TRAVELLING AROUND IRELAND

In this section you will find useful information on some of the transport services that are available in different cities around Ireland, as well as services providing transport between these cities.

There may be other services available locally at different colleges, so please check with your college or student union for more information.

RAIL / TRAM SERVICES

Iarnród Éireann / Irish Rail

Iarnród Éireann / Irish Rail is the national rail company in the Republic of Ireland. There are two main train stations in Dublin:

  1. Connolly Station serves Belfast, Rosslare Harbour (for ferry services) and Sligo.
  2. Heuston Station serves all other cities, including Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford.

Train services are usually quicker than bus services, especially on longer journeys. There are also Commuter Rail Services operating from Connolly Station to Drogheda, Arklow, and Maynooth

Heuston Station to Kildare.

While these services are not electrified and can be rather slow, they serve most stations en route and provide a good alternative to buses. For more, visit www.irishrail.ie.

Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) 

Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) is a local train system serving 27 stations along the coast of Dublin county, running from Howth in the north to Bray and Greystones, County Wicklow, in the south. It is an efficient way to travel along the Dublin coast. For more, visit www.irishrail.ie.

LUAS

The LUAS is a Dublin-area tram service which operates two lines:

  1. The Green Line connects Brides Glen to Broombridge via Dublin city centre.
  2. The Red Line connects Tallaght and Saggart to The Point via Dublin city centre, and stops at both Heuston and Connolly train stations.

Tickets bought for a journey starting on one line and finishing on the other are valid for the whole journey. Trams run frequently, especially at peak times, from 05.30 – 00.30. For more, visit www.luas.ie.

BUS AND COACH SERVICES

Dublin Bus

Bus Átha Cliath / Dublin Bus operates an extensive network of bus routes from the city centre to most destinations in the city. Buses in the Dublin area run from 06.30 – 23.30 approximately, with a reduced service on Sundays. Dublin Bus also runs a service from Dublin Airport to the city centre. For more information, visit www.dublinbus.ie.

Nitelink

Nitelink, a weekend service operated by Dublin Bus, also provides an express night bus service from Dublin city centre to a large number of suburban destinations. This operates on Friday and Saturday nights and buses depart every 1-2 hours, with some routes operating until 02.00 and others until 04.00. For more information, the Nitelink website.

Dublin Bus / Nitelink routes are exact fare only, which means that the drivers cannot give change and will only accept money in coins, not in note form. You can also pay using your Leap Card (see below).

Bus Éireann

Bus Éireann operate urban bus services in the Republic of Ireland’s other main cities, radiating principally from the centres of Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. It also provides coach services to all parts of the country from the Central Bus Station, Busáras, in Store Street, Dublin 1. For more information, visit www.buseireann.ie.

Other coach providers include Wexford Bus, City Direct, Swords Express, Matthews’ Coaches, Dublin Coach, GoBus and CityLink.

Aircoach

Aircoach is a company which operates coach services from Dublin Airport Terminals 1 and 2 Arrivals to a number of locations in the Greater Dublin area and also to Cork, Galway and Belfast. Coaches for Dublin city centre serve Dublin’s main hotels and business districts. For more information , visit www.aircoach.ie.

STUDENT LEAP CARD

Full-time students can purchase a Student Leap Card, which gives access to discounted tickets valid on most transport services, including DART and Commuter Rail, LUAS, Dublin Bus, Wexford Bus, City Direct, Swords Express, Matthews’ Coaches and Bus Eireann services.

A Student Leap Card holder can also avail of discounted student fares from Irish Rail.

TAXIS

Taxis are available throughout Ireland. However, they are expensive and you should ask what the price is likely to be before travelling in the taxi. Before your journey begins, there is a basic charge of €3.80 between the hours of 08.00 – 20.00 and €4.20 between the hours of 20.00 – 08.00, and all day on Sundays and on public holidays. The rest of the journey is on a meter, based on the distance travelled or, in slow moving traffic, the time taken. There is also a booking fee of €2 if you order a taxi online or by phone rather than hailing one on the street. You can also book taxis through the Free Now app, which you can download where you get your apps. Taxi prices are usually not negotiable.

For more information, visit www.transportforireland.ie/taxi.

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