Dublin Airport Guide

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Dublin Airport is located north of Dublin City Centre, and is the largest Airport in Ireland, closely followed by Shannon Airport and Cork Airport. In 2016, Dublin Airport carried over 27 million passengers to destinations all over the world. This was a new record for Dublin Airport, with 8% growth over the 2015 passenger figures. The figure are continuously growing, since 2011 alone, passenger numbers in Dublin airport has risen by 34%.

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With the increase of passengers passing through Dublin year on year, Dublin Airport has decided to build a second parallel runway, which will help with the growth and enhance the connectivity. While the benefits of Dublin Airport being able to handle more flights is obvious, it is estimated by 2043 the new runway will have added €2.2 billion to the Irish economy. Read more information on Dublin Airport's North Runway.

Dublin Airport operates short haul flights to an extensive list of European destinations. There are flights from Dublin Airport and 18 destinations in the United Kingdom. In terms of medium haul routes are offered to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, Sharm El Sheikh, Addis Ababa and the holiday destinations of Lanzarote, Tenerife and the Canneries. Long Haul routes operate to North America with Aer Lingus, American Airlines, Delta and United offering a wide range of destinations.

Airport Location

The airport is located close to Dublin City and also along the motorway network in Dublin. Both the M50 and M1 motorways are adjacent to the airport, meaning the airport is easily accessible by car. Public transport in the form of buses and taxi services can be accessed outside both terminals, and offer fast access to the city.

In addition to taxi, bus services and numerous international companies offer car rental facilities from both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, with cars either parked in the short term car parks or in the nearby car rental compounds.

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The Dublin airport can be contacted for information about shops, suggestions or attend to any complaints.

You can email or phone their office through-

Telephone:+ 353 1 8141111
Email: information.queries@daa.iee
More information.

Aer Lingus & Ryanair

Aer Lingus and Ryanair are the two principle airlines based in Dublin Airport. Ryanair operates low cost flights from Terminal 1 to destinations primarily in Europe while Aer Lingus services Europe and several locations in North America such as New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Hartfield and Miami.

US Border Pre-Clearance

One of the great benefits of using Dublin Airport to travel to the United States is the US Border Pre-Clearance is completed before you depart the airport, meaning upon landing in the United States there are no more immigration controls to pass through. Dublin Airport is the only major airport in Europe to offer passengers this facility.

Dublin Airport has grown in popularity as an airport for connecting flights. This is helped by the US Border Pre-Clearance facility, but also the 180 direct destinations on offer. Over recent years, in particular with the construction of Terminal 2, the airport has become a very relaxing environment with a comprehensive choice of shops, bars, and restaurants free charging stations and free unlimited WiFi.

Public Transport

There are many of bus services providers from Dublin Airport. Airlink is one of the most popular, it runs a non-stop bus service from Dublin Airport to the city center it is very popular with most travelers as it runs every 30 minutes. You can board the bus at both Terminals 1 & 2 and the ticket can eithe prepaid or purchased on the bus.

Aircoach also runs a regular bus service between the Airport and Greystones. There is aircoach service that goes to Cork city, Greystones and other locations across Ireland.


Taxi services are available to use. There is a taxi rank outside the terminals, taxis to Dublin city centre will cost approximately €20-25.

Car Hire

There are many car rental companies at the airport providing car hire service for customers, there are options to have a one way rental, luxury vehicles or cheap car rental Dublin airport.

Tourist Accommodation

Dublin airport is surrounded by hotels that are within 5 to 25 minutes’ drive which will make your arrival and departure very convenient. The closest hotels are the Radisson Blu Hotel and the Carlton Hotel which are 2 - 3 kilometers away respectively. There are also very good hostels like the Dublin International Hostel and the Backpackers Hostel which are both 5 kilometers away.

Airbnb is a popular accommodation choice for tourists visiting Ireland. From our research, we have found that Airbnb properties come with interesting characteristics and spread all over Dublin with varying prices. Airbnb properties are on the rise and provide a locals’ perspective about Dublin.

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