Luas tram system
Luas is a public transport tram system that operates in Dublin, Ireland. The name Luas is the Irish word for speed. This tram system connects suburban parts of Dublin on two tramlines, which run through the city centre. These tramlines are:
- The Green Line: connecting Bride’s Glen (on the south side of the city) to Broombridge (on the north side)
- The Red Line: connecting Saggart and Tallaght (on the southwestern side of Dublin) to The Point in Dublin Docklands
View the Luas network map on luas.ie.
You can use the Dublin Bus Route Planner to link your Dublin Bus and Dart journeys to the Luas.
There is a list of frequently asked questions on luas.ie.
Budget 2023: extension of public transport fare reductions
It was announced that reduced fares of 20% on public transport will continue until the end of 2023. The 50% price reduction on the Young Adult Leap Card will continue until the end of 2023. The Young Adult Leap Card will be extended to 16, 17 and 18 year olds in third-level education.
Changes in 2017
The two Luas lines were originally separate, with a 15-minute walk between St. Stephen’s Green and Abbey Street. Since 9 December 2017, the Green Line has been extended to Broombridge via O’Connell Street.
Trams travelling north on the Green Line no longer terminate at St. Stephen’s Green. They continue through the city centre to O’Connell Street Upper. They then either turn back southbound via Parnell Street or continue northbound to Broombridge via Dominick Street. You can also view a video of the Luas Cross City Map.
There is now an interchange between the Green and Red Lines at the O’Connell-GPO, Abbey Street and Marlborough stops. See the walking map (pdf) for a picture view.
How Luas works
Operating hours and frequency
Operating hours vary by stop and direction of service. You can view Luas operating hours and Luas frequency on luas.ie.
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 tram.
Special services operate during the Christmas season, New Year and on other occasions.
Luas services for passengers with disabilities
All Luas trams and stops are wheelchair-accessible and there are designated parking spaces for people with disabilities. Each tram makes audio announcements and has electronic displays so you can tell where you are on your journey. You may bring your guide dog on board Luas trams. You can read more in our page about travelling on public transport with a disability or reduced mobility.
Ticket vending machines are located at every Luas stop. You must have a valid ticket before boarding the tram. You can use your Leap Card and you can top it up at the vending machines.
Your ticket must be valid in all Luas zones you travel in. If you are using a Leap card, you must validate it at the beginning and end of your journey using the validator on the platform.
The cost of your ticket will depend on the number of zones your journey covers. You can calculate the cost of your Luas journey in advance using the online fare calculator.
You can see a guide to the different types of Luas tickets and view a summary list of fares (pdf) on luas.ie. If you are an adult, you must carry a Luas or Dublin Bus photo identity card to use certain types of ticket.
The Young Adult and Student Leap Cards allows students to get discounted fares on Iarnród Eireann, Luas and Dublin Bus services. It is only available to full-time students in second-level and third-level education.
You may travel free on Luas if you have a Free Travel Pass.
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.
Children under 5 travel free on Luas but must be with a paying passenger. Children aged 5–15 pay the child fare.
Luas is part of the TaxSaver Commuter Scheme. There is more information on tax saver tickets on luas.ie.
Park and ride facilities
Car parking is available at certain Luas stops. 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 luas.ie.
Bicycle parking is available at most Luas stops. The only bicycles permitted on the tram are folding bicycles stored in a carrier bag.
Luas Byelaws regulate the use of Luas.
Passengers must have a valid ticket for their journey. Passengers without a valid ticket will be charged a standard fare of €45 (see Byelaws). If you fail to pay this standard fare, you will be prosecuted.
When boarding the tram, you should wait for people to get off before you get on. You should wait until the tram has left the stop before crossing the tracks. Cross at the designated crossing points and always look both ways for approaching trams.
Seats that are reserved for older people, pregnant women and passengers with special needs should be made available to them.
You may not eat, drink or smoke on Luas. No animals are allowed on board except for guide dogs.