A quick guide to Dublin Airport in Ireland

All flights to Dublin or those having this Irish city as their final destination land in DUB airport, which consists of two terminal buildings connected by an elevated walkway for passengers. About 10 kilometres separate the terminals from iconic landmarks such as the Trinity College, the Liffey River, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Temple Bar, and this short journey can be covered easily by car or bus. In today’s post, we gather the most relevant information you need to know before your trip to Dublin.

Which terminal in Dublin airport should I go to?

Terminal 1. If you are flying with Aegean Airlines, Air Arabian, Air France, British Airways, CityJet, Etihad Airways, Eurowings, Finnair, Flybe, Iberia Express, KLM, Lufthansa, Luxair, Norwegian, Qatar Airways, Air Canada, Ryanair, Swiss International, Scandinavian Airlines, Transavia, Tui, Turkish Airlines, Vueling or Wow, you will probably land in T1 and should go to it for departure, too.

Terminal 2 is home to the Irish flagship airline Aer Lingus, although long-haul flights by American Airlines, Delta, Emirates and Norwegian are also operated from this base.

Travelling to and from Dublin airport

Transport options from the terminals to Dublin city centre or from the downtown to Dublin airport are varied, affordable and convenient. Most run services that start in the early morning and continue until nearly midnight.

You may choose among public bus lines 41 and 102 or the Airlink Express. The known as Aircoach may also take you to your hotel in Dublin, and other companies like Airport Hopper and Cityscape offer transfers from Dublin airport. Taxis are available at the corresponding ranks outside each terminal.

Fast security lane in Dublin airport

There is a fast lane to clear the security of Dublin airport in both T1 and T2. If you travel for business and have little time to spare or you think you will be running late on the day of your departure, know that a Fast Track Security service may be booked online for a nominal fee.

In order to make sure you won’t miss your flight, we advise you to book a hotel near Dublin airport.

Cafés and restaurants in Dublin Airport (public zones)

Should you feel like having a comforting cup of coffee, enjoy a pre-flight meal or indulge in something sweet while you wait, the public area of both terminals in Dublin airport boasts a wide array of eateries. Some of them stay open 24 hours a day, including AMT coffee in the arrivals hall of T1 and McDonalds (T1). Also located in terminal 1, Upper Crust and Marqette open at 3:00, and are perfect for after-midnight arrivals or a very early wake-up call. If you would rather go for a take away option, Wrights Food is also available around the clock.

The arrivals area of T2 feature the Thai cuisine of the Diep Noodle Bar, alongside the burgers of the Gourmet Kitchen, both open for business between 11:30 and 19:30. Other places to eat before the security filters of Dublin airport’s terminal 2 are the Oak Cafe Bar and O’Briens.

Where to eat in Dublin airport (after security)

Once you have passed through security in DUB, you will find several spots selling bottled water (0,5 l.) for only 1 euro. Terminal 1 features restaurants like Burger King, Butler’s Chocolate, the Gate Clock Bar, Leopold, Jump Juice, Marqette, Refuel, Puro Gusto, Soho Coffee Co, Starbucks and the Garden Terrace, specialising in breakfast options. Travellers in terminal 2 may equally have their coffee or meal before boarding at Burger King and Butler’s Chocolate, or else go to the Chocolate Lounge, the Flutes Champagne Bar, the Harvest Market, the Slaney or Irish Meadows, among some others. Most of these establishments adapt their opening hours to the flights departing on each specific day.

Executive lounges in Dublin airport

Travellers may access the airport lounges of the two terminals of Dublin airport in order to spend their waiting time before boarding the plane in a more relaxed manner. Inside the lounge, passengers may eat, have a drink, read the daily press, surf the internet by using free WiFi or catch up with work at the business centre. The maximum period of time allowed is 3 hours immediately before departure.

Admission is granted to any passenger who has purchased a pass, regardless of the category of their plane ticket or the airline they are flying with. Bear in mind that you may not need to pay for access when you are a member of Priority Pass or other frequent flyer programs. These airport lounges in Dublin remain operational between 5:00 and 21:00 h.

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