Port Location & Facilities – Large cruise ships currently are docking in an industrial port. It is about a mile and a half walk to get out of the port and to the edge of the city proper (3Arena). There is currently no cruise ship terminal, so ships will have to use boarding ramps. For people with walking issues and wheelchairs it can be difficult. Most cruise ships will have arranged for shuttle buses into the city center (About $15 round trip on average). Taxis are also available but can be spotty after the morning rush. City bus service is not convenient to the ships.
Note: On our recent stop the ship did an overnight. We walked from the ship into the Temple Bar neighborhood and measured the trip at just under 4 miles total.
City Character – Dublin is a modern city centered on the river Liffey. It is a very walkable city that features a large number of historical sights along with popular attractions. Dublin also has a reputation for good restaurants, pubs and nightlife.
Sightseeing – The city has a number of sightseeing bus services that allow for hop-on, hop-off and currently average $20 per person per day and up. There are also a number of good walking tours. Check with a Tourist Information site (i).
Public Transportation – There is a Visitor Leap Card that allows you to ride all busses and light rail (called LUAS) at 1 day (24 hours) – €10.00 and 3 days (72 hours) – €19.50 and can be purchased at a number of locations around the city. There is also an automated bike rental system called Just Eat Dublinbikes that can also take the Leap Card.
Taxis – Taxi service is reasonably priced in Dublin. When cruise ships come in or are boarding/Disembarking there is likely to be a wait to get a cab. A recent ride from the port to a hotel in the CBD was €15 and from that hotel to the airport was €22.
Nearby Trips –While Dublin is the center attraction there are a number of day trips that can be arranged with a number of good tour companies like PaddyWagons.