You might not think so when you’re standing waiting at the bus stop in the rain for half an hour, but comparatively speaking Dublin’s bus system is very good. All areas are covered and all main arteries are serviced quite frequently all day. Bus fares start at 50c for short hopes around the city centre. The fare for most journeys is €1.60. If you will be taking the bus regularly you can avail of student rates by purchasing a Student Travelcard in the SU front office in House 6 and buying a Student monthly ticket (available strangely enough, in the SU Shop). The last bus usually leaves the city centre at 11:30. Detailed info on routes and timetables are available online at www.dublinbus.ie
The Dart runs along the coast from Graystones in the south to Howth and Malahide in the north. The nearest stations to college are Pearse Station beside Goldsmith Hall and Tara Street Station on the Quays. Fares start at €1.50 and trains run roughly every ten minutes.
The last trains leave Bray and Howth at 12.00am and terminate in Pearse and Connolly respectively. Information on the routes and timetable of the Dart are available on www.irishrail.ie.
Dublin has two Luas (tram) lines, the red line from Connolly Station to Tallaght and the green Line from St. Stephen’s Green to Sandyford. The Red line stops at both of Trinity’s teaching hospitals. St James’ and Tallaght as well as Heuston Station. While the green line goes to Trinity Hall and the Dundrum shopping centre. Fares start at €1.50 but with your Student Travelcard you can get student weekly or monthly tickets which are much better value. Information on routes, stop, tickets and timetables can be found on www.luas.ie.
Cycling is a healthy and environmentally friendly way to get to and from college. If you are prepared to brave the busy streets of the city centre cycle lanes are in place on many major routes around the city. If you choose to cycle congested streets of Dublin be sure to wear a helmet. Bicycle parking facilities are available around campus but be sure to get good, strong lock!
Walking is another obvious and environmentally friendly way to get around town. You don’t need a website to tell you if you are within walking distance of the college. Try it some time, see how you get on.