Wondering how to get from Dublin Airport to the city center? We’ve got you covered!
Traveling to Ireland is a no-brainer, no matter the weather. (Even though it’s almost always raining there.)
Dublin is a compact capital sprinkled with vintage pubs, excellent little shops, and historical sites.
And getting from Dublin Airport to the city center isn’t as challenging as most people think.
In fact, it’s ridiculously easy to get to the city center. That’s why we’ll explain each available option (there’re four), including their costs, where to buy the tickets, and where to find them.
And of course, tell you which one we prefer to use. (Spoiler: It’s #2, the Dublin Airport Bus.)
All of that, just so you can plan your trip to Ireland hassle-free. Ready?
Traveling to Dublin – Dublin International Airport (DUB)
Dublin Airport is only 6.7 miles (10.8 km) far from the city center, which means that, without traffic, this is a 25-30-ish-minute drive.
Yes, drive – either by shuttle bus or car. Unfortunately, there is no train station at the airport.
Also, most flights from the United States land in Terminal 2. While Dublin Airport only has two terminals, there’s no need to walk from one to another as the transportation options we’ll indicate below depart from both T1 and T2.
How to Get from Dublin Airport to the City Center
Overall, it’s definitely not difficult to get from Dublin Airport to the city center. There are enough options, some more expensive than others, but they’re also a tad more comfortable.
We’ll thoroughly explain all the details, so you can decide what’s the best alternative for you. Let’s get to them.
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Option 1 – Rental Car
However, you won’t use it to drive in the city itself because the center is compact, and for the farthest attractions, which aren’t that many, you can take a bus.
And unless you have free parking at your hotel, we wouldn’t even consider this option, to be honest.
In case you want a car just to visit the Cliffs of Moher, for example, know that there are excellent and hilarious day tours to the west coast.
In this post, we help you choose the best day tour from Dublin.
Our verdict: If you’re indeed going on a road trip around Ireland, we suggest getting your rental car after visiting Dublin to avoid unnecessary costs.
Option 2 – Airlink Aircoach (former Airlink Express 747) – Dublin Airport Shuttle
The Airlink Aircoach is an efficient shuttle service that runs between Dublin Airport and the city center (O’Connell Street, O’Connell Bridge, and Kildare Street stops only).
The whole system is practical, and there are enough buses throughout the day. We never had to wait long for it.
Personally, this is the best way to get from Dublin Airport to the city center, and we’ll name our reasons below, but first, know that the Aircoack rides from 4.45 am to 00.30 am.
The Airlink Aircoach Bus is the best Dublin Airport transportation because:
- The bus runs every 20-30 minutes, 7 days a week.
- It runs through Dublin Tunnel, which is the fastest route to the city center.
- It’s cheaper than a taxi.
- The bus rides near the major hotels and through the city center.
- There’s free WiFi onboard.
Whenever we arrive at our destination, we always opt for the fastest route unless we’re exhausted and need some comfort.
We strongly prefer getting to our hotel fast to freshen up rather than having a little luxury for half an hour.
Note: the Leap Visitor Card, can’t be used in this aircoach.
Where Can You Buy the Tickets?
The bus fare from Dublin Airport to the city center is €8 for a round trip for adults. While the children’s (5-15 yo) ticket costs €4.
You can buy the tickets with the driver, at Bus & Travel Information Desk in T1 Arrivals Hall, or online and present them to the driver on your phone: buy it online.
Where Can You Catch the Bus?
Pick-ups and drop-offs at Zone 2 Terminal 1 and Zone 20 at Terminal 2.
Option 3 – Taxi
Taxi is by far the easiest way to get from Dublin Airport to the city center.
All you have to do is raise your arm, get into the car, and the taxi driver will take you to your accommodation. Vehicles are usually black or dark gray with a taxi sign on them.
It’s hassle-free indeed, but this convenience comes at a higher cost when compared to other transportation means. See below.
This is one of the easiest Dublin Airport transportation means because:
- You don’t have to wait for taxis.
- You have door-to-door service.
- You’ll have a nice and comfortable ride after your flight.
However, we think that taxis are quite expensive.
The cost of a taxi from Dublin Airport to the city center usually ranges between €25 and €35. Depending on the traffic conditions, it can be higher, though.
Note that night rates also apply to taxi rides. Also, be sure the taximeter is on from the beginning and only agree on fixed rates that you know are fair. After all, taxi scams are common worldwide.
Our verdict: This is the best option if you’re traveling with a group of four people and preferably not during peak hours.
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Option 4 – Aircoach 700
The Aircoach 700 is a coach line that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on Christmas Day.
The Aircoach 700 Bus is a good Dublin Airport transportation because:
- It’s more luxurious and comfortable than other buses.
- It’s cheaper than a taxi.
- It runs every 15 minutes during the day and 30 minutes during the night.
The bus fare from Dublin Airport to the city center is €7 for a one-way ticket or €12 for a round trip for adults. While the children’s (5-15 yo) ticket costs €2 and €4, respectively.
Where Can You Buy the Tickets and Catch the Bus?
At Dublin Airport on T1: Exit the baggage reclaim area, turn left, and turn left immediately as you exit the terminal building.
At Dublin Airport on T2: Go to the Departures Road, then exit the baggage reclaim area, continue on the same level following the signs for buses and coaches, cross the footbridge, and then exit down the escalator on the left-hand side. There you’ll find their Customer Service Team.
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Airlink or Aircoach?
Both buses have similar prices, and we know it can be confusing to choose the best option, but we’ll list their differences below.
- More comfortable: Aircoach
- Travel time to Dublin City Centre: About the same – 30-ish minutes
- Price: About the same
- Number of stops near hotels: Airlink
- Frequency: Airlink
Our verdict: We prefer the facility Airlink offers, especially because it drives near the Temple Bar District, and that’s particularly handy when our flight is later in the day. (So we have more time to go sightseeing.)
How to Get to Dublin Airport from the City Center
Unfortunately, every trip comes to an end.
So whether you’re following our detailed Ireland itinerary, our complete one day in Dublin itinerary, or even our 2 days in Dublin guide, you’ll most likely be in Dublin on the day you travel back home.
If you’re going on some day trips, plan to overnight in Dublin to avoid any setbacks and catch the bus to Airport Dublin hassle-free.
Then, simply walk to an Airlink bus stop (they’re well marked), and show your printed ticket to the driver.
Be sure to purchase a return ticket instead of a one-way so you can get a little discount. Also, there’s no need to reserve a date for the return ticket.
Final Thoughts on How to Get from Dublin Airport to the City Center
Dublin is a compact city, and getting around or to it shouldn’t be difficult. Just plan these details in advance, and you’re good to go.
If you have any questions, please write them in the comments below, and we’ll happily try to help you!
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