There are several Dublin transportation choices to get around this fun city. You can go places to places by train, by bus, by car, by taxi, or by bike.
The Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) connects the city center and the coastal suburbs. It is very useful for short trips and for transport to your hotel and important sights in several suburban areas. The trains are fast, clean, and smooth-running.
But we suggest you avoid the rush hour as the trains can get very crowded. You can purchase tickets from DART stations or the Rail Travel Centre (35 Abbey Street Lower).
Local buses are cheap and frequent. Fares start at €0.75 for a short hop within Dublin. You must pay the exact amount in coins to the bus driver when you board. If you plan to stay for a long weekend in Dublin or intend to explore all the city’s must-sees, you may want to purchase a Rambler ticket, which is valid for 1, 3, 5 or 7 consecutive days on all scheduled services, including the Airlink bus.
Although car rental outlets are scattered like mushrooms all over the city, this kind of Dublin transportation is certainly not the most relaxing way to get around the city center. Driving in downtown Dublin is not highly recommended during rush hours since traffic can be very heavy.
There is also a comprehensive 1-way system. But once you go beyond the city limits, driving becomes more relaxing and enjoyable.
Dublin taxis were deregulated in 2002. Taxi ranks are located at St Stephen’s Green, O’Connell Street Upper, College Green, Aston Quay. They are also situated at Busáras as well as at the railway stations. All licensed taxis run on a meter, with a flag down rate of €2.75, which goes up by €0.20 for every 30-second period or 9th of a mile. Drivers of unlicensed taxis usually have the tendency to charge a flat fee, which you should negotiate in advance.
Biking is perhaps the most exciting Dublin transportation. Biking in the city, however, is not for people with a weak heart. Traffic can be very stressful. There are also no cycle lanes and each railing has signs that prohibit the parking of bikes.
Additionally, the city lacks dedicated cycle racks. There are no bike rental facilities in Dublin. So you will have to bring your own bike. Despite these hassles, cycling around the city will give you a unique and enjoyable experience.
Exploring the wonders of the city on foot will give you an idea about the layout of the city. You will also get a lively impression of the street life. Discovering Dublin on foot allow you to meet people. Some areas in Temple Bar Henry Street, and Grafton Street are pedestrianized.
Most of the major attractions south of the river are around 10-minute walk from Temple Bar. Attractions north of the river are mostly between 5- and 10-minute walk from O’Connell Street. If you do not feel like taking a Dublin transportation, then walk.