If you’re going to be living in Dublin, there’s no better way to get to work than via public transport. Whether this means hopping on your bike on the days that it’s not raining or making sure that you are within a short walk of the tram or rail line, you’ll be glad that you didn’t take the car into the city centre and avoided all the traffic.

For up-to-date information on any of the public transport links, you can look at Transport for Ireland . The site has a journey planner so you can see how long your commute might take and you can find out how the whole public transport system connects. You’ll also be able to see if there are any delays so you can take these into account and make sure that you aren’t late for work!


The tram system is called Luas and services Dublin City. It consists of two main lines, the green line and red line. Ticket machines operate at every Luas stop and these are the only source of single-journey and return tickets. They also sell daily, weekly or 30 day tickets valid in either some or all of the fare zones.


The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) is a quick and easy way to get around Dublin, running from Howth to Greystones in Co. Wicklow. DART services operate every 15 minutes during busy times of the day or every 30 minutes the rest of the time.

Bus Éireann

Bus Éireann is the national bus system. It provides all of the bus services in Ireland with the exception of those operated by Dublin Bus. Timetables and maps for all of the routes are available to download on their website.

Irish Rail

Irish Rail, also called Iranrod Éireann, is the Irish railway system which connects the major cities and towns. It is a convenient way of travelling between Cork and Dublin, with the journey taking under 3 hours. You are now able to book tickets online and even choose your own seat. They also offer complimentary Wi-Fi and onboard power sockets so you can continue to send emails and keep in touch with the office!

Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus offers an extensive service throughout Dublin city and county. It’s also good to know that there’s an exact fare policy on Dublin Bus. This means that passengers must place the exact fare in coins in the fare box upon entering the bus and you will then be issued with a ticket.  There are also several types of prepaid ticket available including daily and multi-trip tickets as well as the Leap Card. Prepaid tickets must be validated in a machine by the door of the bus at the start of each journey. The validation process for Leap Cards differs depending on the distance being traveled. There is also a Dublin Bus app which will give you up-to-date journey times on your smartphone.

What is a Leap Card?

The Leap Card is a smart-card that can be used for pay as you go travel in the Dublin area, like the Travelcard in London. It offers discounted travel on Irish Rail, Luas and Dublin Bus services. You can apply for a Leap Card on the website and top it up online.

Dublin Bikes

Dublinbikes is a self-service bike rental system. A total of 44 stations are in place across Dublin City and 550 bikes which allow you to travel through the city centre at your leisure.  All of the You can get a card called the Long Term Hire Card or a three day ticket. The first 30 minutes of use is free on every Dublinbike, but you do have to provide credit card details for a deposit which is deducted if the bike is not returned. You can view a full list of bike locations on their website.

Cycle to Work Scheme

The Cycle to Work Scheme is a tax incentive scheme which aims to encourage employees to cycle to and from work. Employers can pay for the bike and bike equipment and then the employee pays them back through a salary sacrifice arrangement of up to 12 months. The employee is not liable for tax, PRSI, levies or the Universal Social Charge on the repayments.

Not all employers are taking part in the scheme, so make sure you ask your new employer if you are considering it. You can only avail of the scheme once in a five-year period and you must use the bicycle and safety equipment a majority of the time to work. There is a €1,000 limit on the amount that can be spent. If you spend more than this limit you are liable for a benefit-in-kind income tax charge.