This page is intended as guide to the handiest public transport options from Dublin Airport to the more popular hotels in and around central Dublin. Most options involve either an express or local bus with possibly a connection by regular public transport.

Planning your Journey

Information on all transport options is now available on  Google maps or the  National Journey Planner.   Just enter your starting point as Dublin Airport (Terminal 1 or 2 as appropriate), enter the address of where you're staying and the time you expect to be travelling. This will give you different route options and the times for each.  The websites know the names of most of the bigger hotels, though where the hotel has changed name recently you may need to use the old name.     

Express Buses

There are 6 express routes between Dublin Airport and various points in Dublin:

  • Aircoach 700: every 15 mins to the City Centre, Donnybrook, Stillorgan, Sandyford and Leopardstown
  • Aircoach 702: every hour to Docklands, Ballsbridge, Blackrock, Mount Merrion, Bray and Greystones
  • Aircoach 703: every hour to Sandymount, Blackrock, Dun Laoghaire and Killiney 
  • Dublin Bus  "Airlink" 747: every 15 mins to Docklands, Connolly Station, Bus Aras (the central bus station), City Centre and Heuston Station
  • Airport Hopper 767: every 1-2 hours to Liffey Valley, Lucan, Leixlip and Maynooth 
  • Airport Hopper 777: every 1-2 hours to Liffey Valley, Condalkin and Tallaght    

Allow 25-35 minutes to reach the city centre from the airport; maybe 60 to get to the southern suburbs.   All Aircoach services operate 24 hours/day but the other services do not. The frequencies listed are daytime, buses may be less frequent at nighttime: check the timtables at the links above.

There are also long distance serveis direct from Dubin Airport to  many other parts of the country.  

Fares

On Aircoach and Airport Hopper the fare depends on your destination; e.g. on Aircoach, Dublin City Centre is €7.00 one-way in cash.   You can save €1 or so by booking in advance online.   Leap cards are not accepted by Aircoach or Airport Hopper.  On the 747 route, all destinations are €6.00 one-way;  Leap cards are accepted but there is no discount. 

Some travel passes include free travel on the 747.  These are useful if you are in Dublin a few days, staying somewhere which can be reached by the 747 bus and intend to do some sightseeing 

  • The  Freedom Pass  give 3 days (72hrs) unlimited travel on Dublin Bus services  including Airlink 747 and the  Hop on Hop off  Sightseeing Tour. The Adult Freedom Pass is €30.00 and the Child version €14.00.  This is the best ticket to buy if you want to do the Sightseeing Tour which on its own costs €19.  This can be bought at the Travel Information desk in Terminal 1 or from vedning machines at the 747 bus stop at T2 .
  • The  Leap Visitor Card offers tourists 72 hours of unlimited travel on Luas, DART, Iarnród Éireann’s short-hop zone and Dublin Bus – including the return trip between the airport and the city centre on the Airlink 747 –  for €19.50.  This is the best ticket to get if you are in Dublin for 2-3 days, and  don't want to do the Dublin Bus Sightseeing tour.  Leap cards are available in the Spar shops in the Arrivals area in both Terminal 1 and 2 and the Travel Information desk in Terminal 1

These Travel Passes are not available from the bus driver.  Also the Leap Visitor Card is only availble in the airport and not Leap card outlets elsewhere in Dublin,

Local Buses

Dublin Bus operate several 'local' services to and from the airport which are cheaper than the express buses. Most useful of these for visitors is probably route 16 which runs across the city centre and deep into the southside suburbs. it runs at 30min. intervals - check timetables at  www.dublinbus.ie.  The fare depends on the distance you travel: for the city centre and south suburbs this is currently (2014) €3.05 in cash or €2.50 with a Leap card. 

On regular Dublin Bus services, (including 16) fares can only be paid in coins or with a pass such as  the Leap card - notes are not accepted. If you put more than is needed in the farebox you will receive a "refund receipt", not cash.  It is considerably more trouble than it's worth to 'cash in a "refund receipt".

Luggage space on 'local' services is limited, the buses are primarily for transporting local people, and you may be ever-so-nicely refused entry if you have too many bags.  For more information see the page Public Transportation.

Taxis

Taxi fares are metered and fare will depend on time of day, traffic etc. One Euro is charged for each extra  passenger. Despite this a taxi may be as cheap as the bus if there are 3 or 4 in your party and will be quicker.

For more information see the page  Taxis and Rental Cars. For examples of fare prices refer to the official  Taxi Fare Calculator.

Travel Options from the Airport to Hotels in Dublin

The following is a list of the main hotels with options of how to get there from Dublin Airport.  Taxi fares quoted below are guidelines. For exact information on all transport options, use  Google maps or the  National Journey Planner.

Almara B&B Dublin   

Take the 16 bus to the intersection of Beaumont Road and Collins Ave. journey 8 - 10 minutes.Taxi 12 - 17 Euro (see map on http://www.almarabb.com)  

Alexandra Hotel, Fenian Street 

Take the Aircoach route 700 to the Kildare Street stop and walk about 10 minutes. A taxi will be €20-29. 

Avalon Hostel, Aungier Street

Take the no. 16A to Aungier St: the bus stop is virtually opposite the hostel. The journey will take 40-60 minutes. A taxi will be €20-30.

Ballsbridge Hotel (formerly D4 Hotels) 
The Aircoach 702 route stops outside but only runs every hour: check  Google maps or the  National Journey Planner for times and alternative connections.  A taxi will be €22-33.

Brooks Hotel, Drury Street
Take the Aircoach 700 to Grafton Street (Trinity College) stop - Brooks Hotel is about 7-8 minutes walk. Note - make sure you have a map as the street network in this area can be confusing. A cheaper option is to take the no. 16A to South Great Georges St. The journey will take 40-60 minutes. A taxi will be €17-28.

Camden Court Hotel, Camden Street
A cheap option from the airport is to take the no. 16A bus which passes the Camden Court Hotel and stops about 100m away on Camden St. The journey will take 40-60 minutes. The Aircoach 700 stops at Lr Leeson St which is about a 10 minute walk from the Camden Court Hotel. If you don't have much luggage this may be faster as it's an express bus and is more frequent that tne 16A. A taxi will be €20-30.

Comfort Inn, Smithfield

Get the 747 bus to Ushers Quay.  The hotel is about a 6-7 minute walk from the bus stop. A taxi will be €16-26.

Conrad Hotel, Earlsford Terrrace
Take the Aircoach route 700 to the Leeson Street Lower stop and walk 3-4 minutes. A taxi will be €20-30.

Davenport Hotel, Merrion Street
Take the Aircoach route 700 to the Kildare Street stop and walk about 10 minutes. A taxi will be €20-29.

DoubleTree by Hilton Dublin – Burlington Road (formerly Burlington Hotel), 
Take the Aircoach route 700 - it stops right outside. A taxi will be €20-29. 

Fitzwilliam Hotel, St Stephen's Green
Take the Aircoach route 700 to the Kildare Street stop and walk 3-4 minutes around the north & west sides of the Green. A taxi will be €20-30.

Fleet St Hotel, Fleet St
Take the Aircoach route 700 to Grafton Street (Trinity College) stop. All the hotels are within 5-6 minutes walk. Alternatively a cheaper option is to take the no. 16A to D'Olier St. The journey will take 40-60 minutes. The Westin is within 2-3 minutes walk, the other are 5-6 minutes. Take a map for the walk from the bus stop or check www.ie.map24.com. A taxi will be €17-28.

Generator Hostel, Smithfield 
As Comfort Inn above.

Gresham Hotel, O'Connell St.

Take the Aircoach 700 to the O'Connell St (Gresham Hotel) stop, or the Airlink 747 bus to O'Connell Street.  Alternatively a cheaper option is to take the no.16 to O'Connell St: this will take 40-60 minutes. A taxi will be €17-26. 

Harding Hotel, Fishamble Street/Copper Alley (Christchurch) 

Get the Airlink 747 to the Lord Edward Stree (Christchurch) stop and walk towards Christchurch Cathedral; the hotel is 1 min on your right.  A taxi will be 20-25 euros.

Jury's Inn Christchurch 

Get the Airlink 747 to the Lord Edward Stree (Christchurch) stop and walk towards Christchurch Cathedral: the hotel is on your left about 2 mins walk.  A taxi will be 20-25 euros.

Jury's Inn Parnell Street

Take the Aircoach 700 to the O'Connell St (Gresham Hotel) stop, or the Airlink 747 bus to O'Connell Street.  A taxi will be €17-26

Jury's Inn Custom House

Get the Airlink 747 to the North Wall Quay, Guild Street (International Financial Services Centre) stop; the hotel is about 2-3 minutes walk in the direction of the city centre. A taxi will be €16-26. 

Mespil Hotel, Mespil Road
Take the Aircoach route 700 to the DoubleTree by Hilton stop and walk about 7 minutes, or the route 702 to the Northumberland Road (Schoolhouse hotel) stop and walk about 7 minutes from there along the canal to the hotel.   A taxi will be €20-30.

Mont Clare Hotel, Clare Street

Take the Aircoach route 700 to the Kildare Street stop and walk about 10 minutes. A taxi will be €20-29. 

Morgan, Fleet Street

As Fleet Street Hotel

Maldron Hotel Dublin City, Cardiff Lane 

Get the Airlink 747 to the North Wall Quay, Guild Street (International Financial Services Centre) stop; the hotel is about 5-6 minutes walk over the Samueal Beckett Bridge. 

Temple Bar Hotel, Fleet Street

As Fleet Street Hotel.

The Spencer IFSC 
Get the Airlink 747 to the North Wall Quay, Guild Street (International Financial Services Centre) stop; the hotel is virtually opposite. A taxi will be €16-26. 

Westin, Westrmoreland Street
Take the Aircoach route 700 to Grafton Street (Trinity College) stop and it's about a 3-4 minute walk. Alternatively a cheaper option is to take the no. 16 to D'Olier St. The journey will take 40-60 minutes. A taxi will be €17-27.