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Travelling in Ireland

Rail services:

  • Irish Rail is the only company providing rail services in the Republic of Ireland. There are two main stations in Dublin providing train services to the rest of the country. Connolly Station serves Belfast, Rosslare (for ferry services) and Sligo. Heuston Station serves all other cities including Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford.

    Train services are usually quicker than bus services, especially on longer journeys. There are also Commuter Rail Services operating from Connolly Station to Drogheda, Arklow, and Maynooth and from Heuston Station to Kildare.

  • Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) is an electrically-operated train system that serves 27 stations along the coast of Dublin, running from Howth in the north to Bray and Greystones in the south and is an efficient way to travel on Dublin's east side.
  • The LUAS is a tram service which operates two lines. The Green Line connects Sandyford to St. Stephen's Green and the Red Line connects Tallaght to Connolly Station. Tickets bought for a journey starting on one line and finishing on the other are valid for the whole journey. Trains run from 5.30am to 12.30am every 7-10 minutes at peak times on the Red Line and every 5 minutes at peak times on the Green Line. Single journey tickets start from euro 1.30 depending on the length of your journey. A reduction in weekly and monthly fare prices is available if you have a Student TravelCard.

Bus services:

  • Bus Éireann operates services from the Central Busáras Station, Store Street, Dublin 1. This is the place where you can get buses to all parts of the country. Information on departure times, routes, cost and so on is available from there. Bus Éireann also operates urban bus services in the Republic of Ireland's other main cities, radiating principally from the centres of Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford.
  • Dublin Bus operates an extensive network of bus routes from the city centre to most destinations in the city. Dublin Bus also runs a service from the Dublin airport to the city centre.
  • Nitelink - Dublin Bus also operates an express night bus service from Dublin city centre to a large number of suburban destinations.
  • Aircoach is a company operating services between Dublin airport's arrivals terminal and Dublin's main hotels and business districts in the city. They can also make request stops in the city centre.


Taxis are available throughout Ireland. However, they are expensive. Before your journey begins, there is a basic charge of EUR 4.10 between the hours of 8am - 8pm and EUR 4.45 between the hours of 8pm - 8am. The rest of the journey is metered based on the distance travelled or, in slow moving traffic, the time taken.


Student Travel Discounts:

Students can purchase a Student TravelCard which gives access to discounted ticketing valid on Dublin Bus, Iarnrod Eireann rail services, DART, LUAS, and Bus Eireann services.