Stay Connected: 5 Locations with Great Transport Links
Buying a new home? Given how hectic the market is right now, your decision on where to live is most likely dictated by budget. However, if you’re lucky enough to have a few options to choose from, it pays to take transport into consideration. As more buyers set up home in the Dublin suburbs and surrounding counties, getting into the city-centre for work is naturally a huge priority. The good news is, there are lots of public transport expansions either happening, or on the cards. So, as well as current Dublin Bus, Luas and DART infrastructures, in the coming years there’ll be even more options when it comes to getting you home in speedy fashion. Here are five locations served well by public transport.
1. North Dublin City: Phibsborough
Last year saw a Luas extension put in place, connecting the Red and Green lines. With the expansion came a slew of brand new stops: in the city-centre, these include Dawson, Westmoreland and O’Connell Streets. Stay on board the Green line though and you’ll be brought to the north inner-city neighbourhood of Phibsborough. Located beside the Royal Canal, this is a real example of old and new Dublin coming together: you’ll find several established shops and cafés, as well as a host of trendy new coffee shops and restaurants.
2. North County Dublin: Swords
Plans are also in the works for an extensive Metro system, which will link north county Dublin to the southside suburbs, via Dublin Airport and the city-centre. Though it won’t be complete until 2027, it’s definitely something to consider if you’re looking at houses in the suburbs. The north Dublin town of Swords will be served by the new Metro, making it an incredibly desirable location right now. Steeped in history (check out majestic Swords Castle), it’s got the buzz of a big town, the Pavilions shopping mall, and lots of tasty eateries to boot.
3. Drogheda, Louth
Continue north, and you’ll move into Co. Louth, where lots of first time buyers are deciding to set up home. Drogheda, served by the Dublin Northern Commuter service, is one of Ireland’s oldest towns. Located on the River Boyne, it’s got a whole host of archaeological monuments in its vicinity; the historical site of Newgrange being the most famous. As well as restaurants, bars and cafés, you’ll find a community of friendly artists and musicians who’ve made the locality home.
4. South County Dublin & Wicklow
Though there are no plans to make changes to the Dart line, our trusty train is a great amenity when it comes to getting in and out of Dublin. Passing through the heart of the city, the Dart winds its way southwards right into Co. Wicklow, with stations in the seaside towns of Bray and Greystones. The Dublin Southern Commuter train line meanwhile travels further into the county, with stations in towns like Kilcoole, Rathdrum and Arklow. Known as the ‘Garden of Ireland’, Wicklow is a truly idyllic part of the country, with lush green forests, miles of beach and soaring mountains all waiting to be explored.
5. Maynooth, Kildare
West of Dublin meanwhile is Co. Kildare, where you’ll find the university town of Maynooth. Served by the Longford train, this is a fun, lively location, thanks to the students attending Maynooth University. Its main street has managed to retain a real village charm, making for a nice change from bustling Dublin city. Nature lovers will enjoy the pretty canal-side walks on offer too.
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