Dublin in detail

Getting Around

  • Walking Dublin's city centre is compact, flat and eminently walkable – it's less than 2km from one end of the city centre to the other.
  • Bicycle The city's rent-and-ride Dublinbikes scheme is the ideal way to cover ground quickly.
  • Bus Useful for getting to the west side of the city and the suburbs.
  • Luas A two-line light-rail transport system that links the city centre with the southern suburbs.
  • Taxi Easily recognised by light-green-and-blue 'Taxi' signs on the doors, they can be hailed or picked up at ranks in the city centre.
  • DART Suburban rail network that runs along the eastern edge of the city along Dublin Bay.

Bicycle

Relatively flat and compact, Dublin is ideal cycling territory. Getting from one end of the city centre to the other is a cinch, and a bike makes the nearby suburbs readily accessible. There is a (growing) network of cycle lanes, but encroachment by larger vehicles such as buses and trucks is a major problem in the city centre, so you'll have to keep your wits about you.

There are plenty of spots to lock your bike throughout the city, but be sure to do so thoroughly as bike theft can be a problem, and never leave your bike on the street overnight as even the toughest lock can be broken. Dublin City Cycling (www.cycledublin.ie) is an excellent online resource.

Bikes are only allowed on suburban trains (not the DART), either stowed in the guard's van or in a special compartment at the opposite end of the train from the engine.

Dublinbikes

One of the most popular ways to get around the city is with the blue bikes of Dublinbikes (www.dublinbikes.ie), a public bicycle-rental scheme with more than 100 stations spread across the city centre. Purchase a €5 three-day card (as well as a credit-card deposit of €150) online or at select stations where credit cards can be used. You'll be issued a ticket with an ID and PIN that you'll need to use to free a bike for use, which is then free of charge for the first 30 minutes and €0.50 for each half-hour thereafter.

Hire, Purchase & Repair

Bike rental has become tougher due to the Dublinbikes scheme. The typical rental costs for a hybrid or touring bike are around €25 a day or €140 per week.

Cycleways An excellent bike shop that rents out hybrids and touring bikes during the summer months (May to September).

2Wheels New bikes, all the gear you could possibly need and a decent repair service; but be sure to book an appointment as it is generally quite busy.

Bus

The office of Dublin Bus has free single-route timetables for all its services. Buses run from around 6am (some start at 5.30am) to about 11.30pm.

Bus Fares

Fares are calculated according to stages (stops):

StagesCash Fare (€)Leap Card (€)
1-32.151.55
4-1332.25
over 133.302.50

A Leap Card (www.leapcard.ie), available from most newsagents, is not just cheaper but also more convenient, as you don't have to worry about tendering exact fares (required with cash, otherwise you will get a receipt for reimbursement, which is only possible at the Dublin Bus main office). Register the card online and top it up with whatever amount you need. When you board a bus, DART, Luas (light rail) or suburban train, just swipe your card and the fare is automatically deducted.

Fare-saver Passes

Fare-saver passes include the following:

DoDublin Card (adult/child €35/10) Three-day unlimited travel on all bus services, including Airlink and Dublin Bus hop-on, hop-off tours as well as entry to the Little Museum of Dublin and a walking tour.

Luas Flexi Ticket (one/seven/30 days from €7/16.50/66) Unlimited travel on all Luas services; the one-day pass covers all zones, the multiday passes start at one zone.

Rambler Pass (five/30 days €33/165) Valid for unlimited travel on all Dublin Bus and Airlink services, except Nitelink.

Visitor Leap Card (one/three/seven days €10/19.50/40) Unlimited travel on bus, Luas and DART, including Airlink, Nitelink and Xpresso buses.

Taxi

All taxi fares begin with a flagfall of €3.80 (€4.20 from 10pm to 8am), followed by €1.14 per kilometre/€0.40 per minute thereafter (€1.50/0.53 from 10pm to 8am). In addition to these, there are a number of extra charges – €1 for each extra passenger and €2 for telephone bookings. There is no charge for luggage.

Taxis can be hailed on the street and found at taxi ranks around the city, including on the corner of Abbey and O'Connell Sts; College Green, in front of Trinity College; and St Stephen's Green at the end of Grafton St.

Numerous taxi companies, such as National Radio Cabs, dispatch taxis by radio. You can also try MyTaxi (www.mytaxi.com), a taxi app.

Train

The Dublin Area Rapid Transport provides quick train access to the coast as far north as Howth (about 30 minutes) and as far south as Greystones in County Wicklow. Pearse Station is convenient for central Dublin south of the Liffey, and Connolly Station for north of the Liffey. There are services every 10 to 20 minutes, sometimes more frequently, from around 6.30am to midnight Monday to Saturday. Services are less frequent on Sunday. A one-way DART ticket from Dublin to Dun Laoghaire or Howth costs €3.30 (€2.40 with a Leap Card).

There are also suburban rail services north as far as Dundalk, inland to Mullingar and south past Bray to Arklow.

Train Passes

DART passes include the following:

Adult All Day Rail (one/three days €12.15/28.50) Valid for unlimited travel on DART and suburban rail travel.

Family All Day Rail (€20) Valid for travel on rail services for one day for a family of two adults and two children aged under 16.

Tram

The Luas (www.luas.ie) light-rail system has two lines: the Green Line (running every five to 15 minutes) runs from Broombridge in the north of the city down through O'Connell St and St Stephen's Green to Sandyford in south Dublin (via Ranelagh and Dundrum); the Red Line (every 20 minutes) runs from the Point Village to Tallaght via the north quays and Heuston Station.

There are ticket machines at every stop or you can use a tap-on, tap-off Leap Card, which is available from most newsagents. A typical short-hop fare (around four stops) is €2.80. Services run from 5.30am to 12.30am Monday to Friday, from 6.30am to 12.30am Saturday and from 7am to 11.30pm Sunday.