Dublin – The Walking City
Dublin – The Walking City The best way to get to know any city is to walk around it. Dublin city centre is a relatively compact area and everywhere is within easy walking distance. The inner suburbs where there are several historic visitor centres, beautiful parks and waterside paths are also reachable by walking or by taking short bus or tram rides. The coastal stretch around Dublin Bay and the Dublin Mountains, has wonderful scenery and many recommended walking opportunities, and can be easily reached by DART, the rapid rail system and/or public bus.
Getting Around Dublin
There are 20 car parks and over 10,000 parking spaces in the city centre to cater for shoppers cars,
many are open 24 hours and all are within five-minute walk of the city’s high streets.
Getting to/from the Airport you can use the Airlink – (Dublin Bus)
Scheduled buses operated in Dublin by Dublin Bus are frequent, many stops have a useful
electronic display indicating the bus number and real time information. Please have exact change
to pay the driver as you do not get change. Driver can only take coins. For convenience get a
Tram lines are called Luas in Dublin. There is the Green Line which travels from St Stephen’s
Green to Brides Glen via Dundrum and the Red Line which travels from The Point via Connolly
& Heuston Station and Tallaght to Saggart. They operate every 3 to 10 minutes
DART – the Dublin Area Rapid Transit system is a heavy rail service that runs from Greystones
to Howth and Malahide along the coast. This is a great way for visitors to see Dublin’s Bay area
and its many coastal villages.
Heuston Station is located on the Liffey and is the station for trains to/from provincial Ireland
including Cork, Waterford, Galway and Limerick.
Connolly Station is the station for trains to Belfast, Rosslare Europort and Sligo. The Station is
located on Amiens Street.
Taxis vary in colour and model. They all have a distinctive illuminated bar sign on the roof. Taxis
are regulated by the National Transport Authority and can be hailed on the street or at taxi ranks.
Transport for Ireland is a useful website when using public transport.
Presently there are two Luas tramlines the Red Line and the Green Line. The Red Line runs from Tallaght to The Point and from Saggart to Connolly. The Green Line runs from Brides Glen to St. Stephen’s Green through Sandyford. The next line Luas Cross City will start to operate by the end 2017 and it’s the extension of the Luas Green Line creating an interchange with the Red Line. It will travel from St Stephens Green to Cabra.
Visitor Leap Card
The Leap Visitor Card is the convenient public transport ticket for tourists and visitors to Dublin. It
takes you anywhere you want to go in the city and suburbs for the following time periods:
1 day (24 hours) – €10.00
3 days (72 hours) – €19.50
7 days (168 hours) – €40.00
Your chosen time period starts from the first time you use the card.
The Leap Visitor Card is currently available to buy from:
Spar shops (T1 & T2 Arrivals)
Discover Ireland Tourist Information Desks (T1 & T2 Arrivals)
Dublin Airport Travel Information Desk (T1 Arrivals)
Dublin City Centre
Dublin Bus, 59 Upper O’Connell St.
Discover Ireland Centre, 14 Upper O’Connell St.
Visit Dublin Centre, 25 Suffolk St.
Once you have a Leap Visitor Card, you can top-up with additional time periods (1, 3 or 7 days) for the
prices shown above at any Leap Card payzone outlet in Dublin (up to a maximum of 5 times).
Your Leap Visitor Card allows you unlimited travel after first use for the period you have selected on:
Airlink 747 airport bus service
All Dublin Bus scheduled services (not valid on tours)
All Luas (tram) services
DART and Commuter Rail in the Short Hop Zone (all of Dublin city and county)
The Leap Visitor Card is used by simply touching it against a Validator. You will hear a tone to verify you have validated properly.
Cycling In Dublin
Dublin City Council runs a public bicycle scheme which allows users to take bikes for a small charge and cycle around Dublin. Bikes can be picked up and dropped off at a network of stations, the stations stretch within a short radius of Dublin city centre. Bikes are available seven days a week and the first 30 minutes of cycling are free. It is important to note that cash is not accepted at the bike stations. The newly opened Canal Way is ideal for family and leisure cycling.
Bikes are available between 5am and 12.30am. 7 days a week.
See website for bike station locations.