Dublin Bus: the worst public transport system in the world?

(Flickr: Tab59)
(Flickr: Tab59)
Courtesy of Tab59 (Flickr)


London, New York, Paris – all of these cities have a functioning underground system, along with an easy-to-use bus system.

Each bus stop is equipped with a list of stops, each bus will stop at.

In Dublin?

No underground system, a half-working LUAS, in which both lines do not meet, and a magical bus system where you have to guess by looking at it, if it passes where you need to go. Or if you’re lucky, its final stop is your destination so you can see it clearly on the front of the bus.

Here is a list of current issues that pervade Dublin Bus service. If you have experienced any of these, or others, please feel free to share your experiences.


Exact change

You have to have the exact change, otherwise, they issue you with a ‘refund ticket’. How many people actually claim back their money? And what about tourists who may be passing through and don’t have time to claim back the money from the Dublin Bus centre on O’Connell street?

AND who has the exact change? Why can’t they issue change on the bus? They can do it in London, why can’t they do it in Dublin? Are the bus-drivers maths-illiterate?


List of stops

Imagine you are visiting Dublin and you have to go to Griffith Avenue. You are standing on O’Connell Street and looking for the appropriate bus. You look at each bus stop and voila, you can see the number and final stop of the bus.

Every reliable, working system has a list of each stop that the bus will stop at. In Dublin? Noooooo, apparently we are psychic and can find this information out by just looking at the number of the bus. The 68, that sounds like a number that stops at Griffith Avenue…. Actually, no.


The magical bus

*5 minutes until bus*

5 minutes pass, 6 minutes pass, 7 minutes pass, no bus.

Final conclusion: The bus must have accidentally made its way through the Wardrobe and ended up in Narnia.

Or the other type of magical bus: *12 minutes until bus* and simultaneously, one approaches. God works in mysterious way.


Bus only completes half of its journey

It’s been a long day. You are leaning against the window, winding down after your day and next thing BOOM. An announcement from the bus driver tells everyone that this is the last stop but another will be around ‘shortly’. And why has this bus suddenly changed from being the average 9 bus to the 9c… You could not have had this planned BEFORE I got on the bus, no? #Organisation


The queue on the stairs

Have you ever experienced the queue on the stairs to get off the bus? Everyone on the downstairs scurries off the bus, while the rest of us are waiting like school children, in an orderly line, on the stairs. What makes it worse? When the bus is still moving and you are being thrust forward, hanging onto the railing for dear life.

Tempermental Wifi

“Free wifi” – yet there is no wifi account for Dublin Bus on that particular bus.

Leap card vs Oyster card

In London, there is an incentive to use an Oyster card. The majority of tube and bus journeys are practically halved when you use your card as a mode of payment. In Ireland however, you might be lucky to avail of a 15 cent discount if you use the ‘amazing’ leap card. *Wooohooo*

The Irish Labour Party
Minister Kelly with the Irish Leap card (Flickr: The Labour Party)
English Oyster Card (Courtesy of Flickr: Mikey)







And last but not least. THE WORSE APP IN HISTORY OF APPS

Have you ever tried to use the route planner? Then you know what I’m talking about. You need to know the exact stop you’re departing from and the exact stop you will arrive at. Otherwise, you are provided with a list of a number of unknown names and you haven’t a clue where any of them are.

Photo by Deirdre O’Connor


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