 40 minutes. So, according to where your accommodation is, you might never need to take a bus!
#2. Alpha students have the right to a bus pass
Students from Alpha have the right to purchase a special bus pass that provides with unlimited travel on Dublin’s public transport system (excluding taxis, bikes and the Nitelink). The cost of these tickets is:
€40: 1-week ticket
€75: 2-week ticket
€100: 3-week ticket
€125: 4-week ticket
You will be provided with all the information about the card, i.e. where to buy it, how to use it and so on, directly at the school.
#3. Leap Card
If you are not an Alpha student or if you think you will be using public transport sporadically, there are other convenient options to save some money on your travels, such as the Leap Card. Leap Card is a convenient way to pay for public transport services in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford. You put money in your account and you pay with a simple “beep”, and it can be used to pay for buses, trains and the luas. Other than being incredibly handy, it is also economically convenient: Leap Card fares are in fact usually 20% cheaper than cash tickets. For more information, visit: https://about.leapcard.ie/
The major bus service in Dublin is Dublin Bus (they are not famous for being creative). It operates an incredible 110 radial, cross-city and peripheral routes and 18 night routes (Nitelink Service) in the city of Dublin and the Greater Dublin Area. Buses are fairly easy to use: you jump on the bus, pay for your journey (either by giving coins to the driver or through the leap card) and get off at your stop.
For information about fares and routes, visit: http://www.dublinbus.ie/
Other than the bus service, the city of Dublin offers another quick and convenient means of transport, the Luas. Luas, wIrish for speed, is a tram system which operates two lines: the green line and the red line, with fifty-four stations.The Red Line runs in an east-west direction through Dublin’s Northside, crosses the River Liffey and travels southwest to the suburb of Tallaght, through the Citywest campus and terminates at Saggart. Currently, the Green Line is entirely on the southside of Dublin city. The Luas is however currently expanding, with the construction scheduled to be over by the end of 2017. We’re delighted to inform you that, after the expansion, there will be a stop at the end of our street!
You can find more information about the routes here: https://luas.ie/
Irish railroads offer three types of services: the commuter, serving the cities of Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway, Intercity, which is long distance and runs between Ireland’s major cities and towns, and Dart, which runs along the coast of the Irish sea from Malahide and Howth in the north as far as Greystones, Co Wicklow southwards.
For further information visit: http://www.irishrail.ie/home/
If trams and buses don’t suit your needs, you can always get a taxi ride. There are many companies that offer this service, and most of them can be booked online, through the My taxi fare app and through telephone.
If you want to know in advance how much a taxi ride is going to cost you, this website (https://www.transportforireland.ie/taxi/taxi-fare-estimator/) offers a neat service to estimate your taxi fare.
#8. National Journey Planner
The National Journey Planner is a website that provides information about all the licenced public transport across Ireland and helps you plan your journey. You just type in where you are and where you want to go, and voilá!, the programme will provide you with all the possible ways to get there, how much it will take and how much it will cost. You can also download the journey plan app from the apple store, google play and the windows app store.
If you are an athletic person, you can also move around with a bike. You don’t need to buy one though! Dublin offers a very cheap self-service bike service, with 101 stations located all around the city centre, each station having a minimum of 15 stands. An annual card has a cost of €25, while a 3 Day Ticket costs €5: with these cards, the first 30 minutes of use is free on every bike.
For more information, visit: http://www.dublinbikes.ie.
See how easy it is? Now you can go and explore this amazing city without getting lost!