Sitting on the coast of Ireland, Dublin has less rain than other Irish cities. However, the temperatures are favourable in comparison. The best time to visit Dublin is May – August. Temperatures around this period average 17 – 20 degrees Celsius. Sunny, warm temperatures are mostly seen in July – August, but this is peak tourist season too. There are plenty of events hosted year-round, including free events.
For direct international flights to Dublin, book with Air Canada, WestJet, Aer Lingus, and Air Transat. Other airlines offering services to Dublin include British Airways, American Airlines, Etihad Airways, United Airlines, Air France, Lufthansa, Swissair, KLM, Turkish Airlines, Delta Airlines, and Emirates.
The Aircoach offers services direct from the airport to city centre (Route 700). The cash fare is €7 EUR for a one-way adult ticket and €2 EUR for a one-way child ticket (ages 5 – 12 years). Dublin Bus # 41 from the airport to the O’Connell Street stop or the Lower Abbey Street stop in city centre takes around 60 minutes and the fare is €3.30 EUR.
Taxis to city centre are available outside of Terminals 1 and 2. All taxis from the airport are required to carry a rights and responsibilities information sheet. Taxi fares to city centre will cost approximately €15 – €25 EUR and the drive is around 30 minutes.
The Airlink Express runs from the airport to city centre. A ticket centre is located outside of Terminal 1. The single adult fare is €6 EUR and child single fare is €3 EUR.
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Dublin’s transportation is tourist-friendly, and you will have several ways to get around the city centre.
The DART system (Dublin Area Rapid Transit), is an electric rail that travels from the city centre and along the Irish Sea. An all day family pass offers the best value and is €20 EUR for the rail.
The extensive network of bus routes in Dublin makes it easy to get around the city centre and outskirts of town. The cash fare in city centre is discounted and is approximately €0.75 EUR.
The Luas is the city’s light rail system. The Red Line has 32 stops throughout the city, including the Docklands. The Green Line has 22 stops running from Stephen’s Green to the Brides’ Glen. The Red Line stops at major attractions, while the Green Line stops at the smaller villages. Purchase a Leap Card to use for the bus, DART, and Luas fares. Fares for the rail with a Leap Card are approximately €1.54 EUR one-way per zone for adults and €0.80 EUR for children. There is a daily cap of €7 EUR for adults and €2.70 EUR for children.
Taxis are located throughout downtown, and you can pre-book one for a pick-up as well. The average tariff starts at approximately €4 EUR; the charge thereafter is €2 EUR per kilometre and €23 EUR per 1-hour wait.
Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes stations are located throughout the city centre for easy access and optimal use. Every station has a minimum of 15 stands making it easy to enjoy this service. You can enjoy the many benefits of an Annual Card for €25 EUR or buy a 3-day ticket for €5 EUR. The first 30 minutes of use is free on every bike. There are plenty of motorbike trails throughout the city, and there are two rental services in the city centre. Celtic Rider rents motorcycles for 3 – 5 days starting at a daily rate of approximately €160 EUR. The other rental service is Bike on Board, but their rates depend on make and model, distance, and the number of days. They do not offer flat rates for rental.
First-time visitors in Dublin will not be short of places to visit and explore. While you are here, you must visit the National Print Museum. On your way, stop by the Freemasons Hall next to the National Library. The Old Jameson Distillery is open for tours and tastings. The Science Gallery in Dublin offers a showcase of art and science in a creative manner. In the country, you can visit Skerries Mills, where you will see windmills and watermills that are part of the country’s heritage. If traveling with children, visit the AquaZone at the National Aquatic Centre for leisure swimming, thrills, roller coasters, and even a surf rider. For a taste of Irish history, take a tour of the Drimnagh Castle, the Dublin Castle, and the Kilmainham Gaol Prison.
Purchase the Dublin City Pass
For free admission to 33 attractions in Dublin, purchase your Dublin Pass. You can buy 1, 2, 3, and 6-day passes online starting at €52 EUR for adults and €31 EUR for children.
Electrical supplies in hotels throughout Dublin are 230 volts and 50Hz. Use a three prong or plug adapter for devices that differ from the Dublin measurements.