Getting Around in Ireland
Córas Iompair Éireann (C I É) is Ireland’s state-owned transport company providing land public transport within the Republic of Ireland. It runs the following public transport services:
- Bus Éireann - Ireland’s major bus company providing nationwide bus services
- Iarnród Éireann - Ireland's railway company, provides Intercity, Dart and suburban and Rail Freight services
- Bus Átha Cliath - Dublin Bus provides city bus services in the Greater Dublin area
There are also many private bus companies throughout the country. These services operate between different towns and often it is possible to hire buses from these private companies.
The national bus is Bus Éireann and has services between different towns and cities throughout the country. There is also a city bus in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford and town services in Athlone, Drogheda, Dundalk, Navan and Sligo. For information on the national bus services, call (01) 8366111 or go to www.buseireann.ie
The mainline railways are managed by Iarnród Éireann (‘Irish Rail’). This service connects the main cities and towns. For information on the train services, call 1850 366222 or go to www.irishrail.ie or www.iarnrodeireann.ie.
Travelling within Dublin
Dublin Bus provides the most extensive public transport service in Dublin. Regular services run from most locations. The frequency of services varies, but the better served routes run every 5 or 10 minutes at peak times, and every 10 to 20 minutes at other times. Other services may operate infrequently or may not operate a Sunday service.
Information and timetables can be found at www.dublinbus.ie, by ringing 8734222 or by calling to Dublin Bus headquarters at 59 Upper O’Connell’s Street, Dublin 1. Timetables are also displayed at many bus stops.
DART and Commuter services: The Dart train service operates mainly along the coast of Dublin city. The service operates as far as Howth and Malahide on the Northside and Greystones on the Southside. Within the city centre the main stations are located on Pearse Street, Tara Street and in Connolly station.
Commuter trains operate to Drogheda, Arklow, Maynooth and Newbridge.
Luas: The Luas tramline was introduced in 2004 and has proven to be very popular with Dubliners. The Luas operates on two lines: the Green Line which connects St. Stephen’s Green with Sandyford, and the Red line which connects Tallaght with Connolly station. Information on the Luas service is available on their website. if you scroll to the bottom of their homepage, you will find information about the Luas in 8 languages (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish and Spanish).
There are two types of taxi service available in Ireland:
- Hackney cabs are cars you can hire by telephone or by dropping into a “walk-in” shop. You cannot hail these cars on the street - you must pre-book.
- Taxi cabs are cars for hire that drive around looking for passengers. You can recognise these cabs by the taxi sign on the car roof. These cabs can be stopped on the street. You can find telephone numbers for both types of cab by looking up ‘Taxis and Taxicabs’ in the telephone book.
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