Dublin’s public transport system can sometimes be difficult for visitors to negotiate, as there are no proper connections between some of the bus, rail and tram services. However, should you need to connect from one to the other, it will only take a short walk. Connolly Station is the main transport hub, which links the DART, some inter-city train services and the Red LUAS Line. Busaras, the depot for Bus Eireann services around the country, is across the road.
Dublin Bus has an extensive network of routes through the city centre and out to the suburbs. You can purchase tickets in advance in any newsagent, or pay on the bus if you have the exact fare (no change is given by the driver). Fares cost between €1.20 and €2.30 for adults depending on distance. If you intend to use the bus service a lot during your stay, it is worth buying one-day passes for €6, or a bus and rail pass (which includes DART and LUAS) for one or three days (€10.70/€21). Regular Dublin Bus services run from 6am to 11.30pm, but there are Nightlink services which run Thursday to Saturday until 3am on certain routes, costing €5 – most depart from the College Green area. See www.dublinbus.ie for routes, timetables and ticket information, or you can pick up a free printed timetable or buy tickets at the Dublin Bus office at 59 O’Connell St.
The LUAS is Dublin’s tram system, which operates regularly along two lines (which unfortunately don’t join up). The Green Line runs from Stephen’s Green to Sandyford, and the Red Line from Connolly Station to Tallaght via Abbey Street and Houston Station. Tickets cost €1.50-2.70 single or €2.90-5 return, and can be purchased at the automatic machines at any LUAS stop before boarding. See www.luas.ie.
The DART is a light-rail system which snakes around the Dublin coastline from Howth to the north of the city to Bray and Greystones in Wicklow to the south, passing through Connolly, Tara Street and Pearse Street stations in the city centre. A trip on the DART is an attraction in itself for visitors, affording lovely views of the Dublin coastline and suburban areas. Howth, Malahide, Sandymount, Dun Laoghaire, Killiney, Bray and Greystones have pleasant seaside walks, all of which are served by the DART. See www.irishrail.ie.
There is now an oversupply of taxis in Dublin, so you shouldn’t have a problem picking one up off the street in the city centre at any time of the day or night, the exception being around 3am on a Friday or Saturday night when you may have to wait a short time at a taxi rank. Fares cost €4.45 for the first km and then €1.35 per km after that, with rates increasing slightly after 8pm, on Sundays or for journeys of more than 15km.
Dublin Bikes are Dublin’s newest and most fun way of getting around the city, and the bike share scheme, which has been running for about two years, is now deemed to be one of the most successful in Europe. Bike stations are dotted around the city centre, and you can easily sign up for a three day (€2) or annual pass (€10) at the station using a credit card. See www.dublinbikes.ie for details on bike stand locations, and info on how to sign up.