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  • General Travel Information
    by mvtouring
  • Collins Day Tours - inside the bus
    Collins Day Tours - inside the bus
    by BeatChick
  • Collins Day Tours - in Glendalough
    Collins Day Tours - in Glendalough
    by BeatChick

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    Grey line city bus

    by mvtouring Written Nov 18, 2010

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    2010 we used the Greyline city signtseeing hop on hop off bus tour and found them to be excellent. The have some busses with live commentary whilst others have the earphones. The cost per adult was 16 euro and the ticket was valid for two days.

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    Collins Day Tours

    by BeatChick Updated Jun 4, 2010

    Collins Day Tours offer a full day tour from Dublin to the Wicklow Mountains (where my daughter wants to hike) to Glendalough (complete with monastic ruins) and on to Kilkenny, considered to be one of the best preserved medieval heritage sites in Ireland.

    I highly recommend these tours! The cost is relatively inexpensive (30 euro per adult person), the staff is knowledgeable and friendly (when they stopped for us they noted our last name - Connolly - and said "Welcome home").

    Tours operate every day from March 1st - October 31st.

    Depending upon your pick-up point (ours was at the Conrad Dublin Hotel across from the National Concert Hall), the tour starts around 9am and drops you back off in Dublin at around 6pm, just in time to take a nap, shower, then head out to the pubs.

    Photos: April 2010

    Collins Day Tours Collins Day Tours - in Glendalough Collins Day Tours - inside the bus
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology
    • Family Travel

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    Rambler Tickets

    by Gypsystravels Updated Mar 18, 2009

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    The Rambler Ticket is a good option for those individuals that plan to use the bus system extensively. It is well worth the price and you don't have to worry about finding exact change every time you use the bus. I bought a one day Rambler ticket on my second visit. The Rambler Ticket was good on the Airlink from the airport to the city center and also have the option of using the bus throughout the day as well, all for one price.

    It's an excellent option.

    Some options:

    Rambler 1 Day Adult €6.00

    Valid for unlimited travel for 1 day
    Valid on Dublin Bus scheduled services including Airlink and Xpresso (excluding Nitelink, Tours, Special Events and Private Contract services)
    No CIE photo ID required

    Rambler 3 Day Adult €13.30

    Valid for unlimited travel for 3 non-consecutive days
    Valid on Dublin Bus scheduled services including Airlink and Xpresso (excluding Nitelink, Tours, Special Events and Private Contract services)
    No CIE photo ID required

    Rambler 5 Day Adult €20.00
    Valid for unlimited travel for 5 non-consecutive days
    Valid on Dublin Bus scheduled services including Airlink and Xpresso (excluding Nitelink, Tours, Special Events and Private Contract services)
    No CIE photo ID required

    10 Journey Travel 90 Adult €18.00

    Valid for 10 journeys of 90 minutes unlimited travel
    Valid on Dublin Bus scheduled services including Xpresso (excluding Airlink, Nitelink, Tours, Special Events and Private Contract services)
    No CIE photo ID required

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    How to use the bus!

    by AR76 Updated Nov 6, 2004

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    This might sound too obvious, but believe me, it isn't - unless you are from Ireland or Britain.

    At the busstop
    When in Dublin, do as the Dubliners: Queueing is the word! I plead for this habit to become obligatory everywhere. Who gets at the busstop first, will be the first one to get on the bus. No pushing, no rushing to the door... And please give way to passengers alighting before you enter.
    Bus tickets
    -If you are already holding a bus ticket (valid for 1/3/5 days on all Dublin Buses, available at newsagents and at the Dublin Bus office), activate your card in the validator.
    -If you need to buy a ticket, make sure you have the exact change on you. Don't hand the money over to the bus driver, but enter it into the money collector (see pic).
    Arriving at your destination
    Press the bell when approaching the required busstop and already make your way to the front. If the bus driver does not see anybody get up, s/he will not stop the bus!

    money collector - exact fare required

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    Chances are, you'll be flying here...

    by morgane1692 Written Oct 14, 2003

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    Depending on where you're flying here from, this probably determines the airline you use. Easyjet and Ryanair can be wonderfully inexpensive options, but remember they don't use LHR itself so they stink as means of connecting to Dublin from your primary home, transoceanic location. I've used both British Midland and Aer Lingus recently then, and if you make your internet reservations with enough advance notice, you can still get some great bargains with these major carriers. Really, you can. Just do a little homework, some research, on your own; it is work but it does work, too.

    farewell, Eire...for this week?! ;-D

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  • Getting around

    by sabsi Updated Mar 30, 2003

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    By boat/car. It's better to have a car in Ireland to see more places as the train system sucks. But when you're in Dublin park your car somewhere in the safe suburbs along the coast and use public transportation.

    On the paddyboat
    Related to:
    • Road Trip

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    Getting around

    by tvdm Written Dec 26, 2002

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    Dublin has no trams or subway, too few taxi's and too many private cars, which ensures total gridlock during rush hour as buses are stuck as well... The best way to get around is to walk, basically. Also the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport, see map) trains are a good alternative to get from the city centre to any coastal suburb. Night buses are a great alternative to taxi's if you go out: they're inexpensive, go everywhere and leave frequently. Taxi's are the best way of transportation if you come from the airport, or if you're out on a weeknight.

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    a couple of different...

    by TheFish Written Aug 24, 2002

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    a couple of different tips...

    one, if you are coming to ireland from america (which so many people do) the airlines that fly into dublin airport are: aer lingus, delta, and continental. bear in mind when booking your flight that you could also fly into shannon airport. it's in clare, but the closest city is limerick city. you can get a train to dublin from there and arrive in dublin about three hours after your plane lands. if flying to shannon happens to be much cheaper it's not a bad idea. the same thing would apply to flying to england and then getting a short flight to dublin. (also, there are more airlines which fly into england than ireland.)

    if you are coming from england or the continent, i'd say to take the ferry. (this would be a good time to mention that i hate to fly.) it goes from holyhead in wales to dublin port or to dun laoghaire. i took the fast ferry for the first time recently and was amazed by it. an hour and a half after we left holyhead we were in dublin. the fast ferry costs only slightly more than the normal one. when you consider that a flight (with all the check-ins and waits and what not) takes just as long, the ferry might be a good option.
    i would say do not, under any circumstances, hire a car if you are planning to stay in dublin. if you're going around the country, a car might be a viable option, although i would encourage you to look into taking the train.

    anyway, a car in dublin is a nightmare. there is always traffic and frequent delays. parking is very hard to find or it's full. parking is also very expensive. don't get a car.

    instead, i would say that walking is your best option. dublin is a very compact city and most of the tourist attractions are within a one-mile radius. if you are planning on drinking alot of the local guinness (which of course is the best in the world) i think walking is a good idea for you.

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  • I arrived in Dublin from...

    by jlc379 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    I arrived in Dublin from London by booking passage on a combination bus/ferry trip. It took forever (about 8PM until 9AM), but was very cheap. I think it was 11 pounds. They operate the same journey during the daytime, but it costs more. I don't remember the name of the place where I booked the journey, but it was a budget/student travel place near Victoria Station in London. The bus left from Victoria station.
    It's incredibly easy to get around Dublin, even for foreigners. Buses go pretty much anywhere in the city you can imagine. The DART system is also very good. I spent six weeks in Dublin (Sandymount) July and August of 1999 and got around by foot, bus and DART. I purchased a pass for 40 pounds at the bus station on O'Connell street that covered most bus and DART trips for one month. It was incredibly useful. You must be a student for that particular pass though. The Nite-Link bus routes run from 11PM until 3AM. the regular buses stop around 10 or 11PM (not sure about this). They all leave from Trinity College (convenient to most night life) and are much cheaper than a taxi. There are tons of people there in the wee hours of the morning, and I felt very safe waiting around for my bus as 2AM. If you're not sure which bus to take or how to get a ticket, there are lots of uniformed folks who are very helpful.

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    Viking tours

    by mvtouring Written Nov 3, 2010

    Viking tours is a fun way to see the city both on land and from the water. More expensive than the hop off busses, but looked like a lot of fun. I think the guy said it was Euro 20 but not sure.

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