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Dublin [see map] is situated on the River Liffey (An Life), which is a beautiful, crystal clear stream
at its source in the hills of County Wicklow and a brown, treacle-like substance at its entry into Dublin Bay. The medieval city was situated quite close to the mouth of the river on the south side (now near Trinity College); the early settlers were responsible for dividing the future pattern of the city into an almost tribal north-south divide. The commercial centre is mainly located on the south side including the Central Bank, although some of Dublin's finest buildings are on the north side such as the Custom House, the Four Courts and the Rotunda Hospital.
Great fun tip: As a visitor the most important item to possess is a 1-Day LEAP card [Adult 6.90 Euro - not Nitelink] which enables you to hide your ignorance of the Euro coinage system, skip queues by entering the bus on the right-hand side of the door and ride any bus which comes along (with the exception of certain peak-hour services). They are excellent value too and it is possible to make serious incursions into Dublin's wonderful city providing you are armed with a route map.
Time-saving advice: You can buy the Dublin Bus passes mentioned above when you arrive at the airport; however, the tourist information oftens gets busy and you have to wait your turn for service. Exit the arrivals area and follow directions for buses for the city. At the Dublin Bus stops, there is an automatic ticket machine. The day pass is €6 euro and valid on the 747/748 express buses; get a pass anyway since their single fare is also €6, and you can then use it on other buses during the day!
Great extreme tip: send a free 'live' postcard during your visit - details on this page.
Useful banking tip: Most banks in Ireland do not open until 10am and close at 3 or 4pm. You can now check opening hours on their websites (search for "Bank of Ireland" or "Allied Irish Bank"). Many regional banks even close for lunch
Top advice: Dublin people often use an informal name for a street or road such as "James' Street" If you can't find it in an index, try putting a "Saint" or "St." before it.
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Dublin's Airport is situated about 12 miles from the city centre to the north; at present there is no rail connection to the city. Taxis [cabs] can be expensive (c.30 Euro per car to the centre of Dublin; worth it for 4 persons - but the taxi driver is usually a reliable source of betting tips, Gaelic and soccer information, who's in town, Dublin acommodation and, most of all, traffic congestion and its solutions. There are also express coaches and for a more cultural and enlightened journey, try the No. 16 or 41 stopping bus which is the cheapest and longest route to the centre (keep that wallet hidden!). More travel details here.
Great driving tip: If you're driving a car from Dublin airport and heading to the south or south-west of Ireland, you will use the M50 and Westlink toll bridge. A car costs €3 but you need to pay at the e-Flow website, or at a PayZone outlet by 8pm the next day. Some hire cars include free tolls - ask the agent. More tips >
Great fun tip: Huib Zegers sensibly recommends buying bus passes at the airport or at Dublin Bus on O'Connell Street - good comment Huib and many thanks! Bus & rail price details here.
Great saving tip: If you need to check e mails and the internet, many public libraries offer PCs with free access. The cheapest web cafes are on Talbot Street (near Busarus, the bus station) where they typically charge €1 euro per hour.! An alternative is to buy a bus Travel 90 ticket if you're exploring and surf on Dublin Bus for an hour-and-a-half for free!
Peter Scott © 2001-16