Getting Around Using the DART in Dublin

Dublin's DART
© Bernd Biege 2015

DART (short for Dublin Area Rapid Transit) is one of the most convenient ways of public transport in Dublin – at least if you are planning to go from north to south (or vice versa) along the coastline of Dublin Bay. The suburbs are reached by frequent and reasonably fast trains, quicker than by bus. Not always the most comfortable of journeys, as during rush hour the trains tend to be packed.

DART trains connect (in a loose sense) to the LUAS at Connolly Station and to suburban and intercity services at several other stations as well.

At all stops an interchange with Dublin Bus is possible.

What Areas are Served by DART?

Central Dublin and the coastal suburbs north and south.

What Route does the DART take?

This is best described from Connolly Station, but please note that trains do not terminate here.

DART Route Northbound from Connolly Station:

  • Connolly Station (interchange with LUAS, Suburban Rail and Intercity)
  • Clontarf Road
  • Killester
  • Harmonstown
  • Raheny
  • Kilbarrack
  • Howth Junction (interchange with Suburban Rail)
    Note that the northbound DART route splits at Howth Junction (that's why it's called a junction, after all) and continues as follows ...

DART Route Northbound from Howth Junction to Malahide:

  • Howth Junction (interchange with Suburban Rail)
  • Clongriffen (interchange with Suburban Rail)
  • Portmarnock (interchange with Suburban Rail)
  • Malahide (interchange with Suburban Rail)

DART Route Northbound from Howth Junction to Howth:

  • Howth Junction (interchange with Suburban Rail)
  • Bayside
  • Sutton
  • Howth

And the southern journey ...

DART Route Southbound from Connolly Station:

  • Connolly Station (interchange with LUAS, Suburban Rail and Intercity)
  • Tara Street (interchange with Suburban Rail)
  • Pearse Station (interchange with Suburban Rail)
  • Grand Canal Dock
  • Lansdowne Road (Aviva Stadium)
  • Sandymount
  • Sydney Parade
  • Booterstown
  • Blackrock
  • Seapoint
  • Salthill and Monkstown
  • Dun Laoghaire (interchange with Suburban Rail and ferry service)
  • Sandycove and Glasthule
  • Glenageary
  • Dalkey
  • Killiney
  • Shankill
  • Bray (interchange with Suburban Rail)
  • Greystones (interchange with Suburban Rail)

Where to Buy Tickets for the DART

Tickets for single, return and multiple journeys can be bought at ticket machines in all stations. Manned ticket counters are only available in some of the major stations.