Dublin Airport is the biggest airport in Ireland and the major transportation hub for international flights. In this airport guide, we’ll explain what you should know before departing, transiting or arriving at Dublin Airport.
Despite Ireland not being very big, two major carriers got a hub at Dublin Airport. On the one hand, there’s the smaller Aer Lingus, which operates intra-European as well as transatlantic flights. On the other hand, there is Europe’s biggest low-cost carrier Ryanair.
Combined, the two airlines offer flights to nearly 100 destinations. Additionally, several other airlines, including several US carriers, offer direct flight from and to Dublin.
Biggest carriers at Dublin Airport:
There are two different terminals at Dublin Airport, but there are hardly any differences when it comes to the number of restaurants and shops. While there are a few shops landside, most of those are actually located airside, after security control.
In the international area, you can find a couple of clothing and more luxurious shops, while most shops in both terminals are more about duty free, daily needs etc. When it comes to restaurants, there’s a good mix of bars, cafés and proper restaurants at Dublin Airport. Additionally, there are some typical fast food options like Burger King in both terminals.
According to sleepinginairports.com, you can actually spend the night at Dublin Airport. You may do so landside or airside, but the former is supposed to have the better options for sleeping. The airport is open 24 hours a day, but sleeping there isn’t very comfortable.
If you are looking for uninterrupted sleep, we’d rather recommend sleeping at an airport hotel. There are several different options right by the terminals and around the airport. Those include the Maldron Hotel, a Radisson Blu, a Hilton and many more. The city center isn’t very far away either.
Dublin Airport comes with relatively few lounges for an airport of this size. The only airline offering its own lounge is Aer Lingus, which operates its main hub in Dublin. The Aer Lingus Lounge is located in Terminal 2 and is mainly accessible for Aer Lingus Business Class Passengers as well as frequent flyers. Other than that, there is an Executive Lounge in each terminal.
Access to those lounges is given either by status or with a business or first class ticket of several airlines. Priority Pass members enjoy access, too. Additionally, access to the Executive Lounges can be bought for a fee.
As of now, there is no rail link between Dublin Airport and the city center. Instead, all transportation options are by road. The so-called Airkink buses operate very frequently between the airport and different stations in the city center. The buses got the numbers 747 and 757 and operate between 4:45 and 12:30am. Tickets may either be purchased online (6 Euro oneway) or at the airport (7 Euro oneway). You may also take an Uber or a taxi to the city center, but this option is way more expensive than taking the bus and only marginally quicker.