LUAS – light rail transport

LUAS at night

Dublin once had a rich layout of trams in the early 20th century which were operated by the Dublin United Tramways Company. These extended out over 66 miles and were a vital transport link for the workers of the city. Dublin was for a long time a pioneer in tram building but due to advances in combustion engines and a lack of public money which accompanied Irelands early independence years, the lines were eventually dug up with the last tram in Dublin City running in July 1949.

Thankfully some enlightenment returned to Dublins planners and a light rail system (which was to become know as LUAS) was proposed in 1994 with 2 lines opening finally in 2004. The green line starts at St Stephens Green and travels to Brides Glen, while the red one starts at the 3 Arena and goes to Saggart. Works are underway plans to join the 2 lines in 2017 under the LUAS Cross City initiative.

As a tourist you’ll find that the red line is more useful with stops at Connolly Train Station, Busaras (the main depot for regional buses), the Museum stop and Heuston Train Station. As the red line runs through some of Dublins more disadvantaged areas, it has a higher rate of anti social behaviour.

You can purchase a single or return ticket from the ticket machines located at every stop. Alternatively we recommend the LEAP Visitor card details of which are available at

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