Transportation Around Ireland

Ireland Trains

The Luas is a light-rail and tram system. It has two lines – the Red line runs from Connolly train station to Tallaght, a suburb of Dublin, and the Green line runs from St Stephens Green to Sandyford. The lines have no mutual stations and it is about a 15 minute walk from the Red line's Abbey Street station and St Stephens Green on the Green line.

The DART is a commuter train that services the suburban areas around Dublin. There are two main DART stations in the city – Heuston Station, which has trains to Cork and the western and southern parts of Ireland, and Connolly Station, which connects Dublin with the southeast and east coast, Belfast, and Sligo. Buses and the Luas both run between Heuston and Connolly.

Irish Rail is the country's train system and boasts some of the newest trains in Europe. In 2008, old trains will be replaced with a whole fleet of new trains from Japan and South Korea.

Ireland Bus Information

Busáras

Busáras is Dublin's main bus station and has routes servicing the whole country, cities in the UK, and several destinations in Continental Europe. It is located next to Connolly train station, just 10 minutes by foot from O'Connell Street.

Bus Eireann has an extensive system that runs throughout the country, while Eurolines has routes to the European continent. There are lockers in the basement of the bus station where you can store your luggage.

Private Bus Companies

There are several private bus companies that run services from Dublin. If you are travelling to Galway and western Ireland, you might want to try Citylink. Kananaghs has buses that go to Limerick and Waterford. For people travelling from Dublin Airport to other areas around the country, Aircoach runs services from the airport to Belfast and Cork.

Boat

Ferry boats going to Wales and England depart from Dublin Port. However, Dublin's suburb of Dún Laoghaire is more popular and has services to more destinations. It is 10 kilometers south of the city and be reached via the DART.

Park & Ride

For people travelling to Dublin by car, a good option is to leave your car at a Park and Ride station and take a train into the city. Parking fees are €2-4 depending on the station. Sandyford station on the Luas or Bray station on the DART are good places to park your car if you are coming from the south. People coming from the west and north eat should park at Red Cow station on the Luas and Howth station on the DART respectively.

Ireland Car Hire

All of the car rental companies operating in Ireland have desks outside the Dublin Airport arrival gates. If you know that you want to rent a car, it is more convenient to get one at the airport than getting a ride into the city and trying to find one of the car company's downtown branches, especially since many of them are simply places to drop-off rentals.