Dublin Airport is located 10km or 6 miles north of Dublin City Centre. If you’re looking for the best way to get from Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre we’ve looked at taxis, public and private buses and coaches, to help you choose the best transportation for you.
Visitor Leap Card
If you want to use public transport to or around Dublin, it’s worth looking at Leap Cards. A ‘Leap’ card gives you discounted travel on bus, tram and rail services in the greater Dublin area. It is very handy, and advisable to get if you’re spending a few days in Dublin. There is a visitor Leap card, which costs €10 for one day, €19.50 for three days and €40 for seven days. In that time you get unlimited travel on:
- Airlink 747 airport bus service
- All Dublin Bus scheduled services (not valid on tours)
- All Luas (tram) services
- DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) and Commuter Rail in the Short Hop Zone (all of Dublin city and county)
Where can I buy a visitor Leap Card in Dublin?
You can buy or top up a visitor Leap card in the following locations:
- Bus & Travel Information Desk (T1 Arrivals)
- Spar Shop (T2 Arrivals)
- Discover Ireland Tourist Information Desk (T2 Arrivals)
Dublin City Centre
- Dublin Bus Offices, 59 Upper O’Connell St.
- Discover Ireland Centre, 14 Upper O’Connell St.
- Visit Dublin Centre, 25 Suffolk St.
See more at Visitor Leap Card
Airlink – Public Coach
The Airlink is an express public coach that accepts Leap Cards. Without a Leap Card, it costs €6 one way or €10 return. Unlike other the regular public Dublin bus, you don’t need exact change. Do be mindful that timetables are different on Sundays and public holidays.
Airlink is also one the fastest ways to get to the city, as it uses the Port Tunnel, which runs under much of the north side of the city. The service runs 7 days a week from 4.45am to 00.30am up to every 10 minutes. Many would consider the Airlink bus the best way to get from Dublin city centre to Dublin airport, in terms of speed and affordability.
There are two coaches, the 747 and the 757. For those staying in Grand Canal, the 757 drops you off closest to the hotel. Make sure to hop off at Cardiff Lane (Grand Canal Dock). From there, it’s just a 12 minute walk to the Grand Canal Hotel (see map below). According to their website it should take 30 minutes, in reality it takes less.
For those staying slightly more central in the city, the 747 will take you there. For list of stops and time tables check out http://www.dublinbus.ie/en/Your-Journey1/Timetables/Airport-Services/
Where Do I Get The Airlink From?
The Airlink goes from both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. According to their website, Airlink will have staff there to meet and greet you.
Terminal 1: There is an Airlink information desk in the arrivals hall. You can purchases your Airlink ticket there, at the Spar shop (a small store) or at the vending machines at the bus stop.
Terminal 2: You can purchase your ticket in the Spar shop. Their staff will also assist you with any queries you might have.
Aircoach – Private Coach
Aircoach is the only 24 hour coach service. It departs frequently, every 15 minutes between 3.15am and 11.55pm. After that it’s every 30 minutes. The cost is €7 one way (€6 if you book online).
Where Do I Get Aircoach From?
Aircoach picks up at the front door of both Terminal 1 and 2.
Terminal 1: When you exit T1, turn left immediately and you’ll see their stop.
Terminal 2: On exiting the baggage reclaim area, continue along the same level. Make sure to follow the signs for buses and coaches. Cross the footbridge, and then exit the escalator on the left side. There will be an Aircoach customer service team there to answer any questions.
For those staying at Grand Canal Hotel this bus drops you the closest. Just hop off at the School House Hotel. From there it’s only a 3 minute walk to the Grand Canal Hotel. See map below.
It can cost €20-€25 from the airport to Dublin city centre, more at certain times. For taxi fare calculate check out this link: http://www.transportforireland.ie/taxi/taxi-fare-estimator/. If you’re travelling as a group with lots of bags to a specific location, this can be a great option and more affordable. In Ireland you’re not required to tip taxi driver, but a small amount is always appreciated.
Where Can I Get A Taxi From Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre?
Taxi’s are available in forecourts directly outside Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. There is usually a queue to wait, but it shouldn’t take too long. A taxi from Dublin Airport to the Grand Canal Hotel in the city centre would cost between: €24.40 to €35.40, depending on the time of day. For exact fares check out this taxi fare calculator.
Dublin Bus – Public Bus – 41
The cheapest way to get to Dublin City Centre. This is just a regular public transport bus that stops at the airport. You can use your Leap Card on Dublin. If paying in cash, you must have the exact change, which is €3.30 (slightly cheaper with the Leap Card). Just make sure to get the one that says “Lower Abbey Street via Airport”, not “Swords Manor Via Airport”. Or you’ll end up going in the wrong direction. You’re best saying “city centre” when hopping on, the driver will tell you if you’re on the wrong one.
For those staying in the Grand Canal Hotel, it’s roughly a 30 minute walk to the hotel. Not ideal if you’re carrying lots of bags.
Where Can I Get the 41 From?
The 41 picks up from both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, just outside on the forecourts.
For 41 time tables, check out: https://www.dublinbus.ie/Your-Journey1/Timetables/All-Timetables/41/
Other Blogs on Dublin
41N – Dublin Bus and Stuff
Airlink – Canadian Pacific
Taxi – Nate Eagleson