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January 6, 2020

Transport in Dublin – Everything You Need to Know!

Like most major European cities, Dublin has a well-structured and efficient public transport network to get you where you need it. Choices vary depending on the location of your accommodation in Dublin and where you need to go – whether for study, work or play.

But basically, in addition to doing things on foot, you’ll have five options that we’ll detail further: Dublin Bus, Luas, Dart, Dublin bike and taxis.

Leap Card

Before talking about transportation it is important to explain about the Leap Card. This is a card that is accepted on the entire Dublin public transport network. The advantage is that you can carry a value on the card and not worry about the change – which on the bus can come as a ticket, so you can get the change at the company headquarters in the city center. As a student you can make the card using only your passport and a letter from the school where you are enrolled to make a card.

The card also gives discounts on some types of tickets and is a great option for getting around the city, making life easier. There are several recharging machines around the city.

Dublin Bus

Dublin has double decker buses that are not usually very crowded. Bus prices are calculated according to the distance you need to travel, so you need to inform the driver where you are going to get off, so that the price will be calculated. There is a discount for payments using the Leap Card.

Bus stops are well signposted, with panels informing the bus lines available at that stop and the expected time for the next bus. You can also download a mobile app called Dublin Bus, where you can find out schedules, where buses pass and see the route.

One thing to note is that buses do not run until very late, so you need to be careful not to walk when you are coming home. The buses are comfortable and going upstairs gives you a tourist view of the city.


Dublin has no subway lines, instead they have Luas (which means speed in Irish). It is the surface subway, known as Tram in some other European countries, roughly speaking, it is a rail train that walks down the street.

Currently Luas has only two lines, with comfortable and air-conditioned trains, but that end up better serving the center and the south of the city. It is a practical, fast and punctual means of transport.

At Luas you need to buy the ticket in advance if you do not have the Leap Card. Luas has no collector, so you must validate your ticket upon entry. The service goes through surprise checks, where tickets are requested to confirm that it has been validated and if you have not validated, you will pay a fine of approximately 45 euros.


The Dart – which means Dublin Area Rapid Transit – is the train line that connects Dublin with its surroundings such as the coastal region, Howth and Malahide. Unit rates range from €2 to €5.20 euros depending on your starting point and destination.

In some cases, it is easier to use Dart than bus lines, as the price is similar, with the advantage that Dart is faster to transport with fewer stops than some bus lines.

It is possible to check train times through an application via mobile or even through the website of the company that runs the trains. Tickets can be purchased at machines at the train stations, which can be weekly and monthly. In addition to the more competitive cost, the advantage is that these tickets offer unlimited use during the period, allowing you to use to visit the coast and other interesting cities on the weekend without extra cost.

Dublin Bike

Dublin has a public bike sharing network – the famous bike sharing, which is becoming increasingly common especially in European capitals.

You must register on the Dublin Bikes website, which will send you a card at the address you provide. You can make an annual plan – which costs about 20 euros, the 3-day plan that costs about 5 euros or carry credits for individual use which is measured by time – there is a progressive table with cost.

Through the mobile app called All Bikes Now, you can see if there are any bikes available where you want to take them.

There are over 100 bike stations around the city where you use the card you receive to unlock and use the bike. You always need to return the bike to another bike station.

Dublin bike is the most economical way to get around the city, especially if you are within walking distance of the places you go to often. The bicycle is a serious means of transport in Dublin, with plenty of bike lanes and being respected by other vehicles.

On foot

Especially if your accommodation in Dublin is close to the city center – or close to your place of work and study – you can do a lot on foot. The city is flat and safe, with the advantage that on foot we end up paying more attention to the places we pass.

Getting around Dublin on foot is a simple and quite healthy option, depending on your time availability and the distances you have to travel.


But if none of this is enough – or you left late at night – you can take a taxi. Dublin has an extensive taxi fleet, which works very well, but of course, has a higher cost than other means of transport. By bus, train or otherwise, the important thing is to enjoy the city in the best way, by programming. to take advantage of discounts, facilities and map the best routes in this city that offers excellent transport infrastructure.

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