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Public Transportation in Dublin

Learning how to get around using public transportation in Dublin is an important step in adjusting to life in Dublin. In this article, we cover the local public transportation options.
|-Public Transportation in Dublin

Dublin, the capital city of Ireland, is well-served by a variety of public transportation options. These include the Dublin Bus, the Luas tram system, the DART and Commuter Rail, and a number of taxi services. With these options, it is entirely possible for an expat living in Dublin to comfortably live without a car, relying on the public transportation system and walking. Each of these systems offers its own unique advantages and challenges, which we will explore in more detail below.

Dublin Bus

The Dublin Bus is the most extensive public transportation system in the city, with routes that cover virtually every area of Dublin. It is a safe and reliable option for travel, even at night, with a number of routes offering 24-hour service. The cost of a bus ride varies depending on the distance traveled, but a typical fare is around €2.15. The Dublin Bus also offers a Leap Card, which can be topped up with credit and used for travel on the bus, Luas, and DART systems. This can be a cost-effective option for regular commuters.

Luas Tram System

The Luas tram system is a modern and efficient way to travel around Dublin. There are two lines, the Green Line and the Red Line, which cover different areas of the city. The Luas is generally safe to use, even for women traveling alone or children going to school. However, it can get quite crowded during peak hours, so it’s worth planning your journey to avoid these times if possible. A single journey on the Luas costs between €2.10 and €3.30, depending on the distance traveled.

DART and Commuter Rail

The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) and Commuter Rail services are ideal for those living in the suburbs of Dublin or for trips to nearby towns. The DART runs along the coast of Dublin, from Malahide and Howth in the north to Greystones in the south. The Commuter Rail services extend further out, reaching towns such as Maynooth and Drogheda. Both the DART and Commuter Rail are safe and reliable, although they can be a bit more expensive than the bus or Luas. A typical fare is around €3.25 for a single journey.


Taxis are plentiful in Dublin and can be a convenient option for short journeys or when public transportation is not available. They are generally safe and reliable, although they can be quite expensive compared to other forms of transportation. A typical fare for a short journey in the city center is around €10. Uber is also available in Dublin, although it operates in a limited capacity, with only licensed taxi drivers allowed to use the platform.


For those who prefer a more active mode of transportation, Dublin also has a public bike-sharing scheme called Dublinbikes. There are stations located throughout the city, and it’s a great way to get around, particularly in the city center. A yearly subscription costs €25, and the first 30 minutes of each journey are free. It’s a safe and healthy way to travel, although it’s worth noting that Dublin’s weather can be unpredictable, so it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan!

In conclusion, Dublin’s public transportation system is comprehensive and reliable, making it entirely possible to live in the city without a car. Whether you prefer the convenience of the bus, the speed of the Luas, the reach of the DART and Commuter Rail, or the flexibility of a taxi or bike, there’s an option to suit everyone.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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