If you have decided to pay a visit to the island of Ireland, there are plenty of ways to travel!
Airport to City
There are a number of options for those looking to travel from the airport to the city or vice-versa. Taxis are available outside both Terminal 1 and 2. There are a number of coach and bus services that can bring you to the city centre, and as well as many areas in and around Dublin. Plan your journey here. There is a list of airport-based coach and bus operators here. Dublin Bus operates the Airlink Express 747 which serves both terminal 1 and 2. The Airlink will bring you right into Dublin city centre and also connects with major bus and rail stations. Aircoach offers services from Dublin Airport (Terminal 1 and 2) to the City Centre and various Dublin locations on a 24 hours basis each day.
- By Sea
Regular, scheduled ferry services operate between Ireland and the UK bringing both foot passengers and cars and other vehicles to Dublin through two ferry ports, Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire.
Irish Ferries operate great value ferries to Ireland from Britain and France.
Ferry Terminals to City
There are number of options open to those seeking to travel to the city from the Ferry Terminals. From Dublin Port, visitors may get a bus or a taxi. A taxi will cost approximately €10. From Dun Laoghaire Ferry Terminal, visitors may take a taxi, get a bus, or use the DART light rail. Both DART and Dublin bus tickets to the City Centre cost under €3 for a single journey.
If you wish to travel to Dublin City Centre by bus, the No.7 or No.46a bus is recommended. Both leave regularly and take approximately 1 hour to reach the city centre. Alternatively, hop on a northbound DART towards the city centre.
Once you’re here, there are many ways to travel the city.
You can plan your train, tram, bus, coach or taxi journey with www.transportforireland.ie. You can check routes, times and fares, get real time information and download the app.
Pay for all your travel with an electronic purse from Leap Card or buy a multi-day ticket from any of the main transport operators: Luas ticket machines and retail outlets, Irish Rail ticket machines and booking offices and Dublin Bus Head Office, 59 Upper O’Connell Street online or retail outlets.
Purchase a Freedom Ticket, a 3 day ticket, for only €33 valid on the Airlink and all Dublin bus services!
Dublin's two main train stations are Connolly Station and Heuston Station. Irish Rail is nationwide while the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) serves Dublin commuters. The DART runs along the coast of the Irish Sea from Malahide in north County Dublin southwards as far as Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Tickets can be purchased via the website or can be purchased at the station.
Dublin city centre has 3 DART stations: Pearse Station, Tara Street Station and Connolly Station. Both Connolly Station and Pearse Station connect with intercity and commuter lines.
Dublin is also served by LUAS, a light rail transit system. There are two Luas tram lines, the Red line and the Green line. The Red Line runs from Tallaght to The Point and from Saggart to Connolly. The Green Line runs from Brides Glen to St. Stephen’s Green through Sandyford.
During peak travel times 07:00am to 10:00am and 4:00pm to 7:00pm Luas trams operate every 4- 5 minutes. Off peak trams run every ten to fifteen minutes. Tickets are available at every Luas terminal.
Bus Éireann offers a nationwide service. The main bus depot in Dublin is Bus Áras situated in the city centre behind the Custom House.
Dublin Bus provides a network of services around the city including from Dublin Airport, Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire as well as a Nitelink and Sightseeing Tours.
Dublinbikes is a self-service bike rental system open to everyone from 14 years of age. With 40 stations and 450 bikes, it enables you to travel around the city centre at a leisurely pace. 3 day tickets are available for visitors to Dublin.