While Trinity College Dublin is located in the very heart of Dublin City, it’s not the only thing there. The vast majority of what Dublin has to offer is concentrated in the city centre, an area of no more than a few square kilometres. Therefore walking is generally a great way to get around the city centre, and with google maps at your side, it’s difficult to get lost.
However, walking aside, Dublin is a very easy and convenient city to get around. Public transportation is good and getting better, taxis are plentiful and reasonably priced, and there are plenty of options when it comes to cycling.
After walking, buses are the most convenient and practical way to get around. Bus service runs daily throughout the city, operated by Dublin Bus , starting at 6am (10am on Sun), with the last bus at about 11:30pm. On Friday and Saturday nights, Nitelink service runs from the city centre to the suburbs from midnight to 4am. Buses operate every 30 minutes for most runs; schedules are posted on revolving notice boards at bus stops.
Fares range from €1.95 for short journeys all the way to €3.80 for longer trips. You pay on board the bus, using an automatic fare machine located in front of the driver. No Dublin bus accepts notes or gives change.
The best way to pay (and to save money!) is by getting a Leap Card! These are smart cards which can be used on a variety of Dublin transport systems (Dublin Bus, DART, Luas and more). You can top up your Leap Card in shops or online and never have to worry about cash for buses. Leap Cards also entitle you to cheaper fares.
What’s even handier is a Student Travel Card (which offers great discounts for Students) acts as a Leap Card automatically, and you can purchase a Student Travel Card by dropping into House 6 right beside front arch.
The sleek, modern (and wheelchair accessible) light rail tram system known as Luas runs from around 5:30am to 12:30am Monday to Friday, 6:30am to 12:30am Saturday, and 7am to 11:30pm on Sunday. (The last trams to certain stations are earlier—be sure to check the timetable). There are two lines, Red and Green: The Green Line links St. Stephen’s Green with Brides Glen in the south; the Red Line runs between the Point, near the O2 in Dublin Docklands, and Connolly Railway Station, down to the southwestern suburbs of Saggart and Tallaght.
Fares range from €1.80 to €3.00 for a single ticket depending on how many zones you travel. Again, a Student Leap Card entitles you to cheaper fares and it’s very easy to tag on and off at Luas stops.
The Luas Green Line stops at Milltown, which is only a 7 minute walk from Trinity Halls in Dartry!
An acronym for Dublin Area Rapid Transit, the electric DART trains travel above ground, linking the city centre stations at Connolly Station, Tara Street, and Pearse Street (right beside the Hamilton end of Campus) with coastal suburbs and seaside communities as far as Malahide to the north and Greystones to the south. Service operates roughly every 10 to 20 minutes Monday to Saturday from around 6am to midnight and Sunday from 9:30am to 11pm.
Getting around Dublin by bike means you don’t have to worry about sticking to bus timetables or being restricted by how much is left on your Leap Card. Whether you’re just popping down to the shops to pick up some milk, commuting to college or cycling to get fit and help the environment, cycling gives you the freedom to be flexible and spontaneous. Dublin City is a wonderful city for cycling with lots of dedicated bicycle lanes across the city. Many students opt to buy second hand bikes for their stay. Trinity College Dublin has lots of spots around campus for securing your bike.
However if buying a bike doesn’t suit, the Dublin Bikes scheme provides 100 public bike stations around the city with 1500 bikes available for general public use. Pay an initial subscription of just €20 a year and you are free to use any of the Dublin Bikes for 30 minutes free of charge. After 30 mins of use, you will be charged a small fee. However, as everywhere within the Dublin Bikes zone is within a 30 minute travel distance, with a bit of forward planning you never need go over the 30 minute time limit. It’s a great way to save money and stay fit!