How to reach Dublin City Center from the Airport: 5 Options

The first time you have to use this transportation is arriving and after an airplane ride, whether small or long, most of us are tired and done.We don’t want to be thinking anymore. The problem with that is that if you haven’t arrived where you will be sleeping yet then you can’t take a break yet. The Dublin Airport is located outside the city at 10 kilometers and there is no train service near or at the airport. 

So here is how to get to the city center from the Airport in Dublin: 

Car Rental

Rental Car

If you choose to rent a car, various agencies can help you at the airport and you can even reserve a car online before you arrive to speed up the process. Hertz, Avis, and Europcar are available options with prices that range from 30 to 40 euros per day. This way you can travel anywhere you wish in Ireland. 

By driving yourself you will arrive at the city center in about 20 minutes. Although you should consider making sure your hotel or AIRBNB has parking since Dublin has limited space. 

Buses

Buses Dublin

There are three types of buses you can take to the city center: Express Busses, Local Busses, and Private Shuttles

Express buses from the airport are the longest route to take, but also the cheapest. There are three express buses available from the airport that take you to the city center: Airlink 747 and 757, and AirCoach 700

Both buses are available at Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of the Dublin Airport. A one-way ticket is 7 euros when bought on the bus and you can save one euro by buying them online at 6 euros. If your intent to travel a lot on your visit you can always go ahead and buy a Leap Visitor Card, which allows for travel on airlinks and all other public transportation in Dublin. 747 runs from Dublin Airport to Heuston Station in Central Dublin. 757 runs from Dublin Airport through Pearse Station in Central Dublin to arrive at Charlotte Way. Airlink busses are also wheelchair accessible. 

Aircoach 700 is available from Terminal 1. A shuttle leaves the airport every 15 to 30 minutes and runs 24/7. The fare depends on your final destination but will probably go from 8 euros to 14. The 700’s routes are from the Airport to Drumcondra, O’Connell Street, and Bridge, to Westmoreland St, Kildare Street, to St Stephen’s Green, Leeson Street Lower, Clayton Hotel, Morehampton Road, Hampton Hotel, Donnybrook Road, and University College Dublin. 

Local Bus operate from the Airport to various locations in Dublin, they are cheaper although slower and all local busses depart from Terminal 1. You can buy your ticket on the bus and/or get a Leap Card. The three local busses that run from the Airport are: the 16 (Dublin Airport to Ballinteer), 41 (Abbey St towards Sword Manor), and 102 (Dublin Airport to Sutton DART Station). Timetables for the bus are available in real-time at the airport and on the Dublin bus website. These buses are also wheelchair accessible. 

Lastly, you can take a private bus service such as Air Coach, Airport Hopper, Cityscape. They stop at different spots in the city and even hotels. Shuttles leave the airport on an hourly basis. 

To go to the greater Dublin area, you can check the routes and timetable of Bus Eireann. They have various routes that go through the Airport.

Taxi

Taxi Dublin

Available outside both terminals, taxis will normally be the fastest option, taking about 20 minutes from the airport to the city center. An airport taxi will be about 40 to 45 euros. Taxis are available 24/7 and in various sizes. Prices and ETAs are not fixed, everything depends on the final destination and the traffic.

Hotel Transfer

If it is an option, you can get a hotel transfer directly from your hotel, they will be waiting for you at the airport and will make things much more comfortable for you after your flight. Prices stay around 50 euros and the vehicles are for about 4 people.

Ride Apps

Ride Share App

You can take any car service app available in Ireland and Dublin from the airport to the city center. Uber is your safest bet. The fare will be more expensive than a regular taxi, but you do have more control over your options. You can choose the vehicle size and your pickup point.