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Transport

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Dublin Bus

Bus services for the capital and adjoining areas are provided by Dublin Bus. There are more than 100 bus lines and they are in service all day long, from early in the morning until late in the evening (6:30 am to 11:30 pm). Dublin has night buses called Nitelink, which are in service from 0:00 to 4:00 am. on Friday and Saturday. However, the price of the night ticket is higher than the day one (approximately €6).

If you are planning to buy a ticket on the bus, make sure you have the exact amount of money, in coins. Drivers do not make change and do not accept credit cards or notes. If they don’t give you back the change, keep the receipt that the driver gives you, that way you can go to the Dublin Bus headquarters (59 Upper O’Connell Street) and ask for a refund (except for the Airlink 747 & 748 which go to the Airport).

The fare may differ in Dublin, depending on how far you are going. For instance, if you have less than three “stages” you will pay the minimum (around €2.10), but if you have a longer trip the price of the ticket can be €3.30. If you are less than 16 years old, the price is less expensive: from €1.20 to €1.35.

Xpresso

Xpresso is a special service provided by Dublin Bus to allow faster and more efficient bus travel for passengers during rush hour traffic. Xpresso routes are more direct than many other bus routes and cut down journey time between destinations. These routes also have fewer stops and therefore, offer passengers a quicker service.Xpresso timetables can be found on the Dublin Bus website.

Bus Éireann

Bus Éireann provides various bus services on a network of routes throughout Ireland (Except in Dublin you must use Dublin Bus). 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. Bus Éireann operates a school bus service on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills. Bus Éireann is obliged to provide services to people with disabilities. More information on Eirann Buses here.

Leap Card

If you are visiting and planning to use the bus several times in a day, it may be more interesting for you to get a Leap Card, it’s cheaper than buying tickets separately. Indeed, the Leap Card is a magnetic card which allow you to travel with public transport in Dublin (bus & tram), but also in other Irish cities (check the Map). There are two types of Leap Card, the one with illimited trips called a Visitor Card, and a rechargeable one, you must choose one depending on how long are you planning to stay in Dublin. To get your Leap Card you must pay a fee depending on your status and the card you want (€5 Leap Card, €10 student Leap Card)

Leap Visitor Card

Leap Visitor Card can be a interesting option if you are planning to stay few days in Dublin. The price for one day is €10. You can use it as many times you want. If you are planning to use public transport for more than a day, then it may be more advantageous for you to take the one for three days which costs €19.50. If your holidays last a week then the 7-day should be more appropriate (€40).

You can order your Leap Visitor Card online, or you can buy one directly from the Airport (to the information desk, Spar or WH Smith) or even in the city centre at the Dublin Bus centre (find all the places here).  Once you used all the money on your card, many places in the centre such as shops, bus centre, or supermarket can recharge your card (check the map here with all the places you can recharge your card).

Travel Credit Card (Leap Card)

On the other hand, if you are planning to stay for a longer period or to move to Ireland, it may be more interesting to get a rechargeable Leap Card which is 31% cheaper than buying single tickets. If you are planning to take the bus everyday of the week to go to work or to college, this Travel Credit Card is good for you. However, the cost of this rechargeable card is different, depending on your status. For a student, the rechargeable card is €20 a week maximum, (around €5 per day). So if you pay €20 a week, you will not be charged more than €20. For instance, if you put €20 on Monday, you can use your card until Sunday, even if you used the €20 on Friday. €20 is for a week, 7 days in a row. That means that, if you use more than €20 a week, you will not spend more than €20 for this week, but you will have to put money for the next week.

Another exemple: if you put €20 on Friday, you will have enough money to travel until the next Thursday, as the €20 are for 7 days in a row. €20 is for a week, no matter how many times you take the bus, and how long your journey is. If you use more than €20 for a week, you don’t pay more. If you don’t use all the money that you put on your card (the €20), you can use it for the next week, the money will not disappear. That means that if you put the €20 on Monday, and use the bus (for example) just once in a week for a journey which will costs : €2.75, (20-2.75 =17,25), you will still have €17.25 on your card. And you an use this €17.25 another week, you don’t need to use it in the same week as the money stays in the card and doesn’t disappear after a week. For adults, the price of the Weekly cap is €27.50 (7 a day) (all prices here).

Rambler (Leap Card)

However, if you are planning take more than two buses in a day and if you travel infrequently, for example two days one week and three the next week, the Rambler Ticket would be better for you. Indeed, Rambler tickets are valid for consecutive and non-consecutive days which means that you don’t have to use it everyday. There are several options depending on how many times you use it a week. For 5 days, the adult ticket is €32.10, and €23.30 for students. For 30 days in a row, you must count  €160.50 if you are an adult and an amount of 116.50 if you are a student (find all the prices here).

Thus, you must chose the Leap Card which will most suitable for you, depending on how many times you take the bus per day, for all long, and if you need to take different one. However, if you are planning to take a Travel  Credit Card, you must advise the bus driver about your bus stop. Indeed, when you get on the bus, say to the driver where you are going and put you card on the magnetic “table” that is on your left. If you don’t tell him where you are going, you will be deducted the price of the entire trip and not the trip you want to go. For example, if you have only six “stages”(€2.25), tell to the driver the name of your stop so you are not charged for the whole trip (€3.65). However, for the Rambler Card, you don’t need to advise the driver, you just have to pass your card on the board which is on the right when you get into the bus.

LUAS

Luas is the tram network in Dublin and is composed of two lines: the red one and the green one. You can buy a tram ticket in every Luas Station, at the automatic machine. You have to select on the screen the destination you want to reach to know the ticket price. You can pay with coins or notes. Once you get the ticket, you have 90 minutes to reach your destination. The prices are depending on your status and the zone you want to go to. For a single ticket, you must pay €2.10 to €3.30 for adults, €1 or €1.20 for children.

There are 8 different zones : Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3-4, and Zone 5-8. You can use your Leap Card to have discount but you must validate your Travel Credit card on Touch-On (on the platform) when you get into the Luas, and validate your Card to Touch-Off (at Luas Validator) otherwise you will be deducted the whole journey (same as bus). You can combine your Leap Card for the buses and tram.  (find more about Luas here)

If you are new to Dublin, you should check your trip before getting on the bus on the App or Google Maps. There are no maps on the bus stop or on the bus so you won’t be able to know when and where your stop is. Maps or Plans of the transport network are not indicated, as well as the roads of the bus, so use your phone or ask the driver to be sure you are going to the right direction. The next stop is the only one indicated on the bus, you can find it in Irish Language (Gaelic) or in English but most often it’s the name of the street which will appear and it can be a different name on the bus than on the Google Application, so be careful.

Moreover, if you don’t want to use public transport you can still rent a bike, which is pretty common in Dublin. As the city centre is quite small, you can do everything by on foot or by bike.

Dublin Bikes

Bike can be a really good and cheaper alternative to visit the city centre. Dublin Bikes offer public bikes to everyone, you just need to put your credit card on the machine and you can use the bike at anytime, everywhere in the centre. You just have to go to the bike station, and once you registered, you can use the bike as long as you want and put the bike back to another station of the network.

The annual registration is €25, €5 for three days, €0.50 for one hour and €1.50 for two hours. The security deposit is 150€ and you must return the bike to a station (in the centre or Phoenix park but be careful because there are not stations everywhere). The time will start counting once you get the bike from the station, until the moment you put the bike back to another, or the same station. The stations are open from 5am until 0:30 am.

However, if you are not used to driving on the left side of the road you must be careful. There are no bike paths in Dublin so you will drive on the same road as buses and cars. If you have your own bike, you must always remember to lock your bike (there are many bike thefts in Dublin).

Bike can be a really good and cheaper alternative to visit the city centre. Dublin Bikes offer public bikes to everyone, you just need to put your credit card on the machine and you can use the bike at anytime, everywhere in the centre. You just have to go to the bike station, and once you registered, you can use the bike as long as you want and put the bike back to another station of the network. The annual registration is €25, €5 for three days, €0.50 for one hour and €1.50 for two hours. The security deposit is 150€ and you must return the bike to a station (in the centre or Phoenix park but be careful because there are not stations everywhere). The time will start counting once you get the bike from the station, until the moment you put the bike back to another, or the same station. The stations are open from 5am until 0:30 am.

However, if you are not used to driving on the left side of the road you must be careful. There are no bike paths in Dublin so you will drive on the same road as buses and cars. If you have your own bike, you must always remember to lock your bike (there are many bike thefts in Dublin).

DART

DART joins the north to the south (from Howth to Greystones). There is only one line that you can take in train station. Find the plan of the ligne here.

DART is also connected to the East-West Ligne (Short Hop Zone). Find more information about the lignes and prices on the official website: Irish Rail.

OTHER INFORMATION

You are allowed to carry one item of hand luggage and one medium-sized bag or case on a Bus Éireann bus free of charge. The bag or case must be stored in the luggage compartment of the bus and your hand luggage should be placed under a seat or in an overhead rack. Any additional luggage, including bicycles, will be carried, subject to available space. There is a charge of 11 euro per single journey for carrying a bicycle, regardless of the length of the journey.Dublin Bus requests that you place your luggage or child’s buggy in the luggage compartments. Buggies can also be placed in the wheelchair space on wheelchair-accessible buses. However, the space must be given up if it is required by a wheelchair user. Items should never be placed where they can obstruct other passengers or the doors of the bus.

Lost property

All lost property found on Bus Éireann buses will be deposited at the nearest company depot. A handling fee per article will be charged when you reclaim your property. All property that goes unclaimed for more than two months will be sold. The proceeds of the sale will be used by Bus Éireann to cover the costs of holding the property. Dublin Bus has a Lost Property office and all items of lost property will be sent here within 24 hours of their being found. It is open Monday to Friday, from 8.45am to 5.00pm, excluding bank holidays. There is a charge of 2 euro for each item that is reclaimed. If an item is not reclaimed within 30 days, Dublin Bus will dispose of it.

Complaints

Complaints about Dublin Bus services should be directed to the Customer Comment Desk, Dublin Bus, 59 Upper O’Connell St., Dublin 1. Complaints about Bus Éireann services should be sent directly to the Area Manager, whose offices are located in Dublin, Dundalk, Waterford, Cork, Tralee, Limerick, Galway, Sligo, Ballina and Athlone. Both companies recommend that you write a letter of complaint, giving as many details of your complaint as possible and including a contact phone number. They will acknowledge your complaint within four or five working days. The complaint will be investigated and a written reply will be sent generally within 15 working days.

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