The Dublin Area Rapid Transit - or DART - is a train line that runs through Dublin from Howth in the the north down to Bray in the south along the coast. I bought a day ticket and used it to visit Howth, Malahide and Bray but it was worth it just for some of the views from the train on the way. Particularly as you head south of the city centre. A day ticket was just a few euros
Right now, the DART is the nearest thing we have to an urban metro system....even though it is only one line. (In other words, don't expect an extensive network a la Paris, London or Berlin)
Basically, the DART line goes along the coast of Dublin Bay; from Malahide / Howth to Greystones / Bray via the City Centre (Connolly, Tara & Pearse street stations).
I lived in Dublin for ten years before I ever really had to start using the DART, when I moved near Howth.
The trains themselves have been upgraded and have a good progress light board above the doors, where you can see all the stations lit up and how far along the journey the train has gone. (you can see it in the photo here)
You really only need to use the DART if you're staying along the coast, otherwise the bus would be sufficient.
The Dart (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) runs from the suburbs in the north like Malahide and Howth to the town of Greystones in the South. The DART runs along the coast so to get the best views sit on the left if your going south and the right if your going north. Timetables are posted in the stations and you must buy a ticket before you board.
The DART service on a Sunday wasn't that great. The trains were on time but the first train I could get north was at 9.43am (I had to be at Howth at 10am!)
I sugest checking the timetable at least the day before you want to travel, just incase!!!
The AerDART bus is the connecting link from Howth Junction to Dublin airport. From Central Dublin ie: Grand Canal Dock, Pearse Street Station, or Tara Street or Connelly, it costs 7euro one way.
This photo shows the interior of the AerDART bus... there were only 3 of us traveling all the way to the airport. The driver flew along the motorway at a fair ol' speed, and woe betide any cars in the bus lane!!
The train system here is great. It's reliable, inexpensive and comfortable. We went north to Howth, and south to Killiney. On the last day we went east to the airport.
To get to the airport by train you must change at Howth Junction and get the connecting bus. It only took about half an hour in traffic but we still arrived in plenty of time to check in prior to our departure.
A return to Killiney from Pearse Street Station cost just 3.85Euros return each.
Pearse to Howth return was 3.40Euros.
Using the DART was the way to go. The bus system is OK, but sometimes the traffic was a pain in the butt. We were able to get to all the major points of interest plus. I would make sure my next B&B or hotel is a little closer. Even a five minute walk in a cold rain is not what I call enticing.
The dart runs along the coast of Dublin stopping at Tara St and Connolly for the city centre. A really handy and inexpenive train system for getting into the city and out to beautisul north and south Co.Dublin beaches- Killiney, Howth and Malahide.
Dublin also has a light rail system called the DART. This runs along the coast between Greystones and Howth a is a fantastic fast way to travel short distances outside Dublin. Take the DART to Killiney station for example. You can walk for miles along the beach and if you are feeloin energetic you can even walk to Greystones and the take the DART back to the city centre from there. Bring a pic-nic if the weather is nice. People say that Killiney Bay reminds them of the Bay of Naples!!!
Dublin has a commuter rail system
It rums along Dublin Bay. It is called Dart.
It is connected to a suburban rail system which goes west hrough the north city to County Kildare.
It is a very relable service but is extrtemely limited. Unless you are near to one of the stations it is of little value.
Have a look at the website to see where it goes.
You can easily walk to all the nice places in Dublin. However, to go to the little villages at the coast take the commuter train DART. (Dublin Area Rapid Transit). It stops at many stations in Dublin city centre such as Connolly Station, Pearse Street or Tara Street.
Here you can see the stops of the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit). The prizes are quite cheap. This ticket from Clontarf to Dalkey cost me only IEP 1.30! Not much for a trip to the countryside...
Unfortunately the map I made is a bit out of date. There are a few new DART stations now.
As you can see from this DART map, the train services mostly the coastal coast that curves through Dublin. There are some great towns to visit along this route, many of which are basically outer suburbs where many rich Dubliners live (Bono from U2 lives in Killiney, south of Dublin).
If you're thinking about a daytrip from Dublin to one of the nearby towns, the DART train service will probably be your best option.
The trains are relatively clean and the ride is efficient and on time. I only took the DART twice. The first time, I headed from City Centre (Connolly Station, North of the Liffey) to Sutton Station (one stop before Howth) and the fare was 1.70 Euros. For the same price, I rode back from Malahide Station to City Centre.
For a complete list of fares and more information, check out the website.
The DART is reasonably cheap. And by taking it to Howth in the north or to Bray in the south you can walk up onto the cliffs for a brief bracing walk.
Bray is also useful if you find the hotel situation a bit difficult in Dublin as it is a seaside resort - a bit downmarket - but possessing rows of B & B establishments.