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Transports in Ireland

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Chances are, at some point, you will want to leave your hotel or home and explore your new country. From planes, trains, and automobiles to bikes and buses, Ireland has an extensive transport network that has a way for everyone to get around.

Planes

Most Irish cities have an airport, with Dublin, Cork, and Shannon being the major hubs. Aer Lingus and RyanAir are Irish airlines, so tend to have plenty of flights both internationally and domestically around Ireland. With one of the biggest budget airlines originating here, planes can be a very economical way to get around the country if you plan to venture far.

 Useful links:

Aer Lingus
Ryanair

Train

Compared to other European countries, Ireland’s rail network is less extensive, and a more expensive way to get around than buses, as the trains tend to neglect the countryside attractions. You are more likely to find and use trains in urban areas, like Dublin, Cork, and Limerick, for commuter purposes, or to travel between cities. Trains are comfortable, and if you use them regularly you can often find economical multi-trip passes. The capital’s city and suburban rail network is called Dublin Area Rapid Transit, or DART, and offers the most comprehensive inter-city public transport services out of all of the cities. Dublin also has a tram service for the centre called Luas.

 Useful links:

Irish Rail
Inter-Rail
Luas

Bus

The bus is the most popular, most extensive, and cheapest means of making your way across the country. Both national and private bus companies service even the most far-reaching areas of Ireland. Most bus stations are on the outskirts of towns, and stops are made in suburban and rural areas of note. Bus schedules are regular, and they tend to run on time. You can opt to use buses to commute as opposed to trains or cars, if you like. Bus passes are available on some routes.

Dublin has its own local buses servicing the metropolitan area. These are blue and yellow double-decker buses, and fares run from €2-€3.30 depending on the length of your journey. You must pay fares upon boarding in exact change cash. You may also get a Leap card to pay a discounted fare if you plan to use the bus regularly.

 Useful links:

Bus Eireann
Express Bus
City Link
Bartons
Dublin Bus

Taxi

Taxis are prevalent in most Irish cities, and even some areas further outside. In the cities they tend to be metred, whereas you may need to agree a fixed fare when you book a car in a suburban or rural area. Apps like Uber are available in Dublin, however they do not offer the services of private drivers, as this has been ruled illegal within the country. You are only able to order a licensed taxi or limousine service through Uber.

 Useful links:

Transport for Ireland
Blue Cabs
NRC
Ireland Taxi
Irish Taxi Cabs
Uber dublin

Cars

Renting or buying a car in Ireland has several advantages, allowing you to travel comfortably and independently. However, you must have a valid driving license from your home country, or an Irish driving license. You are allowed to drive on a current, foreign license for up to 12 months as a non-EU/EEA national, and indefinitely if you are an EU citizen. You are encouraged to learn Ireland’s road rules before attempting to drive. Remember, in Ireland they drive on the left side of the road!

 Good to know:

You must be at least 21 years old to rent a car in Ireland. If you are 25 or older, you must have held a valid license 12 months prior to the rental. If you are between 21-24 and your valid license must have been issued at least 24 months prior, and you may be subject to increased insurance charges.

 Useful links:

Hertz
Irish Car Rentals
EuropCar
Avis
Sixt
Autro Trader

Bike

Ireland is great for cycling, whether you want to do a tour of the countryside or just get from place to place in your city centre. For scenic cycling, The Kingfisher Trail is a popular, long ride for experienced cyclists. If you haven’t brought along your own bike, you can hire them starting at €50/week. One way hires are available.

As for urban cycling, Dublin has a scheme called Dublin Bikes where you can grab a public bike from a dock and use it for a minimal charge. The first 30 minutes are free, and full-day and multi-day passes are available.

 Good to know:

Wearing a helmet is not a legal requirement in Ireland, but it is always recommended, especially in areas where you will be riding alongside traffic and on country roads without designated bike lanes. Make sure you are aware of Ireland’s bike traffic rules before you cycle.

 Useful links:

Ireland Rent a Bike
Bike Hire Ireland
Dublin Bikes
Cycling Ireland

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