There are various bus and train public transport systems in Ireland. There are also a number of private bus companies which cater for commuter and local services.
Bus Éireann is the main provider of public bus services in Ireland: www.buseireann.ie
In Dublin City and the surrounding areas the main public provider of bus transport is Dublin Bus. Dublin Bus also offers Nitelink services which operate on Friday and Saturday nights from 12 midnight until 4am and depart from College Street, D’Olier Street and Westmoreland Street. For a list of routes go to: www.dublinbus.ie
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Irish Rail provides train services between many major towns and cities in Ireland: www.irishrail.ie
All the above websites provide details about routes, stops, timetables and prices.
For information on getting to and from the 3 international airports see below:
There are also five regional airports:
Anyone over 66 years of age can travel for free on most public transport services
Anyone who is under 66 years of age with an incapacity may also be eligible for a free travel pass.
For more information search for ‘Free Travel’ on www.welfare.ie
How do I apply for a Free Travel pass?
You should complete Form FT1 and send it to the Free Travel Section:
Social Welfare Services
If you got your driving licence in one of the following countries you can drive in Ireland for a temporary period of up to 12 months. If you are staying in Ireland for more than 12 months and your licence is from one of these countries you can exchange your driving licence for an Irish one: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Isle of Man, Japan, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
If you did not obtain your driving licence from any of the above countries and you hold a national driving licence or an international driving permit from another country, you may drive in Ireland for the duration of your temporary visit (up to 12 months). If your stay in Ireland will be more than 12 months, you should apply for an Irish driving licence.
You must complete:
These forms are available from your local Motor Tax Office. Completed Forms should be returned to your local Motor Tax Office.
You must get your doctor to complete a medical report form (Form D501) if you are exchanging your licence or if you are applying for a driving licence for categories C, C1, D1, D, EC1, EC, ED1, or ED. You do not need this if you have previously provided a medical report that is still valid.
A medical report is compulsory for any driving category if you:
A registered practitioner should carry out your medical examination and then complete Form D401. This form is available from the Motor Tax Office or your local Garda station. You must sign the Declaration on the medical report form in the presence of the registered medical practitioner.
To apply for a driver’s licence, you must:
Note: You are required to carry your driver’s licence with you when driving in Ireland.
You can get more information by ringing 1890 406 040 or by contacting:
Details of your local Motor Tax Office are available from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government on 1890 411 412 or 061 363480 or www.environ.ie
Yes. It is a legal requirement in Ireland to have motor insurance if you want to drive your car in a public place. Otherwise, you will incur fines, penalty points and may be disqualified from driving.
Note: Some insurance companies will give a bonus to people who have a no-claims bonus from an EU country or another country with similar insurance laws.
Individual insurance companies have customer service departments that will give you information on their policy options.
A useful service is the Insurance Information Service. This is an information and complaints telephone service. Its purpose is to answer policyholders’ questions and help resolve problems.
Insurance Information Service
Insurance Ireland, Insurance Centre, 5 Harbourmaster Place, Dublin 1
Telephone: 01 6761820
Note: In Ireland motor insurance applies to the driver not the car. Therefore, if someone else drives your car they must make sure that their insurance policy covers them.
This will depend on your situation as there are some exemptions. Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT), a percentage of the expected retail price of the imported vehicle, is chargeable on registration of the vehicle in Ireland. All motor vehicles in the state other than those brought in temporarily by visitors must be registered.
There are different reliefs and exemptions from VRT. Even if you are not required to pay VRT, you must still register your vehicle when you come to Ireland. The following groups are exempt from paying VRT:
Note: If you are moving to Ireland and are among those exempt from paying VRT you cannot sell your vehicle for more than 12 months after the vehicle is registered. If you are required to pay VRT, then you can sell your vehicle in Ireland when you wish, once it has been registered. Further information is available from your local Vehicle Registration Office.
You can register the car and pay the Vehicle Registration Tax at a Vehicle Registration Office. Further information about Vehicle Registration Tax and locations of Vehicle Registration Offices around Ireland is available at: www.revenue.ie
Motor Tax is a separate charge from Vehicle Registration Tax. For cars registered before July 2008 the amount of motor tax payable depends on the size of the vehicle’s engine. For new cars registered since 1st July 2008, motor tax is proportionate to the amount of CO2 emitted. It is a legal requirement in Ireland to have motor tax if you want to drive your vehicle in a public place. You are also required to display your tax disc on the windscreen of your vehicle as evidence that you have paid your motor tax. Failure to display the disc is considered a motoring offence and will result in an on-the-spot fine issued by a traffic warden or a Garda.
An NCT is a National Car Test. Since 2002 all cars four years old or more must be tested. Vehicles that pass the test will have to undergo repeat tests every 2 years (or every year for 10 year old or older cars). The test is aimed at improving road safety and enhancing environmental protection by ensuring the car meets minimum standards. If your vehicle does not pass, the faults will have to be rectified and the vehicle will have to be re-tested.
There are National Car Test centres all over the country. For information on your nearest NCT centre contact:
The Booking Department, National Car Test Service Ltd.
Citywest Business Campus, Lakedrive 3026, Naas Road, Dublin 24
Telephone: 1890 412 413
In Ireland all speed limits are signposted in kilometres per hour (kph).
Speed Limit (kilometres per hour)
Where it applies
Special speed limit applies to designated roads or zones
Built-up areas for example towns and cities
Special speed limit applies to designated roads or zones
Regional and local (secondary) roads
National roads (including dual carriageways)
Note: vehicles under 50 cc, bicycles, pedestrians, animals and learner drivers are not allowed on motorways in Ireland
A system of penalty points was introduced in Ireland in 2002 to save lives and prevent injuries from road accidents. Penalty points are essentially a formal warning by the Gardaí (police) endorsed on your driving licence that shows you are guilty of a specified driving offence. Offences that incur penalty points include speeding, driving without insurance, careless driving, seatbelt offences, dangerous overtaking and blocking junctions. Any driver that receives 12 penalty points in any 3 year period will be automatically faced with a 6-month disqualification from driving.
Details of Penalty Points are available at www.penaltypoints.ie. New offences that were added in 2006 are also available to view in different languages on this site.
Dangerous corner ahead
Series of dangerous corners ahead
Series of dangerous bends ahead
Staggered junction with roads of less importance
Junction ahead with road of less importance
Junction ahead with road of less importance (continued)
Road narrows ahead
Junction ahead with road of equal importance or width
Low bridge ahead
Advance warning of a major road
Sharp depression ahead
Series of bumps or hollows ahead
Sharp rise ahead
Unprotected quay, canal or river ahead
Steep ascent ahead
Steep descent ahead
Level crossing ahead, guarded by gates or lifting barriers
Yield right of way
No left turn
No right turn
Straight ahead only
End of speed limit – National Speed Limit applies
Pedestrian street, traffic prohibited
These signs give information regarding direction, distance and location. They may have black lettering on a white background or white lettering on a green background such as those illustrated.
Entry to motorway
Approaching end of motorway
Camping and caravan park
Road narrows ahead at left side
Traffic crossover ahead
Traffic lights ahead
Major road works ahead
You can buy a new or used car from:
Cars or light commercial vehicles which are to be scrapped are called end-of-life vehicles (ELV). Since January 2007 the registered owner must deposit the vehicle at an authorised treatment facility (ATF) who cannot charge for taking the vehicle. When the vehicle is destroyed the owner receives a certificate of destruction.
Consumer rights are protected by Irish and EU law. If you are not happy with goods or services you have purchased you have the right to make a complaint.
For further information contact the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission: www.consumerhelp.ie
Consumer helpline: 1890 432 432 or 01 4025555
According to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission you should:
o Small Claims Court
o Financial Services Ombudsman
If you are not sure who to make the complaint to you should contact your local Citizens Information Centre or the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission for assistance.
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and is supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Dept of Justice & Equality & Pobal.