How to Take Your Bike on Public Transport

If you want to take your bike on Public Transport within Dublin, your options are somewhat limited.

Many of the public transportation companies seem not to have considered the carriage of bikes when they designed their vehicles, and consequently there is often enough space to accommodate them. The carriage of bikes seems also to be at the discretion of the staff, who may refuse you if it’s particularly busy.

Dublin Commuter and DART Trains

You can take your bike on all Commuter and DART trains free-of-charge during off-peak hours. That’s between 10.00am and 3.30pm (plus after 7.00pm) Monday to Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday. The carriage of bikes is at the discretion of rail staff, and may be suspended for major sporting events. Folding bikes that are covered can be carried as luggage at all times. See Irish Rail Bicycle Information page.

InterCity Trains

All InterCity trains allow bikes to be carried. The Dublin-Belfast and Dublin-Cork routes allow you to put your bike in a separate storage area. However other routes only have space for 2 bikes, located in the passenger compartment. The cost of carrying a bike is €6 per journey, regardless of distance. Online reservations are recommended.  See Irish Rail Bicycle Information page.

Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus do not allow standard bikes on their buses. Folding bikes that are covered are usually allowed as luggage free-of-charge, at the discretion of the driver.

LUAS

LUAS trams do not allow standard bikes on their buses. Folding bikes that are covered are usually allowed as luggage free-of-charge, at the discretion of the staff.

Aircoach

They will accommodate all standard and folding bike in the luggage hold of their coaches, subject to availability of space, and at the discretion of the driver.

Richard Bloomfield

Richard is the founder of Dublin Bike Blog. He commutes to work every day by bike, come rain or shine, on his Dutch city bike. You can read more from Richard on his blog richardbloomfield.ie.

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