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Transport in Dublin

The Transport in Dublin section covers various methods of transport in and around the city. We have advice dealing with taxis, car hire, the airport, bus and train services along with information on cycling and walking.

We also link to websites which cover transport in detail so you can get the latest information to hand.

Don't worry if planning transport seams daunting, any of the members of staff here are always more than happy to help you arrange transport and give advice.


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.

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. Aircoach provides a 24-hour luxury coach service between Dublin Airport and Dublin city. Aircoach operate five routes, Ballsbridge and Leopardstown, which serve Dublin’s top hotels and places of business, Cork, and Belfast.

Dublin has an extensive bus network but only a few rail and tram lines. The buses can be slow and unreliable due to the city’s traffic but for many destinations outside the city centre (including the airport) they are the only public transport option.

On most city buses the fare depends on the distance you travel. If you are paying in cash, you tell the driver your destination, s/he tells you the fare, you drop the required coins in the farebox and s/he prints off your ticket. On most services the driver cannot give change or take banknotes: if you don't have the exact coins the driver will issue a printed change receipt which can only be redeemed at the Dublin Bus Head Office.

If you plan to use buses more than a few times in Dublin, it's well worth getting some type of prepaid ticket or pass, many of which are also valid on rail and/or tram services, such as the Leap Card. This will probably save money and certainly avoids having to carry a pocketful of coins! See the Section "Leap Card and other Transport Passes" below.

The busier stops have Real Time Passenger Information displays which use GPS tracking to tell you when the bus will arrive.


Luas is Dublin’s light-rail transit service - a swift, reliable tram system crossing the city on two lines.

Tickets for Luas can be purchased at streetside vending machines. They’re available for single/return journeys or as flexi-tickets covering travel for seven or 30 days. Check the destination on the front of the tram before boarding, and you’re all set for a smart light-rail system serving not just stops along the River Liffey, but some of Dublin’s best sights.

The Luas Red Line runs from Saggart through the city centre to the Point Village or Saggart/Connolly Station in Dublin’s docklands. Highlights along the Red Line include the O2 arena, the National Museum of Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks and the historic Kilmainham Gaol.

The Green Line (22 stops) runs from Stephen’s Green out through Ranelagh and Dundrum to Brides’ Glen in the south. Highlights along the Green Line include the foodie village of Ranelagh, the shopping Mecca of Dundrum Town Centre, and stops a short distance from the Leopardstown racecourse.

The two lines are currently unconnected, but work is underway.

Walking and Cycling

Cycling is a recreation, a sport and a means of transport to get around Dublin City. Bicycles are commonly used by people seeking to improve their fitness and cardiovascular health. In this regard, bicycling is especially helpful for those with arthritis of the lower limbs and who are unable to pursue sports such as running that involve more impact to joints such as the knees. Cycling is also an inexpensive way to travel in Dublin City.

A new mini-site for cycling in Dublin is has been developed at www.dublincitycycling.ie. Developed by dublin.ie in collaboration with the Roads & Traffic Department of Dublin City Council the site features:

Cycle lane maps throughout the city
Your say on where new bike parking should be located
A blog featuring events, news, consultations and surveys
Information on the benefits of cycling
There’s no doubt about it, walking is good for you. Whether you want to walk to improve your general health, to keep fit, to control your weight, or perhaps to recover from a period of ill-health, walking can help. If you walk just one mile a day you will burn at least 100 calories, and this could result in a loss of ten pounds in a year without changing your eating habits.



Where to socialise in Dublin?

You can't visit Dublin without...

Having a pint of Guiness and some CRAIC at one of the many Irish Pubs in Dublin. 

An Poitin Still

This is a landmark public house and restaurant famed for its traditional hospitality and award winning food and service. With food served from 9am to 11pm everyday this is the original travelers rest for those traveling southbound from Dublin. Unique property with many historic features and artifacts on show throughout with original pieces from Irish sporting history to American memorabilia on display ie letters retrieved fom the Titanic and Local sporting ledgends. 

The Temple Bar

Temple Bar is an area of Dublin with cobble stones, pubs and street entertainment. A tradition of a genuinely warm welcome and first rate friendly service, is the hallmark of the friendliest watering hole in Dublin. Whether you are alone or with a group of friends, the craic is mighty and you will always feel at home at the Temple Bar. Overseas and out of town visitors will find our staff to be a valuable mine of information on Dublin's history and sights and can recommend others places to visit to make your stay a memorable time. Well known for one of the largest variety of whiskeys on sale in the world!

Johnnie Fox's

Situated in Glencullen on top of the Dublin mountains, Johnnie Fox's is one of Ireland's oldest and most famous traditional Irish pubs - and we are also famed as the highest pub in the country. At Johnnie Fox's there is Traditional Irish Music every night, plus on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. There are large bands that play through the year on selected dates. You can also see one of the top dancing performances in the country at our famous 'Hooley Night' - dinner & show (reservations recommended). One of the most interesting and historical pubs in Ireland.

Trendy Drinks


House Dublin occupies two Georgian Townhouses on Leeson Street, between The Grand Canal and St Stephen’s Green. House has a feeling of relaxed glamour, luxury and ease throughout. They’d love you to feel at home and choose the space you’d like for the time you need it – log fires burning daily in the Front Parlour, our Salon Bar and Conservatory, The Terrace by the pot bellied stove, down to the Garden with its olive and citrus trees. The GlassHouse, Wine Room, Library and Redroom all offer further areas in which to meet, eat and drink.

37 Dawson Street

Cocktails are amazing and the food is brilliant- calamari and chicken wings are a must have! The atmosphere is bubbly and the decor is lively to say the least. Really cool bar in Dublin, very original and not just another generic Dublin bar. Cocktails are a must have. 

The Exchequer

Wholesome, fresh, hearty, award winning food accompanied by a concise but delicious wine menu, an extensive range of worldly beers, and unique and exciting cocktails served in casual, relaxed and comfortable surroundings. Nationally sourced seasonal produce, consisting of Irish meats, seafood from Irish waters and a dedication to the Irish artisan producer (with a bow to our European neighbours for the odd essential) are at the forefront of our ethos.

Dance the night away

Everleigh Gardens

Centrally located on Harcourt Street, Everleigh Garden is a unique nightclub experience. An electric atmosphere where our garden comes to life. This is a club for everyone. Our music policy caters for everyone, from chart hits to electro-house and from RnB to all the old favourites. Combined with our almost-outdoor Mediterranean atmosphere, we know you’ll feel a world away from the city.


Dandelion on St Stephen’s Green is at the epicentre of the Dublin social scene and houses a busy restaurant, bar and club. A 22,000sq foot venue open from midday until close 7 days a week and now under new management, Dandelion is already the cornerstone of the celebrity circuit in Dublin. Dandelion takes its place amongst the über cool destination venues throughout the World and is inspired by bar cultures in London and New York with 21st century opulence and a touch of decadence added to the heady mix. Every Friday night the atmosphere is electric in Dandelion with DJ, percussion and sax with the very best promotions to set this bar apart as the best in town.

Dandelion Club has an electric atmosphere and is a heady mix of opulence and decadence showcasing an incredibly diverse range of music to a warm and friendly crowd. Operating at a point between hot and cool, Dandelion simmers without boiling as DJs spin the best hip hop, R&B, funk, soul, jungle and mixes.


The City West Hotel


Conference, Leisure & Golf Resourt

Distance from Dublin Airport: 27.4 Km
Travel Time: Approximately 30 minutes by car
Distance from CEAD-Ireland: 2.3 Km
Travel Time: Approximately 5 minutes by car

• Located just 25 minutes from Dublin City
• Set on 240 acres of majestic parkland at the foothills of the Dublin mountains
• LUAS (Light Rail) connection to Dublin City just minutes from the hotel entrance
• 20m heated indoor pool with Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and heated caldarium
• Family-friendly hotel offering; Kids clubs, movie nights, discos and so much more during the school holidays
• Complimentary Wi-Fi in all public areas and wired connection in all guest rooms 2,500 FREE car parking spaces
• 18 hole Championship Golf Course
• Two on-site restaurants; The Hibernian Bistro and Lemongrass Restaurant


The Madron Hotel Citywestmaldron-hotel-citywest

Distance from Dublin Airport: 27 Km
Travel Time: Approximately 30 minutes by car
Distance from CEAD-Ireland: 5.1 Km
Travel Time: Approximately 10 minutes by car

• Free Wifi access in all bedrooms
• Free WiFi internet access in lobby area and meeting rooms
• Stir Restaurant Citywest
• Kingswood Bar and Citywest Restaurant on grounds of hotel, independently operated
• 24 hour reception
• Express check in & out
• Satellite T.V in bedrooms
• Free secure guest parking
• Travel baby cots available on request, free of charge
• Newspapers available at reception 129 guest rooms


The Forge Boutique GuestHousetheforge

Distance from Dublin Airport: 27.4 Km
Travel Time: Approximately 30 minutes by car
Distance from CEAD-Ireland: 2.3 Km
Travel Time: Approximately 5 minutes by car

The Guesthouse Facilities include:
• 18 Deluxe Bedrooms
• All Rooms include Ensuite
• Wheelchair Accessible Lift
• All Rooms include TV and Wifi
• Superb Location in Saggart Village
• Less than 1 Mile from Citywest Business
• On Site Cafe and Bistro
• Newly Renovated (August 2006)
• Less than 1 Mile from Citywest
• Championship Golf Courses


The Bearna Rua Lodgebearnarualodge

Distance from Dublin Airport: 30.8 Km
Travel Time: Approximately 35 minutes by car
Distance from CEAD-Ireland: 1.4 Km
Travel Time: Approximately 2 minutes by car

Bearna Rua Lodge in Redgap, Rathcoole, County Dublin has got many facilities to suit the needs of its guests as follows:
• Private and Secure Car Parking
• All bedrooms Ensuite
• Satellite TV in all bedrooms
• Tea/Coffee Making Facilities in all bedrooms
• Hairdryer in all bedrooms
• Wireless broadband available




Where to Eat in Dublin?

Dublin city is a vibrant city bulging with Fine Dining, Gastro Bars, Cafes, Food Halls, Coffee Shops, Cuisine from all corners of the world and the best pint of Guiness to be found.

Depending on the mood you are in Dublin has a fantastic array of top quality places to eat

and here are just a few...

Really good Restaurants


Chapter One - Michelin Star

If the kitchen is the engine room of Chapter One then the restaurant is most definitely “The Good Room”! It has been renovated and upgraded over the past five years under the watchful eye of our interior architect Maria MacVeigh. It is sleek and elegant with the use of textured fabrics and warm colours to create a comfortable and elegant space.



chinalogoChina Sichuan 

Sichuan Cuisine originates from Sichuan province in south western China.  It is renowned for its bold flavours brought about by liberal use of garlic and Sichuan peppers. Be aware when you ask for spicy... they mean SPICY!!!


Great places for a burger


Bunsen Burger

Aberdeen Angus burgers are mouth watering good and are rumoured to cure the worst of hangovers! Totally lives up to the hype. Definitely a menu styled off of In and Out in California, Bunsen delivers freshly minced burgers to order. It being freshly minced allows them to offer you the option to order it rare or medium rare (an oddity in Ireland, I can assure you).



bull-castleBull & Castle

F.X.BUCKLEY. Steakhouse at The Bull and Castle offers Irelands best steaks, with the experience and knowledge of over 25 years of serving the perfect steak. We change our menus seasonally to reflect the best Irish produce and to ensure the highest quality in both our beef and local fresh seafood.




Crackbird does chicken so well. Just think of a really really good version of KFC.

CrackBird, one of restaurant entrepreneur Joe Macken's litany of trendy Dublin eateries has been rehoused several times, now taking pride of place in an old Chinese restaurant on Dame Street. Macken has pretty much single-handedly brought fried chicken back in fashion, but it's the quality of CrackBird that really makes it a cut above the rest. You can opt for a full or half chicken in either buttermilk batter or soy and garlic. The sides are all reasonably priced and you can wash it down with a large jam jar full of lime and ginger spritz or homemade lemonade without breaking the bank.



Afternoon tea anyone?village dessert stands


The Village at Lyons

The Villiage at Lyons does tea parties like no other. 

Brunch in the Cafe is worth the trip! Everything we ordered was delicious & served hot. The "afternoon tea" inspired sharing breakfast looked fantastic and I'll be back to try it

The Shelbourne Hotel

The Lord Mayor's Lounge has provided a platform to immortalise each of Dublin's Lord Mayors who, on the day of their inauguration, take a short stroll from his residence at the Mansion House to The Shelbourne Hotel to partake of refreshments in the legendary Lord Mayor's Lounge.


Irelands Capital City... Dublin

Dublin is the Capital City of Ireland, where an old Irish town meets the new vibrant City, and where traditional culture meets urban style.

Dublin has to offer...

Dublin offers miles of sandy beaches, soaring mountains and narrow cobblestone roads where street performers meet. Dublin boasts narrow country paths lined with stone, golden gorse and flowering buttercups, nature and beauty in abundance. Our traditional, purpose-built facility is located on the mountainside overlooking Dublin City linked to the heart of Dublin by the LUAS tram line.

The scenery in this area is dramatic and beautiful, and our rides include miles of the finest forest and mountain trails with unsurpassed views of the City, the Bay below and rugged off-shore islands.

We have taken the time to put together a list of things to do and see while you are in Dublin. If you should have any questions about any of these things, or about the Dublin and the surrounding area, please email them to us and we will do our best to answer all of them.

Dublin city is a vibrant city bulging with Fine Dining, Gastro Bars, Cafes, Food Halls, Coffee Shops, Cuisine from all corners of the world and the best pint of Guiness to be found.

Kilmainham Jail (or Gaol in Irish)

If for no other reason, Kilmainham Gaol would be remarkable for being the biggest unoccupied gaol (or Jail) in these islands. As such, it gives the visitor a dramatic and realistic insight into what it was like to have been confined in one of these forbidding bastions of punishment and correction between 1796 when it opened and 1924 when it closed and offers a panoramic insight into some of the most profound, disturbing and inspirational themes of modern Irish history. Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were detained here. Such names as Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell, leaders of the 1916 Rising and DeValera are associated with the Gaol.

The Home of Guinness (Ireland's favourite stout)

Ireland's number one visitor attraction, the Guinness Storehouse, providing an unforgettable welcome and a magical journey deep into the heart of the world famous GUINNESS® brand and company. This historical building is central to Dublin's and Ireland's heritage, and has been continually updated to create a blend of fascinating industrial tradition with a contemporary edge. The seven floors bring to life the rich heritage of GUINNESS®, telling the story from its origins here at St. James's Gate in Dublin to its growth as a global brand, known all around the world.


This area of Dublin boasts a huge range of golf courses from Saggart's own Pitch & Putt and Citywest Golf Club to driving ranges, par 3, 4, and 5 courses to the world renowned and prestigious K-Club all of which are within a 10 minute drive of our centre.

Marine Activities

Dublin City's east coast, with it’s many beaches, strands, rivers, canals and piers is the ideal playground for the water-sport enthusiast, and has played host to a selection of windsurfing, surfing and sailing competitions. You can Go Sailing , Kite Sufing and City Kayaking in Dublin City.

Hill Walking & Hiking

No other area in Ireland offers the variety and quality of walking trails and routes as the Dublin Mountains, sandy beaches and harbours. There are routes that will take you up and down mountains and hills, along beaches and strands, and across seaside cliffs. All walks in the area will give you the time to enjoy the awesome scenery so close to the hustle and bustle of the City.

The Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens 

The Irish National Stud belongs to the people of Ireland but prides itself on being enjoyed and appreciated by visitors from all parts of the globe.  Nowhere better symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland's thoroughbred industry, than the stud, a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world.

Dublin's History in short

Dublin has an incredible variety of history. The range of castles, museums, cathedrals, statues and art is breathtaking. No wonder Ireland has produced may world class musicians, poets and actors. 

Dublin or Baile Átha Cliath in Irish, is the capital of Ireland. Dublin is in the province of Leinster on Ireland's east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey.

Founded as a Viking settlement, the Kingdom of Dublin became Ireland's principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century and was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire before the Act of Union in 1800. Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State and later the Republic of Ireland.

Dublin was established as a Viking settlement in the 9th century and, despite a number of rebellions by the native Irish, it remained largely under Viking control until the Norman invasion of Ireland was launched from Wales in 1169. The King of Leinster, Diarmait Mac Murchada, enlisted the help of Strongbow, the Earl of Pembroke, to conquer Dublin. Following Mac Murrough's death, Strongbow declared himself King of Leinster after gaining control of the city.

The Easter Rising of 1916, the Irish War of Independence, and the subsequent Irish Civil War resulted in a significant amount of physical destruction in central Dublin. The Government of the Irish Free State rebuilt the city centre and located the new parliament, the Oireachtas, in Leinster House.

Dublin has many landmarks and monuments dating back hundreds of years. One of the oldest is Dublin Castle, which was first founded as a major defensive work on the orders of King John of England in 1204, shortly after the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169, when it was commanded that a castle be built with strong walls and good ditches for the defence of the city, the administration of justice, and the protection of the King's treasure.

One of Dublin's newest monuments is the Spire of Dublin, or officially titled "Monument of Light".It is a 121.2 metres (398 ft) conical spire made of stainless steel and is located on O'Connell Street. It replaces Nelson's Pillar and is intended to mark Dublin's place in the 21st century. During the day it maintains its steel look, but at dusk the monument appears to merge into the sky. The base of the monument is lit and the top is illuminated to provide a beacon in the night sky across the city.

Many people visit Trinity College, Dublin to see the Book of Kells in the library there. The Book of Kells is an illustrated manuscript created by Irish monks circa. 800 AD.

The Ha'penny Bridge is an old iron footbridge over the River Liffey is one of the most photographed sights in Dublin and is considered to be one of Dublin's most iconic landmarks. Couples from all over the world have come to Dublin to lock a padlocks to the bridge to symbolise their love for one another.

Other popular landmarks and monuments include the Mansion House, the Anna Livia monument, the Molly Malone statue, Christ Church Cathedral, St Patrick's Cathedral, Saint Francis Xavier Church on Upper Gardiner Street near Mountjoy Square, The Custom House, and Áras an Uachtaráin. The Poolbeg Towers are also iconic features of Dublin and are visible in many spots around the city.

St Stephen's Green is adjacent to one of Dublin's main shopping streets, Grafton Street, and to a shopping centre named for it, while on its surrounding streets are the offices of a number of public bodies and the city terminus of one of Dublin's Luas tram lines.

Many of Dublin's traditional industries, such as food processing, textile manufacturing, brewing, and distilling have gradually declined, although Guinness has been brewed at the St. James's Gate Brewery since 1759. Economic improvements in the 1990s have attracted a large number of global pharmaceutical, information and communications technology companies to the city and Greater Dublin Area. Companies such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, PayPal, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter and Pfizer now have European headquarters and/or operational bases in the city.

Dublin has a world famous literary history, having produced many prominent literary figures, including Nobel laureates William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett. Other influential writers and playwrights include Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and the creator of Dracula, Bram Stoker. It is arguably most famous as the location of the greatest works of James Joyce, including Ulysses, which is set in Dublin and full of topical detail. Dubliners is a collection of short stories by Joyce about incidents and typical characters of the city during the early 20th century. Other renowned writers include J. M. Synge, Seán O'Casey, Brendan Behan, Maeve Binchy, and Roddy Doyle. Ireland's biggest libraries and literary museums are found in Dublin, including the National Print Museum of Ireland and National Library of Ireland. In July 2010, Dublin was named as a UNESCO City of Literature, joining Edinburgh, Melbourne and Iowa City with the permanent title.

Apart from being the focus of the country's literature and theatre, Dublin is also the focal point for much of Irish art and the Irish artistic scene. The Book of Kells, a world-famous manuscript produced by Celtic Monks in AD 800 and an example of Insular art, is on display in Trinity College. The Chester Beatty Library houses the famous collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and decorative arts assembled by American mining millionaire (and honorary Irish citizen) Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875–1968). The collections date from 2700 BC onwards and are drawn from Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

Three branches of the National Museum of Ireland are located in Dublin: Archaeology in Kildare Street, Decorative Arts and History in Collins Barracks and Natural History in Merrion Street. The same area is also home to many smaller museums such as Number 29 on Fitzwilliam Street and the Little Museum of Dublin on St. Stephen's Green. Dublin is home to the National College of Art and Design, which dates from 1746, and Dublin Institute of Design, founded in 1991.

Dublin has a vibrant nightlife and is reputedly one of Europe's most youthful cities, with an estimate of 50% of citizens being younger than 25 There are many pubs across the city centre, with the area around St. Stephen's Green and Grafton Street, especially Harcourt Street, Camden Street, Wexford Street and Leeson Street, having the most popular nightclubs and pubs.

The best known area for nightlife is Temple Bar, south of the River Liffey. The area has become popular among tourists, including stag and hen parties from Britain. It was developed as Dublin's cultural quarter and does retain this spirit as a centre for small arts productions, photographic and artists' studios, and in the form of street performers and small music venues. The areas around Leeson Street, Harcourt Street, South William Street and Camden/George's Street are popular nightlife spots for locals.

Live music is popularly played on streets and at venues throughout Dublin in general, and the city has produced several musicians and groups of international success, including U2, one member of Westlife, the Dubliners, the Thrills, Horslips, Jedward, the Boomtown Rats, Boyzone, Ronan Keating, Thin Lizzy, Paddy Casey, Sinéad O'Connor, the Script and My Bloody Valentine. The two best known cinemas in the city centre are the Savoy Cinema and the Cineworld Cinema, both north of the Liffey. Alternative and special-interest cinema can be found in the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar, in the Screen Cinema on d'Olier Street and in the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield. Large modern multiscreen cinemas are located across suburban Dublin. The O2 venue in the Dublin Docklands has played host to many world renowned performers.

Croke Park is the largest sports stadium in Ireland. It hosts the premier Gaelic football and hurling games, international rules football and irregularly other sporting and non-sporting events including concerts.

Aviva Stadium
I.R.F.U. Stadium Lansdowne Road was laid out in 1874. This was the venue for home games of both the Irish Rugby Union Team and the Republic of Ireland national football team.



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