Originally Posted by Darksider
Sorry I meant in time. Saw that it said 4km on the website but I'm not really sure how the traffic is or how fast public transport is etc. Just wondering how early I'm gonna have to wake up every day lol
5-10 mins walk to the Milltown luas stop. Takes 15-20 mins in depending on how busy it is. 5 min walk down Grafton St. If you're in the Arts Block, you're sorted, but if you're over in the Hamilton/East End it's another 10 ish minutes walk across campus. If you're in Goldsmith or the BMSI another 5-10 mins onto that!
If you're in at 9 for example, getting an 8 am or 7.50 luas would definitely have you in in time. So, giving yourself plenty of time, get up 2 hours before your lecture starts!
If you're getting the bus, the 140 leaves like right outside Halls, one on the hour, one at 20 past, and one at 20 to. If, for example again, you've a 9 am lecture, getting the 20 past bus should be fine. But maybe get the 8 am just to be sure! The bus stops on Nassau St, right outside the Arts Block side entrance! Again, it's a bit of a walk to the Science or Medicine buildings if you're over in those!
If you do miss the bus, and yeah it does happen. Run. Run really fast around the corner, and down a bit towards tesco. It does a sort of loop around Palmerston and through some housing, so you can get it like 2 mins later if you're unfortunate enough to miss it!
Walking takes about 40-45 mins, depending on how fast you walk. Walking through Rathmines takes up the bulk of the journey, then it's over Portobello, down into Harcourt, then follow the luas to Stephen's Green, then just down Grafton St as normal. You could follow the bus route, to make sure you don't get lost the first few times, but honestly that weaves its way around, adding unnecessary time to your journey.
The JCR, Halls' student union I suppose, will have information in the first few days to help you get in and out. They might even do some 'tours' in, to help you get to know the way!
Depending on how busy the luas or bus is, give yourself some time for delay or diversions. Generally at 8 or 9 in the morning, around 12 or 1, then 6 onwards is the busiest, for the luas anyway, I'm not too sure on how busy the bus gets, I didn't use it very often! If you've a lecture at any time other than peak times, you should be fine, and get in without hassle! If you have a break of an hour or two during the day, it's usually not worth going back to Halls, to leave again, literally straightaway, but if you have, say a 9 or 10 o'clock, then nothing til after lunch or the evening, you could go home for a bite to eat, or get in some last minute assignments or study!
You probably won't get a seat on the luas early in the morning, but Halls is start/end of the line for the 140 bus, so you should have no problem finding a seat!
I don't have any experience with cycling in, but I think most people pretty much follow the bus route, and it takes about 20 mins. Maybe someone else could help with that?
Sorry for the really long post, but I think I've explained almost everything about getting in and out to college! Anything else you need, just ask. Good luck!!