Dublin is not a very big city and most of the tourist attractions are located within walking distance of each other.
There are several options for you to get around besides walking.
If you are coming from the outskirts of Dublin into the city center, then one of the best methods of transport is the Dublin Luas, which is a light rail tram service. Even within the city center, the Tram is often the best method of transport if you don't know the city very well because the bus system can be confusing, with irregular departure times and seemingly random stops.
It has two main lines, color coded red and green. The Red Line goes from Tallaght to Connolly Station and the Green Line runs from St Stephens Green to Sandy Ford. Each of the lines are connected to 'Park and Ride' facilities. The cost for parking is very reasonable at four euros for a full day and two euros for half a day. You do need to have a Luas ticket or the cost of parking will increase.
These trams run frequently and regularly, from 5:30am to 12:30am Monday to Friday with a later start time on Saturday of 6:30am. Sunday's timetable starts at 9:30am until 11:00pm.
It may be wise for the visitor to get transport passes. A one or seven day Luas only ticket gives you an unlimited number of trips until the last tram of the day. A seven day Luas ticket can be combined with a Dublin Bus ticket for further savings. They offer the traveler discount prices as well as the convenience of not having to buy tickets at every station. Prices are as follows.
Bus and Luas Tickets
Tickets can be purchased from vending machines, which will give change and will also take credit cards for tickets over five euros but under 50 euros. These must be purchased before getting on the tram.
Tickets may also be purchased from Luas Ticket Agents, many of which are located at newsagents. Dublin Bus services all the stops along the Green and Red lines.
Dublin does not have a subway but they do have the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit). It links the suburbs to the main city stations of Connolly, Tara and Pearse Streets. Services are regular, Monday to Saturday from 7am to 12:00am and Sundays from 9:30am to 11:00pm. You can buy single tickets starting from just under two euros but it will probably be more convenient and economical to combine Dublin Bus and Rail travel. Prices are as follows.
Dublin Bus and Rail
Dublin Bus is the main bus company in Dublin City and runs a comprehensive service throughout the Dublin area. The system runs very efficiently, with many routes incorporating bus only corridors.
The buses run from 6:00am to 11:30pm with a later 10:00am start on Sundays. If you need to use the bus outside these hours, you will need to use the Nitelink service which runs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from midnight to 4:30am.
If individually purchasing a bus ticket, you must have the exact fare in coins as you enter the bus. No notes or change will be accepted. If you don't have the exact amount in coins, you will need to put more money in the designated box. The bus driver will issue you with a passenger change ticket which must be taken, along with your ticket, to the main Dublin bus building in Upper O'Connell Street to get a refund. Often this is seen as too much hard work!
Prepaid tickets are generally the way to go. You can combine bus and rail or bus and Luas or just purchase a prepaid bus ticket.
These are called Rambler Tickets and can be purchased for 1, 3, 5 or 10 days. There is also a family ticket. Prices are listed in the table below. Note that the 3 day ticket offers further discounts on some of Dublin's most popular attractions. The tickets can be purchased from a wide variety of stores as well as stations.
Dublin Bus Rambler Tickets
Taxis are also available to take you where you want to go but will be substantially more expensive than public transport. You will generally need to queue at designated taxi ranks, which are located around the city, or you can pre-book beforehand.
Traveling by car is the least favored mode of transport. Like any major city, traffic congestion and parking can be a nightmare. If you do wish to drive remember, Irish drivers travel on the left hand side of the road and the speed limit throughout the city ranges from 30kmph to 50kmph. Watch out for designated bus lanes, as it is an offense to travel on these.
You can also combine a Transport Ticket with a Dublin Pass, which makes traveling a breeze. These are called Freedom Tickets and can be purchased for any 72 hour period. They include a 'Hop On, Hop Off' Dublin Bus tour, Airlink – Airport Express Services and all Dublin Bus commuter services.