Bus Eireann will take you to just about any place you'd like to get to in Ireland. The website is easy to navigate, the prices are inexpensive, there are more runs during the day and you'll reach your destination in about the same amount of time as if you'd taken the train (which costs more, has fewer runs, may get you to a destination later than you'd like, and may not get you to where you'd want to go - Blarney, for instance).
Ian (my son) and I used Bus Eireann to comport us from Dublin to Blarney via Cork. Trip was only 32 euro round-trip for each of us! Not too shabby.
I do need to mention you'll find a cross-section of people on the bus. On our way to Cork, we met a lovely couple who spoke to each in Gaelic and informed us that the yellow bushy flowers prevalent in the countryside is furze (they pronounced it "forze" and it's also known as gorse). Truly charming. On the way back we met a self-pronounced gypsy and her brood of young ones. Interesting.
Photos: April 2010
Busaras is the central bus station in Dublin for intercity and regional bus services operated by Bus Eireann. On the morning of the second day of my trip, I took a taxi from my hotel to Busaras. From there, I took a bus on Bus Eireann to Derry.
While in the Busaras station, I used the coin-operated internet connection to check my email.
Across from the custom house and near Connoly Station this is where you could catch buses to anywhere in Ireland and the rest of Europe. Busses are a much less expensive alternative to the train and have a much better range. Trains are faster, but only by a little bit. The major problem is that with either train or bus, the transportation system in Ireland is pretty slow. There are many stops and you go through every small town.
Return trips cost only a few euros more than one way, so remember to mention that.
I used this bus company to go to Dublin from the airport. there?s buses every 10 minutes and goes to the bussaras or bus station, is the cheapest one it cost 5 euros the single trip they don?t have return ticket. It takes about 30 minutes from Dublin international to bus station on Dublin city. There?s another bus companies but is more expensive and the frecuency is about 20 and 30 minutes.
Dublin Bus Office in 59 upper O'Connell Street is an important point to know by the visitors. Here start and end all tours (city tour, North Coast and Castle. Wisklow Mountains. South Coast and Garden Tour) and here stop the airlink. In the facade of the building you can see the arm coat of the four irish provinces.
We took a number 79 to Kilmainham Gaol. The buses are regular and there are plenty of them. You MUST however have the correct change - (it's 1.30euro to the Gaol). We asked the driver to give us a shout when we got there but he forgot - so... when you see Kilmainham Court RING THE BELL TO STOP THE BUS!!!
We saw a couple of tourists turned off the bus for not having the correct change.
On the way back you can take ANY bus back into the city.
Taxis are most expensive from Dublin Airport.
Take a blue Airport Bus outside arrivals for €6. It goes through city centre and on to Ballsbridge.
Also the 760 goes all the way to Dun Laoghaire for €1.65. But it only leaves on the hour. But cheer up the Luas (Rapid train) will be coming shortly - maybe in 2180.
For day tours and long distance trips from Dublin, you can head to the bus station behind the Custom House, North of the Liffey. You'll find information here about various tours and fares to all the destinations. Also check the website for the same information. As an example a single ticket to Cork, you'll pay 20 euros one way and 32 roundtrip.
Bus- bus eireann;
Dublin bus (cie) info: www.cie.ie;
DART train- only runs along the coast and into city centre
The best way to get around the city is by bus. You can by tickets if you are going to be around for a few day these tickets are called 'ramblers' and offer unlimited travel for a fixed price. Otherwise you pay for a journey everytime you get on the bus(exact fare is needed, so make sure you have change).