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Best routes for driving through Dublin

If you need to drive through Dublin City, we recommend that you use the following routes:

Avoid the core of the city centre: Use the 'Inner orbital route'

The Inner Orbital Route roughly encircles the core of Dublin City centre.

Download a map of the Inner Orbital Route  (PDF 585Kb)

Use this route to find your way from one side of the city centre to another whilst avoiding the busiest traffic in the core of the city. You can also use it to drive to a Car Park in the city centre.

Road signs along this route are light blue in colour.

Avoid most of the city centre: Use the 'Outer orbital route'

The Outer Orbital Route roughly encircles the centre of Dublin.

Download a map of the Outer Orbital Route  (PDF 321Kb)

Use this route to find your way from one side of the city to another and avoid city centre traffic. For example, use it to travel from the North side to the South side of the city or to travel between major National or Regional roads.

Road signs along this route are purple in colour.

Note: This route is often called the ‘Canal Ring’ because it matches the routes of the Grand (south) and Royal (north) canals.

Avoid the city completely: Use the M50 bypass, Port Tunnel or East Link

The M50 motorway encircles Dublin to the west. It connects Dublin Airport in the north to Lucan in the west to Bray in the south.

Read more about the M50 at www.m50.ie

The Dublin Port Tunnel connects Dublin Port (in the city centre) with the M50 in the north. The tunnel is free to Heavy Goods Vehicles. Other drivers must pay a toll.

Read more about the Port Tunnel at www.dublinporttunnel.ie

The East Link Road Bridge connects the north of Dublin Port to the south of the port and the south-east of the city. Most drivers must pay a toll to use the bridge.

For more information

Roads & Traffic Department
Floor 6, Block 2
Civic Offices
Wood Quay
Dublin 8

Tel: (01) 222 2257
Fax: (01) 222 2190
Email: traffic@dublincity.ie

Dublin Traffic Control Centre
FreePhone: 1800 29 39 49
(Note: Charges apply from mobile phones.)