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Transport in Dublin

Student Edition

Kamil Kubiak

Kamil Kubiak

Co-Founder @ Dublin4You

Getting around Dublin can be needlessly time consuming and costly. It’s best to consider all the options before setting off. In this article I will give you a better understanding on what methods of transport are available and cover which options are best suited for you as a student. So let’s get started!

5. Get a Taxi

“Hailo is the most popular taxi app in Dublin.”


Of course as a student, using a taxi is not something you would want to do regularly. However in some circumstances it’s the only option available so it’s best to be prepared. Other than hailing a random taxi on the street, the easiest and most convenient way of getting a taxi is using an app called Hailo.

Hailo is the most popular taxi app in Dublin. Many of the licensed taxi drivers in Dublin are using it regularly. With Hailo you have the convenience of paying by card securely, pre-booking trips, choosing your seating options and more with just a few swipes.

If you have an iPhone or an Android phone, you can download the app directly from your app store. Feel free to checkout their website for more information.

If you want to have a rough idea on the pricing for your trip, you should checkout the taxi fare estimator.

Popular alternative to Hailo is Uber, however Uber drivers do not have to hold a taxi license so different rules apply. Find out more at Uber’s website.

4. Dublin's Light Rail

“The DART service is usually reliable, punctual and fast.”


DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) is Dublin’s light rail system. It predominantly covers the coastal areas of Dublin. Extending from Malahide and Howth, through city centre all the way to Bray and further Greystones in county Wicklow.

If you happen to live, work or study in a location nearby the DART line, this could be the perfect solution for your transport needs however it can also be costly for students. We recommend you apply for the student leap card as soon as possible in order to bring the costs down significantly. We’ll have a guide on how to get one of these cards soon, follow us on facebook or instagram for further announcements!

The DART service is usually reliable, punctual and fast. Given the option it can save you a lot of time when compared to equivalent trips on the bus however it will also cost you more.

3. Dublin Bikes

“This makes Dublin bikes an ideal solution as the first 30 minutes of renting are completely free!”


One healthy and affordable way to get around the city is with Dublin Bikes. There are several bike stations located around Dublin city centre. Each station can hold up to 15 bikes at a time. At every station you can purchase a 3 day ticket, use your annual bike card or even student leap card.

If you manage to find accommodation in the city centre, you probably won’t have much money left for transport. This makes Dublin bikes an ideal solution as the first 30 minutes of renting are completely free! They are also a great way to shorten your travel time for those commuting into major train or bus stations.

Dublin city aims to make itself cyclist friendly. There are many designated cycle lanes however you still have to be extra careful with traffic and pedestrians from all directions. You may also decide to buy your own bicycle. There are plenty of bicycle shops selling new and used bikes. If you want to buy a bicycle make sure you read this excellent guide on how to choose a bike by Jen Reviews

2. Luas

“The luas is a great form of transport thanks to it’s speed and ease of use”


The trams in Dublin are know as the Luas. Currently there are two active lines, red and green. A third line is in the works which will connect the two and reach further out into north of the city centre. The project is called Luas Cross City and it is due to go live by the end of 2017.

Both lines mostly cover south west area of Dublin. The luas is a great form of transport thanks to it’s speed and ease of use. You can shorten a 1 hour bus journey into a 20 minutes luas ride for some city centre routes.

Students of course have a discounted fare for the luas when using the student leap card. There is an additional feature of a weekly cap. If you happen to spend over €18.00 in luas journeys within a calendar week, you will be able to travel on the luas for free until end of Sunday. This cap resets every Monday. Simply remember to touch on before you get on the luas and touch off once you’re at your stop. You may use any of the leap card validators at the station, regardless of which direction you’re heading.

Final tip, you should download the luas app for your phone and always check when your next tram is due before heading out. Occasionally there will be faults so best to avoid the unpleasant surprises and find an alternative bus route if possible.

1. Dublin Bus

“No matter where in Dublin you are going, there will likely be a bus that will take you just there”


The most popular form of public transport in Dublin is surely the double decker bus. In recent years Dublin Bus has developed their infrastructure pretty well so you can use an app to calculate your fare, check routes, timetables and even when your next bus is due.  The real-time information is not always 100% correct, so keep that in mind when planning your journey.

Again, this is another form of public transport where you’re going to make good use of your student leap card. Fares tend to change at the beginning of every year so watch-out for any notices.

Dublin bus has a broad coverage of the city and surrounding areas, so no matter where in Dublin you are going, there will likely be a bus that will take you just there or within reasonable walking distance.

There are two fundamental rules for Dublin Bus which I’m sure you will quickly learn. First, if you’re standing at a bus stop you must signal the bus with your hand if you want them to stop. Secondly, when you’re on the bus and approaching your stop, press the red STOP button to let the driver know you’re getting off, otherwise the bus will simply continue driving on.

Checkout the full guide on how to use the bus at

I hope you now have a better understanding of transport in Dublin.

If you have any feedback, suggestions or questions regarding this article. Please leave a comment below or reach out to us directly using our contact form.


Over 12 years of experience with public transport in Dublin.

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