In Ireland, knowing the rules on vaping in public places can be challenging. While smoking cigarettes has been outlawed on public transport since the 2004 smoking ban, what about e-cigarettes? This guide provides data on vaping on public transport, including trains, stations, and platforms. This way, you can confidently use your Vuse device without worrying about the regulations.
Can I use my vape on a train in the Ireland?
In most cases, the response is a resounding "no". Previously, numerous railway companies had permitted customers to use e-cigarettes on platforms; however, nowadays, most have retracted that allowance. In 2004, all big railway network operators, implemented a comprehensive prohibition of smoking and vaping on trains and station platforms.
Why have Irish train companies banned vaping on trains?
Since 2004, smoking and vaping (utilising e-cigarettes) have been prohibited on all trains and in train stations operated by Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann). This is to protect the public and employees from second-hand smoke, and the policy is in place for all public transportation environments. Irish Rail has clear policies that disallow smoking and vaping on their trains and within enclosed spaces at stations. This includes waiting areas, with designated smoking areas typically located away from these to protect non-smokers from being exposed to second-hand smoke.
Can I vape on a train station platform?
No, as stated on Ireland rail travel information - Iarnród Éireann - Irish Rail website, Iarnród Éireann has a strict no smoking policy aboard their trains, in their offices, and in any enclosed station areas. This rule also applies to those using alternative devices such as e-cigarettes, which are treated in the same manner as traditional cigarettes. Therefore, they are not allowed in the aforementioned areas.
Which public transport companies have banned vaping?
As previously stated, smoking and vaping (utilising e-cigarettes) have been prohibited on all trains and in train stations operated by Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann), the only operating company in Ireland. Following by:
- DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit): A commuter rail service in the Dublin metropolitan area.
- Commuter Rail Services: Operating in Dublin and Cork, serving nearby towns and suburbs.
- InterCity Services: Connecting major cities and towns across Ireland.
- Luas service: Dublin’s light rail tram system
- Bus Éireann: is the national bus service in Ireland, responsible for public bus transport outside of the Dublin region (where Dublin Bus primarily operates
- Dublin bus: is the primary bus service provider for the Greater Dublin Area in Ireland.
*This is not an exhaustive list. Other providers not listed above may also explicitly prohibit the use of e-cigarettes.
If you’re an adult nicotine consumer travelling in Ireland, wait until you’re outside the station (some have designated smoking areas) to vape.
What about other public transport?
Can I vape on a bus in the Ireland?
Generally, no. Several public transport providers such as Bus Eireann, Luas, Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus and Irish Rail banned the use of e-cigarettes in their vehicles. Nonetheless, other companies may have various regulations, so checking with your bus operator before vaping is always good practice.
Can I vape on planes and in airports?
It is not permitted to vape in any airports or on planes. Individuals who consume nicotine should look for the smoking area at the airport, typically located outside. If you'd like to know more about vaping in Ireland, please look at our indoor vaping guide and ultimate guide to where you can vapeD to know the regulations. To avoid any awkward conversations, learn about the vaping laws of Ireland before vaping in public and be mindful of those around you by following good vaping etiquette. More answers to common vaping questions can be found on our FAQs page.