How does transport work in Dublin?
Dublin has a well organized transport system. Some of your options are the DublinBus, Luas, Dart, Bicycle, Taxis and the most recommended option: Walking! First of all, I would like to tell you that in order to get the best rates on the transport (and many other discounts) you need to have your Student Leap Card http://www.studentleapcard.ie/
To get your student card you must go to Trinity College with your passport, a reference letter or proof of enrollment at Seda College and fill out a form with your personal information. It costs € 10 and is valid for one year.
This card will help you pay for transport in Ireland and allows you to identify yourself as a student in the Emerald Isle. Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland. Public transport links most points of the city with its bus and tram network (Luas) efficiently. It is a small town and most of its attractions are centrally located. That is why the main recommendation is to wear comfortable shoes and enjoy the wonderful environment and walk to your destination if the distance allows you to. We know that this is not always possible; so here are your options for getting around Dublin:
The Dublin Bus has about 172 urban and long-distance lines. Plan your itinerary/trip with a quick search on their website: https://www.dublinbus.ie/. Do not forget to download the App too. It will come in handy
You can search by address, by stop number or bus route number and set up your itinerary. If you do not have a card you will have to pay with coins. Please keep in mind that they do not give change. If you do not have the exact amount, you will be given a ticket that you can then redeem at the offices of Dublin Bus on O’Connell Street .
Office hours are from 6am to 11:30 p.m.; on weekends the schedule varies a little. You pay according to the route. For example, if you travel anywhere between 1 to 3 stops your cost is € 2, from 3 to 13 stops it is € 2.70 and so on. These are the prices for the general public. For students, with your student card it is less expensive. For example, instead of paying € 2 you will pay € 1.50.
You can also buy a 30-day non-consecutive plan. That is a good option as the service does not measure the times you use it during the day. You can check details and times in the App. Some stops have a screens that show the buses’ route number that are coming and how long they will take to arrive.
Dublin has two lines of Luas (Red Line and Green Line). They opened in 2004. The Green Line runs from Stephen Green to Brides Glen in south-east Dublin and has 23 stops, while the Red Line joins Tallaght with The Point and has 27 stops. This line goes through such sites as the Jervis Shopping Center and O’Connell Street. The lines do not communicate (so far).
Work is currently under way to increase the coverage area of this means of transport. Tickets are purchased at vending machines located at different Luas’ stations. There are several options among which we can point out the Return Ticket (round trip), 7 days or 30 days. The vending machines also give you the option for Student Tickets whose cost will be cheaper than the normal rates. The cost of the ticket depends on the areas covered by your tour. During the week they work from 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. You can check details and schedules in the App.
Heuston and Conolly are the main stations of this transport system: Trains. One of the lines that is operated by the Irish Rail it is the Dart: Dublin Area Rapid Transit that runs along the coast of Dublin with a total of 31 stations from Malahide to Howth and from Greystones to County Wicklow. It also has a mobile application that allows you to view schedules and other details.
It is a different and very ecological option! The city has set up bike stations at different points throughout the city. The city center has more than 40. The first half hour is free. To register you need your bank card. You can opt for a yearly plan which costs € 20; although, there is also the possibility of paying an hourly rate or a 3 day ticket rate for € 2. For more information visit www.dublinbikes.ie .
Whether it is rented or owned it is law to use security elements: helmet, reflective vest and lights, otherwise you could pay a fine of up to € 45. There are cycle paths and a big cycling culture around the city.
As we all know, getting around by taxis can be quick and comfortable but also costly. There are several taxi stops in the city center. You can spot the taxis easily with their TAXI poster on top. The fixed price for using this mode of transport is
€ 4.20, this includes the first kilometer. The rate increases by € 1.10 with each km, plus €1 for each additional passenger. This is charged at the end of the tour. There are applications widely used to request taxis such as Hailo.
ENJOY THE CITY: WALK!
Walking is undoubtedly the healthiest, at no cost and an eco friendly way of touring the city!