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Transfer Options from Dublin Airport to the City Centre

Dublin is known as Ireland’s capital and 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 km outside of central Dublin. Despite the large number of travellers coming through the airport daily, there are only two different transfer options to get from Dublin Airport to the city centre; you can take a taxi or a bus.

Airport taxis are always the fastest option, taking only 20 minutes to get from the airport to the city centre in light traffic.

However, travellers who find an airport taxi a pricey option can take one of the many buses that head straight from Dublin Airport to Dublin 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

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Taxi €30 20min 24/7
Bus €14 35min 24/7

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

An airport taxi from Dublin Airport to the city centre is by far the most efficient and comfortable transportation option. The airport offers taxi services 24/7 with no additional airport fees, unlike most airports in other European cities. Taxi vehicles are usually dark grey 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 an estimated cost between €25 and €30 for up to 4 passengers.

Dublin Airport to city centre taxi cost

All licensed taxis in Dublin calculate their fees using a taximeter 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 €4.20 then €1.30 per km or €0.46 per minute.
  • Monday to Saturday from 20:00 to 08:00, the initial fee is €4.80 then €1.71 per km or €0.60 per minute.
  • December 24th to January 1st the initial fee is €4.80 then €2 per km or €0.71 per minute.

The average cost of a trip from Dublin Airport to Dublin is around €25 to €30 depending on your exact destination and number of passengers.



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 a taxi from?

There are official taxi ranks in front of both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport; simply follow the taxi signage inside the Arrivals Hall in either Terminal and you should find taxis lined up by the sidewalk.


Taking a taxi from Dublin Airport to Dublin city centre 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 the safest means of transportation, due to the experienced drivers and the modern vehicles.

Editor’s Note

If you're not heading to a hotel or apartment but instead you're looking to get from Dublin Airport to Dublin Train Station, taking a taxi is the best option for stress-free transportation. There is no train station at Dublin Airport so the only available public trasnport option is the bus, which isn't always on time; if you're in a hurry to catch a train it's not worth the risk.

Useful Tips

All taxis in Ireland must accept card payments as well as cash.
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 around 10% is normally appreciated as a customary gesture.

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

The cheapest way from Dublin Airport to the city centre is to use the local or express buses. There are multiple operators to choose from but the best options are Dublin Bus lines 16 and 41, Dublin Express lines 782 and 784, and Aircoach line 700. All bus lines stop at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 and will take you downtown; it’s best to check each route’s map and find the line that will take you as close to your accommodation as possible.

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

The fare for the bus from Dublin Airport to the city centre depends on the operator, if it’s a single or round trip, and if you’re paying cash or you’re using a Leap card. The cheapest option is Dublin Bus routes 16 and 41 with a single adult fare at €1.70 in cash. A single adult fare for Dublin Express lines 782 and 784 costs €8 and for Aircoach bus 700 it costs €7.



Trip Duration

35 Min.

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

Value for Money

Dublin Bus 41 and Aircoach 700 run 24/7 daily. Bus line 16 runs from 06:00 until 23:20. Dublin Express buses run from 05:20 until 22:50.

Where do I get the bus from?

Each operator departs from a different stop at Dublin Airport so it’s important to look for the relevant signs. Dublin Bus lines depart from Zone 15 at Terminal 1. The stop for Aircoach bus 700 is in Zone 2 at Terminal 1 and in Zone 20 at Terminal 2. Dublin Express buses depart from Zone 1 at Terminal 1 and Zone 21 at Terminal 2. There is a tunnel connecting the two Terminals and it’s a 5-minute walk from one to the other.


Although using any Dublin Airport bus to the city centre takes longer than an airport taxi, the service itself is very efficient and good value for money. Keep in mind that local buses offer limited luggage space so they may not be the best option for your group if you’re carrying multiple pieces of luggage and you’re travelling during peak hours. Also, if you’re trying to get from Dublin Airport to the train station, the bus may be cheaper but you need to check which line takes you closer to the station to avoid looking for additional transportation.

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

For Dublin Bus lines you can purchase a ticket from the driver but make sure to have the exact fare in cash.
The Leap Card is available to buy online and from selected sale points in Dublin Airport; Wrights Airport Convenience Store and WH Smith at T1 Arrivals or Spar Shop at T2 Arrivals.
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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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?

No direct rail services are operating to or from Dublin Airport; 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?

The distance from Dublin Airport to Dublin City is only about 10 km south. The drive there by car or taxi should take about 20 minutes in light traffic conditions and about 35 minutes by bus.

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

A taxi from Dublin Airport to Dublin costs between €25 and €35, depending on your destination and the time of day. A tip isn’t required and it’s not included in the fare but it’s customary to leave 10% of the total fare or round up to the nearest euro.

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