How to get from Dublin 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 €25 to €30 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.
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Taxi || €25|| 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.
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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.
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.
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.
Waiting time ranges from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the time of the day.
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.
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).
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.