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In Northern Ireland Translink ( ) operates the Ulsterbus, Metro Bus service and NI Railways integrated public transport system.  Metro Bus serves the Belfast area while Ulsterbus has services throughout Northern Ireland.  NI Railways also provide rail services between the main centres.

Further information is available on the NI Direct website – – Public transport


Ireland has a range of public transport system with the best services found in the major towns and cities around the country.  Dublin, being the capital city, has the best coverage with buses, local trains and the DART(light rail system) servicing Dublin city and county.  The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) is Dublin’s suburban rail service, which runs along the coast between Howth in the north of the city and Bray in the south.  Fares are comparable to bus fares.  DART timetables can be viewed online –

Luas is a Light Rail Transit system – operating in Dublin connecting suburbs to the city centre with a high capacity and high frequency service.

Dublin also provides a reliable and frequent public bus service throughout the capital city.  Dublin Bus offers a scheduled service between approximately 6.30 am and 11.30 pm.

Cross-border issues

There are good cross-border bus and rail links.

Bus – Bus Eireann works in co-operation with Translink. Please visit  or Translink Goldline for current bus schedules and prices.
More information on cross border bus services can be found at .
Rail – Iarnród Éireann works in co-operation with NI Railways as part of the Enterprise service between Dublin and Belfast. For further information please visit or – Enterprise

Cross-border free travel

Holders of a Free Travel Pass from the Department of Social Protection or a Northern Ireland Concessionary Travel Pass from the Department for Regional Development  may make cross-border bus or rail journeys free of charge between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  For further information please visit – Border People – Free Travel Scheme for senior citizens in Ireland

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Page last checked: February 2016

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