Dublin is a city bisected by the River Liffey. People tend to divide it into two key areas: the north side – traditionally home to a working class resident – and the south side, home to the middle and upper classes. That distinction is being quickly eroded, however, as a number of neighbourhoods in the north, such as Smithfield, Stoneybatter and Clontarf become gentrified. The core of the inner city is contained within two canals: the Royal to the north and the Grand to the south. Over 550,000 people live in these 115 square kilometres. Certain areas are still referred to by their old postal district numbers (like Dublin 8 and Dublin 4). The following areas are just a s
There are plenty of options for getting from A to B in Dublin. This is a fairly compact city, which means walking and cycling are viable options for getting around; you can walk from many of the city’s outlying districts to its centre in 30 or 40 minutes.
Dublin Bus connects most parts of the city through a network of 200 routes that service 5,000 stops, with new services being added as the city grows.
Go-Ahead Dublin, the newest bus company in Dublin, operates a fleet of 53 buses across eight routes, formerly run by Dublin Bus. They are building up to a network of 24 routes across the city.
Aircoach is a private bus service from Dublin Airport (which is north of the city) to the city centre and destinations in the south of the county.
The DART is Dublin’s electric train system and runs along the coast from Malahide and Howth in the north to Greystones in the south. It also connects to the national train system. Trains run every 10 to 20 minutes Monday to Saturday from around 06:00 to midnight and on Sunday from 09:30 to 23:00.
The Luas is the light rail system that connects Dublin’s suburbs to its core. There are two lines, the Green Line running from Broombridge in the north to Brides Glen in the south; the Red Line running from Tallaght in the west to The Point in the east.
Trams run every five minutes at peak times and every 10-15 minutes at other times. The service runs from around 5:30 to 00:30 Monday to Friday, 06:30 to 00:30 Saturday and 07:00 to 23:30 on Sunday. The last trams to certain stations are earlier — so check the timetable online.
The Leap card is the key to all forms of Dublin’s transport system. It’s the simplest and most cost-effective way to avail of Dublin’s public transport services and can be used on the train, tram, bus, or to rent a Dublin bike. Leap card fares are up to 31% cheaper than single-purchase tickets. So if you commute to work each day via public transport, it can mean a significant saving. You can top up your card each week, or register for a monthly or annual ticket, which will save you more again.
Dublin city’s bike-sharing scheme is an easy, affordable way to travel the city without worrying about purchasing your own bike. For a yearly subscription of €25, you can use any ‘Dublin Bike’, as they are called, at any dock, anywhere in the city. The first 30 minutes of your journey are free, after which pricing is determined based on journey length.
A more recent addition to Dublin is Bleeper Bikes. Similar to Dublin Bikes in that anyone can borrow one, Bleeper Bikes are actually stationless. They are left locked to bike racks all over the city – just unlock one with the mobile app and off you go. (But do remember to park it somewhere legal when you have finished with it.)
There are cycle lanes across the city, although not everywhere. As cycling becomes a more and more common commuter habit, drivers and cyclists are co-existing more naturally on the roads.
Need a lift quick? Lynk and Free Now offer taxi services in Dublin. There are taxi ranks dotted around the city and you can also hail one in the street: they can be any colour but they all have a yellow taxi sign on their roof (this won’t be turned on if the taxi already has a fare).
You drive on the left in Ireland. Rush-hour traffic can be a problem for commuters. Dublin City Council has advice on planning your route and on how to avoid the busiest traffic in the core of the city. There are a number of public car park parks in the city centre. These are well sign-posted and can generally accommodate your car. Roadside parking (pay and display) is also available on some streets – you buy a ticket for a set amount of time from a nearby machine. This can work out rather expensive.
All the usual hire car options are available – both at the airport and in the city centre. Another option you might consider is hiring a car by the hour: GoCar is a popular choice.
Both roadside and filling-station charge points for electric cars are increasingly widely available. See this map.
See Getting to and from Dublin for information about getting out of town.
Dublin city stretches across 115km², with the county itself covering 921km². While it’s not the biggest area, as Ireland’s capital city, it has a lot going on – which is why it’s split into four local authorities: Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, South Dublin County Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
Getting on the road in Ireland is relatively straightforward. You will, of course, need a driver’s licence. The National Driver Licence Service is responsible for licencing drivers in Ireland. If you’ve got a vehicle, you’ll need to make sure that it’s taxed and insured. What’s involved? Do I need to get an Irish driver’s licence? EU & EEA Licences Drivers with an EU or EEA member state licence need never change to an Irish licence. If they wish to exchange their licence for an Irish one, they must do so within 10 years