Dublin Bus, the primary network for travel in the city, operates a massive network of 110 routes, making it one of the most convenient ways to travel across the Irish capital. Regular services run from 5 am until midnight, with a special NiteLink bus operating between midnight and 4 am on Fridays and Saturdays - saving you the trouble of stumbling home or splashing on a taxi.
The tram, or ‘luas’ as locals call it (the Irish word for speed), is Dublin’s hugely popular light rail system, with 54 stations spread across the city. The Green Line covers the entire southside, while the Red Line runs East to West through the northside of Dublin, crossing the River Liffey. Simply tap your debit card and pay as you ride. One of Dublin’s best-kept transportation secrets is the Leap Visitor Card, which comes in one, three and seven-day increments. It’ll give you unlimited access to Dublin’s public transport options and is ready to use right from the airport.
Taxi ranks are stationed all over Dublin, so you’ll have no trouble getting home after a night on the lash. Note that there is no Uber in the Irish capital, but there are great local apps like Lynk that do the same job.
How to Stay Safe in Dublin
In the grand scheme of things, Dublin is a safe place to travel to. You’ll find the usual vigilance surrounding pickpockets and wandering down dark alleys applies (like most major cities), but you can rest easy knowing that the Troubles of the last century are, for now, a thing of the past. The emergency number in the Republic of Ireland is 112.