Discovering Dublin – Dublin Airport

Where to begin, well Dublin Airport is a good place. It is after all, most likely, the arrival point for students coming to Ireland to learn English. It is much like all other European airports and can be as easy or as difficult an experience as many airports can be. Of course students will not be all that interested in the airport itself, but will want to know how best to get to their accommodation from the airport.

Firstly, if you have requested an airport transfer from Home Stay Ireland, the meeting point is immediately outside Terminal 1 arrivals, adjacent to the Information desk to the left of the arrivals hall after you have exited the Customs channels.

See Terminal 1 Arrivals – Map


If you arrive at Terminal 2, you will need to transfer to Terminal 1, unless you are explicitly told you will be meet at Terminal 2. If this is the case you will receive an email giving you instructions.

Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport recently opened a new Terminal 2. The majority of flights and airlines use the old Terminal 1. It is important to know before you travel to the airport which terminal your airline/flight is arriving at or departing from.

Transport from Dublin Airport to Dublin City

Dublin Airport is located 10 km north of Dublin City. The airport is serviced by taxis and buses. The airport has no train connection to the city.

Taxi Services

A taxi rank is provided just outside the arrivals hall at Dublin Airport. Approximate fare to the city centre is €25. However, there are charges for additional passengers / animals, and also if travelling between 8pm and 8am or on Sundays / Public Holidays. Ask the taxi driver in advance if you have any questions.

Public and Private Bus Services

These companies all offer bus services between the Airport, and City Centre/Dublin Area. There is no need to book seats in advance, just show up at the bus stop. The buses all depart Dublin Airport from just outside the main arrivals hall. Consult the individual operators’ websites for a more detailed list of where their bus routes serve around Dublin. A staff presence is available at the airport should you require assistance finding the correct bus.

  • AirCoach – Serves Dublin Airport to: City Centre / Ballsbridge / Donnybrook; City Centre / Stillorgan / Sandyford / Leopardstown.
  • Dublin Bus – Dublin Airport to: City Centre / Busaras (Central Bus Station) / Connolly Railway Station / Heuston Railway Station. There are also services to: Rathfarnham, Balbriggan, Swords, Rolestown, Dun Laoghaire, Woodbrook, and Portmarnock.
  • Urbus – Serves Castleknock/Blanchardstown/Swords.