Dublin Airport is Ireland’s main international air hub, lying ten kilometres north of Dublin City Centre. Ranking among the Top 10 busiest airports in Europe, Dublin handles both domestic and international flights and has all the facilities you would expect from a major international airport, such as currency exchange, lost property office and baby-changing facilities.
Flights To Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport is served by 63 airlines as of January 2011. Direct flights are available from most major airports in the UK, continental Europe and some key airports in the US. Flights from other overseas territories typically require a changeover in London (UK) or Frankfurt (Germany).
Dublin Airport Arrivals
The Arrivals lounge contains 10 luggage carousels. A screen informs passengers on arrival where to collect their baggage. Customer service and information desks are easily located and can advise on Dublin hotels and travel options into the city. There is a Bank of Ireland currency exchange desk in the baggage reclaim hall available from 06:00 to 22:30. Other ATMs and car rental services are available on exiting customs. Please note, that there is a limited choice of food and drink outlets in the Arrivals area.
Car rental services are available in both terminals at Dublin Airport. In Terminal 1, the car rental desks are located in the main arrivals hall and easy to find. In Terminal 2, signs guide travellers the short distance to the car rental desks. From this point, staff for the various rental companies will guide you to their bus service which will bring you the short distance to the car rental depot located on the grounds of Dublin Airport. With regard to car rental at Dublin Airport, the following companies are in operation: Hertz, Europcar, CARHIRE.ie, Irish Car Rentals (part of Europcar), Avis, Enterprise and Dan Dooley
Please note, that there are no baggage lockers in the airport. A left luggage facility operates in the car park atrium across the road from the main terminal building. The left luggage facility is open between 06:00 and 23:00.
Dublin Airport offers internet access via dedicated pay-as-you-go internet kiosks and WiFi. There is a charge to use WiFi and you need to prepay. There are several WiFi time vending machines in the Departures area and near the gates. You can also buy WiFi time at most cafes and bars in the airport. In Arrivals, you can purchase WiFi time at the Uppercrust Cafe, the J Bar and most food outlets on the Mezzanine level.
Dublin Airport is currently undergoing major expansion and modernisation work. It is also very busy, with up to 80,000 passengers moving through the airport every day. It is advisable that you give yourself ample time to check in. Most airlines operating from Dublin Airport recommend that you check in 90 minutes prior to your cheduled departure time. Check-in desks typically open two hours before scheduled departure.
Dublin Airport Departures
The Departures area offers a multitude of facilities for travellers waiting for flights out of Dublin. These include business lounges and a wide range of shopping outlets offering traditional Irish goods such as smoked salmon, cheeses and handmade chocolates, as well as books, fashion and Irish music CDs and DVDs. Excellent bars are located in each of the departure piers. The main departure area offers a range of several cafes and self-service restaurants.
Getting To/From Dublin City Centre
The city centre is accessible from the airport by bus and taxi via the M1 Dublin-Belfast motorway and the M50 ring road. Taxis are well-regulated with despatchers on duty to minimise queue disruption.
Bus Connections To/From Dublin Airport
To reach the taxi rank, leave Arrivals through the main exit doors and turn right. Taxis are metered and a ride to a city centre location should cost approximately €25. Please note, that there are extra charges for baggage.
Dublin Bus (also signposted as Bus Átha Cliath in Gaelic) operates two Airlink lines connecting Dublin Airport with the city centre. The 747 brings you to the main thoroughfare on the Northside, O'Connell Street, and to the central bus station Busaras. The 748 travels further along the quays and terminates at Heuston train station on the Southside, near the Guinness Brewery. Bus services operate directly outside Arrivals.
The journey from Dublin Airport to the city centre takes approximately 45 minutes. Airlink tickets cost €6.00 Single and €10.00 return (children travel for half the price) and can be bought at the Bus and Rail information desk and the Dublin Tourism information desk in the arrivals hall at Dublin Airport. Tickets can also be bought from vending machines located at the bus departure points on the arrivals road outside the terminal.
The company’s blue coaches are easily recognisable outside the main terminal building, close to the Dublin Bus services. Route 1 serves St Stephen's Green, Fitzwilliam Square, Merrion Square, Ballsbridge and Donnybrook and major hotels along the way. Route 2 operates between the airport and the city centre connecting with Leopardstown, Sandyford and Stillorgan and other suburbs to the south of the city.
Aircoach tickets cost €7.00 Single and €12.00 Return to and from city centre locations. Children pay a standard €1.50 Single fare. The Aircoach services a large number of locations on Dublin's Southside, all the way out to the seaside town of Greystones in Wicklow, just beyond Dublin Bay. The maximum fare for adults is €13 Single and €20 Return.
Local Bus Routes
There are other, cheaper local bus services that will take you into the city centre. These include the 16, 41, 46x and the 102, although these services can take considerably longer. The 16/16a also connects with Drumcondra station which is on the main Maynooth-Connolly line. The journey takes about 15 minutes, pending traffic.
Additionally, Urbus operate services from the airport to nearby suburbs Castleknock and Blanchardstown.
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