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.
the best way to get to downtown dublin from the airport is the airport bus. this express bus goes to o'connell street in central dublin. most of the attractions of dublin are walking distance from this spot. if the traffic is light the trip takes about 20 minutes. the fare is 6 euro.
We used Dublin Bus several times, as our hotel was 3km from the city centre.
Frequent service and only €1.5 each. You need to have the correct change, however.
Also, beware of delays during the rush hours!
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"
The Dublin city busses are quite good. We used them from the airport to the B&B and also from the B&B into the city. Only once in the trip did we rely on taxis to get us home as we just didn’t feel like standing in the cold to wait for the bus to come.
It is a simple to use bus and the views from upstairs are quite good at times, a good way to see things while being inside and keeping it cheap. In respect to the locals going to and from work, don’t do this until after rush hour. No one wants tourists making them late for work.
The fare system is based on stop to stop pricing although they seem to lump stops together and the city center area is considered one area.
We used a day pass for the first day and just the one way pricing for the second day.
Be aware that on Sunday’s the busses do not start running early enough to catch the first flights out and you’ll have to take a taxi to the airport if you have an early flight.
If you are not concentrated only on the Dublin centre, you might need to use the bus.
You can substantialy save by buying daily, family or rambler tickets for Dublin bus or some combination with Dart or Luas.
You cannot buy such tickets on the bus. You can buy them at the news agent.
n the bus, you have to pay exact fare for the ride.
You have to pay with coins and no change is given. The amount depends on the number of stages you are travelling.
Public transport is a nightmare in Dublin. There are no timetables at the bus stops, and even if there are, the times apply only to the very first stop. Buses are nearly always late, but that's ok as you usually not sure what their times should be anyway. Prices are too high. Some late buses are very dirty. In fact it is impossible to get a bus after midnight, or it is if you patient enough to wait half an hour or more.
Always late (blame the traffic, not the actual bus :) , awkward, and stinking. What can you do. Keep in mind that your bus fare depends on where you're going. For example 1-3 stages you'd be paying 1 euro, and anythink over 23 stages would cost you 1,90.
So do your math and decide if you want to buy daily, weekly, family,..or any other type of tickets in advance instead.
Nitelink is always 4 euro. It doesn't usually go from the same spot as your "normal day-time bus" and the number could be different so check it first. There is no nitelink on Mondays.
Awhile back I met a woman here in Germany who used to work in Dublin. The one thing she always complained about was the buses and how they were never on-time. I've since lost touch with her but her complaints stuck in my mind and when I decided to go to Dublin I felt prepared to be standing forever waiting for the bus. When I got there I found that the mental preparation wasn't needed. The buses were quick and on-time everytime I wanted one, except once and even then the next one came punctually. Who knows what became of the one that never showed up
So Dublin bus is easy to use if you know where you want to go and even easier if you have some idea how to get there in the first place. Being a "planner" I looked all of that up before hand on their website (Link provided below). I decided for getting around Dublin for 5 days and needing to go to and from the airport the 5 Day Dublin Rambler ticket was the best way to go. It is good on the AirLink buses as well as all regualr Dublin bus services. I wasnt sure if I would really use it on the regular buses since Dublin is rather compact but after so much walking, especially to Guinness I was glad I went ahead and bought it.
Rambler tickets come in 1, 3, 5, and 7 days. Prices availble on the Dublin Bus website under daily fares. They can be purchased at the Tourist information center or CIE Bus and Rail Info at the Arrivals level of Dublin Airport or at Dublin Bus at 59 Upper O'Connell Street.
The local transportation in Dublin can be a problem, especially in crowded hours. Buses are infrequent, they tend not to respect the schedule, and the trip-fare is expensive compared to the quality of the service. The city needs a subway or at least the extension of the tram network.
Why pay €45 for a taxi from Dublin Airport to the heart of the city?
The one-day bus pass, which is available from the ticket machines opposite the bus stop allow one day's travel on all Dublin buses.
We were able to use this extensively to get around the city on an extremely rainy day.
For a few Euros more you can add DART usage to the pass.
At the bus station on O'Connell, you can buy a month-long pass for about 80 euor or a weekly pass for about 20 and get bus-taking directions to any spot you want to visit in or around Dublin. I enjoye taking the bus, talking to locals and getting some good advice about what to see and do during my visits on my rides.