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How to Get to Dublin

How to Get to Dublin by Air

Dublin’s international airport, which is at a distance of about 10 km from the city centre, is served by a few international airlines, which link it to a number of destinations in the UK, the USA, and some other European countries. There are daily flights to Dublin from London, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds. From the airport, you can get to the city by bus or taxi.

At the moment there is one terminal at the airport. A second is slated to open later this year.

Airport facilities

The Dublin airport has a Tourist Information counter at the arrivals hall and there are a number of ATM machines all over the airport and there is a foreign exchange currency dealer as well as bank in the departure area.

There are a number of cafes and bars at the airport as well as a good duty free shopping arcade where one can get goods at reasonable prices. There is a Left Luggage counter located at the atrium of the multi-level car park, so if you need to leave some baggage in storage you may do so here.

Airport hotels in the vicinity of the airport are the SAS Radisson and the Clarion Dublin hotel.A few others like the Holiday Inn Express and the Crown Plaza are also nearby. If you have not done prior reservations, approach the Dublin Tourism counter and use the courtesy phones to make a booking - both located at the arrival hall.

To get to the city from the airport you can either take a taxi, bus or rent a car.

Taxis are located just outside the arrival terminal.

Car rental companies like Avis, Budget, Hertz and National have their counters at the arrival concourse, so it is possible to rent a car from the airport.

There are three types of bus services from the airport.

The Aircoach express service goes to and from the airport to the city centre every 15 minutes. The journey takes around half an hour. The Aircoach also provides service to Cork and Belfast.

Airlink service, of the Dublin Bus, comes every ten minutes and goes to the city centre and bus station.

The Dublin Bus has other local and cheaper routes to the airport. However it takes longer as it stops more.

If you are going further afield to smaller places outside of Dublin, there is a coach service that runs frequent services to major hotels in Dublin as also other towns south of the city. The coach station is located at one end of the airports main car park.

By Sea

There are several ferries which connect Dublin to Cork and Galway. The port is called Dublin Port and is the largest port in Ireland.

International ferries from France; Brittany, are also there. The journey takes around 13 hours to complete.

Taxis and buses are always waiting at the ports and you can always buy a joint ticket from your agent.

How to Get to Dublin by Rail

Other than by air, you can also get to Dublin by rail. Larnrod Eirean is Ireland’s rail network.There is regular service from Cork, Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Gallway, Tralee, Westport, Athlone and Bellina. Dublin has two railway stations.

Heuston Station gets trains from these cities.

Connolly Station in the north gets trains from Belfast, Sligo, Wexford and Rosslare Harbour.

Both the stations have exchange bureaus, snack bars and left luggage facilities.

Be careful in the areas around the station; they are not very safe after dark.

How to Get to Dublin by Bus

There is a single a bus terminus; Busaras operated by the National Express, from which buses go to almost all parts of Ireland. It is next to the Connolly Station. Private buses also run from here.

Car rentals are available at the airport.

Getting Around Dublin

Public transport is a good way of making your way around- and also economical. There is a very good bus and rail network that exists in Dublin.

By Rail: The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit), a railway network, connects Dublin to most of the surrounding areas, and the local bus network within the city is fairly extensive.

By Road: Various denominations of daily and weekly passes are available and can be used eithere on both the bus and rail service or either. Depending on the number of days you plan to be in Dublin, you can buy the Rambler pass for one, three, five or seven day’s consecutive travel. There is even a one day Family pass which can be used for bus travel. All these tickets and passes can be purchased at the airport or bus station.

Taxis in Dublin are relatively cheap, especially when compared to the steep cab fares of London and other European capitals, and can be found at cab ranks; if you telephone a taxi company for a cab, you might end up paying somewhat more.

Although renting a car is very convenient if you want to reach the suburbs of Dublin, it’s an expensive proposition and impractical if you’re headed for the city centre (many areas are pedestrians-only, and there’s often a shortage of parking space). However, if you want to travel around the outskirts of Dublin, hiring a car from one of the many agencies in town is advisable.

By Cycle: Cycling is a healthy way to explore the city. You can easily rent a cycle and wheel around the hale and hearty city.

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