Luas tram system.
Luas is a Light Rail Transit (LRT) system (a public transport tram system) that operates in Dublin, Ireland. The name Luas (pronounced "Lou-As") is the Irish word for speed. This tram system connects suburban parts of Dublin city with the city centre on two separate tramlines. These tramlines are:
- The Green Line: connecting Brides Glen to St Stephen's Green in the city centre. This journey takes, approximately 40 minutes.
- The Red Line: connecting Tallaght to The Point in Dublin Docklands. This journey will take approximately 53 minutes.
The Green Line opened in June 2004 and the Red Line opened in September 2004. View a map showing routes along the Green and Red lines here.
The Red and Green lines do not connect. There is a 15-minute walk between St Stephen's Green on the Green Line and Abbey Street on the Red Line.
You can read through some frequently asked questions about Luas here.
Frequency of Luas trams
Luas trams will run every 4-5 minutes at peak time and every 10-15 minutes at off-peak times.
Operating times for Luas trams are:
- Monday to Friday from 5.30 to 00.30
- Saturday from 6.30 to 0.30
- Sunday from 7.00 to 23.30.
There are electronic displays telling you the time of the next tram at every Luas stop. In addition, there are electronic displays and announcements informing passengers of the next stop on board every Luas tram.
Special services operate during the Christmas season, New Year and on other
Luas services for disabled passengers
Each tram makes audio announcements and has electronic displays so you can tell where you are on your journey.
You are allowed to bring your guide dog on board Luas trams. No other animals however are allowed on Luas trams.
All Luas tram and tram stops are wheelchair-accessible and there are designated parking spaces for people with disabilities. The stops that have been built in a cutting or on an elevated track have lifts to make then as open to wheelchair users as they are to pedestrians.
Each tram has a low floor and level threshold with a minimal gap between the floor of the tram and the edge of the platform. This makes it easier for anyone using a wheelchair to board the trams.
If you use a wheelchair, you must enter through the double doors in the middle of the tram where information on where and how to position the wheelchair is shown. Make sure that you are facing the rear of the tram while travelling.
There are two designated spaces per tram, which can cater for up to four wheelchair users, complete with comfortable arm rests, which will come with adequate signage to let people know that they are there for wheelchair users if necessary. There is also enough space in the entry and exit areas on the trams for a number of additional wheelchair users.
Free travel on Luas
You may travel free on the Luas if you have a Free Travel Pass. Children under 3 travel free on the Luas but must be with an adult. Children aged 3-15 should pay the child fare.
If you have a Free Travel Pass, you do not need to get a ticket for LUAS. However, you must produce your pass on the tram if requested to do so by a LUAS Customer Service Officer or Inspector. Inspectors are entitled to check that the pass is valid and may seek supporting documentation and/or check with the Department of Social Protection to make sure the pass is being used by the correct person.
TaxSaver Commuter tickets and Luas
Bus and train links with Luas
You can find more information on how Luas trams connect with bus and rail services here.
Park and ride facilities
Car parking is available at certain stops on the Green Line (Carrickmines, Sandyford, Stillorgan and Balally) and on the Red Line (Cheeverstown and Red Cow).
You pay for parking before boarding the tram or by using ParkByText. If you do not have a Luas ticket valid for travel on the day you park at a Luas stop, you will have to pay an additional charge when you leave the car park. More information on park and ride services and facilities is available on the Luas website.
Fines for fare evasion
You will be fined €45 if you are caught without a valid Luas ticket for your journey. If you fail to pay this fine, you will be prosecuted.
Obstructing Luas lines, bridges and equipment
Section 14 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997 makes it an offence to endanger all rail traffic in Ireland. This includes throwing any dangerous obstruction on a rail line, tampering with any rail machinery, etc. The Act also prohibits tampering with any signalling equipment, or devices used to control rail traffic.
If these offences are tried in a Circuit or Central Criminal Court, the maximum penalty is a fine and or 7 years imprisonment.
Your ticket must be valid in the Luas zones you travel from, through, and to. The cost of your ticket will depend on the number of zones your journey covers. You can download a map showing all the Luas zones here.
You can use a ticket bought for a journey starting on one Luas line and finishing on another for the entire journey.
You can see a guide to the different types of Luas tickets here.
You must apply for a Photo Identity Card if you are an adult or students buying:
- A Luas only or Luas + Bus ticket with a duration of 30 days;
- A Luas only or Luas + Bus monthly ticket or
- A Luas only or Luas + Bus annual tickets.
The Student Leap Card allows students to get substantially discounted fares on Iarnród Eireann, Luas and Dublin Bus services. It is only available to full-time students in second and third level education.
In December 2011, an integrated transport ticketing system was introduced for the greater Dublin area called the Leap Card. Information is available at Leapcard.ie.
How to apply
You can download an application form for a Luas Adult Photo Identity Card here (pdf).