These are part of Dublin Bus' regular services, which means regular prices. Most people use the Airlink or Aircoach services, which are about €6 and €10 respectively. But these buses will bring you to the city centre for about €2. Downside is that the 16A isn't direct to the city centre - you'll take a detour through a few Dublin suburbs. But depending on traffic, you'll be at O'Connell Street in about half an hour to 45 mins. The 746 is better - it takes the same route as the Airlink, the only difference being that it can stop to pick up passengers along the way. It's also infrequent - every hour on the hour. I've often had to rush through the airport to try and catch it! The 16A is more frequent, about 3 or 4 per hour. You'll need exact change for these buses.
At the far left-hand side of the bus terminals in front of the airport.
To get from Dublin airport to the city centre most people buy a ticket for the Airlink bus which costs €6 one way or €10 return for adults.
A good tip is to buy a Family ticket which costs €10. This is available from the counter just inside the door of the airport. This ticket gives two adults and up to four kids unlimited travel on all Dublin bus services for 24 hours.
This can be used on the Airlink - I always use it when my partner and I go to Dublin and then use it to go around Dublin.
It is a waste of money to use a car in Dublin. With the Dart local rail, DublinBus and the Luas trams it is one of the best served I know (far superior to Toronto) and more user-friendly than London.
Take a seven day pass for 20 euro and hie hither, plus yon with great ease. And enjoy the pubs - many have excellent and well priced food, but you'll have to find them yourselves. I'm not telling you mine.
you can get bus tickets at the airport.
Unfortunately the only airport bus service that runs after midnight is the AirCoach which in my experience of this weekend was very overcrowded (many standing passengers) due to its insufficient scheduling (hourly after midnight). Unfortunately I chose to get a return and on returning (during the day) I had to wait almost 1.5 hours to get a coach that is due every quarter of an hour.
Because that put me in the rush hour I very nearly missed my flight. During the day use the cheaper, more frequent and much less busy Dublin Bus Airlink Express (services 747 and 748). At night, think about getting a taxi.
Dublin's public transport, while still inadequate, has seen major improvements in recent years.
Dublin's DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) is a suburban train system that goes from Malahide (north Co. Dublin) to the city centre and then south to Greystones in Co. Wicklow.
Arrow suburban train services serve western suburbs (one line to Maynooth in Co. Kildare and one line to Kildare Town).
The LUAS is a modern tram system with two lines both serving the southern suburbs.
The cheapest way to travel from Dublin Airport to the city centre is on Dublin Bus routes 41, 41B & 16A (continues to southern suburbs). Adult fares from Eur1.80 one-way.
Timetables, route and fare information: www.dublinbus.ie
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