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From the airport, buy your ticket from the tourist centre.
You can get a Rambler family ticket covering a return trip to the airport for only 10 Euros. One ticket covers 2 adults, and 4 children under age 16!
In fact this covers unlimited journeys on Dublin Bus scheduled services.
To validate it, swipe the ticket on the smartcard reader to the right side of the bus door each time you enter one.
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An underground railway line called 'Metro North' which will connect the airport to Swords and Dublin city centre has been approved and is in development. In the meantime, though, it is necessary to use other transportation options when traveling from the airport to the city centre.
After my arrival, I used the Air Coach service which charged a flat fee of 8 Euros. The Aircoach airport stop is located just outside the arrivals hall door. There was a representative present selling tickets and answering questions.
To get to my hotel near St. Stephens Green, I took the Leopardstown/Sandyford line. The hotel's web site said to get off at Kildare Street; however, the bus driver told me it would be easier to walk from the next stop at Lower Leeson Street. The driver even got out and pointed me in the right direction -- which was very helpful since it was my first time in Dublin.
Take the local bus from the airport
Bus 41 (but not 41 a, b , or X) and 16 All serve the aiport and go into town.
They are all slower that the other options but not by much. You will however need to have your Euro change ready as it is curently 2.00 Euro each way and the bus takes the exact fare only (or more with no change)
Buses stop in Lower Abbey street (just off O' Connell street) and in Lower Gardiner Street (very handy for the hostels) - all very central.
The 41 runs on about a 20 minute frequency. Considering it is only about 2 minutes walk from where the 'official' airport bus leaves outside Busaras (long distance bus station) it surprises me that more people don't use it. The 747 airport bus (747 geddit ?) currently costs 6 euro each way.
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There are many ways to get from the Dublin airport including an expensive cab and a very cheap public bus but when I arrived, I didn't want to fuss with multiple buses or a bus and train combo so I opted for the Air Coach which dropped me off a 1/2 block from the Davenport Hotel where I was staying. It's comfortable, clean and runs very frequently, every 10 minutes during peak hours, every 20 minutes during non peak and every hour in the wee hours of the morning.
There are two routes so make sure you get on the right one, you should be able to tell the ticket seller which hotel you are going to so they get you on the right bus. You can buy the tickets right outside the terminal, the Air Coach is very well marked once you get outside.
One item to note, I picked up the return shuttle at the same stop I got off at but it still had a portion of it's "To Dublin" route to finish so the ride from the airport took about 15-20 minutes and the ride back took 45-50 minutes. Instead of boarding at Merrion Square, I could have walked 10 minutes and boarded at Dawson Street or Suffolk Street which are on the return journey. The travel times on their website seem a bit inflated, perhaps to account for different levels of traffic.
When I get off the plane after a long flight I rarely feel like trying to figure out a new city's public transit and taxis are usually too expensive so when I landed in Dublin, I went looking for an airport shuttle. Aircoach provides regular service between the Dublin airport and most hotels downtown. All you need to do is buy a ticket from the counter that is located on the left as you exit the baggage claim area, tell them which hotel you're going to, and they'll let you know which bus you need to get on and where to stop. They run on fixed routes so you might have to walk a bit between the aircoach stop and your hotel, but in our case it was only a 5 min walk along St. Stephen's Green.
The price for a roundtrip ticket was 14 Euros. Aircoach stops are well identified so you don't have to worry about not knowing where to go to catch a shuttle back to the airport. The shuttles run every 10 min.
There are a few options to go to & from the Dublin Airport, with one of the easiest being the Dublin Bus Airlink. The green Airlink buses go from right outside of the terminal to to main parts of Dublin: O'Connell Street and Heuston Station. There are stops along the way for different main locations. The Dublin bus numbers for the Airlink are 747 (O'Connell) & 748 (Heuston). At the airport, exit the terminal (T1 as of May09) and turn towards your left. There will be signs direction towards the buses if you do not see them. You may purchase a ticket from the machine (€6 o/w or (€10 r/t) or from the driver onboard the bus. The trip to/from the city center is 30min in regular traffice (perhaps more in rush hour). In Dublin, the signs stops are clearly marked with the green Airlink logo, or just look for the 747/748 number at bus stations. There are other coach services that run the same route but cost a couple euro more for the same service.
This was a quick, easy, and inexpensive alternative to taxi or care rental.
Getting Into The City By Bus
Dublin City is dead easy to get to from the airport by bus. There are three main options: using local bus services; using the Dublin Bus "Airlink" and the slightly plusher Aircoach.
The local buses (16 and 41) are the cheapest option and have fairly direct routes into the city and are especially useful if you want to be dropped off somewhere specific. The fare depends on where you are going and has to be paid in the correct money as no change is given - at the time of writing an average fare was about 2 Euros. The buses run roughly every 20 minutes with a journey time of about half-an-hour. The only disadvantage to using these services is that there is no dedicated luggage space.
The "Airlink" is Dublin Bus's express service and has two services - the 747 and 748. The 747 stops only at O'Connell Street and the Central Bus Station, whilst the 748 stops at O'Connell and Heuston Station. The 747 runs every 10 minutes (peak), the 748, every 30 minutes, and are generally a bit faster than the local buses. The fare, at the time of writing was 6 Euros and tickets can be bought from machines or from the driver (change given). Because these are airport services they do have plenty of luggage space and if you need to go further than either O'Connell or the termini with your luggage there are always taxis around.
The "Aircoach" service travels out to Greystons and Bray and also has services to Belfast and Cork. This promotes itself as the luxury option and cost 7 Euros for the city centre.
First website is Dublin Bus's with details of the 16, 41, 747 and 748 services. Second is for Aircoach.
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Between the Airport and the City Center
We decided to use the Airlink bus back to the aiport on our trip because it was economical and quite easy to use. The stop was conveniently located on O'Connell Street in front and it also stops in Busaras (main bus terminal).
The Airlink (Bus 747 and 748) runs service from the airport to the city center (and vice-versa) with serive every 10 minutes or so. The bus is a double decker bus and the trip takes about 20-30 minutes depending on what time of day you are using the bus.
When you arrive into Dublin Airport the Airlink is conveniently located outside the arrivals hall, you can't miss it, there are plenty of people probably waiting for it as well. Depending on which bus you take you will make either 2 or 3 stops.
The price for a one way ticket is 6 Euro (there is a discount if you buy a return). You can either purchase a ticket at the tourist information booth, at the kiosks located outside near the Airlink service or you can use coins of bills to pay once on board.
Bus from Airport
There are three different buses from Dublin Airport to the centre. One was 10euro, one 6euro and one 2euro. They differ in terms of comfort and time. The 2 euro bus was number 16 and is located outside the arrivals terminal exit. You can buy your ticket from either a machine or from the driver (exact change needed). It took about 30 minutes to get to O'Connell Street from departure.
Cheap airport transportation
From the airport take the 747 bus to get to the downtown area of Dublin off of O'Connell street. The buses are green and can take you to the airport as well. Each way is 6 Euros, which is the best deal you'll get in travel. To find the nearest bus stop to your hotel, just ask reception and they'll know.
To and From Dublin Airport
Getting to and from Dublin Airport must be unique in Europe.
There's an "Aircoach" that is excellent. It serves South Dublin much better than North Dublin.
Timetable and drop off / pick points can be see at
There's an "Airlink", run by Dublin Bus that's very limited. Hardly surprising! Serves the Bus Station ( for buses throughout Ireland) and some of the rail stations ( for trains throughout Ireland). Not much use if your plans were to visit Dublin. The Bus Station is not in the most pleasant part of the City and the Rail Stations were built in the 19th Century, more with military / strategic objectives than convenience for a travelling populace and are for from central Dublin
Now here's a paradox.
You can also get a taxi. There always seems to be plenty of taxis at Dublin Airport and its reasonably quick however it is quite expensive. Allow 25 to 30 Euro for you journey to the north City or City centre and possibly 30 to 40 Euro to the south City.
Getting back to Dublin Airport is very difficult.
If you are convenient to a pick up point for the Aircoach, you can hardly do better.
Otherwise a taxi is probably the best, however if you try to book a taxi, early in the morning or during rush hour you might find a very negative attitude. Just keep phoning different "taxi companies" in the hope you will get a booking. You probably will, eventually.
If you're staying in a good hotel, they will probably have a taxi company they can call on with reliability, so ask the hotel to book one.
Easy to airport
The bus to dublin airport is easy
It takes just over half an hour and cost me 6euro. you just queue up and pay the bus driver. i got the bus from Heuston train station, it comes everyhalf hour. there are other places, including Connolly Street (this did seem v busy tho)
Airlink is the bus service offered by DublinBus to and from the Airport. It cost €6 one way or €10 round trip and is also included in the Rambler tickets.
There are other Dublin Buses that provide service to and from the Airport (such as the 16) but Airlink 747 is non-stop between the Airport and O'Connell St. and then to Connelly Station. Going to the Airport it also stops at Parnell Sq. West.
The Airlink bus 748 makes a few more stops but all in it is a quick convienent way to get from the airport to Dublin's center.
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Take the 16A bus to O'Connell Street. It drops you right next to the spire and was a little quicker than the guide book made out. About 30-40 minutes.
It was only 1.6euros, the Airlink buses cost nearly 5euros are aren't much quicker!
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Arriving and Departing Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport is about 7 miles or 10k north of the city. Dublin bus runs a special Airlink bus into the city centre every 10 minutes during the week and every 20 minutes during weekends. The cost is €6.50 each way. The bus departs outside the arrivals hall. Go to the information desk before you leave the airport terminal. The Airlink also stops in Busaras which is the main terminal for provincial buses. Connelly station is near Busaras as is the DART Dublin Area Rapid Transport. The Airlink will also drop you off at Heuston Station the mainline rail station which serves the south and west. You can also catch a normal double decker bus number 41 from outside the arrivals hall. The cost is around €2.20 and will drop you in the city centre. It takes a bit longer but if your on a budget take this option. You can also catch a cab again outside the arrivals hall. The cost is high and they charge you for almost everything, from your bags, to the time of day. No set charge like New York.. Please be careful l have heard many sad stories of taxi men ripping off tourists.. take the bus instead. If don't have a rail system that takes you to the airport.. not yet...
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