There are 57 airlines and over 175 flights traveling in and out of Dublin Airport every day:
Terminal 1 Airlines:
Lufthansa, SAS, British Airways, CityJet, Iberia, Flybe, Norwegian, Turkish Airlines, Aer Arann, Air Baltic, Adria Airways, Air Canada Rouge, Air Southwest, Air Transat, BlueAir, Germanwings, Luxair, Cimber Sterling, Swiss, WestJet
Terminal 2 Airlines:
Emirates, Etihad Airways, Delta, United US Airways, American Airlines
There is also a fully operational US Customs and Border facility within Terminal 2.
Ireland’s national carrier is Aer Lingus. The airline flies to destinations all over the world with direct flights to many major airports in the USA and Canada.
Ireland’s other big airline is Ryanair. Ryanair regularly add new routes to regional airports throughout Europe, often with good deals from smaller airports.
The smallest Irish carrier, Aer Arann operates a range of domestic flights to Dublin from Cork, Donegal, Galway, Sligo and Knock, as well as international flights from the Isle of Man, Blackpool, Cardiff and Inverness in the UK.
Ireland is also easily accessible by ferry. There are up to 16 routes from Britain to Ireland every day in as little as one hour and fifty minutes. For more information, click here.
Car rentals are readily available in Terminal 1 & 2 at Dublin Airport.
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Connections between airport and city centre:
Dublin Bus offers many routes throughout Dublin, including the 16 to Ballinteer, the 41 to Lower Abbey Street and the 102 to Sutton Station.
Airlink Express services will bring you direct to the IFSC, Dublin City Centre, Gardiner Street, College Green & Temple Bar, Heuston & Connolly rail stations, St. Stephen’s Green, and Merrion Square.
Aircoach offers services from Dublin Airport to the city centre and South Dublin on a 24-hour basis. Its city centre service stops at most of the major hotels in Dublin City at key locations across Dublin.
The Airport Hopper operate hourly shuttle buses from Dublin Airport to Maynooth & Tallaght, servicing Lexlip, Liffey Valley, Lucan, Clondalkin and all the areas hotels on route.
Cityscape, operated by Dublin Coach operate 42 direct express services daily between Dublin Airport, the red cow luas and Dundrum town.
Getting to the CCD (Convention Centre Dublin) from the airport:
- Take the 2nd exit at the Dublin Airport roundabout onto the M1
- Continue on the M1 until you reach the Port Tunnel
- Exit the Port Tunnel and continue onto East Wall Road
- At the roundabout at the end of East Wall Road (beside 3 Arena), take the 2nd exit onto North Wall Quay
- After 850 metres the CCD will be on your right
Getting around Dublin:
The integrated public transport ticket is called the LEAP CARD and offers discounts on standard cash fares and is used across public bus and rail. If you’re just visiting, you can get a Leap Visitor Card at the airport. To possess a valid ticket always touch-on and touch-off when using the public transport system.
Dublin Bus operates 110 radial routes across the county of Dublin. Service normally runs from 6:30 to 23:30 during the week with late buses from the city on weekends. Visit their site to plan your journey, calculate your fare or to check timetables:
The electric rail system is called DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit). The DART is a quick and easy way to get around the county, it runs along the east coast of Dublin.
There are two Luas tram lines, the Red line and the Green line. The Red line is 20km in length and has 32 stops. The Red Line runs from Tallaght to The Point and from Saggart to Connolly. The Green Line is 16.5km in length and has 22 stops. The Green line runs from Brides Glen to St. Stephen’s Green through Sandyford.
Dublin is one of the top ten bike friendly cities in the world. With over 120km of bike-friendly lanes, Dublin is the perfect city to hop on a bike and explore when the weather permits.
Dublin City Bikes are custom-designed self-rental bikes with stations distributed throughout the city centre to enable easy access and optimal use. Located in close proximity to each other, every station has a minimum of 15 stands making it an easy and enjoyable to use service.
All stations are equipped with Annual Card or 3 Day Ticket users. A number of the terminals allow you to purchase the 3 Day tickets via credit card. An annual card costs €20 and the first 30 minutes use of each bike is free.
If you want to explore Dublin by bike, you can lend a bike and make your way around the city.
Although the weather in Ireland throughout the summer is beautiful and generally quite mild, it is always advisable to be prepared for rain. Dress in layers, have an umbrella at the ready, and of course, keep something waterproof handy just in case.
The currency used in Ireland is the euro (€), Northern Ireland’s currency is the pound sterling (£). Visa and Mastercard are accepted almost everywhere, however, an American Express card is not as widely accepted. There are various ATM’s and internationally recognised banks throughout the city and city centre.
The international dialling code for Ireland is 00-353. When making international calls, you will need to dial 00 + your country code.
Irish plugs are three-pronged and the electricity supply is 230v 50Hz – the same as in Britain. We recommend that you bring a couple of adapters for your various gadgets if you are travelling from outside of Ireland.
The number 112 can be dialed to reach emergency services – medical, fire and police – from anywhere in Europe. The operator redirects the call to the appropriate service. This Pan-European emergency number can be called from any telephone (landline, pay phone or mobile phone) and is free of charge.
English and Irish (Gaeilge) are the two official languages in the Republic of Ireland. Everyone speaks English as it is the primary language - you’ll get introduced to the Irish language as soon as you arrive, however. This is the case as all street and road signs in the Republic of Ireland are in both English and Irish.
The usual opening hours across various sectors in Ireland are the following. You may find shorter opening hours outside of the cities.
Monday to Saturday: 09:00 to 18:00
Thursday: Late opening until 20:00 or 21:00
Sunday: Limited opening hours
Please note these are only typical business hours; shops in popular and busier shopping areas often stay open longer.
Monday to Thursday: 10:30 to 23:30
Friday and Saturday: 10:30 to 00:30
Sunday: 12:30 to 23:30
January 1: New Year’s Day
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
May 1: May Day
First Monday in June: Bank Holiday
First Monday in August: Bank Holiday
Last Monday in October: Bank Holiday
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: St. Stephen’s Day
There is a smoking ban in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland making it illegal to smoke in an enclosed place of work. So everywhere from pubs and restaurants, to shops, offices and public transport, are smoke-free.
The time on the island of Ireland is the same as Greenwich Mean Time less than half of the year. During the summer it becomes GMT+1, that's Irish Standard Time (IST) in the Republic and British Summer Time (BST) in Northern Ireland.