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Dublin Airport To City: Airport Transfer Options For First-Time Visitors

Dublin International Airport is around 12 kilometers from Dublin city center. It is your first stop if you are visiting Dublin. From Dublin airport to the city, there are 5 options for airport transfer to the city center or to your Dublin hotel.

Dublin Airport To City Transfer Options

Dublin Airport

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  • Airlink Express Public Coach
  • Aircoach Express Public Coach
  • Dublin Bus
  • Private Transfers
  • Taxi

Airlink Express to Dublin City Centre

Dublin City Centre

Airlink Express is a public coach that provides seamless transfers from Dublin airport to various locations within the city. The journey time lasts up to 40 minutes depending on which area of Dublin you will go.

There are 2 routes for Airline Express buses. Route 747 and Route 757 both depart from Dublin Airport and stop at a number of locations in and around the city center. Route 747 ends at Heuston Station whilst Route 757 ends at Camden (Charlotte Way).

Airlink Express Route 747: Dublin Airport to Heuston Rail Station

  • Dublin Airport
  • 3 Arena (Point Village)
  • Convention Centre Dublin
  • International Financial Services Centre
  • Commons Street
  • Talbot Street/Connolly Station/Central Bus Station
  • Gardiner Street Lower
  • Cathal Brugha Street (O’Connell St. Upper)
  • O’Connell Street Lower (Abbey Street)
  • College Green & Temple Bar (Dame Street)
  • Christ Church Cathedral (Lord Edward Street)
  • Ushers Quay
  • Heuston Station (one of Dublin’s main train station)

Airlink Express Route 757: Dublin Airport to Camden (Charlotte Way)

  • Dublin Airport
  • North Wall Quay (Central Bank)
  • North Wall Quay (Convention Centre & Grand Canal Dock)
  • Eden Quay
  • Hawkins Street & Temple Bar
  • Westland Row (Pearse Rail Station)
  • Merrion Street Lower (Merrion Square)
  • Merrion Street Upper (Government Buildings)
  • St. Stephen’s Green
  • Earlsfort Terrace (National Concert Hall)
  • Adelaide Road
  • Camden (Charlotte Way)

Airlink Express Bus Schedule

From Monday to Saturday, the first bus is at 5:45 AM, then runs every 10 to 15 minutes until 12:30 AM. On Sundays, the 747 bus runs from 7:00 AM to 12:30 AM and the 757 from 7:30 AM to 12:15 AM. For the updated timetable, click here.

Airlink Express Ticket Price:

Adult €7.00 single, €12.00 return

Child €3.00 single, €5.00 return

Where to buy Airlink Express ticket


Terminal 1

Bus and Travel Information Desk, Arrivals Hall.

Vending machines located at the Airlink Bus Stop.

Spar Shop

Terminal 2

Spar Shop

City Centre:

Dublin Bus, 59 Upper O’ Connell Street.


You can also buy the ticket online here for €7.00 one way or €12.00 for the return ticket. Please note that you can use your return ticket up to 3 months which is convenient if you want to extend your stay.

Aircoach Express to Dublin City Centre

Aircoach Express Bus Dublin

Aircoach offers bus transport from Dublin Airport to the city center, South Dublin and other major cities in Ireland on a 24-hour service. Its city center service stops at most of the major hotels in Dublin City at key locations across Dublin. The journey time between the airport to the city is between 25 minutes to 45 minutes – again depending on which area of Dublin you will go. It might be faster than Airlink due to the fact that they have fewer stops.

Aircoach Express Route 700: Dublin Airport to City Centre

  • Dublin Airport
  • Drumcondra (Quinns Pub)
  • O’Connell Street (Gresham Hotel)
  • Trinity College / Grafton Street

Aircoach Express Route 702: Dublin Airport to Dublin Suburbs

  • Dublin Airport (Terminal 1 – Arrivals Road)
  • Dublin Airport (Terminal 2 – Departures Road)
  • The 3 Arena (Dublin Bus Stop North Wall Quay)
  • Grand Canal, Cardiff Lane (Opp Clayton Hotel)
  • Ballsbridge, School House Hotel
  • Ballsbridge Hotel (Pembroke Rd)
  • Ballsbridge, Merrion Road (Opp RDS)
  • Ballsbridge, Merrion Road (Opp Clayton Hotel)
  • St. Vincents Hospital (Merrion Rd)
  • Booterstown (Opp Tara Towers Hotel)
  • Booterstown (DART Station)
  • Blackrock (Mount Merrion / Frascati Park)
  • Blackrock (Mount Merrion / Upper South Hill Ave)
  • Galloping Green (N11)
  • Foxrock Church (N11)
  • Cabinteely (Opp Cornelscourt Shopping Centre)
  • Cabinteely Cross
  • Loughlinstown Fly Over
  • Shankill Village (opposite Mickey Byrnes Bar)
  • Bray (Town Centre – Supervalue)
  • Bray (Opp Wilton Hotel)
  • Greystones  (Lidl)
  • Greystones  (DART Station)
  • Greystones  (Charlesland)

Aircoach Express Bus Schedule

Aircoach Express Route 700: Dublin Airport to City Centre

From 23:55hrs to 03:25hrs

Every 30 minutes (23:55hrs, 00:25hrs, 00:55hrs etc)

From 03:25hrs to 23:55hrs

Every 15 minutes (03:25hrs, 03:40hrs, 03:55hrs, 04:10hrs, 04:25hrs etc)

Aircoach Express Route 702: Dublin Airport to Dublin Suburbs

24-hour service but the bus leaves every hour.

Aircoach Express Ticket Price:

For the city center

Adult €7.00 single, €12.00 return

Child €2.00 single, €4.00 return

For suburb

See the official website for price details.

Where to buy Aircoach Express ticket

You can book them online through the link above or just get to the bus stop in Terminal 1. Look for the bus stop on the left as you exit Arrivals. From Terminal 2, it also departs from just outside the main door of Departures level.

Dublin Bus to Dublin City Centre

Abbey Street Dublin Ireland

Dublin Bus is a public bus in Dublin that owns Airlink as well. It is also the cheapest option but it’s not known to many tourists as most locals use it and it takes longer than the other express buses due to the fact that it stops in several places.

Where to find Dublin Bus

You can take the Dublin Bus just outside of Terminal 1 at the Arrival level. From the exit, look at the left for the bus stop.

Dublin Bus Ticket Price:

A single fare is €3.30 to the city center. You can give cash to the driver when you get on the bus but make sure you have the exact fare. Or you can also use the LEAP Visitors Card that you can buy for only €19.50 at the SPAR shop in the arrivals hall in Terminal 1 or Terminal 2.

You can also ask for the travel information desk. The LEAP visitors card allows you unlimited travel in Dublin for 72 hours using Airlink 747 bus service, Dublin bus scheduled services (not including tour buses), Luas (tram services) and DART and Commuter Rail in the Short Hop Zone.

As an alternative, you can also buy this DoDublin card for 72 hours. Although it is more expensive than LEAP visitors card at €35 per card, you get more value on it. As it includes not only 72 hours of unlimited Dublin bus services, but also an Airlink bus for 1 person, a hop-on-hop-off bus to major attractions for 72 hours, and discounts and free entrance at selected attractions


Private Transfer to Dublin City Centre

If you don’t want to deal with public transportation and you are traveling in a group, then a private transfer is more convenient. This private airport transfer offers a professional driver and it includes a child seat if needed, fuel, highway, and parking fee costs.

Taxi to Dublin City Centre

Dublin Taxi

A taxi is also a good alternative if you are traveling in a group or with big pieces of luggage to lull around in buses. Most taxis are metered and it can cost between €30 to €40 depending on the distance and time.

You can get the taxi from Terminal 1 Arrivals level. Just go right upon exiting the airport and you’ll find the queue for the taxi.

Already in Dublin and don’t know where to go? Here’s our 3-day itinerary for Dublin to help you maximize your visit. 

Buy your ticket online here.


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