Transport in Ireland

Leap Card

Leap Card is a re-usable smartcard that enables you to pay for multiple public transportation options around Dublin. Get unlimited travel over your selected time period and go anywhere you want in the city and suburbs of Dublin, on any public transport you choose. You can even travel to and from the Airport at the start and end of your trip without any additional charge.

Purchase a Leap Visitor Card online, delivered to your home before you travel. You may also purchase Leap Cards from many local agents.

Once you have a Leap Visitor Card, you can top-up with additional time periods (1, 3 or 7 days) at any Leap Card Payzone outlet in Dublin (up to a maximum of five times).

Your Leap Visitor Card allows you unlimited travel for the period you have selected on most transport services in Dublin:

  • Airlink 747 & 757 airport bus services
  • All Dublin Bus scheduled services (not valid on tours)
  • All Luas (tram) services
  • DART and Commuter Rail in the Short Hop Zone (all of Dublin city and county)


Aircoach is Ireland’s leading private bus and coach operator and provides a range of high frequency, quality scheduled coach services to and from Dublin City Centre and Dublin Airport. Operating five key services connecting Dublin Airport with Dublin City Centre and its suburbs, as well as non-stop express services connecting Dublin Airport with both Cork and Belfast.

You can purchase return tickets to and from Dublin Airport from €12 and pre-book online.


Connecting Dublin Airport with the city centre with buses up to every 10 minutes. Airlink Express is Dublin’s most frequent and best value Airport transfer.
Airlink Express is the official connection to Dublin City, stations, and hotels.

Airlink are sitauted outside the Airport terminal with express routes taking you through the port tunnel.

Airlink tickets can be combined with Hop On Hop Off tour tickets giving you the best value for your money. See more information here.

Adult return tickets start from €11 per person online.

Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus is Dublin’s public bus system. It has a wide variety routes leading to the city centre and beyond. Its routes stretch all over Dublin from the seaside towns of Co. North Dublin right down to Enniskerry where you can find the Powerscourt Waterfall.

It also has a number of routes which service Dublin Airport.

Leap Cards, pre-paid bus passes and exact change are the only forms of payment used on Dublin Bus.

For more information on fares and to plan your route please click here.


Luas is a tram/light rail system in Dublin, Ireland. There are two main lines: the Green Line and the Red Line. It connects the north and south of the city through the heart of the city centre. The Luas is a convenient and efficient way to travel around the city boasting a range of stops around the city including; Henry Street shopping district, St. Stephens Green Park and the Convention Centre Dublin.

The Luas accepts leap cards or tickets can be purchased at the kiosks located at every stop. For further information on travelling by Luas please click here. 

DART/ Irish Rail System

The DART stands for Dublin Area Rapid  Transit. The DART is an electrified commuter rail system servicing Dublins coastline and city centre. By far the most scenic way to travel through Dublin’s coastal towns and city centre it offers fantastic views of Dublin Bay as it weaves it’s way down the Dublin coast.

With stations dotted along Dublin it provides a quick and efficient method of transport who those who wish to stay further outside the city centre.

Leap cards and tickets are accepted by the Dart with tickets available at all stations. For more information please click here.


On arrival to Dublin airport, directly outside their arrivals hall is the official airport taxi rank. The average current price from Dublin airport to the city centre is approximately €25 and to the congress venue DCU is approximately €20.

There are many official taxi ranks throughout the Dublin City Centre. Ensure to only travel in a registered taxi displaying their badge and taxi number- they will have their taxi license displayed on the dashboard. Taxis are readily available all over the city with listed Taxi ranks in most main tourism areas. Most taxi will only accept cash with a few having card facilities available. If you are using card as a method payment it is advised you use the taxi app below to book any taxis.

Many visitors and locals chose to use a taxi app called “Free Now” which allows you to book a taxi online and pay with card. Please note you will need your card details to use this app.

Dublin Bikes

Dublin Bikes is a self-service bike rental system open to everyone from 14 years of age. It enables you to travel through the city centre and to get out and about to enjoy Dublin city at your leisure.

All stations are equipped for Annual Card and 3 Day Ticket users. A number of credit card enabled terminals allow you to purchase a 3 Day Ticket. Once purchased, you can use the 3 Day Ticket similar to the Annual Card to rent or return a bike from any station in the network. Just Eat dublinbikes can also be accessed by using an associated Leap Card.

You can enjoy the many benefits of an Annual Card for just €25. A 3 Day Ticket costs €5. The first 30 minutes of use is free on every bike.

After this first half-hour, a service charge applies. See here for pricing structure

Car Hire

Hiring a car in Ireland is a fantastic way to get around at a leisurely pace. It allows visitors to explore Ireland without the constraints of timetables. Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way or through Ireland’s Ancient East to experience to all of what Ireland has to offer.

There are a range of car hire companies with branches at Dublin Airport including Hertz, Avis and Enterprise. For more information please click here.

Please note that in Ireland we drive on the left side of the road.