Text: Luna Rieu
In the last few years we have witnessed a massive increase in the use of apps on mobile phones. This has led many companies to create their own apps through which they can share their services and products in an easier way.
Dublin companies and institutions are no exception and I have listed a few apps that will make your life easier in this, the capital of Ireland. For those of us who live in Dublin, let me recommend to you some apps that will help you in your daily routine.
Dublin is not a very big city but there is a good network of public transport of all kinds, from buses and trains to trams and taxi services. Not everybody lives in the centre of the city but this is not going to stop us moving around this lovely city! Here I give you the definitive list of transportation apps:
Provided by the National Transport Authority and Dublin City Council, Real Time Information is the only app in Ireland that provides you with real time departure information for all the public transport in Dublin, including Bus Éireann, DART, Iarnród Éireann and Luas. This great tool allows you not only to check the times but also to discover all the stops and stations closest to you and on the entire map. You can check out the best routes, save your regular routes, access travel updates and much more.
If the public bus is the only service you usually take and you are not interested in having information about other transport options you can download Dublin Bus. This is a fantastic app that I use every day! On it you can find relevant information about the bus routes in Dublin: departure times, stops near you, a fares calculator, news and updates, route planner, among many other options. Simple and functional!
Furthermore, for those who prefer to ride a bicycle instead of getting on public transport, we also have the option of Just Eat dublinbikes. Its main function is to check the availability of bikes at the stations so when you go to get a bike you’ll know one is waiting for you. You can also check the status of your account.
Finally, I find it very useful to have an app to get a taxi, especially if you are travelling at off peak hours like during the night; or when you oversleep and you don´t have enough time to grab public transport (like to school or to your job). In this case, I suggest you use Free Now (Ex MyTaxi)i or Uber, two apps that work in a very similar way. You just need to type in where you want to go and the driver will pick you up. The app will let you know how long you need to wait and you can track your taxi’s arrival on the map. Easy peasy!
If you need a car or van only for a few hours, this is the app for you. You can book your service online or via the app for as little as an hour. The keys will be in the car, with fuel, insurance and city parking all included. To unlock, you will receive a code on your phone and the rates start from 8 euros per hour, with 50 kilometers of driving included in each trip. You need to create an account, have a driver’s license and a credit or debit card.
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