Getting around Dublin

Public transport

Dublin's public transport system consists of bus, trams and rail. Over 60 trams are offered by Luas Light Rail Lines (tel: (01) 646 3400 or 1 800 300 604; www.luas.ie) on two different lines. Luas offers a range of ticket options ranging from a single trip to a seven-day or 30-day pass. There are also one-, seven- and 30-day combi-tickets for the Luas and Dublin Bus, covering all zones.

Iarnród Éireann runs the speedy electrical DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) rail services (tel: (01) 836 6222; www.irishrail.ie), which operate Monday to Saturday 0630-2400 and Sunday 0930-2300. You can buy DART tickets from any DART station.

Bus Átha Cliath (Dublin Bus) runs the city bus services (tel: (01) 873 4222; www.dublinbus.ie), which operate daily from 0600-2330, with a night bus service (Nitelink) running daily from 0030-0430. Bus fares vary according to the number of stops. The price of Nitelink tickets also depends on the length of journey. You can buy pre-paid tickets at the information desk at Dublin Airport, Dublin Bus Head Office or at bus ticket agencies.

Various passes for bus, rail or both combined are available, including one-, three-, five- and seven-day Rambler Tickets, and a one-day Family Rambler Ticket, each offering unlimited travel for consecutive days on all Dublin Bus scheduled services, excluding the night buses. Weekly and monthly passes for the DART (including the buses) are also available, and there is also an Adult Short Hop pass and a Family Short Hop pass, valid for unlimited travel for one day on all Dublin Bus, DART and suburban rail services.

Taxis

Taxis (standard saloon cars) can be hailed on the street, hired at taxi ranks (O'Connell Street, Dame Street and St Stephen's Green) or booked by telephone. Radio Link (tel: (01) 478 1111) and VIP ACE Taxis (tel: (01) 478 3333) are reputable companies. It is customary for passengers to tip the driver between 10 and 15% of the fare.

Driving

The volume of traffic in Dublin is increasing and parking is expensive and limited, although some hotels and guest houses provide private parking. Visitors should avoid rush hours if possible. There are also numerous one-way systems in the centre, including the quays alongside the River Liffey.

Street parking is limited in the city centre. The city's main car parks, with various hourly rates, are Arnotts, Middle Abbey Street, and Brown Thomas, Clarendon Street. For street parking, kerbside pay-and-display meters are standard.

Car hire

A full national driving licence and deposit are necessary for visitors to hire a car in Ireland; most firms require the driver to be over 23 and under 70 years old and to have held a full driving licence for a minimum of two years without endorsements.

Avis, 35-39 Old Kilmainham Road (tel: (01) 605 7500; www.avis.ie), Budget, 151 Drumcondra Road Lower (tel: (01) 837 9611; www.budget.ie), and Europcar, Dublin Airport (tel: (01) 844 4199 ; www.europcar.ie), are among the main providers. Pre-booking is strongly recommended in summer and payment is usually only accepted by credit card.

Bicycle hire

There are around 120km (74 miles) of cycle tracks in Dublin. The city has introduced a Dublinbikes scheme (tel: (01) 8507 77070; www.dublinbikes.ie) with 450 bikes available to hire from 40 locations around the city. The bikes are free to rent for the first 30 minutes.  Phoenix Park Bike Hire, Gate Lodge, Chesterfield Avenue (tel: 0862 656 258; www.phoenixparkbikehire.com) also offers a comprehensive bicycle hire service.

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