From the plane to the pub: how to get from Dublin Airport to downtown


Yes you travel to Ireland Most likely, you fly to Dublin and travel from the capital of the country on the island. Or maybe on a weekend getaway you only have time to get to know the city (are you really going to miss everything that a trip through Ireland offers?). In either case, these are the transportation options you can choose from when going from the Airport to the center of Dublin, which is about 10km away.

Information panel with travel times, Dublin Airport (Ireland)

There is no train, tram or Metro (although it was on the Government's agenda in the days of fat cows before the crisis) that covers that route, so you will always have to go by road from the airport to the city. It can be done by private transport, by taxi, by specific bus or by local bus.

If you do not want to complicate your life, here you can directly book your transfer from Dublin airport to your final destination:


Dublin airport has since the end of 2010 a second terminal, basically operated by Aer Lingus - for all its flights-, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Delta, United, US Airways or American Airlines (yes, intercontinental flights so it looks ). Yes you fly with Ryanair or Iberia, you will arrive at Terminal 1 and the internal rearrangement has made it take 10 minutes or more to reach the security control and leave the premises.

Nice photo (I like it) of mobile, boarding with Ryanair at Dublin Airport (Ireland)


There are taxi stops, by the way, in Gaelic it is “Tacsai”, On the outside of both terminals. The cost of a taxi to get from Dublin Airport to downtown The city is around 25 euros.

As usual, traffic and weather can affect the journey time, which should be half an hour to an hour in the worst case. If it is raining and it is rush hour, consider another type of transport, the meter is unstoppable.


If you travel to Dublin, take the opportunity to do any of these activities in Dublin and surroundings, with very good recommendations from its users and Spanish speaking guides:

  1. Free tour of Dublin
  2. Dublin Mysteries and Legends free tour
  3. Free tour of North Dublin
  4. Tickets for the Guinness Store without queues and with pint included
  5. Tour of the Game of Thrones stages
  6. Night tour of Temple Bar and its pubs
  7. Dublin tourist bus
  8. Dublin private tour
  9. Viking tour of Dublin
  10. Howth and Malahide excursion
  11. Dublin Pass
  12. Tour of the Celtic legacy of Ireland
  13. Hook Peninsula and Shipwreck Coast
  14. Excursion to Belfast and the Giant's Causeway
  15. Excursion to Newgrange and the Boyne Valley
  16. More excursions in Dublin and surroundings

Private transport

There are several companies that carry out the private transport between Dublin Airport and the city. They differ from taxis in that the service has to be requested in advance and the cars do not have taxi signs, but are high-end vehicles with more careful and select interior finishes.

I have resorted twice to the services of one of these companies, called Blacklane. It is a German company that is less than 4 years old and operates in 186 cities in 50 countries. They do not have their own cars, but a database with a number of registered drivers (who they pay their taxes and have the corresponding permits for passenger transport), to those who contact when a service must be performed.

App and website for private transport reservations with Blacklane

Hiring for the client - who is usually a business traveler and professional - is very simple, either through his app or on the web. I registered on your page, providing some basic information, including a credit card number, and then I selected the point of departure and arrival, the date of the service and the time of collection.

The different types of vehicle (Business, Van / SUV, First) were presented on the screen and I chose the most suitable one, by number of passengers and price (from 55 to 100 Eur). The price includes all taxes, tip and applicable fees as well as a 15-minute wait and, in the case of airport pick-up, 1 hour.

To my mail arrived, for each of the routes, a service request confirmation email, an email confirmation of acceptance of the service, one hour before my arrival an email with the name of the driver who would do it and, when he arrived to wait for me, an email to indicate it. I also received an SMS with the driver's information and another with the arrival notification.

Blacklane transport confirmation emails from / to Airport to Dublin

The cars were of the expected range (a BMW Class 5 in one case, a Chrysler whose driver was brought by boat from the US in the other), and the drivers were friendly, attentive and professional.

Inevitably, we talked and because in Dublin I worked in several American technology companies and left the country in 2010, the conversation led to how the economy had changed and Ireland. The positivism shown by both of them made me daydream and consider the possibility of looking for work in Ireland for a few seconds, even though 12 years have passed since I first set foot in Dublin.

Rental car

If you are going to travel the country beyond its capital, renting a car in Ireland is the best idea, and having it on arrival at the Airport is the most logical.

In Dublin Airport you will find the best-known car rental companies, like Hertz, Budget, Avis, Europcar, some Irish like Dooley, and others like Thrifty, Enterprise and Sixt are served.

Sixt car rental office

Choosing to pick up the car at the Airport and use it to go to Dublin, you you save the cost of travel and you start enjoying - if you don't have it before - the nervous, at first, experience driving down the left lane. It is an option to consider when two or more people are traveling, since the price of a car rental day is usually a little higher than the sum of the most comfortable bus tickets.

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