To and From Dublin Airport, Dublin
When I walked out from the baggage claim area at Dublin's airport, I hopped on this bus, called the AirLink. It was 5 euros and it dropped me off at the Central Bus Station (Busaras), which was a half a block from my hostel. There's a machine from which you can purchase a ticket, but you don't have to. The bus leaves every 10 minutes and you can just pay the driver if you have the right change.
AirLink is operated by Dublin Bus.
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...
Try this website also for taxi fares
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.
If you arrive at the airport, you can take the aircoach into town, they leave every 15 minutes and stop at many of the major hotels.
A one-way ticket costs EUR 7,00, if you take a return ticket it will cost you EUR 12,00. This is quite convenient, but be careful, the inbound stops are not the same as the outbound stops, check this on the city map you get from them.
BE SMART, ASK FOR AERDART.....
The Aerdart shuttle bus meets ALL Dart and suburban rail services at Howth Junction Station.
Departures to and from Dublin Airport every 15 minutes (after 8PM every 20 minutes) from early morning to late at night daily / all year round.
The normal bus journey time between Howth Junction and the front door of the Airport is 15 - 20 minutes.
Connect to the Aerdart shuttle bus from 39 stations in Dublin and I shall mention them all for you.......
Malahide, Howth, Sutton, Raheny, Clontarf Rd., Connolly Stn., Tara street, Pearse Station, Grand Canal Dock, Lansdowne Rd., Sandymount, Sydney Parade, Booterstown, Blackrock, Seapoint, Salthill, Dun Laoghaire, Sandycove, Glenageary, Dalkey, Killiney, Shankill, Bray, Greystones, Coolmine, Clonsilla, Leixlip, Maynooth.
Combined bus and DART/Maynooth line rail ticket only 6 Euro adult and 3,15 Euro per child.
Tickets can be purchased on the shuttle bus or at any DART or connecting station.
There are three various bus connections from the airport to the O'Connell Street stop in the city center - Aircoach, AirLink and city bus (route No.16A).
The stop for last named bus is bit hidden to travelers. Because when you exit the airport hall, you only see stops for Airlink and Aircoach. So you have to walk behind using the passage led through the parking place. Although No. 16A stops everywhere during its ride, from the airport to the city center you will pay only € 2.30.
I think, it is not that bad with comparing the price to the Airlink € 6.00 (adult, one way) and € 10.00 (adult, round trip) or Aircoach € 7.00 (adult, one way) and €12.00 (adult, return ticket).
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.
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.
You could go for a compromise and stay in a hotel half-way between the city and the airport! That way you would avoid the city traffic on Monday morning and would be taxi distance back to your lodgings on Sunday night. Two possibilities are the Skylon Hotel (www.skylon-hotel.com) or the Regency Hotel (www.regencyhotels.com). Both are on bus routes to the airport or wouldn't be too expensive for a taxi. Dublin Bus no.16a passes both hotels and would take you in and out of the city and would also take you to the airport very inexpensively. You could also get the Dublin Bus 747 direct airport service from outside the hotels and the private coach service 'Aircoach' also passes along that route although I'm not sure if it stops nearby (the hotels could tell you or check their website).
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.
I am really impressed by these folks. They have a ticket counter right in front of the airport and are really friendly. You can buy online before, at this ticket counter or from the driver at any stop. I bought it from the counter when I arrived and had some time before my bus was due to leave. The gentleman at the counter offered to hold my bags so I could go and get a cup of coffee.
On board I had plenty of leg room, air conditioning and a comfortable journey. They also offer free Wi-Fi with reasonable speeds. Air Coach is much cheaper than Taxis and moves in traffic at about the same speed. You can work on board and also take photos as you go through Dublin.
I have used them several times and will never take the taxi again. If you tell the driver what stop you want, they always let you know. They offer a fantastic service for business people arriving at the airport to work in the greater Dublin area.
Having recently returned from a wonderful stay in Dublin I wanted to recommend a chauffeur company that we used for our transfers to and from Dublin airport. I can't speak highly enough of the people at Optimum Chauffeur Drive. Their fantastic driver Joe met us at Dublin airport with a sign, helped us with our luggage and took us to our car which was waiting nearby only a very short walk from the terminal. It was raining when we arrived and as we walked past the taxi que I was so delighted that my husband had booked this service for us. On the way to our hotel Joe was so entertaining and professional telling us all about the history of Dublin and the folklore he even took us on a small drive around the city before dropping us off at our hotel. This was great for getting our bearings in the city. Joe also recommended restaurants near to our hotel and other attractions and sites to see. When we returned back to the airport 3 days later our car and driver arrived on time in fact he was 15 minutes early and again I can not say enough about how professional the service was.
Probably one of the least expensive and most reliable means of transport from the Dublin Airport into Dublin City Centre is via the Aircoach. Cost is 14 euro roundtrip (or return fare).
The best part is you can pay for the reservation on-line. Aircoach sends you an e-mail complete with reference number. Print out the e-mail and hand it to a member of the staff before boarding; they'll issue you an actual Aircoach ticket! Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Photos: April 2010
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.
I'll agree that, for people who are staying in Temple Bar or anyplace near the River Liffey, the best way to get to the airport is the No.16A public bus. Yeah, i'm with that. But to get that bus, you need to be close to O'Connell Street. That's not going to work so good for anyone who's staying (as i did) in the area around Grafton Street and St. Stephen's Green. For them, Aircoach really is the better choice. It picks up at 2 stops on Leeson St (Upper, then Lower, near the corner at Pembroke), then at Dawson and again at Suffolk.
I read the earlier negative review of Aircoach, about waiting 30 minutes for the bus. Well, that does happen late at night or early in the morning on weekends. But at other times the Aircoach bus does come every 15 minutes. On any given day, if you want to make sure the bus is coming on the regular schedule, call Aircoach at 01 844 7118 to confirm when the buses are running.
The fare has gone up: it's 8 euros each way now. For some people, that will tilt the balance in favor of a taxi.