Frequently Asked Questions
We have 3 different types of day-tour ticket available for purchase:
Classic – This is our 24-hour offering, giving you 24-hour access to hop-on and hop-off wherever you wish in Dublin.
Premium – This is our 48-hour offering, giving you 48-hour access to hop-on and hop-off wherever you wish in Dublin. This ticket also includes our famed Night Tour of Dublin.
Deluxe – This is our 72-hour offering, giving you 72-hour access to hop-on and hop-off wherever you wish in Dublin. This ticket also includes our famed Night Tour Of Dublin, and a whole-host of extras including a ticket to the Pearse Lyons distillery, bike tour of Phoenix Park and more!
All tickets are valid for both the red & blue lines – and are accepted across all City Sightseeing Dublin and Big Bus Dublin buses.
We offer a number of combination tickets and other tours as well. Please see the ‘tours’ tab above for further details on these.
For the cheapest tickets and up to a 15% discount, please purchase online.
Alternatively, you can buy in-store at 13 Upper O’Connell Street, or just speak to one of our street promoters/purchase from any driver in the city.
Winter hours (October – March)
First bus arriving:
Guinness Storehouse – 9:44am (Red route) 10:42am (Blue route)
Kilmainham Gaol – 10:06am (Red route) 10:55am (Blue route)
Pearse Lyons Distillery – 9:56am (Red route) 10:45am (Blue route)
Teeling Distillery – 10:36am (Blue route)
Last bus departing:
Guinness Storehouse – 18:05 (Red route) 16:09 (Blue route)
Kilmainham Gaol – 18:18 (Red route) 16:23 (Blue route)
Pearse Lyons Distillery – 18:08 (Red route) 16:13 (Blue route)
Teeling Distillery – 16:01 (Blue route)
We do however stress that all of these times should only be used as a guide. Most attractions will advise that you arrive at least 15 minutes early for any tour booked with them, but please allow for extra time when traveling with us to allow for traffic fluctuations, unavoidable circumstances and traffic delays. We hold no responsibility for any delays in getting you to your tour.
At least 1/3 of our Red route buses running on any given day are multilingual, with Spanish, German, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, French & Russian translations offered on these buses. Please confirm with the driver when boarding that your Red route bus has this facility.
Live-guided services operate throughout the Blue route in English, and these live guides also operate across the red route throughout the day too.
The answer is – yes, you can see some of it. But many of the best attractions the city has to offer are outside of that city centre bubble – including the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol, Phoenix Park, Glasnevin Cemetery & Croke Park. All of which are visited by one or both of our two routes.
Yes, all City Sightseeing tickets are accepted by Big Bus Dublin buses.
You can indeed! Just visit our store at 13 Upper O’Connell Street to validate your ticket and then you’re free to board any of our buses.
Please note that once validated, your 24-hour access period that comes with the Dublin pass is activated. Please retain your pass for the duration of your journey(s).
Yes, you can. You can get an extra 24-hours travel time with us for just €9. Just speak to any driver or visit our store at 13 Upper O’Connell Street.
For particularly large groups on hen parties, stag do’s, sports tours etc., please get in touch with the team at email@example.com. to see if they can apply any discount to your group booking.
Yes, there is Wi-fi available across all services.
It is a legal requirement for drivers to take a break per number of hours driven. Usually this will happen at Stop 1 where a reset of the bus may be taken, meaning that it will stay stationary here for a short period of time. Please speak with the driver/staff stationed here and they will be happy to let you know the duration of the wait.
Unfortunately, due to hygiene and allergin reasons, we can only have guide dogs on-board.
The Euro is the only currency that is officially recognised as legal tender in the Republic of Ireland. The British Pound is legal tender in Northern Ireland.
To enter Ireland, you need a valid passport. UK citizens do not require a passport to enter Ireland but carriers by air or sea require some form of identification with a photograph (usually either a passport or driving license with photo). ALWAYS check what form of ID is required with your individual airline, ferry company or travel agent before travelling.
EU citizens are required to have a passport or national identity card; while citizens of all other countries must have a valid passport. ALWAYS check what form of ID is required with your individual airline, ferry company or travel agent before travelling.
For more information on visa requirements for all nationalities entering Ireland, please click here.
Dublin has a wealth of fine restaurants and cafes offering every conceivable type of food.
We have several discounts on offer for food & drink with our tickets including a free drink with every ticket at Nancy Hands traditional Irish pub, and 2 for 1 Meal Deals at Boxty House – great if you want to try some traditional Irish food during your time in Dublin. You can also get 2 for 1 at Pacino’s authentic Italian restaurant and a get 2 for 1 on a full Irish breakfast at PStwenty6 too.
*Terms & Conditions apply.
Maps are provided on-board for all customers. To see our full stop map beforehand and even download it, please click here.
Airport to City
There are a number of options for those looking to travel from the airport to the city or vice-versa.
- Taxis are available outside both Terminal 1 and 2.
- Aircoach offers services from Dublin Airport (Terminal 1 and 2) to the City Centre. Be sure to check out our great value combo-ticket here, that includes your City Sightseeing ticket and return coach transfer to/from Dublin Airport.
Ferry Terminals to City
If you are arriving to Dublin through a Ferry Terminal, there are a number of options open to those seeking to travel to the city from the Ferry Terminals.
- From Dublin’s North Wall Terminal, visitors may get a bus or a taxi. A taxi will cost approximately €10.00 – €15.00
- From Dun Laoghaire Ferry Terminal, visitors may take a taxi, bus or use the DART light rail. Both DART and Dublin bus tickets to the City Centre cost approx €3 for a single journey.
If you wish to travel to Dublin City Centre by bus from Dun Laoghaire, the No.7 or No.46a is recommended. Both leave regularly and take approximately 1 hour to reach the city centre. Alternatively, hop on a northbound DART towards the city centre. Dublin city centre has 3 DART stations: Pearse station,Tara street station and Connolly Station. Both Connolly station and Pearse station connect with intercity and commuter lines. Connolly Station also is connected with the LUAS red line.
Dublin’s event calendar is always full. You can take a look at what’s on in our fair city by clicking here.
Yes, you can call the following numbers to get information on Dublin:
Dublin: +353 1 531 1711
In addition, there are a number of information lines run by the state agency, Failte Ireland, that can provide you with information on holiday destinations in Ireland. Please use the number for your country
Ireland: 1850 230 330 (all calls charged at local rates)
United Kingdom: 0800 0397000
USA: 800 223 6470
France: 01 53 43 1212
Canada: 1800 223 6470
French Belgians: 02 6739 940
French Swiss: 052 202 69 06
German Swiss: 052 2 02 6906/7
Italian Swiss: 052 2 02 6906
Sweeden: 08 662 8510
Finland: 09 608 966
Denmark: 33 1580 45
Spain: 91 577 1787
Netherlands: 020 622 3101
Belgium: 02 673 9940
Italy: 02 869 0541
Norway: 22 56 33 10
Austria: 01 715 8317
Australia: 02 92996177
Germany: 069 92318550