The public transport network in Dublin is more comprehensive than you might think, and with Quality Bus Corridors, DART, Luas and Commuter Rail it is usually faster and more reliable than travelling by car in the rush hour.
If you are a regular commuter to work you can also save significant amounts of cash by purchasing a monthly or annual Taxsaver commuter ticket.
Thanks to Dublin’s growing network of QBCs, the bus offers a great alternative to the car for many commuters. If you haven’t used the bus recently, you might be pleasantly surprised by the improvements that have taken place.
In the built up area of Dublin, Dublin Bus is the dominant operator. Bus Éireann offers good connections between Dublin City and the wider Greater Dublin Area (Kildare, Meath and Wicklow) as well as the rest of the country. And its Night Rider service will bring you home late at night! Other operators also operate on some routes.
There are over 130 routes in the Dublin Bus network. The introduction of Real Time Passenger Information on Dublin Bus means that commuters can now see when a bus is due to arrive at a stop in real time, so you can plan your journey more accurately. Real Time Apps are available for smart phones or you can plan your journey online. You will need your bus stop number to use this service – you’ll find your stop number at the top of the stop, just below the Dublin Bus castle symbol.
Alternatively, when you’re out for a walk some evening in your neighbourhood, have a look at the route information on display in the attractive new bus shelters that are increasingly prevalent in the city and its suburbs. Many routes serve the city centre and terminate in or around a compact area centred on Parnell Square – College Green – North and South City Quays. Find your route terminus and stops for your return trip home »
Generally, services run on most routes between 0630 and 2330 hours. There is a very popular and comprehensive late night service that runs into the small hours at the weekend – the Nitelink – very useful if you are out socialising!
The fare you pay is based on the number of stages you travel.
Adult fares vary from €1.40 to €4.10 depending on whether you are travelling within the city centre or to the outer suburbs. More details »
How to use Dublin Bus services
While standing at the bus stop, extend your arm to request the bus driver to stop to pick you up. If you are not familiar with the route, ask the driver when boarding to alert you when the bus approaches the stop nearest your destination – many buses have a PA system.
Pay in coin—exact fare please—into the autofare box beside the driver when boarding. No change is given when boarding, but the driver will issue a change docket that can be redeemed at Dublin Bus Head Office at 59–61, Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.
Children under 5 travel free, and children between the age of 5 and 15 travel at generally half the adult fare. Keep your ticket ready for inspection.
Ring the bell in good time when you wish to alight from the bus. Hold the rails when moving downstairs or along the lower saloon.
Bus Éireann: outer suburban links to Dublin City & the rest of the country
Bus Éireann offers extensive bus connections on national routes, including:
- Expressway Inter-urban coach services
- Eurolines coach services to Britain and Europe
- City Bus Services in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford
- Town services in Athlone, Balbriggan, Drogheda, Dundalk, Navan and Sligo
- Commuter bus services radiating from Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford
- Local bus services throughout Ireland
Fares, which vary by route, are priced competitively. Regular customers can avail of tax benefits by purchasing a Taxsaver commuter ticket.
There are potential time savings also – where services have the benefit of bus lanes, journey times can compare favourably with going by car.
To plan your journey or search timetables, visit buseireann.ie.
Other Bus Operators
There are also several routes and services provided to the public by private bus operators, many of which offer the Taxsaver ticket for commuters.
Below is a list of some of these operators’ websites:
The National Journey Planner is also helpful when planning your route, as it includes both public and private public transport operators.
DART & Commuter Rail
Frequent DART electrified train services run from Howth and Malahide to Bray. Less frequent DART services operate through to Greystones. Key city centre train stations are at Connolly, Tara Street and Pearse stations.
Commuter rail services run from Drogheda and Maynooth to Connolly Station and Pearse Station. There are also commuter rail services from County Kildare (Kildare, Newbridge, Naas/Sallins) and Adamstown west Dublin to Heuston Station.
Frequent and fast onward Luas and bus connections to the rest of the city centre are now provided immediately outside Heuston and Connolly train stations.
See irishrail.ie for more information on timetables, fares or to purchase your ticket online.
Luas is Dublin’s state-of-the-art light rail transit system. The tram routes have their own dedicated lines away from traffic or sections of on-street running, with priority over other traffic.
Services run on two lines:
- The Red Line which runs from The Point to Saggart and Tallaght, serving destinations such as Connolly and Heuston train stations, the Four Courts, St James’s hospital, Red Cow (Park and Ride), Tallaght Hospital and City West.
- The Green Line which runs from St Stephen’s Green to Bride’s Glen, serving Dundrum Shopping Centre, Sandyford and Cherrywood Business Park.
If you’re cycling to your Luas stop, you’ll find cycle parking in a number of stations. For the full list see luas.ie/cycle-and-ride/.
If you need to use your car for part of your journey, you can Park and Ride in a number of locations along both the Red and the Green lines. Car park locations can be found here.
You can purchase tickets for trips on the tram from vending machines at the tram stops, or you can pre-purchase ‘travel credit’ on a Leap Card.
Adult fares vary between €1.60 and €2.90 depending on the trip. Information on which ticket types and fares can be found here.
For more information on Luas services, visit luas.ie.
Taxsaver Commuter Tickets
The TaxSaver Commuter Ticket Scheme encourages commuters to use public transport and to reduce traffic congestion, through the purchase of tax-free monthly or annual tickets.
Employers provide employees (including Company Directors) with annual or monthly tickets for public transport, while saving Employers’ PRSI for every ticket sold.
Employees participating in the scheme benefit from reduced tax and PRSI payments. Employees receive tickets either as part of their salary package (salary sacrifice), in lieu of an annual cash bonus, or as a benefit-in-kind. Savings arise because tickets are not subject to tax or PRSI.
Employees only have to pay tax and PRSI on the “money” portion of their salary. Employer PRSI is also calculated on the “money” portion of the employee’s salary.
Employers can achieve PRSI savings of up to 10.75% and employees can save over 50% of travel costs as a result of tax and PRSI savings by participating in the TaxSaver commuter scheme.
To find out more about Tax Saver tickets on public operators, see taxsaver.ie (for Luas, DART, Irish Rail, Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus). Contact private operators directly.Back to top