Transport Services in 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 is the only company providing rail services in the Republic of Ireland. There are two main stations in Dublin providing train services to the rest of the country. Connolly Station serves Belfast, Rosslare Harbour (for ferry services) and Sligo. 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 and from 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) is a local train system serving 27 stations along the coast of Dublin, running from Howth in the north to Bray and Greystones in the south, it is an efficient way to travel on Dublin's east side.
The LUAS is a Dublin-area tram service which operates two lines. The Green Line connects Brides Glen to Broombridge via Dublin City Centre, and the Red Line connects Tallaght and Saggart to The Point 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 5.30am to 12.30am day. For more, visit www.luas.ie.
Bus and Coach Services
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 6.30am to 11.30pm approximately, with a reduced service on Sunday. Dublin Bus also runs a service from the Dublin airport to the city centre. For more, visit www.dublinbus.ie.
Nitelink, a service operated by Dublin Bus, also provides an express night bus service from Dublin city centre to a large number of suburban destinations. Operating only on Friday and Saturday nights, buses depart every 1-2 hours, with some routes operating until 2am, while others operate until 4am. 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. Cashless payment is available through use of a Leap Card (see below).
Bus Éireann operates 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 Busáras Station, Store Street, Dublin 1. Information on departure times, routes, cost, etc., is available online at www.buseireann.ie.
Aircoach is a company operating services linking Dublin airport with a number of locations in the Greater Dublin area and also with Cork and Belfast. Coaches departing the arrivals terminal for the city centre serve Dublin's main hotels and business districts. For more, visit www.aircoach.ie.
Student Leap Card
Full-time students can purchase a Student Leap Card, which gives access to discounted ticketing 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 is also accepted to avail of discounted student fares from Irish Rail.
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 8am - 8pm and €4.20 between the hours of 8pm - 8am, as well as all day on Sundays and on public holidays. The rest of the journey is metered 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. Taxi prices are usually not negotiable. For more information, visit www.transportforireland.ie/taxi.
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