4 things you need to know to survive Dublin airport

Sara FrauAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, Exploring Dublin

The 4 things you need to know to survive the Dublin airport

So, after many long hours sitting on a plane, you finally made it! You’re in Dublin! You just want to reach your accommodation as quick as possible, get some rest, maybe go to a pub and have a pint some of that famous real Guinness beer… not so fast, champ. First, you will have to face one of the hardest challenges you have encountered so far: getting through the Dublin Airport. But don’t worry! We are here for you. We have built a handy guide to help you survive this experience without agony.
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#1. Be prepared

As soon as you step out of the airplane, you might find the airport to be a little bit of a hellish mess. That should be of no surprise: in 2015, more than 25 million people have passed through this building and, with more than 580 aircraft movements per day, is serves over 180 destination in 40 different countries. In short, it’s a very active airport. We know you are tired and confused, everything will be nice and easy: just Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Airport.

Some things to remember before we go on (some of these might seem obvious, but you never know).

  1. Very important: bring your passport! Remember, it will need to be valid for at least six months after your intended return;
  2. If you come from an non-EU country, you will need a visa; make sure you have the correct one. You can get all the information about visas here: Inis.gov.ie 
  3. Bring some cash! Most places accept credit cards, however, you will need some cash for small purchases – taxi, bus tickets, snacks… You will be able to buy some Euros a the airport.
  4. Food: get informed on what food items are permitted and prohibited. You might risk delays, fines and prosecution, so be careful! To see what items are allowed into the Country, click here

#2. Learn how to get around

The international airport of Dublin consists of two terminals. We suggest you to learn in which terminal you’ll land beforehand, so it will be easier to get around.

Terminal 1 mostly welcomes passengers on short-haul flights, with the main exception of Air Canada, so there is usually no need to clear passport control. The busiest airline in this terminal is Ryanair. Here, you can find a list of the lines in this terminal Airlines Terminal 1 . If you land in this terminal, you’ll arrive from Gates 301-303 and exit between carousels 4 and 5 – unless you arrive from Canada, in which case you will need to clear passport control before you get to the Arrivals Halls near carousel 9.

In terminal 2, everyone arrives by the same route. In the baggage hall you will find six baggage carousels. The Baggage hall connects terminal 2 to the Arrivals Hall and the Terminal 1 covered walkway. Here, you can find the list of the airlines in terminal 2 Airlines Terminal 2

Once you find out which terminal you’ll land in, you may want to have a look at the maps of:

Terminal 1 Map

Terminal 2 Map 

#3. Customs control is not that bad

You have now reclaimed your luggage at your terminal. The next step? Customs. There is no need to worry, as the protocol is very well-organised. If you arrive from an EU country, you can queue in the Blue Channel or proceed to red points if you need to make a customs declaration.

If, on the contrary, you arrive from outside of Europe, you will have to queue in the Blue channel. Again, proceed to red point if you need to make custom declaration.

#4. The (too many?) options to leave the airport

Finally, you can get out of the airport and go enjoy your delicious Guinness. As you exit the terminal, you will see a considerable amount of buses with strange numbers on. Nothing makes sense, does it? This is why it is important to be well prepared!

The airport is fairly close to the city centre (roughly 10 km), and there are quite a lot of companies which offer the transportation service. For example Airlink, the official Dublin Bus service, serves the airport with two lines, according to your direction.

The ticket is €6.00 for a single journey and €10.00 for a return ticket. You can buy the tickets in Terminal 1 (Bus and Rail Information Desk, vending machines at the Airlink Bus Stop and the Spar shop) and in Terminal 2 (Spar shop).

If you just want to leave as quick as possible, you can get a taxi out of the terminal. The fares to the city centre range between €20 and €30 according to the day of the week and the hours of the day. If you want to know the fare in advance, you can check the price here

If these services don’t suit your needs, here is the complete list of the transportation services the airport has to offer. Or just book a Uber.

Your new adventure in Dublin can finally begin. And look at this sky!

It was worth the hassle, wasn’t it?