Dublin is a walking city so most major landmarks can be reached by foot from nearly any starting point. Those who prefer wheels, there is an efficient and affordable transportation system that includes a bus line, metro, and taxi or UberBLACK service, as well as bike and car rentals.
Rental cars are available at Dublin Airport. Europcar Dublin City is the most highly rated for convenience, professionalism and affordability, but Hertz, Enterprise and Budget Car Rental are also available.
As Dublin's only car-sharing company, GoCar is a popular alternative to renting a private car. Similar to the Dublin Bikes model, GoCar allows members to book a car, find that car parked at a designated location, unlock the car with their member card and use the car for as long as they want. An hourly driving rate is charged in additional to the monthly membership fee.
Renting a bike is an eco-friendly way to get around Dublin. For rides under 30 minutes, Dublin Bikes has more than 100 stations around town. A three-day visitor membership is under €10 and allows you unlimited rides from any bike station. Rides over 30 minutes incur a small surcharge. Alternatively, Bikes2U, provides 24-hour rentals and will deliver a bike to your hotel.
When traveling to neighborhingvillages and beaches, take the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) electric tail to travel up and down the coast of the Irish Sea from Malahide to Greystones. DART trains leave every fifteen minutes. The Dublin Commuter Train travels inland between major cities,.
DART tickets allow unlimited hop-on/hop-off access to DART trains and to local trains in the Short Hop Zone, which includes all stations in the local Dublin area between Maynooth and Connolly. Day, 3-day, weekly, monthly, student and family passes available.
Dublin's public bus system reaches all over the city. Exact coin change or LEAP card is required and fares are based on destination. LEAP cards provide discounted access to public transit in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford.
Dublin has several taxi services, but the highest-rated ones are LFL Worldwide or Ireland by Taxi. All taxis charge surplus fees for traveling at peak hours, having multiple passengers and for advanced bookings.
As of 2015, registered taxis cannot charge more than €1.10 per kilometer or €0.39 per minute on journeys under 15 km, or more than €1.45 per km or €0.51 per minute on journeys over 15 kilometers. This rate increases on bank holidays.
Lyft is not available in Dublin, but UberBLACK is.