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Public Transport in Dublin

Tickets for Dublin Public Transport

Public transport can be paid for.

  • By purchasing a ticket for one trip.
  • With Leap Visitor Card.

If you come to Dublin for a few days. It is best to buy a Leap Visitor Card for 1.3 or 7 days to pay for public transport. The card entitles you to unlimited travel. During the time period of your choice on Airlink, Dublin Bus. (all scheduled services). Go-Ahead Ireland to Dublin. Luas (tram). DART. And Commuter Rail (in the Short Hop zone – all Dublin suburbs). You can travel to/from the airport at the start. And the end of your journey at no extra charge – Airlink buses 747 and 757. The Leap Visitor Card is not valid for Hop-on / Hop-off bus tours. Or other special travel services.

Leap Visitor Card cost:

  • 1 day (24 hours): €10.00
  • 3 days (72 hours): €19.50
  • 7 days (168 hours): €40.00

Where to buy tickets for public transport in Dublin

  • A ticket for one bus ride bought from the driver for coins only. They don’t give change, so you need to have an exact amount.
  • A ticket for one trip by tram or DART bought at the ticket office. Or from the machine at the stop/station. The ticket’s validity time written on the ticket. You do not need to punch single tickets.
  • You can buy the Leap Visitor Card at the airport. (If you pay with the Leap Visitor Card, the fare will be 30% cheaper). Bus and Travel Information Desk. (Arrivals Hall, Terminal1). Spar shop (Arrivals hall, Terminal 2); WHSmith store (Arrivals Hall, Terminal 1).

With the Leap Visitor Card in your hands. You can replenish your account for an additional period. (for another 1, 3 or 7 days). At any Leap Card service center. (maximum 5 times). There are over 650 Leap points of sale in the country. So it is easy to top up.

Your Leap Visitor Card becomes valid upon first use. To do this, touch the validator with the card. The correctness of your actions confirmed by a tone signal.

Penalty for travel without a ticket

The penalty for travel without a ticket is € 100.

Dublin Trams

Luas is a light rail, fast and convenient mode of transport. That avoids rush hour congestion. The tram network consists of two lines. Red Luas (red) and Green Line. Intersecting in the city center. And diverging in different directions. The red line connects the suburbs of Talaght and Saggart. With the Connolly and The Point train stations. A green line connects Dublin’s Brides Glen. And Sandyford suburbs with Broombridge train station. Changing from the red line to the green line is possible at Abbey Street. Then you need to walk 1 minute to the stop at Marlborough Street. And take the green line that goes to South Dublin. Or walk 2 minutes to the O’Connell GPO stop. And take the green line which goes north towards Broombridge.

Dublin Tram Hours:

  • Monday – Friday from 05:30 to 00:30
  • Saturday 06:30 to 00:30
  • Sunday and holidays from 07:00 to 23:00

The fare depends on the distance and will cost from €1.44 to €2.45.

One-time tickets can buy at the station from vending machines. Payment can made in cash or by credit card. If you are traveling with a Leap Visitor Card. (or any other Leap Card). Then before boarding the tram. You must touch the validator on the platform with your card. After the end of the trip. You need to repeat the procedure (on the platform, validate the card).

Dublin Trams Map

Dublin Buses

The bus is the most common form of transport in Dublin. The largest bus operators are Dublin Bus. (Dublin City Bus), Go-Ahead Ireland. (Dublin’s newest bus company. It operates buses in Dublin since fall 2018). And Airlink (Buses 747 and 757 are frequent direct buses. From Dublin Airport to the city center city. ​​And major transport hubs). These operators are part of the TFI. (Transport For Ireland) system. So any The Leap card is valid for them to pay for travel.

The bus fleet represented by 2-storey modern buses. Equipped with air conditioning, sockets for recharging gadgets. Accessories for baby strollers and wheelchairs. The buses have a trademark yellow-blue color. Standing buses only allowed on the first floor. Please note that buses drop off passengers at stops only on demand. To do this, you must press a special button in the cabin. Passengers standing at stops give a signal to the driver with their hand. And if there are free seats in the cabin. The bus picks up passengers.

The fare depends on the distance. A ticket bought from the driver at the entrance to the bus will cost €1.55 – 3.3. Traveling for the same distance will be cheaper. When paying for travel with a special Leap Visitor Card.

Note. Some bus routes operated by commercial operators. Outside the TFI system. They have their own tariffs and the Leap Visitor Card is not valid there.

Dublin commuter trains

DART (Rapid Transit Dublin Area) Dublin’s commuter train system. That allows you to quick and easy get around Dublin. The train network runs along the Irish Sea coast from Malahide. Or Howth in northern County Dublin south to Greystones, Co Wicklow. Connects the coastal towns of Howth, Blackrock, Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey, Bray to Dublin. Trains run every 10 minutes from 06:00 to 23:45. A single-trip ticket can buy at the DART station. At the box office or from vending machines.

Ticket prices depend on the distance of travel. If you have a Leap Visitor Card (or any other Leap Card). You must attach the card to the reader. At the entrance gate of the platform. Or to the validator before the trip. And at the exit gate of the platform or to the validator after the end of the trip. Maps can only be used between stations in the Short Hop Zone (Dublin suburbs). To get to another city on DART. You need to purchase a regular ticket at the ticket office at the train station or online.

Ferry port in Dublin

Dublin Ferry Port located 7 km from the city center. In the eastern part of the city. The port can reach by public transport, although there are few routes. We can say that the Port of Dublin is the largest in Ireland. And it consists of 3 terminals.

  • 1-Terminal 1, Terminal Road South, Dublin Port
  • 2-Terminal 2, Alexandra Rd, Dublin Port
  • 3-Terminal 3, North Quay Extension, Dublin Port

The most common ferry routes are the ports of Great Britain. (Holyhead, Liverpool and the Isle of Man). And the French port city of Cherbourg-Octeville. The shortest route Dublin-Holyhead. Served by ferries from Irish Ferries and Stena Line. The route to Liverpool operated by P&O Ferries. The Isle of Man’s capital, Douglas. Operated by ferry services once a week by Steam Packet. The route to the French city of Cherbourg-Octeville. Operated by Irish Ferries.

Taxi in Dublin

Dublin has many taxi operators. As well as Uber taxis, which can called through the identical application. Fares are quite high and for the same distance the cost of the trip may vary. The cost of the trip influenced. By the type of car, traffic congestion. The number of passengers. (for each additional passenger, a fee of €1 charge). The time of day (from 20:00 to 08:00 there is a higher night rate). And even the day of the week (weekends and holidays tariff is higher).

Taxis have tariff stickers on the dashboard. And cards in the seat pockets that explain the fares. Initial rates: Hop on a taxi from €3.80, €1.14 per km or €0.40 per minute. All licensed taxis operate on a meter. At the end of the trip, passengers issued a receipt.

Rent a car in Dublin

Want to visit the most famous sights of Ireland. Such as Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park. Rock of Cashel, Bunratty Castle. The beautiful city of Dingle with its picturesque cliffs? Then you will need a car rent. Because it will be difficult to adapt to the work of public transport. Cars can rent from one of the car rental companies. Irish Car Rentals, Europcar, Sixt, Budget, Thrifty, Avis, Hertz. However, it is most profitable to book a car. On the Rental cars website. Where prices from all companies compared.

Public Transport in Dublin
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