I will be staying at FitzPatrick Castle with my 13 yo daughter in June. Since we'll be taking the DART from Dalkey station into the city center every day for sightseeing I thought the weekly DART pass would make sense. I think what I need is the Inner Short Hop ticket... this will also be good if we go all the way to Howth one day, right? I understand that the pass is good from Sunday thru Saturday so if we go in on our first Saturday, we'll have to pay for that trip seperately. I was able to finally find the operating hours of the Dalkey station and I should be ok buying the ticket there as I apparently can't buy it online. What I can't figure out is what exactly the ticket for me and for my daughter will cost, so I am prepared and know that I am getting the right pass when I do buy it. Can anyone help me with that part?
Related to that, I am wondering if I should get the bus option added on...? I was planning on buying the 2 day HOHO bus ($16 euro for both of us) and making sure we do the farther away sites first and then if we need it I can always buy another HOHO ticket, but anticipate that after the first usage we can probably just walk to the other places we want to see. But... I think that maybe the added cost of adding the bus option to the week pass is like 2 euros and is good for the whole week...? I know it's NOT good for the city tour bus which I think is the HOHO bus, right? I would have to use 'regular' buses to get around. And I am not sure if it's not just better to not get the bus option with the pass and simply pay for the HOHO instead...?
I hope that you can see that I am trying to figure this out but am kinda lost on what to do. And I must say that the website isn't all that helpful :>( I looked at some color coded fare chart and there's no explanation of how to read the darn thing! And defining an area using names that don't appear on the map doesn't help either (although that may be my failing).
I am very comfortable with subways but less so with buses, but once I get the hang of it, I'll be fine. It's just all knida new to me so I need assistance figuring it out the first time.
In any case, I'd sure appreciate some help figuring this out!