Getting around Dublin

Dublin castle

Travelling around the city and beyond is easy for students in Dublin thanks to an extensive transportation network. With buses, trains, trams, ferries and one of the best city bike systems in Europe you will be able to explore all Dublin has to offer.

By road

Nearly 200 bus routes operate throughout Dublin. Bus stops surround the UCD campus for quick access. With a pre-paid smart card, called the Student Leap Card, it is easy to take the bus without needing to carry cash. Using the pre-paid card even gives you a discount. Some bus services offer a range of student tickets which load onto your Student Leap Card.

For a day in the city centre, consider renting a bike from Dublinbikes. With 1500 bikes across 101 stations in the city, Dublinbikes is one of the most successful citywide bike hires in Europe.  Cycling the city is an affordable and eco-friendly way to see the sights.

By rail

Another great way to get around Dublin city centre is by Luas, a Light Rail Transit system. The name Luas (pronounced "Lou-As") is the Irish word for speed. This traim connects suburban areas with the city centre, and make for quick and easy transport across the city.

For travel along the coast the iconic DART rail services can be used for scenic trips along the seaside. You can even use a Student Leap Card as a Student ID to allow you to buy discounted tickets when traveling longer distances. 

By sea

If you're looking to travel further abroad, the ferry can be a great option. There are many routes available to other parts of Ireland, or across to England and even routes to take you as far as France.