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Getting around Dublin by tram, bus and train. Timetable, tickets. Leap Card

Getting around Dublin

The center, being quite small, can be easily visited on foot. For all medium-distance journeys, the public service represents a rather valid solution.


Dublin Bus, manages the approximately 200 city routes that connect the various districts and suburbs. Buses are ideal for getting around Dublin. Most of the vehicles are on two floors, and have as their terminus the O’Connell Street area (central station) and that of Trinity College. The regular service is guaranteed from 5:00 in the morning until 23:30, while from 24 to 2:00 (on weekends until 4:00) the night lines (Nitelink) operate

If you find the word “An Lár” as the destination of the bus, it means that it is headed to the center. When you get on the bus, you will always find two lines; if you have a ticket or season ticket you can get on from the right side, otherwise you have to go up from the left side by purchasing the ticket directly from the driver. It is a good habit to greet the bus driver when you get off at your stop.


Getting around Dublin by tram

Photo ©, William Murphy

LUAS operates two city tram lines: the green line from St. Stephen’s Green to Sandyford, and the red line from Connolly Station to Tallaght. Tickets can be purchased at the stations or directly from the automatic vending machines at the stops. The FLEXI fare ticket for one day is available at a cost of €7 per person.

The tram line extends for about 38 kilometers, for a total of over 50 stations. The frequency of the races, during peak hours, is up to 4 minutes.


The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) is a surface railway line, which runs along the stretch of coast between Greystones in the south and Howth and Malahid in the north. It is a cross between a subway and a train, but it is not the preferred means of getting around Dublin, from a tourist point of view.

Tickets can be purchased at the stations and the price varies depending on the route. The DART app, available for iOS and Android, is excellent for having a real map, timetables and any disruptions. For more information, please consult the official website of the Irish Railways Iarnród Éireann.


A way to get around Dublin that combines fun and sustainability. Dublinbikes offers over 100 pickup points within the city. the system is immediate and similar to the rest of Europe. You simply need to download the official app, register by following the instructions and choose a 3-DAY ticket, at a cost of €5. After unlocking your bike, you can use it for FREE for the first half hour. Subsequently, a cost of €0.50 will be applied for the next first hour, €1.50 for two hours, €6.50 for 4 hours.

The service is active every day, starting from 05:00 until 00:30.


For travel, we recommend purchasing this plasticized smart-card on which you can load the credit that can be spent on all means of transport. It works just like a phone sim; top up credit, and every time you take a vehicle, the cost of the ticket is deducted from the total. The Leap Card is valid on almost all vehicles, including Airlink or Aircoach.

The price of tickets varies depending on the vehicle, the route and the time (it increases in the evening). The daily or weekly version can be a good solution if purchased directly at the airport, before reaching the center. In this case, in fact, you can use it immediately for travel with an Airlink bus (not exactly cheap).

The Leap Visitor Card with unlimited access on vehicles for one day costs €10 per person. The 3-day version costs €19.50. You can buy it directly at the airport.

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