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.
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.
A couple of times I used the local buses to go around Dublin. Dublin has an extensive Bus network and this was an easy way to get around the city.
Dublin is divided up into 'stages' and the cost of your ticket will depend on the number of 'stages travelled'.
Stages and Prices
1 - 3: EUR 0,90
4 - 7: EUR 1,30
8 - 13: EUR 1,50
14 - 23: EUR 1,75
Over 23: EUR 1,85
For more information on fares and 'stages' check out: http://www.dublinbus.ie/fares_and_tickets/fares.asp#1
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.
First of all make sure you have the correct change on you cause if you throw extra money into the slot you can only reclaim the difference at the bus HQ in Upper O'Connell street.
There is a small inner city zone in which you will only be charged 50c otherwise your fare is more likely to be Eur1.15. The 16A bus goes to the airport and costs Eur2.20 but apparently takes about an hour.
Buses are slow in Dublin due to the congestion but also fairly frequent. Be warned that as O'Connell street is very long your bus stop may be a bit of a walk away particulary annoying if you have a heavy backpack. Ring the bell for your driver to stop.
Dublin Bus actually has improved enormously over the past 15 years, thanks to lots of things like investment and neccessity :-) But fair play to them, they did improve. The only issue about this now is that unless you know exactly where you are going and when to get off then you could very easily get lost. Asking the driver to give you a shout when you get to your destination has often led to long journeys and no shouts. Don't rely on this. Other passengers will be more reliable.
I recently visited friends living in the Dublin area and found the public transportation very friendly and easy to use.
First, visit the city center comonly known as St. Stephens Green. From there you catch a tour bus to visit all the city's major tourist attractions. The buses run from early morning till around 5 or 6 pm. You pay one fee around $13 euro and can catch a ride all day long traveling the downtown area. There are only two or three city tour bus companies which are color coded and they have stops every few blocks. I never waited more than 10 minutes to catch a ride to a different location. It was an easy, safe, and smart way to easily navagate the city and get my bearings.
After feeling more confident with the area I typically walked or caught a local city bus for about $1.50 euro. There are so many buses but the locals are more than friendly if you should need help. I found that the merchants often had bus schedules and that they were more than happy to assist me to figure out which one I needed to catch.
While my friends worked durring the week I set out on some day trips to Waterford and other areas. You can take a train called the DART to many areas. I booked online and took taxi to my destinations. Many taxis will offer you a card so that you can call them for a ride back to the station that same evening. If you give thier card to a merchant and make a kind request, they will call for you.
Overall, my exsperience in Ireland was very nice and hassle free. The Irish are sooo friendly and accomodating. As a single female traveling alone throughout the week I never once felt afraid for my safety or worried about being scammed. Basic rule of thumb, don't be afraid to ask for assistance. It's so easy to get around with mutiple modes of public transportation available. Taxis are great, but seriously, the tour bus runs all day long you can hop on and off as many times as you want for one fee and see the whole city.
One last tip. Wear a light weight fleece or windbreaker at all times. It rains daily somewhere there for a few minutes at any given time. Get a compact umbrella to put in a purse or pocket. Wear good walking shoes. The cities are small and easy to navigate if you have decent footwear.
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.
We used the bus from our accommodation into the city. We found the buses were modern, the service to be good and not badly priced.
There are different types of fare, we paid a cash fare at the Drivers Ticket Machine.
A LEAP CARD - FOR REGULAR SERVICES.
It is a reusable plastic smart card that can be used instead of paying with cash when travelling on all Dublin Bus services, including Airlink, Xpresso and Nitelink, as well as Luas, DART and Commuter Rail services.
Leap Cards can be bought online at www.leapcard.ie or at over 400 Payzone outlets around the City.
If you have a Leap card, press on the validator on the right hand side as you enter the bus, this will deduct your fare from the card.
FARES IN 2016
Stages 1- 3 €1.50 Leap card €2.00 cash fare
Stages 4 – 13 €2.05 .....€2.70
Over 13 Stages €2.60....... €3.30
Xpresso €2.85.............. €3.60
Route 90 €1.50............€2.00
City Centre Fare €0.60..............€0.75
Please make sure that you have the correct change to pay for your fare, drivers DO NOT accept Euro notes or give change.
More information on the listed website
Buses in Dublin are not very reliable but if you want a really interesting experience get the nightlink and you'll see what I mean.
4Euros (in coins they shout) and they run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 4am.
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.