Travelling around Dublin and Ireland
Getting Around in Dublin
Dublin is a reasonably small and compact city. It is easy to get around, whether driving yourself, by taxi, by public transport, by bicycle or on foot.
Traffic in Ireland drives on the left side of the road. Double yellow lines/yellow boxes indicate no parking or stopping. On roundabouts give way to traffic from the right. It is advisable to use your dipped headlights during the day. For further information in relation to the Rules of the Road in Ireland please visit www.rotr.ie
Dublin is well-serviced by taxis. Taxis charge an initial fare of approximately €4 for the first kilometre. The total fare is based on time or distance travelled. Taxi drivers must display a fare card which you can ask to see if you are unsure about the cost.
You can book your taxi via Hailo app.
Public Transport around Dublin
During the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, most of the meetings and events taking place in Ireland will be in Dublin. There are three main types of public transport in the city:
DART – a train line running from North to South along Dublin Bay, which marks the eastern limit of the city
LUAS – two tram lines (green and red)
Dublin Bus – city-wide bus routes
For stays of more than a day or two, the LEAP card is valid on all the forms of transport listed above, at a slightly discounted rate, and avoids the need for exact change on buses. There is a refundable deposit of €5 per card, and a minimum initial top up of €5. LEAP cards can be ordered online in advance, or purchased in shops at the airport and from over 400 agents in the City displaying the LEAP sign.
Prepaid daily or weekly bus passes are available for Dublin Bus services. Daily bus passes cost €6.50 and can be bought from newsagents with a Dublin Bus ticket sign. Travelling on the bus without a prepaid ticket requires exact change. Fares range from €1.40 and €2.65, with a special rate of 60c for travel within the city centre. Tell the bus driver your destination and he/she will tell you the cost of the fare.
Luas tickets can be bought from ticket machines at each Luas stop. Exact change is not required. Single ticket prices range from €1.60 to €2.90 depending on your destination and time of day (peak rates apply). Return tickets range from €3.10 to €5.20.
DART tickets can be bought from ticket machines at DART stations and do not require exact change. Ticket prices vary depending on your destination and cost up to €4.50 for a single ticket.
There are a number of helpful apps to help you find the best route and get real-time schedules:
Dublinbikes rental scheme
Dublinbikes is a self-service bike rental system. With 44 stations and 550 bikes, it enables visitors to travel through the city centre, and to explore Dublin city at their leisure.
All stations are equipped for 3 Day Ticket users and 15 of the 44 terminals allow you to purchase a 3 Day Ticket. Once purchased, you can use the 3 Day Ticket to rent or return a bike from any station in the network. A 3 Day Ticket costs €2. The first 30 minutes of use is free, after which a service charge applies.
There are 3 dublinbikes stations within a few minutes’ walk of Dublin Castle.
Getting from Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre
Dublin Airport has two terminals and is 13km from the city centre. Passengers arriving at Dublin Airport have a number of transport options to the city centre:
The Aircoach is a fast coach service to and from Dublin Airport that operates on a 24/7 basis from Terminals 1 and 2.
Cost: €8 adult single and €14 return to Dublin city centre.
The Airlink 747 operates 7 days a week from Terminals 1 and 2. For more information, please go to the Bus and Rail Information Desk at Terminal 1 Arrivals Hall.
Cost: €6 adult single and €10 return to Dublin city centre.
There are a number of other Dublin Bus routes that operate from Dublin Airport to the city and other parts of Dublin. Dublin Bus numbers 16, 41 and 41b leave from Dublin Airport and stop in Dublin city centre, although as stopping services they take longer to reach the city.
Cost: Up to €3 – correct change required.
Taxi services are located directly outside the exits of Terminals 1 and 2.
Cost: Approximately €35 to city centre
There are a number of car rental services at Dublin Airport that can be pre-booked or obtained upon arrival.
Find out further information on Dublin Airport and transport
Getting to Presidency venues
Getting to Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle (www.dublincastle.ie) is situated in the heart of Dublin city. Access to the castle for conference delegates will be from the Lower Yard Gate at the Palace Street entrance just off Dame St opposite the Olympia Theatre. The Press entrance is at Werburgh Street. The Aircoach and Airlink 747 bus services stop at College Green, which is less than a 10 minute walk from Dublin Castle. Taxi ranks are situated close to the Castle at Central Bank on Dame Street.
Dublin Bus routes 77, 77A, 56A and 49 from Eden Quay and 123 from O'Connell Street stop at Palace Street Gate.
Please see the below map for Dublin Castle entrance/exit locations.
Find out more information about getting to Dublin Castle.
Take a look at a special 3D Virtual Tour of Dublin Castle.
Getting to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Delegates and Press will enter the Royal Hospital Kilmainham (RHK) via its Military Road entrance. RHK can be reached by car /taxi or public transport and is approximately 10 minutes walk from Heuston Station, one of Dublin’s main transport hubs - serviced by both the Airlink 747 and Luas Red Line (Dublin tram system). Dublin bus routes 26 from Wellington Quay and 51 and 79 from Aston Quay stop at Heuston Station. Dublin bus routes 79, 79a and 51d stop at Military Road.
Find out more information about getting to Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
Please see the below map for further information on Royal Hospital Kilmainham’s location.
Getting to Castletown House
Castletown House is situated in Kildare, near Dublin. It is accessible by car/taxi or by bus. Dublin bus route 67 from Merrion Square stops at the neighbouring town of Celbridge. Castletown House is a 15 minute walk from Celbridge.
Find out more information about getting to Castletown House.
Getting to Eurofound/Loughlinstown House
Loughlinstown House, the home of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound), is situated in Loughlinstown, a suburb of south county Dublin. It is accessible by bus or by car/taxi. The Aircoach route from Dublin Airport to Greystones (NB not all Aircoach services follow this route) stops at Loughlinstown House. Aircoach fares are €10 per person for single ticket and €17 return. Take the bus to Loughlinstown Flyover. Dublin Bus route 7 and 145 from Nassau Street, and 84x from Eden Quay stop at Loughlinstown House.
Find out more information about getting to Eurofound.
Getting to Farmleigh
Farmleigh is close to the Castleknock Gates of the Phoenix Park, a large walled park close to the city centre that also houses the Irish President’s residence. It is accessible by bus from the city centre and by car/taxi. Dublin bus route 37 from Baggot Street stops at the Castleknock Gate of Phoenix Park. Enter the Phoenix Park and take the narrow pedestrian pathway through the field to your immediate right. Walk down this path until you reach a road. Turn right and you will see the gates of Farmleigh a short distance away. Farmleigh is a 15-minute walk from the Castleknock Gate.
Find out more information about getting to Farmleigh.
Getting to the National Botanic Gardens
The National Botanic Gardens are just north of Dublin city centre and is well serviced by a number of bus routes from the city centre. Dublin Bus routes 4, 9 and 83 stop at the Botanic Gardens. It is also easily accessible by car or taxi.
Find out more information about getting to the National Botanic Gardens.
Getting Around Ireland
Bus: A large number of bus services are also available, including the state-owned Bus Éireann network. A number of private companies also run regular services throughout Ireland.
For more information on getting around Ireland visit the Discover Ireland website.