Going from Dublin airport in Ireland to the city centre takes less than 30 minutes on average, the distance between the two points being just 12 kilometres. In order to get to central Dublin you may choose to travel by taxi, bus or shuttle; therefore, when estimating your travel expenses, bear in mind that the fare to be paid will vary according to the transportation method, the specific location of your accommodation in the downtown and the number of people travelling with you, whether they are part of your family or group or strangers with whom you will be sharing a private car. Hiring a vehicle at the terminal after landing to get around independently is also a good option.
Dublin International airport in Ireland has two terminal buildings connected by an elevated walkway. If you are flying with Ryanair to Dublin, it is highly likely that you will arrive through Terminal 1. All flights operated by Aer Lingus, American Airlines, Delta, Emirates and United, and long-haul ones handled by Norwegian Air Shuttle take off and land at Terminal 2. All other airlines operate from T1 in DUB. With this in mind, you can figure out where to go beforehand: buses from the airport to Dublin city centre stop to pick up passengers at both terminals, while taxi ranks are located outside Terminal 1. The shuttle buses that transport arriving travellers to the hotels in the area normally wait in the parking lot.
Should you need to go from one terminal to another, you can do so by simply walking across the covered pedestrian elevated tunnel designated for such purpose. It can be reached from the upper level (departures) of Terminal 1 and vice versa.
Shuttle buses provided by Dublin hotels
If you have a reservation to stay in a hotel near Dublin airport like the Travelodge North Swords, the Travelodge South, the Crowne Plaza or the Holiday Inn Express Dublin airport, know that there is a shuttle bus that runs regular services to pick up and drop off guests at the terminals. They usually wait for passengers at the parking lot -although you can always ask the airport staff for directions to find them- and cater to the needs of those catching an early flight as well as the ones leaving Dublin in the late evening with extended operating hours.
Take also into account that you can hire your own shuttle service for you and your family, thus travelling smoothly and comfortably with your luggage without depending on schedules. Some hotels in central Dublin may equally provide transfers to and from the airport, so you are advised to confirm it with them before your trip.
Commuting from Dublin airport by taxi
Upon arrival in Dublin International airport in Ireland, passengers find taxi services available in a rank outside Terminal 1. They are assisted by dispatchers who organise the queues, answer any questions they may have and escort them to the official vehicles. You will rarely need to wait to hop on a taxi cab in Dublin airport, and they are an excellent option if your plane lands late at night.
Travelling from the airport to Dublin city centre by bus
Perhaps the most popular way to get from Dublin airport to the city by bus is taking line 747 of the Airlink Express. The bus stands are situated right outside the public zones of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of Dublin airport and services start running from as early as 5:45 until midnight; this schedule is slightly different on the reverse journey and during the weekend.
A single ticket to get on the Airlink Express Bus at Dublin airport costs 7 euros, and return ones are available at 12 euros. The journey lasts 30 minutes approximately, contingent upon where you will be getting off; the bus makes many stops along the way and it might take up to 50 minutes to arrive in Dublin on the busiest times of the day. If you choose this as your means of transportation, it can take you directly to Heuston railway station, the Convention Centre, the central O’Connell Street or the Temple Bar area without the need for any other transfers.