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Dublin is the thriving capital city of the Republic of Ireland. It is on a par with many bigger European cities in terms of its vibrancy, its nightlife and its tourist attractions, and is the most popular entry point for international visitors to Ireland. As a city it is disproportionately large for the size of the country; almost a third of the Republic's population lives in the greater Dublin area. The centre is however relatively small and can be navigated by foot, with most of the population living in sprawling suburbs.

Public transportation has improved massively over the last few years but is still worse than in other European cities. This is more of a problem for the commuter than the visitor to Dublin, however, as the centre of the city is easily walkable.

A relatively extensive bus service operated by the state controlled Dublin Bus  serves the city and its suburbs, right out to the very outer suburbs. However, the route numbering system is highly confusing, with numbers having been issued non-sequentially, suffix letters and alternate destinations, so obtaining a route map from Dublin Bus is essential.

A suburban rail service called the DART  runs along the coast between Greystones in the south and Howth in the north.

Another rail service is called the Luas. The first, 'green' line of the new tram system was opened at the end of June 2004 and runs between St. Stephen's Green and Sandyford (city centre to south-east). The second, 'red' line, from Connolly Station to Tallaght, opened on the 4th October 2004 (city centre to south-west). Here is the route map . The Luas is frequent and reliable.

Taxis were recently (2001) deregulated and are relatively easy to come by, although not as easily as in some other European cities. They may be ordered by telephone, at ranks, or just hailed on the street.

Driving in Dublin is not to be recommended, particularly in the city centre. Traffic is heavy and there is an extensive one-way system explicitly designed to make it very difficult for cars to enter the city centre. There are a large number of bus lanes (buses, taxis, motor and pedal cycles are permitted) the use of which by cars is liable to strict fines. It can be difficult to find parking other than in mulitstorey car parks and the clampers pursue their work with an almost religious zeal. A system of two ring roads around the city has been introduced in recent years, with colour coded signage in purple and blue.

Dublin has a large student population and is relatively cycle-friendly. Hiring a bicycle would be a handy way to get around if you want to get outside the very centre of the city and are comfortable cycling in traffic.

Travel info based on work by Niels Elgaard Larsen, Stuart Edwards, Evan Prodromou, Colin Jensen and others at Wikitravel. Content is available under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 1.0.
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