Translate the Dublin Bus System into Manhattanese, please!
March 30, 2010 3:23 PM Subscribe
Please explain the Dublin bus system to me.
posted by booksherpa to Travel & Transportation around Ireland (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am currently in Dublin with my sister, who is an experienced Manhattan bus rider. She has been driven crazy trying to understand the Dublin bus system, and the paper map, the website, and an explanation from someone at the tourist office have been no help. I am not at all an experienced public transit user, so I can't claim to understand all her questions and frustrations, but here goes.
Today we decided to walk from the Trinity College area to St. Stephen's Green by way of Bewley's for lunch. My sister (again) looked at the bus map and confessed herself perplexed as to how we would get from St. Stephen's Green (the mall, specifically) back home (we're staying off Cork Street, Tallaght line*). There was no way to tell how to change lines within the city center, and as far as we could tell, the only way to get home from St. Stephen's Green was to walk back towards Trinity College to the stop we had gotten off at earlier in the day. Considering today was cold and wet with bouts of snow, this was not an appealing prospect.
Can anyone explain the Dublin bus system in terms a Manhattan resident would understand? Or were we correct, and there really *is* no way to get here from there without backtracking? What do the colors represent? How would you travel by bus from, say, the Parnell Square area to Nassau Street? How do you find the closest stop to where you're going and what line it's on? How does this all work, anyway?!
* This brings up another frustration - only the end stop of a line is listed on the map, not all the intervening stops. So, Tallaght is listed, but not any of the stops along the way.