Luas is Dublin’s light-rail transit service - a swift, reliable (and rather lovable, if we may say so ourselves) tram system crossing the city on two lines.
Tickets for Luas (the Irish word for ‘speed’) can be purchased at streetside vending machines. They’re available for single/return journeys or as flexi-tickets covering travel for seven or 30 days. Check the destination on the front of the tram before boarding, and you’re all set for a smart light-rail system serving not just stops along the River Liffey, but some of Dublin’s best sights.
The Luas Red Line (32 stops) runs from Tallaght through the city centre to Point Village or Saggart/Connolly Station in Dublin’s docklands. The Green Line (22 stops) runs from Stephen’s Green out through Ranelagh and Dundrum to Brides’ Glen in the south.
Highlights along the Red Line include the O2 arena, the National Museum of Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks and the historic Kilmainham Gaol. Meanwhile, the Green Line glides through the foodie village of Ranelagh, the shopping Mecca of Dundrum Shopping Centre, and stops a short distance from the Leopardstown racecourse. The two lines are currently unconnected.
Although barely a nipper, Luas was introduced in 2004, the tram system has quickly endeared itself to Dubliners. Feel free to join with the locals in calling it the ‘Daniel Day’, ‘Jerry Lee’ or ‘Huey Luas’, or indeed, whatever you’re having yourself.
For further route, timetable and fare information click here