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Transfer Options from Dublin International Airport to the City Centre

Dublin is known as Ireland’s capital, it is also the country’s chief port, historical and contemporary centre for education and seat of culture. It is no wonder that Dublin International Airport (DUB) is Ireland’s busiest airport, located just 10 kilometres outside of central Dublin.
Despite the big amount of travellers coming through the airport daily, there are only 2 different transfer options to get to the city; you can either take a taxi or a bus. Taxis are always the fastest option, taking only 20 minutes to get from the airport to the city centre. However, travellers that do not want to spend €40 to €45 for a Dublin airport transfer, can take one of the two available express buses that head straight to the city centre for a lesser price.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Dublin at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

Welcome Pickups €43 20min 24/7
Taxi 20min 24/7
Bus €14 40min 24/7

How to get from Dublin airport to the city centre by taxi

A taxi from Dublin airport is by far the most efficient and comfortable way to travel to Dublin city centre. The airport offers taxi services 24/7 with no additional airport fees, unlike most airports in other European cities. Taxi vehicles are usually dark gray or black with a distinctive black and yellow taxi rooftop sign. Additionally, companies use stickers on their dashboards to display their current rates. A taxi ride to the centre of Dublin takes around 20 minutes, under normal traffic conditions, with a price that shouldn’t exceed €30.

Taxi fare from Dublin airport to the city centre

All licensed taxis calculate their fees using a taximeter, so based on the distance to your destination. However, it is important to know that different factors may affect the final price. The taxi fare is calculated as follows:

Monday to Saturday the initial fee is €3.80 then €1.14 per km or €0.40 per minute.
Monday to Saturday from 20:00 to 08:00, the initial fee is €4.20 then €1.45 per km or €0.51 per minute.
December 24th to January 1st the initial fee is €4.20 then €1.80 per km or €0.64 per minute.

This being said, an average trip from the airport to the city centre of Dublin should cost around €25 – €30.

Taxi prices
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Night time
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Trip Duration

20 Min.

*Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis at Dublin airport are available 24/7.

Where do I get it from?

Dublin airport’s taxi rank is located just outside of the arrivals hall in front of Terminal 1. Airport taxi staff can help travellers if needed with specific requests or needs.


Taking a taxi from Dublin airport is a great experience as they provide a door-to-door service in the privacy of your own vehicle. Moreover, taxis are considered to be safest means of transportation, due to the experienced drivers and the modern vehicles.

Editor’s Note

If you wish to pay by card, you should ask your taxi driver whether they have a card machine before starting your trip, as many don't.

Useful Tips

All taxis can issue a receipt, stating the start and the end of your journey time, the distance travelled, the total price and additional fees.
If your taxi driver was good, a small tip is normally appreciated as a customary gesture.

How to get from Dublin airport to the city centre by bus

Despite the large amount of passengers travelling daily through Dublin airport, the only other transport option is by bus. There are two express bus lines at the airport; the Airlink 747 and the Aircoach 700. Although these two buses are slightly different, they both make their way through the heart of the city at O’Connell Street. The Airlink 747 is available from 05:00 to 23:30 whilst the Aircoach 700 is available 24/7 and both buses take around 40 minutes to reach central Dublin.

How much is the bus from Dublin airport to the city centre?

A one-way adult ticket on the Airlink bus costs €6 and €7 on the Aircoach. Respectively, round trips cost €10 and €12. Furthermore, a one-way ticket on the Airlink for a child is €3 and €5 for a round trip, and a one-way child ticket on the Aircoach costs €2 and €4 for a round trip. You can buy your bus tickets directly from the bus driver in Euros or from the designated airport stands. You also have the option to book tickets online both for Aircoach and Airlink services, thus also securing lower ticket prices.



Trip Duration

40 Min.

Waiting time ranges from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the time of the day.

Value for Money

The Airlink 747 is available from 05:00 to 23:30 and the Aircoach 700 is available 24/7

Where do I get it from?

Both buses depart from the bus station at the arrivals hall in Terminal 1. Once outside, the station is located on the right side of the exit doors.


Although both buses take twice as long as a taxi, the service itself is very efficient and practical, for a very good price. Both buses offer separate luggage space along with air conditioning and comfortable seats. Moreover, there are not many stops between the airport and the city centre.

Editor’s Note

You can buy a Leap Visitor Card for only €19.50 at the SPAR shop (a small grocery shop) in Terminal 1 and 2's arrivals hall. The Leap Visitor Card is a pre-paid ticket that allows unlimited city travel for 72 hours (3 days).

Useful Tips

There is an Airlink information desk at the arrivals hall where you can purchase your Airlink ticket, you can also purchase your ticket at the Spar shop, at the vending machines at the bus stop or online in advance.
For those staying at the Grand Canal Hotel, the Aircoach bus drops you right by the hotel, next to the School House Hotel. From there you will only need to walk 3 minutes to the Grand Canal Hotel.

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Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Dublin. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

Is there a train at Dublin Airport?

Dublin Airport is the only major European airport not serviced by trains. For this reason, bus routes connect the airport to the major train stations in Dublin City Centre.

How close is Dublin Airport to the city?

Dublin International Airport is approximately 6 miles (12 kilometres) north of Dublin city centre, it is located near a large suburban area called Swords.

How much does it cost to get from Dublin Airport to the city centre?

A taxi from Dublin Airport to the Grand Canal Hotel in the city centre costs between €25 and €35, depending on the time of day.

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