When you visit Dublin city, you’re bound to be hopping on the Luas – Dublin’s public tram system. It’s got just two lines and is pretty easy to use. Here’s a few pointers on how it operates to make your Luas trip more enjoyable…
What is the Luas?
The Luas is a light rail transit system used in Dublin and operated by Veolia Transport. The Luas consists of 2 tram lines: the Red Line has 23 stops and runs from Connolly to Tallaght and the Green Line has 13 stops and runs from St. Stephen’s Green to Sandyford.
This is a vital mode of transport for the capital, carrying approximately 90,000 passengers per day. Last year 29 million customers used the Luas!
Key points to remember:
(1) There are a variety of ticketing options available – from single to monthly and annual passes. You can also get Luas and Bus combination passes. It’s best to access the Luas website to select the most suitable ticket for you.
However, please note: a valid ticket is required for all tram journeys.
(2) The Luas operates from 5.30a.m. to half past midnight from Monday to Friday. On Saturday the Luas Green Line operates from 6.15a.m. to half past midnight, and on Sunday from 6.45a.m. to 11.30p.m.
On Saturday the Luas Red Line operates from 6.30a.m. to half past midnight and on Sunday from 7.00a.m. to 11.30p.m. On Bank Holiday weekends both lines operate untill half past midnight on the Sunday.
(3) The Luas Red and Green Lines are not connected. The nearest you can get to a connection is walking from the St. Stephens Green stop (Green Line) to the Abbey Street stop (Red Line). This will take you 15 minutes. The Luas connects to Dublin buses and Irish Rail services.
(4) For your security – CCTV is in operation on the tram and at all tram stops. In case of emergency there is an “emergency passenger communication device” on each pair of doors within the tram. This system will put you straight through to the driver. The tram also features an emergency brake lever. At every tram stop there is an emergency help point – so rest assured your safety is top priority.
(5) Tram Lanes are specifically designed for trams and may not in any circumstances be used by cars, buses, taxis or cyclists.
-The overhead wires are live (750vDC) at all times.
-Only cross the tramline at crossing points. Take care on wet or icy days, as tramlines can be slippery.
-Cyclists beware – cross at a 90 degree angle to prevent slipping and wheels getting stuck in tracks.
-Look out for tram warning signs.
-Never obstruct a tramline.
-Look both ways – this applies to every one.
-Listen out for warning bell and horn.
For further information, please view the Luas official website
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