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 Airport (DUB), you can take a taxi, bus or shuttle into the city center. If you purchased a DoDublin Card, your ride from the airport to the city center on the Airlink Express is included in your card (you can purchase fares on the Airlink Express without buying a DoDublin Card). Aircoach also offers service between the airport and the city.
Once in the city, 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 preferred over driving a rental car. The ride-hailing app Uber also operates in Dublin.
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Dublin is best traveled by foot. Many of the top attractions are within walking distance of one another. Plus, if your feet grow weary, you can always hop on one of the super accessible buses. What's more, a walking tour is a great way to orient yourself. Take a peek at the best Dublin tours to get a sense of the options available.
Dublin is also very bike-friendly, with convenient bikes lanes making it easy to navigate. Dublinbikes, the city's bike-share system, are designed with city cycling in mind and rental stations can be found around the Dublin's center. The first 30 minutes of use is free on every bike, then rental charges kick in. A three-day ticket costs 5 euros (about $6).
Cars are not recommended. If you're visiting from the United States, you'll have to contend with driving on the left side of the road, but if you must, rental agencies are available at Dublin Airport and downtown. Do not drive in bus lanes or park in prohibited areas – the fines for doing so are jaw-dropping. Also remember that speed limits are posted in kilometers per hour and that turning on a red light is illegal. You do not need to obtain an international driving permit for a temporary visit.
Bus lines weave throughout Dublin's city center and surrounding suburbs. Service is available from early morning until late night, with extended hours on Friday and Saturday nights on the Nitelink buses. Fares are based on distance traveled, but are usually not more than a few euros one-way, with Nitelink buses charging a little more. You can buy a number of different ticket types to meet your needs. From the airport, Aircoach and Airlink shuttle buses offer routes into the city for a flat fee, and fares can be paid in advance online.
Dublin's light-rail tram, operated by Luas, is another option for traveling around and outside of the city center. Two lines (red and green) splinter off from the city center, taking visitors to villages and town south and west of the city center. Fares are charged by a zone system; the farther you travel from the center, the higher the fare. One-way fares within one zone cost 2.10 euros per adult (around $2.50). Multi-day passes are available, as well as reloadable Leap Cards.
You can find fixed-price taxis queuing in "ranks" or lines outside major hotels and transportation stations. The fares start at around 5 euros (approximately $6, which is pretty expensive) adding a euro or so for every kilometer traveled. Locals usually tip the driver to the nearest euro. The ride-hailing app Uber also operates in Dublin.
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