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.
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.
There are 3 ways you can get to your hotel from the airport - taxi, the airport shuttle bus, or the regular city bus. If you value you money like I do, TAKE THE CITY BUS. We were quoted about 30 Euros for a taxi, and 6 Euros each for the airport shuttle. The bus picked us up right outside the airport and dropped us out right outside our hostel in temple bar for 1.30 each!!! There was even someone on the bus to load our luggage and tell us what stop we needed to get off at! If you need to know what bus to take, just ask at the tourist office in Dublin Airport - the bus stop is right outside their door.
Dublin airport has no rail connection. But there are several buses who will take you there. If you ask at the tourist information, you will usually be told to take bus 747 or 748 (Airlink). Those bus lines are designed for traffic from/to the airport and have place for your luggage and do not stop in between. A one-way ticket will cost you 6EUR, 3 EUR for children (2010). If you have any kind of airline ID, you’ll pay the children’s price (I always knew that pilots are adults behaving like children!). Tickets can be bought on board. Return tickets are available and will save you 1 EUR.
If you don’t arrive with bulky luggage, then there is an even cheaper option. Take Bus 16a which runs frequently to O’Connell street. The ticket for this bus is for sale at the vending machine. If you buy your ticket on board, make sure that you have the exact amount of coins. Else, you may be told to get lost. I think that there was also a line going to the central coach station (Busaras). The same fare system apllies for that one, but if you try that, please make sure that you are on the right bus.
Some people prefer a private company called aircoach and pay 8 EUR for a little more comfort. I prefer to save the money for a pint of Guinness. However, this company has also direct routes to other cities directly from the airport. In case you want to travel further on, it can be worth to check out their website.
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).
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