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Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus provides bus services within Dublin city and to and from the surrounding areas. These services include city bus services, Railink, School link, Airlink, Nitelink and DART feeder buses. Dublin Bus also operates day tours and is obliged to provide services to people with disabilities.

Xpresso

Xpresso is a special service provided by Dublin Bus to allow faster and more efficient bus travel for passengers during rush hour traffic. Xpresso routes are more direct than many other bus routes and cut down journey time between destinations. These routes also have fewer stops and therefore, offer passengers a quicker service. Xpresso timetables can be found on the Dublin Bus web site.

Airlink

Dublin Bus operates services between Dublin City Centre and Dublin Airport. These services run via Busáras, Connolly Rail Station and Heuston Rail Station. The Airlink coach service departs from outside the Arrivals Hall at Dublin Airport and Busáras in the city centre. In addition, most Bus Éireann Expressway services between Dublin and Belfast operate via Dublin Airport. If you are travelling from anywhere in the country on the Expressway network, you can buy a through ticket that allows you to travel to Dublin and transfer to the Airlink service departing from Busáras. Bus Éireann also provide frequent bus services between Shannon Airport and Limerick City, between Shannon Airport and Ennis and between Cork Airport and Cork City Centre. Airlink timetables can be found on the Dublin Bus web site.

Nitelink

The Nitelink service operated by Dublin Bus is a late night bus service to the suburbs of the city. The service runs Monday to Saturday throughout the year. First departure of the night is at 12.30am. Subsequent departure times will depend on the service and the length of the journey. Most services will operate until 4.30am, but some routes, e.g., Swords and Greystones, operate a more limited service due to the length of the journey. Fares depend on your journey and will be either €4 or €6. You can buy your ticket at the bus stop. Over Christmas each year, Nitelink operates an enhanced service to deal with increased demand.

Railink

Dublin Bus operates a frequent service to the main rail stations in Dublin. Fares on all Railink services are charged at a flat rate of 0.95 cent for an adult and 0.55 cent for a child.

Bus Éireann

Bus Éireann provides various bus services on a network of routes throughout Ireland. It operates intercity coach services and provides commuter services for major cities. City and town bus services are also provided, together with a local bus service throughout the country. Bus Éireann operates a school bus service on behalf of the Department of Education and Science. Bus Éireann is obliged to provide services to people with disabilities.

Bus Éireann Expressway Service

The Expressway inter-urban coach service is the core business of Bus Éireann. The Expressway network consists of more than 50 routes that link cities and major towns throughout Ireland, including destinations in Northern Ireland served in conjunction with Ulsterbus.

Student Travel

Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus provide a network of services catering for third-level students. City and town routes will serve colleges in their general area and Bus Éireann national services often operate via colleges and universities on main routes. Bus Éireann also provide hire services for clubs or societies travelling to other colleges for inter-varsity events.

The new Student TravelCard allows students to get substantially discounted fares on Iarnród Éireann and Dublin Bus services. The City Student TravelCard, which is valid for travel on which is valid for travel on Dublin Bus and Irish Rail commuter rail services in Dublin and Cork, including DART services. The City Student TravelCard costs €10.

Where to buy the tickets:

Dublin Bus

59 Upper O'Connell Street
Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 703 3028
Fax: (01) 703 3037
E-mail: info@dublinbus.ie


Bus Éireann (serves the whole country)

Broadstone
Dublin 7
Tel: (01) 830 2222
Fax: (01) 830 9377
Travel information, Tel: (01) 836 6111
E-mail: info@buseireann.ie


Note: You can request Dublin Bus timetables to be sent to your mobile telephone for a charge. (Simply text BUS followed by the bus route number eg. BUS 10 to 53503 and send).

The Luas Tram System

Information

Luas is a Light Rail Transit (LRT) system (a public transport tram system) that operates in Dublin, Ireland since June 2004. The name Luas (pronounced "Lou-As") is the Irish word for speed. This tram system connects suburban parts of Dublin city with the city centre on two separate tramlines. These tramlines are:
  • The Green Line: connecting Sandyford to St Stephen's Green in the city centre. This journey takes, approximately 22 minutes.
  • The Red Line: connecting Tallaght to Connolly Station. This journey will take approximately 43 minutes.


View a map showing routes along the Green and Red lines on the Luas site: http://www.luas.ie/

The Red and Green lines do not connect. There is a 15-minute walk between St Stephen's Green on the Green Line and Abbey Street on the Red Line. Frequency of Luas trams.

Luas trams will run every 10 minutes for an initial period. This is to allow traffic and Luas passengers to become familiar with the new system. Trams will run every 5 minutes at peak time and no more than 10 minutes at off-peak times when Luas becomes fully operational. Operating times for Luas trams will be:
  • Monday to Friday from 5.30 to 00.30
  • Saturday from 6.30 to 0.30
  • Sunday from 7.00 to 23.30.
Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann)

DART

The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) runs along the East Coast of Ireland from Malahide in County Dublin to Greystones in County Wicklow. Details of the facilities available in all DART stations and DART timetables are available on the Iarnród Éireann web site. DART fares can be paid in cash or passengers can buy pre-paid tickets to avail of discounts on their journeys. Many DART stations have "park and ride" facilities to encourage commuters to leave their cars in station car parks and reduce the volume of traffic in the city. Aerdart is a bus service that runs from Howth Junction DART station to Dublin Airport. An integrated Aerdart ticket covers travel between Dublin Airport and any DART station/Maynooth train station, so you do not need to buy a separate ticket for the Aerdart.

You can find passenger timetables on the Iarnród Éireann web site: http://www.irishrail.ie

Suburban Rail

The Arrow suburban rail service operates between Dublin and Kildare and the suburban rail network operates between Drogheda, Arklow, Maynooth and Dublin. Suburban rail network maps, suburban rail fare information and suburban timetables for all services are available on the Iarnród Éireann web site.

InterCity

Iarnród Éireann's InterCity services provide rail links between Ireland's main towns and cities. InterCity services depart from Dublin's Heuston and Connolly Stations and serve the following destinations: Belfast, Sligo, Ballina, Westport, Galway, Limerick, Ennis, Tralee, Cork, Waterford and Rosslare Europort. Other InterCity services run between Rosslare Europort and Limerick; Cork and Tralee; and Cork and Limerick. The InterCity service caters for both smoking and non-smoking passengers and carriages are divided between Superstandard (first class) and Standard (second class).

Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail

Head Office
Connolly Station
Dublin 1
http://www.irishrail.ie


InterCity/DART/Suburban services Infoline:

Tel: 1850 366 222


International Traffic Section, Iarnród Éireann

35 Lower Abbey Street Dublin 1 Tel: (01) 7032524