Dublin Airport (DUB), or in Irish, Aerfort Bhaile Átha Cliath, is the international airport serving the capital (and many other cities) of Ireland. It is located in Collinstown, only 10 kilometres north of Dublin. The number of passengers increases each year, in fact, in 2018 Dublin Airport broke its own record by having almost 32 million passengers passed through the airport.
How to get from Dublin Airport to Dublin
Airport shuttle bus
Dublin Airport is connected with the centre of Dublin by two express bus lines operated by Dublin Bus company:
Line 747 which goes to Busáras bus station in the centre of Dublin and railway stations Dublin Connolly and Dublin Heuston as well. The buses are operated by Dublin Bus company.
- The first bus departs from the airport at 06:00 and the last one at 00:30 → check the full timetable
- The price of a single ticket is around 7€ (12€ return) and for children the ticket costs approximately 3€ (5€ return)
- The tickets can be bought online, at vending machines, at Bus and Rail Info Desk, and at Spar shop and directly from the driver.
- In case you’re buying the ticket from the driver, make sure you have the exact amount (in coins) or otherwise you won’t be able to buy the ticket (this applies also for all city buses)
Line 757 – from Dublin Airport to Camden Street; stops also at Merrion Square and Grand Canal Square → timetable
Besides Airlink bus lines, you can also get to other parts of Dublin by taking lines 16, 41 and 102 which either depart or stop by the airport.
- line 16 – from Dublin Airport to Ballinteer → see timetable
- line 41 – departs from Sword Manor and stops at the airport, Omni shopping centre, Drumcondra railway station to Lower Abbey Street → timetable
- line 102 – from Dublin Airport to Sutton Station → timetable
Although there is no direct railway link with Dublin airport and the rest of Dublin, there are several bus services which we listed above which run to railway stations such as Connolly, Heuston and Drumcondra railway stations.
Airport taxis are waiting in front of Terminal 1 and 2 and they are always at passengers’ disposal. There are taxi signs right outside the terminals which lead to taxis. Journeys over 30 kilometres are not available, and the passengers get a receipt with fares from the taximeter. So, wherever you need to go, don’t worry about getting overcharged.
Since the journey over 30 kilometres from the airport is not possible with regular taxis, consider a private door-to-door transfer as an alternative. Especially if you are travelling in a larger group of people or if you are carrying a lot of baggage. Transfer can be booked in advance and a professional driver will wait for you at the airport and take you to your destination.
Renting a car at Dublin Airport
If you wish to explore Dublin and local towns on your own, probably the most economical and practical option would be renting a car at one of the offices at the airport (Sixt, Avis, Enterprise) or better, book it online to avoid a queue.
Renting a bus at Dublin Airport
A coach or a minibus is probably the most convenient option if you’re visiting the region in a larger group. You can either book a minibus for 8 to 12 people, or a coach for 22 or 48 people. Do your booking on time so the company can organize the meeting and pick-up points.
From DUB to Kilkenny: As already mentioned, Éireann bus company provides many connections with the rest of Ireland, and with Kilkenny as well. The line actually goes to Clonmel, but stop at Kilkenny railway station. See the schedule here.
From DUB to Waterford: To reach Waterford, you should take bus line 4 operated by Éireann which first stops in Carlow, then at Waterford railway station and finally in New Ross. → schedule
Accommodation near Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport – FAQs
- I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
It is practically impossible not to be able to get to the centre of Dublin. Apart from two express buses, there are another three regular bus lines. However, since there are no available buses from 00:30 to 05:45, you should probably get yourself a taxi.
- I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?
Sure thing, there are two hotels in the proximity of the airport available for an overnight stay:
- Maldron Hotel (4*) – 12 minutes of walking distance from the airport, has free Wi-Fi and free parking, offers laundry service and room service
- Radisson Blu Hotel (4*) – 1 km from the airport, has free Wi-Fi connection and offers laundry service
- I would like to visit Dublin in between flights. Is that possible?
Of course it is possible, you can either catch one of the buses or get a taxi which is not too pricey if there is more of passengers. If you want to leave your luggage to avoid dragging them around, you can do that at luggage storage situated at Terminal 1 atrium.
- I am continuing my journey outside Dublin. Are there any direct lines from the airport to other cities?
In fact, there are many direct lines provided by Bus Éireann company, such as lines to Galway, Wexford, Sligo, Donegal, Drogheda, Navan, Cork, Wicklow and Letterkenny. If you find yourself in Ireland during St. Patrick’s day, here you can see the list of top 5 cities which celebrate this holiday.
- Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my transfer?
Of course, there are several exchange offices provided by ICE (International Currency Exchange) both at Terminal 1 and 2 and there are also many ATMs throughout the airport.