Dublin Public Transportation Guide for Foreign Students and Daring Tourists

Transportation Dublin - Photo Credit Victoria Roren
Transportation Dublin - Photo Credit Victoria Roren

I am sitting on the bus. Looking into the air and my eyes find a well dressed businessman. Nothing special about that. So I continue staring out in the actually not so crowded bus. I can see a woman with a quite fancy coat, and a young man with his backpack. I then suddenly realized that I am not sitting among other tourist as I usually would do. I am no longer a complete tourist.

I have managed to jump on the correct bus, going in the right direction and I had money on my famous student leap card. What an acheivement.

One of the most helpful things when trying to figure out the public transportation in Dublin is to download applications for your phone. Check out the interactive picture and get the link to the applications and home pages for the different transportation options.

Click on the red dots to get to the site and watch the videos: 



As you can tell I am far from being native when it comes to public transportation. But I have picked up a thing or two in the three months I have been living her. I therefore want to share some of my tips and tricks with new exchange students that are coming to Dublin or tourists that are feeling a bit more daring than to take a Hop-on Hop-off buss tour.

  • First off all remember the journey and waiting always takes longer than you think. So be sure you have plenty of time.  If you loose one bus, make sure you know about a second rout you can jump on. Put it like this: Always have a plan B. Luckily Dublin city centre is small enough to easily get around by foot, if you loose your second and third option.
  • Dublin Bus is the main provider of road-based public transport in the Irish capital, as the name suggests. Download the application suggested in the picture above, and start using the real time info, it is going to become your best friend. Find the number of your stop, look at the yellow signs on the bus stops. Then add the stop you use the most to your favorites.
  • If you have an important place to be, like the airport. Always have both a plan B and a plan C. It is typical that the real time info on your application is not available or the bus happens to be before time just that one time you really had to catch it. Then (between me and you) it is ok to take a taxi.
  • So if you have to take a taxi from time to time. Hailo is an great option.
  • The LUAS (initially known as the Dublin Light Rail System) tends to favour the areas south of the Liffey, though it can be handy for a quick dash along the north quays when you are tired. Check out the home page for an overview of the stops which is linked in the interactive picture above. It is also important to note that there is no interchange facility between the red and green LUAS lines, a brisk five to ten minute walk is the quickest connection.
  • Dublin Area Rapid Transit, always shortened to DART, is one of the most convenient ways of public transport in Dublin – but only if you are planning to go from north to south (or vice versa).
  • If you do not have a defined route yet, you may want to buy the Leap Card. It will allow you to use all means of public transport in Dublin for a reduced fare. It will be cheaper than buying one-way tickets.  If you are a student, I recommend you to buy the Student Card. You will receive discounts on public transport.



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