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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Aircoach bus stops are right outside the arrival exit. They have several destinations, i.e., Cork, Belfast and Portaoise, so ask the ticketing staff where the Dublin City Centre bus stop is. The bus leaves every 10-20 min.
The ticket is 7euro one way, and 12 euro return. You can buy a ticket at the stops or online.
The bus to Dublin City Centre makes several stops including O'Connell St., near the Trinity College, and near the St. Stephen Green. Check online for route information to see which stop is close to your destination/hotel.
You can get on the bus to the airport in front of the Dublin Tourism Office on Suffolk St.
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.