Dublin By Train
Trains in Ireland are operated by Iarnród Éireann, a subsidiary of state transport company CIE, which also owns Dublin Bus and the overland coach network Bus Éireann. The greater Dublin area is serviced by a number of trains to and from other Irish cities as well as Belfast in Northern Ireland. The train services that are going to be most useful for travelling within the Dublin area are the DART, the Kildare Suburban Service or Arrow and the Western Suburban Service.
The Arrow train
The Arrow, or Kildare Suburban Service operates between Dublin and Kildare. The Arrow is the only train connection between Connolly and Tara Street to Heuston Station in the South of the city, which is a convenient stop for the Irish Museum Of Modern Art, the Guinness Storehouse and the National Museum Of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History. The next stop after Heuston is the large Park West office park. Suburban rail tickets are priced slightly higher than DART tickets and must be purchased at the rail station you are commencing your journey at.
The DART train
The DART, short for Dublin Area Rapid Transit, is a local area train that crosses the Dublin from North to South, stopping at a number of city centre locations. The full length of the DART line stretches from the fishing port of Howth in the North to the seaside commuter town of Greystones in the South. City centre stops are (from North to South): Connolly, Tara Street, Pearse Street and Grand Canal Dock. Single tickets for a journey between city centre stops cost €1.65 for adults and €0.85 for children. Return tickets are €2.80 for adults and €1.45 for children. The maximum fare for a journey along Dublin Bay from Howth to Greystones is €8.00 return for adults and €3.30 for children.
The Western Suburban Service
The Western Suburban train departs from Connolly Station in the city centre and stops at Drumcondra, a popular suburb for Bed & Breakfast accommodation, as well as Phoenix Park. This makes the Western service convenient for reaching Dublin Zoo as well as the extensive, leafy landscape of Phoenix Park, one of the largest inner city parks in Europe. The journey from Connolly to Phoenix Park takes approximately 15 minutes. Watch out for your stop, the Western train does go all the way across the country to Sligo on the West coast of Ireland.