Commuting to Dublin
Your daily commute to Dublin should be seamless, whether you opt to drive or use public transport.
If you like going under your own steam (and are lucky enough to have a parking space at work!), the M50 (the Palmerston Junction) is a mere 35 minutes away and the M4 (Enfield junction) is a 10 minute drive. In 45 minutes you’ll be at Heuston Station. By way of disclaimer, accidents and incidents do happen and can cause havoc during rush hour, but you probably know this from your current commute.
Let someone else do the driving!
There are lots of public transport options with journey times of 45 minutes to an hour. And just think of that hour… An hour of time to yourself, to read a book, listen to a podcast, sip on a coffee, get a bit of work done, or (let’s face it, more likely) have a last snooze before reaching the office. On the homeward journey, it’s invaluable to have that time to decompress after that particularly contentious budget meeting.
Use Luas or Dublin Bus to get to where you need to be in town or satisfy your FitBit by walking or using a city bike.
The park and ride at Enfield train station is a 12 minute drive from Derrinturn. Enfield is an unmanned station on the Dublin to Sligo route. The service is geared towards commuters with regular trains at peak times in the morning and evening and a handful during the day. The journey to Connolly will take you about an hour.
Kearns Transport (Routes 845 and 847) go from Enfield all the way into Leeson Street (stopping at many spots in the city centre) every 15 minutes during morning rush hour (from 6:30 to 8:00). Coming home, they will pick you up at the Ha’penny Bridge at regular intervals from 17:05 to 18:45.
Bus Eireann buses run straight from Enfield to Custom House Quay. Catch the 115 bus at 6:50, 7:10 or 8:02 to make it into work in the morning. Home time buses run regularly between 16.10 to 18.45 and hourly from 18:30 to 21:30.
Citylink route 763 Dublin Airport to Galway picks up on Aston Quay at 16:00, 18:00 and 20:00 and at Heuston Station five minutes later. The earliest service departs Enfield at 10:20 so it is not an option for morning commuting.
The Early Meeting
You’ll have no problem making the 8am meeting! The first train is at 6:37, followed by 7:15 and 7:45 during morning rush hour. The first bus is at 6.30 (Kearns). The big plus of public transport is that you can do your meeting prep on route.
Not everybody works in Dublin city centre, of course. No problem there either! Other areas of Dublin outside the city are also totally accessible. For instance, you are only a 40 minute drive from Blanchardstown, 45 minutes from Sandyford and 50 minutes from Dundrum.
Commuting within Kildare
The area surrounding Derrinturn is well served with road links to the major towns. Jump into your car and find yourself in Celbridge, Kilcock, Maynooth, Naas, Newbridge or Kildare within approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Regular bus services to those towns are also in operation from Enfield operated by Bus Eireann Services or Kearns Transport. The train from Enfield serves Kilcock, Maynooth and Leixlip.
The road and transport infrastructure around North West Kildare is continually improving so it is totally possible to enjoy the calmer pace of life in a small, rural village, and commute to your job in Dublin.
Friday Night Drinks
And yes, you can still make it to the after-work drinks and enjoy the craic! The last bus leaves the Ha’penny Bridge at 1:00am (Bus Eireann).