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Dublin Ireland Transportation - Dublin is a compact city, and for much of your stay there you may wish to stroll between the various locations you want to visit. Due to congestion, driving around Dublin isn’t a good idea, but the variety of good public transport on offer means that you can manage well enough without a car.

 
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Cars
Traffic can be extremely congested in Dublin, and is at its worst in the city centre - there is also an extensive one way system. If you are using a hired car or your own car, when you venture into the city, decide before hand where you will park as parking can be a headache if you haven’t planned in advance. At peak hours there is lots of traffic congestion, at off peak times there is still some congestion. On-street parking in Dublin is available and you pay by means of pay and display meters. The maximum parking time is three hours, and you need to pay attention to the time and also the time zone (some parking places become illegal at 16.00) - Dublin City Council has a policy of readily clamping illegally parked vehicles. There are multi-story car parks around the center of Dublin - which can be quite expensive.

Dublin Bus
59 Upper O'Connell St
Telephone - +353 1 8734222.
Opening Opening hours - Monday 8.30 am - 5.30 pm; Tuesday to Friday 9 am - 5 pm; Saturday 9 am - 1 pm. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Dublin Bus is the main bus system and its offices are in O’Connell Street right opposite the Dublin Tourist Office. They offer regular bus services around the city and suburbs and even into the surrounding counties. Many of the buses either terminate or pass through O’Connell Street or nearby in the city centre. The service starts at about 6 am with the last buses departing at 11:30 pm. There’s also a Nightlink service, which operates after midnight at the weekends. A range of valid tickets are available from newsagents throughout the city as well as from the O’Connell Street office. If you are paying on the bus, you must have the correct money in coins though if you have a higher amount, you get the ticket but not the change! You can buy a one day Rambler card for Dublin Bus for €5 or a family Card for €8 - great value.

DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport)
Telephone - +353 1 7033504
DART is an fast electric commuter service that runs along the arc of Dublin Bay from Malahide to Bray (well worth taking a ride just for the view going from say Howth on the north side of the city to Dalkey on the south side. Unfortunately the Dart doesn’t yet serve Dublin Airport. It starts at 6.30 am and runs until 11.30 pm. .

Luas
Connex Transport, Luas Depot, Red Cow Roundabout, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
Telephone - 1800 300 604
Opening Opening hours - Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.
The Luas tram system is the latest addition to Dublin Transport and complements the DART by going to more inland suburbs. One line goes from Dublin city centre to Tallaght and the other goes from St Stephens Green to Sandyford in the south suburbs. LUAS is a very comfortable and speedy service.
Tickets can be bought on the platforms before boarding.

Taxis
There are a load of taxi companies and they can be contacted by telephone. Alternatively you can flag them down as they pass.

Access Metro Cabs - telephone 01 6683333
A to B Cabs - telephone 01 6772222
Castle Cabs - telephone 01 8319000
Checkers Cabs - telephone 01 8343434
City Cabs - telephone 01 8731122
Castle Cabs - telephone 01 8319000
Pony Cabs - telephone 01 6612233
Speed Cabs - telephone 01 4750800

Taxis can also be hired from taxi ranks. They are all metered and have fixed rates per mile etc. They all have a driver ID and identification number. For longer journeys it is worth checking out and agreeing a fare before starting your trip. Taxis in Dublin are not easy to identify except by the yellow sign on the roof of the ordinary cars.

   
 
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