Dublin is a big city.
There’s a lot to do and see, and while most things are within walking distance of Champlain Abroad’s Academic Center and student residence, you might not always have the time or the energy to get places on your own two legs. Lucky for you, Dublin has some of the best public transportation systems in Ireland. And perhaps the most notable mode of travel among them is Dublin Bus.
Now, I know city buses don’t always have the best reputation. They tend to be crowded, sweaty tin cans that are never on time. And while these factors hold somewhat true for Dublin Bus and countless other bus services around the world, it’s not exactly an opportunity you can pass up. The buses are a way of life here in Dublin, and if you know how to get around everything else will just be a minor inconvenience.
1. Download the Free TFI Real Time App
This “all in one” Transport For Ireland App combines real time information services from Dublin Bus, but also other public transport options like the train and trams. There is a handy interactive map available with every bus stop labelled and you can search by route or by stop number.
2. Your Student Leap Card is Your Friend
If you’re planning to travel via Dublin Bus, then one of the best investments you can make is a student Leap Card. These nifty little pieces of plastic will allow you to tap-on at any Dublin Bus stop with preloaded cash, freeing you from the hassle of calculating fare and counting exact change. What’s better is that you can also download the Leap Top-Up app to your smartphone, allowing you to add money to your card wherever you are. With a Leap Card, you can never be caught short. The Champlain Dublin staff will assist you in how to get the card at the beginning of the semester.