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Getting to Dublin Airport by Public Transport

Taking public transport to Dublin Airport is fairly easy, but the options are, compared to many other airports in the world, quite limited. Dublin Airport is only accessible by car or bus; there is no rail route here. Bus services are frequent and the bus terminals are located in front of Terminal 1; however, that means long-haul and Aer Lingus passengers using the new Terminal 2 could face a long walk to the bus. There are bus services for both Dublin and the rest of the country, so here’s an overview.

Trip by bus

Is the bus better than a taxi? It may seem less than ideal, but with modern and frequent services, there are many benefits to traveling by bus. If you are traveling alone, the bus can be considerably cheaper than taking a taxi, although the bus lacks the convenience of door-to-door service. These are the main options you have:

  • Dublin Bus offers some routes to Dublin from the airport. They are slow but cheap. If you’re traveling on a budget, just walking or hitchhiking will be less expensive. The Airlink service provided by Dublin Bus will take you to Dublin city center and the main stations (Connolly and Heuston for rail services, Busaras for bus services). The price is substantially higher than the slower local service.
  • Aircoach offers fast and comfortable services from Dublin Airport to the city center, South Dublin and Greystones, go 24 hours a day. The city center service stops at the main hotels. It is expensive, but convenient for hotel guests.
  • Airport Hopper offers a shuttle service from Dublin Airport to South Dublin and Kildare.

Taxi service

Dublin Airport operates a very efficient taxi queue, and a trip into the city (O’Connell Street) will cost you around € 15.20 to € 23.20 for a single passenger on a weekday, € 24.00 to € 32.80 for six passengers with a premium rate (night and / or weekends). Basically, the more people you share, the more sense it makes to take a taxi. There is, of course, the added convenience that the taxi will take you right to your hotel door. Price estimates for any route within Ireland can be calculated automatically.

Travel from Dublin Airport to other major cities

Today, there are many direct services directly from Dublin Airport or other nearby locations to almost any part of the country without major problems. If you’re going to major towns, cities, and regions, you can also choose to go to Dublin and take a train, but the convenience of starting your journey directly at the airport (and the time saved) may be priceless.

  • Aircoach also offers services from Dublin Airport to Cork.
  • Ardcavan runs a service Monday through Saturday (Monday through Saturday) from Dublin Airport to the sunny southeast, stopping at Gorey, Enniscorthy, Wexford and ending at Wellington Bridge. Service departs from Coach Park in short-term parking.
  • Ireland’s national bus service, Bus Eireann, operates daily direct bus services throughout the country. Routes that do not stop directly at the airport can be joined at Busaras, served by Dublin Bus Airlink routes 747 or 748.
  • Citylink offers more than a dozen fast and direct daily services between Dublin Airport and Galway. It also offers 15 slightly slower return services between Dublin Airport and Galway stopping at Enfield, Kinnegad, Miltownpass, Rochfortbridge, Tyrellspass, Kilbeggan, Moate, Athlone, Ballinasloe, Aughrim, Loughrea, Craughwell and Oranmore.
  • Dublin Coach offers buses from Dublin Airport to Portlaoise every hour, stopping at Red Cow (LUAS), Naas, Newbridge, Kildare and Monasterevin.
  • EirEagle operates nonstop express bus services, taking you directly to Galway or Limerick in just 150 minutes.
  • GoBé offers a nonstop motorway service between Dublin Airport and Cork City via the M8 motorway from 8 am
  • GoBus offers daily nonstop services between Galway, Dublin City and Dublin Airport fourteen times a day. The coaches offer free Wi-Fi!
  • JJ Kavanagh offers daily coach services to Kilkenny, Clonmel, Limerick, Waterford and Tramore.
  • John McGinley Coaches connects Dublin Airport to the North on two routes: Route A Dublin services – Ardee – Monaghan – Omagh – Lifford – Letterkenny – Creeslough – Dunfanaghy – Falcarragh – Bunbeg – Crolly – Annagry (near Donegal Airport) ; Route B runs through Dublin – Ardee – Monaghan – Omagh – Derry – Bridgend – Buncrana – Carndonagh – Moville.
  • Translink operates daily Goldline Express services from Dublin Airport to Belfast and Derry / Londonderry.
  • Wexford Bus offers multiple services each day from Dublin Airport to Wexford Town, and also stops in Gorey, Camolin, Ferns and Enniscorthy.

Buying tickets

Generally, you buy your tickets when you board the bus. Or at a ticket machine near the bus stop. Some companies offer advance reservations online, which can come with a nice reduction in rate, so it’s worth checking out. Just make sure you get an “open ticket” that won’t force you to take the bus at a specific time.

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