Public Transportation in Dublin is well organized and easy to understand. The system is integrated and allows easy getting around in the city center. In this transportation guide, we’ll give you all the information you need about transportation in Dublin.
The capital of Ireland doesn’t have a metro system, which is surprising for a city of this size. However, there is an extensive rail network connecting Dublin with other cities in Ireland as well as Belfast in Northern Ireland. Additionally, the are five commuter railway lines, all operated by the same operator.
One of those lines is the so-called DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport), which is the most used and only electrified train route in whole Ireland. It’s used by nearly 80.000 passengers a day and is the backbone of the public transportation network in the capital.
As part of the redevelopment of transportation in Dublin, the city is not only planning on building two metro lines, but already inaugurated two tram lines, named Luas. It was opened in 2004 and consists of two lines, which are not connected at any point.
The two lines are very successful and among the only public transportation networks in Europe, which are profitable. In addition to the two exisiting lines, a third line, which connects the two lines and crosses the city center, is in the construction phase. It is supposed to be finished in 2018, the latest.
Tram lines in Dublin:
Due to the lack of a metro and only two non-connected tram lines, buses are still the most used means of transportation in Dublin. The company Dublin Bus operates most lines in the city and offers very frequent connections between different parts of the city. All buses are modern and comfortable. The fare system of buses in Dublin is a little complicated, but integrated with the trams.
There are different fares depending on the length of the journey and the number of stops. Some bus lines come with special fares. In addition, there is a surcharge for paper tickets (purchased at machines or the driver). If you are planning several trips, you might better get a Leap Card (fares are at least 50 cent cheaper per ride with a Leap Card). You might also be aware that the airport bus (lines 747 and 757) comes with a special surcharge.
Dublin has more than 10.000 taxis, which makes it easy getting a taxi when needed. However, you should be aware that taxis in Dublin are everything but cheap. The initial fare is 4.10 Euro during the day (8am to 8pm) and 4.45 Euro during the night. After that, fares are approxiately 1.50 Euro per kilometer, making short rides especially expensive.
At the same time, taxis in Dublin are very safe and offer a high level of comfort. A taxi from the airport to the city is approximately 30 Euro and thus four times more than a bus ticket. Alternatively, Uber is also available in Dublin and a little cheaper than taxis.
Dublin offers all kinds of touristic means of transportation, including sightseeing buses. You may also get a city bike and explore the city on your own.
There are also a few boat operators, which offer daytrips to islands near the city.