Ireland has an extensive public transport network from which you can choose according to your needs. Find out more in this article.
If you have moved to Ireland, you will probably have to travel from one place to another. Like most European countries, Ireland has a greatly developed transport network including various means of transport. You can choose from these, whether to go to work, shopping or for your leisure travel. Public transport remains the most practical and economical means of transport in Ireland. But you can also travel by plane or rent a car if you have a valid driver's license.
Aircraft could be the best means of transport if you are making a business trip in Ireland. Most large Irish towns have their own airport. These are served by several domestic, international and regional airlines. You may also benefit from discounted rates on some airlines during the flat season. Similarly, you can travel to neighboring countries during your stay in Ireland.
You are more likely to find trains in urban areas, particularly in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. However, the Irish train network is relatively less developed compared to those of other European countries. Moreover, train fares are higher than bus fares and trains are not punctual. However, Irish trains are generally comfortable. Some routes even offer unlimited second class travel plans.
On the other hand, Dublin has a tram network consisting of two lines: the Red Line and the Green Line. These lines serve Dublin's various districts at affordable rates. You can also contact the Dart, which is quite similar to subway, but slower.
The bus is definitely the most popular and cheapest means of transport in Ireland. Most of the country is served by a national line and several private lines. Therefore, you will find bus stops almost everywhere in Irish cities and villages. Bus stations are mostly found in the outskirts. Irish buses are regular and punctual.
Note however that local line rates are quite high. But you can opt for special packages offering reduced rates on week days, for instance the 'Midweek Return Ticket' and the 'Open Road Pass' which offer unlimited trips for up to 15 days. For longer trips, it is best to choose private companies which offer coach services. Rates are rather lower than those charged by airline companies and trains.
Dublin also has double-Decker buses which are painted blue and yellow. However, these buses are not punctual and fare are higher than those of regular buses, varying according to the number of bus stops you have passed, that is from € 1.05 to € 2.00.
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You are advised to pay the exact fare on boarding the bus as drivers do not refund the change.
Most Irish cities are served by numerous taxis. These even reach districts which are not included in bus routes. However, taxis which are equipped with a meter can only be found in major cities. Hence, you will pay the amount displayed at the end of your trip. In other regions, fares can be negotiated with the driver.
Rent a car
Renting a car in Ireland has several advantages, allowing you to travel comfortably and independently. However, you must have a valid and recognized driver's license or an Irish driver's license. You are also required to inquire on road traffic rules before driving. Note that you will have to drive on the left side of the road in Ireland.
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You must be more than 23 years old to be allowed to rent a car. Moreover, your driver's license must have been issued more than two years before your trip to Ireland.
You may also want to ride a bike during your leisure time. You are likely to find bike rental agencies in all major Irish cities. Rates are very affordable. In general, you will pay an average of € 80 per week, that is about € 20 per day. However, advance booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.
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You can also rent a bike at one location and return it at another if you have had an agreement in this regard with the agency.