Dublin International Airport is about 12km north from city centre, and is well serviced by buses and taxis. Many airlines operate services to Ireland from North America, Europe and the Mediterranean. There is a map of direct routes here. Dublin Airport is 12km north of the city centre and is well serviced by express coaches, local buses and taxis.
Airport to City
There are a number of options for those looking to travel from the airport to the city or vice-versa. Taxis are available outside both Terminal 1 and 2. You can estimate your taxi fare here. There are a number of coach and bus services that can bring you to the city centre, and as well as many areas in and around Dublin. Plan your journey here. Check various bus service websites to ensure that they are running during time of your arrival. There is a list of airport-based coach and bus operators here. Dublin Bus operates the Airlink Express 747 which serves both terminal 1 and 2. The Airlink will bring you right into Dublin city centre and also connects with major bus and rail stations. Aircoach offers services from Dublin Airport (Terminal 1 and 2) to the City Centre, South Dublin and Greystones on a 24 hours basis each day. Their city centre service stops at most of the major hotels around Dublin City and their Greystones service stops at key locations in the Dublin South / North Wicklow area.
Regular, scheduled ferry services operate between Ireland and the UK bringing both foot passengers and cars and other vehicles to Dublin through two ferry ports, Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire. Dublin Port is centrally located, only minutes from Dublin city centre. Dun Laoghaire Harbour is located 7 miles south of Dublin city centre.
Ferry Terminals to City
There are number of options open to those seeking to travel to the city from the Ferry Terminals. From Dublin Port, visitors may get a bus or a taxi. A taxi will cost approximately €10. From Dun Laoghaire Ferry Terminal, visitors may take a taxi, get a bus, or use the DART light rail. Both DART and Dublin bus tickets to the City Centre cost under €3 for a single journey. If you wish to travel to Dublin City Centre by bus, the No.7 or No.46a bus is recommended. Both leave regularly and take approximately 1 hour to reach the city centre. Alternatively, hop on a northbound DART towards the city centre.
You can plan your train, tram, bus, coach or taxi journey with www.transportforireland.ie Check routes, times and fares. Get real time information and download the app. Pay for all your travel with an electronic purse from Leap Card or buy a multi-day ticket from any of the main transport operators: Luas ticket machines and retail outlets, Irish Rail ticket machines and booking offices and Dublin Bus from head office or retail outlets. Please note that some tickets are specific to that operator only.
Dublin’s two main train stations are Connolly Station and Heuston Station. Irish Rail is nationwide while the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) serves Dublin commuters. The DART runs along the coast of the Irish Sea from Malahide in north County Dublin southwards as far as Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Tickets can be purchased via the website or can be purchased at the station. Dublin city centre has 3 DART stations: Pearse Station, Tara Street Station and Connolly Station. Both Connolly Station and Pearse Station connect with intercity and commuter lines.
Dublin is also served by LUAS, a light rail transit system. There are two Luas tram lines, the Red line and the Green line. The Red Line runs from Tallaght to The Point and from Saggart to Connolly. The Green Line runs from Brides Glen to St. Stephen’s Green through Sandyford. During peak travel times 07:00am to 10:00am and 4:00pm to 7:00pm Luas trams operate every 4- 5 minutes. Off peak trams run every ten to fifteen minutes. Tickets are available at every Luas terminal.
Bus Éireann offers a nationwide service. The main bus depot in Dublin is Bus Áras situated in the city centre behind the Custom House. Dublin Bus provides a network of services around the city including from Dublin Airport, Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire as well as a Nitelink and Sightseeing Tours.
Dublinbikes is a self-service bike rental system open to everyone from 14 years of age. With 40 stations and 450 bikes, it enables you to travel around the city centre at a leisurely pace. 3 day tickets are available for visitors to Dublin.
Eco Cabs Ireland offer a free hop on, hop off ride. Ecocabs operate within a 2km radius of O’Connell Bridge and are available to the public everyday of the week between 10am and 7pm.
St. Patrick’s Festival Patrons can pre-book their parking with Park Rite for €7 all day. Click here! or visit www.parkrite.ie. The St. Patrick’s Festival Special Parking Day Rate is available in our following car parks: Christchurch (Werburgh Street), Convention Centre (IFSC), IFSC (Commons Street), Parnell Centre (Parnell Street) and Smithfield (Queen Street). This special rate is valid between 16-18th of March. Please note that there will be road restrictions in place during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the 17th of March.
Certain roads and streets will be closed for festival events, see here for details. For information on driving around Dublin City centre see here. For up to date information on traffic and road closures visit AA Roadwatch.