Luas — Luas is Dublin’s light-rail (above ground) transit service – a swift, reliable tram system crossing the city on two lines: the “Red Line” and the “Green Line”. This looks new because it is: it was launched in 2004.
The Luas Red Line (32 stops) runs from Tallaght through the city centre to the Point Village or Saggart/Connolly Station in Dublin’s docklands. Highlights along the Red Line include the O2 arena, the National Museum of Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks and the historic Kilmainham Gaol
The Green Line (22 stops) runs from Stephen’s green out through Ranelagh and Dundrum to Brides’ Glen in the south. Highlights along the Green Line include the foodie village of Ranelagh, the shopping Mecca of Dundrum Town Centre, and stops a short distance from the Leopardstown racecourse.
Tickets for Luas (the Irish word for ‘speed’) can be purchased at street side vending machines. They’re available for single/return journeys or as flexi-tickets covering travel for seven or 30 days. Check the destination on the front of the tram before boarding, and you’re all set for a smart light-rail system serving not just stops along the River Liffey, but some of Dublin’s best sights. The two Luas lines are currently unconnected, but work is underway
Fares are determined by how far one is traveling (from 1 zone to 6-8 zones), as well as the time of day. For example, a one-way adult ticket to 1 zone is €1.80 (during peak times: 7:45 am – 9:30 am Monday-Friday) and €1.70 for the same adult ticket during other times of the day or evening. There are discounts for those buying 7-day and 30-day tickets. See the following web links for more details on fare costs:
DART: The capital’s iconic DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) system is a fast and frequent way of travelling in the city. But it’s much more than that. The DART hugs the Irish Sea coast for much of its journey, making for one of the most scenic suburban rail routes in Europe.
DART is an electric rail system following the eastern coastline from Malahide and/or Howth in north Dublin, right through the city centre to southern suburbs like Blackrock, Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey and onwards to the coastal towns of Bray and Greystones in County Wicklow.
Trains run regularly both on and off-peak, are kitted out with free Wi-Fi and provide one of the speediest ways to transport you around the city, not to mention the hidden beaches, seaside villages and harbor restaurants secreted away along Dublin’s surprising coastline. Check the following web link for fares for the Dublin area: