I need to be in the city centre next week for 10am coming from Portlaoise. Let's see how viable public transport really is shall we?
- I have a car and normally drive to south Dublin. Driving is still an option. There's a multi-story car park nearby but not sure of the day rates
- I've previously driven as far as the Red Cow and gotten the LUAS. This seems time-consuming (+40 minutes or so on the LUAS and waiting around time) and expensive (parking cost as well as the fares) on top of the fuel bills though
- Another option I suppose would be a CIE/JJK bus to the city centre. I've used the latter once or twice (€15 return I think it was) and it was alright if frustrating ("the "I would have been x miles further up the road by now if I'd driven" feeling as it plods along and detours off at Kildare)
- Getting a train would mean driving to the station (paid parking I think) and the costs there of course
- No I won't be cycling
- Don't have a Leap card
So, although this is a genuine need next week, I think it might be interesting and fun as a way of seeing how viable and cost-effective the alternatives to driving are for those like me who are commuting long distances these days.
What's my best choice?