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.
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. Read more about the changes to Luas in 2017. 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
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 disabled passengers
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. However, no other animals are allowed on trams.
All Luas trams and stops are wheelchair-accessible and there are designated parking spaces for people with disabilities. There are lifts at any stops that have been built in a cutting or on an elevated track.
To facilitate access, 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.
If you use a wheelchair, you must enter through the double doors in the middle of the tram where there is information on how to position the wheelchair. 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 4 wheelchair users. There are signs indicating that these spaces are for wheelchair users. There is also enough space in the entry and exit areas on the trams for additional wheelchair users.
From November 2019, you can tell your fellow passengers that you need a little more time because you have a condition or disability, by showing a JAM Card. This card helps passengers with a communication barrier to say that they need “just a minute” and to ask for patience. You can read more about this service on the Transport for Ireland website.
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 Student Leap Card 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 Employment Affairs and 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.
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.