New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that public transport passenger journeys in May climbed to their highest levels since March 2020 but have still not returned to pre-Covid-19 levels.

The CSO said that public transport journeys in the week starting April 24 were 77% of the number taken in early March 2020 in pre-Covid times.

Meanwhile, car traffic volumes in Dublin increased by 34% compared with the first week of this year and the CSO said that for the week starting March 28, car traffic volumes in Dublin were only 1% lower than the same week in 2019.

The CSO said the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on heavy goods vehicles (HGV) traffic during 2020 and 2021 was not as strong as it was for cars.

HGV traffic in Dublin and selected regional sites dropped around the Easter period this year but still surpassed 2019 levels in April 2022. The same trend was seen in selected regional sites.

Today's figures show that the number of bus journeys in Dublin for week starting April 24 was 79% of the level in early March 2020.

This compared with 90% for bus journeys outside Dublin and 63% for rail trips, including Intercity and DART services.

Luas journeys also rose during 2022, with an increase of 86% between the beginning of January to end of April, but they still remain lower than during the same time in 2019.

The CSO said that the number of passengers in Dublin airport in April of this year was more than 19 times higher than in April 2021, but only 85% of the level seen in the same month in 2019.

Dublin airport saw 2,369,286 passengers in April compared with 2,789,660 for the same month in 2019.