Transport in Ireland: Travel Tips for the newly arrived Nurse

Posted on Friday, August 4, 2017 by Nurse BankNo comments

Getting about Ireland is quite easy in the most part. But aside from knowing that you will pay in Euro for your tickets and that our speed limits are in kilometers, what other information might be of use?

Public Transport

  • Bus Éireann – Bus Éireann provides various bus services on network of routes throughout Ireland. It operates intercity coach services for major cities. City and town buses are also provided, together with a local throughout the country. For further information on these services, routes and fares see
    Iarnród Éireann – a subsidiary company of a State-owned company, Coras Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) is responsible for operating rail services in Ireland. Visit
  • Dublin Bus – a subsidiary of the State-owned Coras Iompair Éireann Group responsible for operating the bus system in the Greater Dublin area covering a region from Newcastle in in County Wicklow to the south, Balbriggan in north County Dublin and Maynooth in County Kildare. Visit for routes and timetable details.
  • Luas – is a light rail tram system operating in Dublin with two main lines serving South and West of Dublin City. Visit
  • Leap Card – Leap Card is a convenient way to pay for public transport services in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford. It saves you carrying change and Leap Card fares are usually 20% cheaper than cash single tickets. For more information visit

Driving in Ireland
A full driver’s licence from other countries is valid in Ireland for a period of up to one year. For details relevant to driving licences please see the Department of Transport’s website at .

In Ireland, we drive on the left-hand side of the road. It is illegal to hold your mobile phone while driving in Ireland. Wearing of a seat belts is compulsory in front and rear seats. Children must use booster seats or an appropriate child restraint system.

Speed limits and modern road signs are designated in kilometers per hour (km/h). Please see table below in relation to limits.

Road Classification Speed

  • Motorways 120km per hour
  • National roads 100km per hour
  • Regional roads 80km per hour
  • Urban areas 50km per hour
  • Special limits (oustide schools etc) 30km/h

Documents required when driving

  • Valid driving licence
  • Vehicle title document/registration certificate or vehicle rental agreement
  • Valid insurance documentation
  • Valid Certificate of Road-worthiness for the vehicle in which you travel

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