Getting Around Dublin

Dublin is a small, walkable city and we recommend taking some time to wander its streetscapes which vary from medieval to Georgian to Victorian to the contemporary corporate architecture of the Docks.

Here’s a map of venues for the conference.

Public transport services

The easiest way to get around is to use public transport with a LEAP card (see below). There are three kinds of transport: Dublin Bus, the Luas (tram service), and the DART (suburban train line).

You can plan your journeys here:

Dublin Bus
Tickets can be bought directly from the driver using coins or you can use a cashless Leap Card. Fares are based on distance so inform the driver of your destination.

Individual tickets can be bought at the machines on the platforms or tap on the reader using your LEAP card. There are two Luas lines providing access to different visitor spots:

Green Line
Stephen’s Green; Gaiety Theatre, Trinity College (Book of Kells); Wax Museum; Grangegorman Campus (conference venue).

Red Line
EPIC Irish Emigration Museum; Abbey Theatre; National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts (aka Collins Barracks); Heuston Train Station; Irish Museum of Modern Art; Kilmainham Jail.

Irish Rail – the DART and Commuter trains
Tickets can be bought at the machines at the stations or tag on at gates with LEAP card.

Leap card

We recommend investing in a Transport for Ireland Leap card which can be used for buses, trams, and trains and can be loaded and re-loaded with cash. They can be purchased from Dublin Bus on O’Connell St or any LEAP Payzone card outlet – most but not all convenience stores – online, or at selected machines on the train line. They can be loaded with cash at machines at train stations, tram stops, at convenience stores showing the Payzone sign, or online if you register the card.

If using a Leap card on the Luas, don’t forget to tag on using the reader on the platform but more importantly tag off again when you reach your destination.


If you are interested in cycling, there is a good bike sharing scheme in Dublin. You can purchase a 3-day pass at a bike station that takes credit cards.

For more information about bike stations and how the system works, visit:


Taxis are plentiful in the city centre. You can hail one from the street or find one at a taxi stand. The best bet is to flag one down near campus is Manor Street.

You cannot use Uber, Lyft or other ride-sharing services. You can download the Free Now app instead but this will only provide licenced taxi drivers.

NB: Many taxi drivers do not take cards. Check with the driver first.