Luas Red Line: Heuston Railway Station to Smithfield by Tram

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As I got into Dublin towards evening time, I headed to my hostel at Smithfield to check-in and leave my bag first before starting my Dublin exploration. The easiest way to get there from Heuston Railway Station at the end of the Airlink Express 747 bus line was by the Luas Red Line, 2 stops away.

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The platform of Heuston Luas stop.

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As with most tram lines, the platforms are open without any ticket gates.

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Luas tickets can be purchased from the Ticket Vending Machines located on the platform. Fares can be found here. Tickets cannot be purchased onboard the trams.

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However, as I already have the Leap Visitor Card, I can just touch in at the card readers located along the platform. There are no designated touch in or touch out readers – all of them work regardless of direction of travel.

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Touching in on the reader with my 24 hour Leap Visitor Card.

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The eastbound platform shares the space with the bus stop, offering easy connections.

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Arrival times are shown at the platform too.

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The facade of Heuston Railway Station from Heuston Luas stop.

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The view of the trams from the platform.

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My tram towards The Point arriving.

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The Luas tram quietly pulls into the platform. Luas is Irish for “speed”, not “wide” in a certain Asian language.

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Waiting for the tram to stop before boarding. There is an excellent minimal platform gap on the Luas. Push the button to open doors.

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The interior of the Luas. It’s not very luas.

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The route map of the Luas Red Line.

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Taking a sharp right turn after Heuston Railway Station.

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The interior of the Luas tram.

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Less than 3 minutes after boarding, announcements are made for my stop – Smithfield.

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Push the button to open doors. Remember to touch out after alighting.

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From here, it’s just a short walk to my hostel for the night, Generator Dublin.

Overall, a quick and easy first ride on the Luas tram. More rides to come on this trip.

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