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Dublin Airport is served by more than 700 coaches and buses every day. So getting in and out of Dublin itself is a breeze. Buses also take you out into the surrounding countryside, which is gorgeous. Well worth it if you have a few hours to spare and don’t want to hang out in the airport. Dublin Airport’s website gives full details of all 700 services by operator. Choose from Dublin Bus, Airlink, Aircoach, Flybus, Urbus, Ardcavan, Bus Eireann, City Link, Dublin Coach, John McGinley, JJ Kavanagh, Go Bus, Dublink Express and Wexford Bus. Phew!
Dublin Airport is only six miles or so from the city centre and once you’re in Dublin you’ll find it well signposted. If you’re approaching from outside the city, you’ll find it signposted on the major M50 and M1 motorways as well as the M4, M7 and M11. You’ll also find plenty of minor routes into Dublin Airport via roads like the N2, N3 and N7. If you’re fresh off the Ferry at Dun Laoghaire, just follow the road signs from the ferry terminal.
There isn’t a direct rail link to the airport yet but their taxi and bus services will see you right, taking you to the area’s railway stations. Dublin Bus is a useful one to know about; they’ll take you to and from Heuston and Connolly train stations.
Airport parking is extensive; 24/7 hour parking spread across 3,600 short-term spaces and 14,400 long-term spaces. A free shuttle bus runs continuously between the terminal building and long-term parking, which is a fair distance from the terminal. This might sound mad but it’s always a good idea to take note of where you’ve parked your car! To give yourself adequate time, Dublin Airport recommends that you arrive three quarters of an hour before check in or you might run into problems.
Short-term parking sits directly opposite the terminal, just follow the many clear signposts, making sure you stick to the correct lane. There’s excellent long-term parking, and lots of it, all along the eastern edge of the airport, again just follow the signs.
Dublin Airport also offers executive parking, at their Collinstown Executive Car Park. Convenient for business travellers, it is on the ground floor of short term Car Park B. It even has its own dedicated entrance and exit, complete with state of the art licence plate recognition software.
The Airport is well known for its fabulous outdoor shopping facilities, called ‘The Street’. It’s a great place to pick up a last minute pre or post-holiday bargain and there are more than 25 shops, bars and cafes to explore. They even offer ‘Travel Value’ savings. This is an airport with attitude. The airport offers travellers good facilities for left luggage and there’s a handy lost property office with helpful staff. They’re hot on offering help to people with reduced mobility, and it is known for being a friendly place.