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Dublin Buses...It's faster walking
The bus system in Dublin were not very highly regarded by people in Dublin that we talked to. In fact in our hotel the front desk told us that it's been a running joke for years about how slow the buses are.
As we walked around Dublin we saw huge crowds at bus stops. I asked a person waiting for a bus on O'Connell Str and was told she had been waiting 35 minutes for a bus and could of walked to her destination quicker. Also the traffic congestion in Dublin is Terrible. The price for a trip is 1.25 Euro, and daily, weekly, and monthly passes are for sale at
Bus Átha Cliath - Dublin Bus,
59 Upper O’Connell Street,
Dublin 1. Ireland.
To and from the airport
For the first two days we got the Rambler ticket for a family and two adults.They can be bought at Dublin airport, as they also include the airport bus. I tried to validate our tickets by stamping them, but then was shown how to hold them in front of the circular sign in the bus. Easy, once I knew how to do it.
The airport bus took about 30 minutes to O'Connell Street. It leaves right outside the terminal.
On our way back to the airport we took the regular bus, 16A. This is cheaper - 2,20 per adult, 1 Euro per child - but takes longer. There was much traffic and we needed almost two hours.
Some people had put their bags on the seats, the bus driver came up and told them to take them down on the luggage rack. Every seat was needed as the bus got really full.
Waiting for a bus...
If the postcard you have seen in the introduction to this page wasn't clear enough, then read this tip.
Dublin Bus is the company that run the urban bus service of the city. The network includes dozens of lines. When I visited Dublin, it was the only means of public transport and I found it terrible. Before going to Dublin, I had never taken a bus in such a big city, so the nightmare was even greater. I had to take the bus 75 to go from my hostfamily's place to the English school and vice versa. It happened quite often that the bus passed but didn't stop because it was already full and when a bus is full, the driver doesn't stop. Sometimes, it didn't pass at all.
Also remember that you are expected to pay the ticket to the driver: the price changes according to your destination and you should always pay the exact amount, otherwise you won't get any money back.
BUY A RAMBLER TICKET.
When we first arrived at Dublin Airport there were lots of ticket machines for the bus services.We bought a 3 day Rambler ticket for 10 euros which was good as the buses were much different here then they are at home.You have to have the correct fare when you get on the bus and feed it into a machine,there is no change given so it was easier with the ticket and you can go on any bus you like.
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
Purchase tickets for the bus
If it's your first time in dublin you might heard that you have to purchase the ticket on the bus with the exact fare,this is true. It depends how many stops you do.
1-3 stops Eur 0.85
4-7 stops Eur 1.25
8-13 stops Eur 1.45
14 - 23 stops Eur 1.65
Over 23 Eur 1.75
The best idea is buy Travel 90 Handy Pack. (Eur 15) with 10 tickets valid for 90min.
Handy Pack Day Rambler (Eur 16) 5 tickets for the whole day.
You can find them very easy in shop Centra and almost every other shop.
Some drivers are very nasty others quite happy, although everyone is a fast driver.
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Where can I start.
This has got to be one of the worst and most unreliable bus services in Europe.
The timetables are a joke as they go early or late and frequently miss the run altogether. Also the times given are the "starting time" and give no indication whatsoever of times at intermediate stops.
For the benefit of tourists, the most frequent destination seen on a Dublin bus is "As Serbhis". You will see dozens of buses going there while you wait for a bus. Of course, they never stop. Only the staff go to "As Serbhis". It means "Out of Service"
I normally do not use the bus service in any city, especially a walkable city like Dublin, but we were going to meet up with some friends for dinner and we were running a bit late after doing some shopping, so we hoped on the bus for the short 10 minute ride to our hotel.
Dublin is a big bus city. Its main transportation is the bus and there are many routes which can take you to most parts of Dublin.
I did find that the route maps located on the bus stops were a bit confusing, so we had to ask someone standing at the stop waiting for the bus which one would live us close to to our hotel.
The buses are the double decker kind which are really clean and very comfy to ride in.
There are a few different options for the bus but if you are riding from point A to point B you will probably pay as you go. I believe the fare was .80 euro cent and you must have exact change.
Dublin Bus run a fab sytem all across the city and suburbs, its fairly cheap and so long as you dont mind sitting in traffic your fine!!
Info for the buses can be found in the Dublin Bus building on O Connell Street, and the buses can be flagged down at any of the stops.......in town they go from O Connell St, the Quays and near the central bank (these are the main stops anyway).
You need the correct change, and bear in mind that a few buses stop at your stop! So what looks like a queue isnt always a queue - when you see your bus jump on it!
Dublin is small and easy to get around. I have included the bus timetable website. If you're staying for more than a day you should buy a rambler ticket. Tickets can be bought in shops all over the city. A typical one day adult fare would cost you 5.00 euro, plus you can get special discount if you're staying within the city. For an adult 3 day rambler the cost is 9.50 euros and a 5 day rambler is 14.50. Look at the website for more upto date information and deals. When you have purchased your ticket, you insert it into the validator when you board the bus. If you don't have a ticket you must pay the conductor the correct amount of change, otherwise you end up paying more for your journey and if you want your change will have to go to their office in the city to collect it. Bus routes are know by the number on the front / back of the bus. The buses don't stop automatically you have to put your hand out.
- Road Trip
We found most of Dublin to be walkable, we even walked from Ballsbridge over to the Watling Street Bridge near the Guinness Brewery which had seemed so far away when I did the HOHO bus the previous year. But for our final night in Dublin at the Ardmore Hotel, that was too far to walk to central Dublin so we used the bus that stopped just outside our hotel. The fares are based on stages, deduct the boarding stage number from the alighting stage number or you can do like me and just ask the bus driver.
From the Ardmore Hotel is was €1.80 each way, you pay the bus driver and must have exact change in coins, not paper. If you don't have exact change, the driver will issue a passenger change ticket for the overpayment which you have to take to Dublin Bus, 59 Upper O`Connell Street, in get a refund but that seems like more trouble than it's worth.
If you are planning on using the bus a lot, there are different options for day passes, multiple day passes and family passes, for more info click here and look at the different options for adult, family, tourist, and student tickets. The tourist tickets look to include the hop on hop off bus so be sure to check out the other cheaper options if you don't want that.
The buses are double decker, go up the stairs to the top and see if you can get the front seats for a nice view.
Getting around Dublin by bus
Dublin is a very walkable city - you might not even have to use the bus at all while you're there. We only took it once on a rainy morning to get to Kilmainham Gaol (and even then we came back on foot). Traveling by bus in Dublin is fairly simple - we stopped by the hotel's front desk to ask which bus would take us to Kilmainham Gaol and where it would leave from. We took the 78A leaving from Aston Quay, asked the driver how much it cost to get to Kilmainham Gaol (1.60 Euros), paid our fare (you need exact change), and off we went!
- Budget Travel
The buses in Dublin are easy to navigate. Just make sure you have a lot of change in your pockets because you'll need exact change. If you plan on taking the bus a lot, you can buy a Rambler ticket which is good for unlimited bus travel for the designated period of time. This is convenient because you can just hop on a slide a card into a box on the bus. The Rambler tickets come in the following increments:
One Day Family €7.50
One Day €5.00
Three Day €9.50
Five Day €14.50
Seven Day €17.50
If you just want to hop on and ride stage by stage, expect to pay the following:
1 - 3 stages, €0.80
4 - 7 stages, €1.20
8 - 13 stages, €1.40
4 - 23 stages, €1.60
Over 23 stages, €1.70 (Inside Citizone) €2.00 (Outside Citizone)
If you're unsure about the fare, tell the driver where you're going and he or she will gladly tell you how much to pay. I found the bus drivers extremely helpful and pleasant.
Have a ride on a double decker!
Dublin Bus is a public transport in Ireland, which can take you to various locations around Dublin county. There are a lot of different routes and buses opperate frequently - however for some reason never on schedule. If you want to get on the bus you have to wave your hand at the bus, for it to even pull over at the bus stop.
The fares vary and are usually calculated on a stage system (which is based on the distance you intend to travell). There are several different levels of fares, prices range from €1,05 - € 2. There are discount fares for seniors and children.
If you are not sure what to pay, ask the driver. It is enough to say eg."Stephens' Green" and he will simply tell you how much to pay, they are polite enough to tell you when to get off if you ask. Or if they see you are really lost, they will make sure themselves that you get to the right location. If you know where you are going remember to push the "Stop" button or the bus might not pull over at your stop.
Remember to have the exact amount of money when traveling on the Dublin Bus, the drivers have " no change" policy (actually they don't have access to money at all). But don't worry I you do not have the exact sum, in case of overpayment a "change ticket" is issued (you get 2 ticketts printed instead of one) which can only be exchanged for cash at the company's head office on O'Connell Street.
The Dublin bus is a nice way to travel across Dublin, I recommend to sit at the front upper window at least once. Enjoy your ride.
Dublin Bus is the major bus company, offering regular services throughout greater Dublin. They also do a very convenient "Nitelink" service over the weekend, so that party animals can get home safely (See my Nightlink Tip). Check out their website for more info or drop by at their office on O'Connell Street.
Explore Dublin by bus
The Dublin bus network is not easy to understand, but it brings you to almost everywhere in the city. For unlimited bus travel for 1, 3, 5 or 7 days a Dublin Rambler Ticket (see photo) is offered.
The front seats in the upper level of the doubledeckers are nice for a relaxing citytour. You need to have the exact fare when boarding a bus.
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