The Dublin International Airport or "Aerfort Bhaile Átha Cliath" is actually located in Collinstown, Ireland - not Dublin. It was instituted in the early 1930's. It is however operated and managed by the Dublin Airport Authority. It is located in the Fingal part of County Dublin and is about a 20-30 minute bus ride to Dublin's city center being approximately 10 km (6.2 miles) away. The Dublin Airport hosts over 20 million passengers a year (2009 estimates). It is the busiest airport in the Republic of Ireland, followed by Cork and Shannon. The transportation to and from the Dublin Airport is by bus, taxi, car, or foot (not recommended). It also has in development a underground railway line called "Metro North" that will connect it to Swords and Dublin City Center in the near future. It is also the headquarters of Ireland's flag carrier Aer Lingus, Europe's largest no-frills airline Ryanair & Ireland's domestic, CityJet (based in Swords) and the regional airline Aer Arann. There are over 50 daily departures from Dublin to all of London's airports which is busiest route in the world after Hong Kong - Tapei. There are 30+ daily departures to other UK locations. US Legacy Carriers also serve the airport from major US hubs. The Dublin Airport is also one of the only two European airports that have U.S. border preclearance services along with Shannon.
The original international style passenger terminal was completed in 1941. In 1936 Ireland's Government established the civil airline "Aer Lingus" first as a military aerodrome 'Casement Aerodrome' at Baldonnel to the south of Dublin - then established as a civil airport to replace Baldonnel as the city's airport. The first flight from the airport took place on January 19, 1940 to Liverpool, England. The terminal building was done by architect Desmond FitzGerland and was heavily influenced by designs used on luxury ocean liners at the time. It was awarded the Triennial Gold Medal of the Royal Hibernian Institute of Architects and is now a listed building. With World War II, services were restricted at airport until late 1945. Three new runways were constructed by 1947. The Airport saw major growth in the 1950's with construction of Runway extensions, terminal enhancements, and new services - including British European Airways, Sabena, and BKS. The 60's saw advancement with technological improvements and by the 70's were receiving numerous Boeing 737's, BAC One-Elevens, Boing 707s, and Hawker Siddeley Tridents. 1993 was when the Republic of Ireland and the U.S. Government signed a bilateral agreement to allow airlines to operate some direct transatlantic services for the first time to/from Dublin Airport instead of touching down en route at Shannon, even though Airlines have to still provide an equal number of flights either to or through Shannon as to Dublin. When Ireland hit its "Celtic Tiger" Economy, the airport hit a growth spurt between 1990-2000 based on a demand for business travel to and from the country with an increase in inward tourism. Also with Ireland being one of the only three European Union countries to open its borders freely to workers fro mthe ten accession states of the Union in 2004 - a increase of hundreds of thousands of people moving to Ireland via the airlines took place. Very ambitious expansion plans are in effect for the Dublin airport including new routes to North America and the Middle East. 2007 saw Open Skies agreements between the U.S. and the E.U. became ratified. In my arrival off Continental from the U.S. and my departure from Dublin to Bristol on RyanAir - I found the airport easy to navigate and able to find my gates. There were not many power plugs for laptops that I could find, but other services seemed abundant. Public transportation from the airport to the city center was affordable and easy to find. The Car Park also has a left luggage (luggage drop off to store) and its conveniently right across from arrivals. 6.5 Euro a day. Dublin was a good experience. Rating: 3.7 stars out of 5.
at 2.20 and not that much slower the 16a bus from the airport is the way to get to and from dublin airport. It goes straight through parnell square and through temple bar before heading up wexford camden so likely will not have to walk far to hotel. Might not have big cushy seats of the aircoach but save the 4.80 for a pint of guiness as that is better than a slightly bigger seat for 45 minutes. The bus has a rack for your luggage. Just do not make mistake I made and buy a pass from the airport info desk as they sold me an unlimited day pass and the only time took bus was to get out to guiness storehouse.
Hiya I travel to Dublin at least every couple of months and have stayed at the Fleet Street many times. The easiest way is to get the aircoach which is available outside the airport and is 12 euros return and is direct. You get off need the bottom of Grafton Street and literaly need to turn right (its just outside trinity college)cross over the road to the same side as college, and fleet st is within sight, there is a subway on the corner and is next door to the hotel
Check-in is very easy in the airport, there are many check-in machines which are easy to operate. You won't need much time here. But after check-in make sure you go to the security checks in time.
The security in Dublin Airport is very strict and takes a long time. It's one bag only and you have to take out any umbrella and open it.
It's also a long walk to the new terminal for flights to Germany, so make sure to check in early enough.After check-in it took us more than 45 minutes to the gate, the line at security was very long.
This is your typical wannabe big but isn't airport. I did find the wait times to be small and the basic selection of shopping to be ok. Sadly Aer Lingus is no longer One World and the club does not recognize AA status even though they still codeshare flights.
One very good point about this airport is that US Immigration is downstairs in the one set of gates and you clear it before you board instead of having to do it upon arrival in the States. This allows smoother connections if need be when you get there.
We met a family in the airport that are British but living in Oregon. It was a strange conversation until we figured out that they were British living in the US and we were American living in the UK. Both the flight and the train ride from Birmingham (pronounced Birminghm - unless you mean the one in Alabama) were relatively uneventful
Dublin Airport is 10km north of the city -get the 41bus from Eden Quay (about €1.30 fare) or get the blue Aircoach (special stops around the city centre) for €5.
Here's a pic of us in Dublin Airport before catching our flight to Prague. :-)
Taxis to and from Dublin airport to the city centre will cost you about €15-25, with a fee added for luggage & extra passengers.
There is no train or Luas connection to the Airport. :(
Dublin Airport is located about 13k north of the city centre. Major works are taken place as the amount of travellers passing through is growing. On the arrivals level you will find lots of cafe's takeaway's and fast food outlets. Along with a few bars. On the ground level there is a post office, currency exchange, and a Dublin tourism office. a transport desk with train and bus details. Left luggage is open daily from 6am to 11pm. The charges around around 4 Euro per item for 24 hours. For general enquiries call 01 814 1111
Dublin is served by a single terminal airport approximately 10km north of the city. Low cost airline Ryanair flies to Dublin from just about every regional airport in the UK as well as a handful on the European continent, while national flag carrier Aer Lingus flies to Dublin from a large number of European cities and a handful in North America.
A blue Aircoach express service connects to the city centre and many of Dublin's major hotels, most of which are on the south side of the city. Buses leave every 15 minutes and the journey time to the centre is approximately 30 minutes. The cost is 7 Euros for a single and 12 Euros return.
Dublin Bus offer an express AirLink service (routes 747 and 748) every 10 minutes at peak times to the city centre and bus station for 5 Euros. A one-day rambler ticket can also be purchased from the ticket machine or inside the airport (but not on the bus) that gives unlimited all day bus travel, also for 5 Euros. A pack of five one-day ramblers can be purchased for 17 Euros inside the airport.
Aircoach links the airport with downtown on a very regular base. Buses are leaving the airport every 15 minutes between 4.30am and midnight. After Midnight to 4.30am the buses are running every hour.
Adult Fare is 6 € (Single) or 10 € (Return).
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