No Car No Problem! Great Day Tours from Dublin on Public Transport

Dublin itself is easy to see on foot, so we don’t recommend getting car hire when staying here. But, sometimes you wan’t to see more, get further afield and experience real Irish countryside. Don’t worry, you can do a lot on public transport in Ireland or take one of the scheduled day trips from Dublin (we will be happy to book these for you, just talk to our reception if you need help or recommendations).

Great Day Tours from Dublin on Public Transport:


Take St Kevins Bus to Glendalough, it operates year round. Glendalough is famed for its beautiful scenery and historic monuments, but has also been a centre for pilgrims and visitors from the time of St. Kevin. Go for a hike around the lake and explore monastery ruins.


Did you know Newgrange is older than Pyramids? And Stonehenge? Visit this marvelous pagan masterpiece next time you are in Dublin! View the vivid Celtic motifs here before climbing the nearby Hill of Tara where Ireland’s High Kings once called home. Access via Bus Eireann’s 109 service. You may need to pre-book entry into the tomb, so make sure to have that ready before you head out!

Graystones & Bray

Use DART (train) to see Dublin’s Bay – it is cheap and scenic way to travel. Go for a hike around Bray Head or Greystones to Bray, enjoy great food, go for a dip on the beach if the day is sunny, or pop into Aquarium in Bray if not.

Blessington Lakes

Take Dublin Bus route 65 to Blessington Lakes. Enjoy kayaking, SUPing, Windsurfing and more in Avon Ri, or go for Russborough House Tea room and garden maze. This is wonderful trip from Dublin on a sunny day! Even better with friends who love adventure!

Powerscourt House & Gardens

The 145 and 44 bus routes stop in Enniskerry, leaving you just 10 minutes walk from the estate. Enjoy the hikes, great food in the house, stunning nature and if you feel like it, pitch a tent above the waterfall and enjoy a night out in the country!

Howth or Malahide

Take DART (tram) to Howth. Go for a Cliff Hike (there are paths suitable for complete beginners as well as more challenging walks) and when you are back in the village enjoy Fish & Chips or great seafood in any of the places along the docks. Malahide has wonderful marina and and a long stretch of sandy beach, popular with Kitesurfers. Malahide Castle is a great place to visit as well. Both are great destinations, and you could even walk in between them. This is great day out, especially on a sunny day, that doesn’t cost more than a train ticket!

Our receptionists will be happy to give you recommendations on the best buses or trains to take, and where the stops are. If you are adventurous backpacker, you can certainly see a lot of stunning Irish nature on your own! Make sure to book hostel beds in Barnacles Temple Bar Hostel for your next stay in Dublin!