Getting Around Dublin

The best way to get around Dublin is by foot. The city's compact size makes strolling to and from the top attractions a cinch. Plus, some brisk walking will help lessen the (caloric) effects of all those pints from the pub. If you're flying into Dublin International Airport (DUB), you can take a taxi, bus or shuttle into the city center. Once inside, you can also try out the bus and tram systems, which have lines that cross-hatch the city. You'll find taxis lining up in ranks throughout Dublin. These are expensive, but we recommend these above driving a rental car.

On Foot

Dublin is best traveled by foot. Many of the top attractions are within walking distance to one another. Plus, if your feet grow weary, you can always hop on one of the super accessible buses.


Cars are not recommended. If you're hailing from the United States, you’ll have to contend with driving on the left side of the road, as well as bad traffic and too-few parking spots. But if you must, rental agencies are available at Dublin International Airport as well as downtown. Do not drive in the bus lanes or park in prohibited areas -- the fines for doing so are jaw-dropping.


Bus lines weave throughout Dublin's city center and its surrounding suburbs. Service is available from early morning until late night, with extended hours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays on the Nitelink buses. Fares are charged by the distance traveled, but are usually not more than a few euros one-way. And you can buy a number of different ticket types from the Dublin Tourist Office or many of the area’s major stores.


Traveling by Dublin's light-rail tram is another option. Two lines (a red line and a green one) splinter off from the city center, taking visitors east and south of the city. Fares are charged by a zone system; the farther you travel from the center, the higher the fare. But one-way tickets don’t exceed €3 EUR.


You can find fixed-price taxis queuing in "ranks" or lines outside of major hotels, transportation stations and along major thoroughfares. The fare starts at about €5 EUR (expensive!), adding a euro or so for every kilometer traveled. Locals usually tip the cab drivers to the nearest euro.

Entry & Exit Requirements

A valid travel document is required for United States citizens traveling outside the mainland by air or sea, as well as for U.S. citizens trying to re-enter the country. A United States passport is the preferred form of documentation, and children must have them, too.

Upon your arrival in the United Kingdom, customs officials might ask for proof of sufficient funds for your stay; they also might ask for proof that you will be returning to the U.S., in the form of a letter from an employer or proof of other responsibilities and ties. You won't need a visa, however, unless you plan on staying longer than six months. Visit the U.S. State Department's website for the latest information on foreign exit and entry requirements.

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