Dublin is not only Ireland's major city, it is also a well-known international destination, attracting tourists from all over the world.
Many European and American countries have direct flights to Dublin. Those coming from Asia and Australia usually need to travel via London.
Most international visitors will arrive via airplane or boat. Dublin has an international airport about 12 km north of the city. Getting from the airport to the city center is relatively quick and easy with several modes of transport to choose from.
If you have purchased a Dublin Pass, then bus transport using the Aircoach is included at no extra charge. These buses are painted a distinctive blue, with an orange logo. They run every 15 to 30 minutes, 24 hours a day. Regular buses leave from outside the arrivals terminal. Cost of a ticket is approximately seven euros.
The Airlink service offers two routes into the city, Route 747 and 748. Route 747 goes via Central Bus Station and Connolly Rail Station. Route 748 also goes via these stations as well as Heuston Rail Station.
Tickets can be bought from bus and rail information desks, vending machines or at the Dublin Tourist Information Center located at the airport. Cost is approximately 6 euros and it takes about 45 minutes depending on the time of day and traffic congestion.
Other buses include the Numbers 16a, 41 and 41a. Note there may be limited space to put your luggage and your journey will probably be longer as they make lots of stops. If you don't have a prepaid ticket, you need to have the exact fare.
Many of the major hotels also offer courtesy buses for their customers. These services are located outside the airport terminals.
Most of the major rental companies have offices at the airport, if you prefer to hire a car. The main route into Dublin is via the M1 Dublin-Belfast motorway. Parking is available in Dublin city, though it can be expensive for extended periods of time and, as with any major city, the traffic can get very congested.
There is no direct rail or tram transport from the airport. Taxis operate outside the Arrivals Terminal.
Visitors may also arrive by ferry. Services run from several British ports including Liverpool and Holyhead. The two major ports are Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire, which is about 9 kilometers from the city. If entering from Dublin Port, bus 53 will take you to Dublin center. Dun Laoghaire Harbor is located opposite the DART rail station, which has several regular services to the city.
If you are visiting from within Ireland, Bus Éireann provides a good reliable network of buses, which criss-cross the country.
Arnród Éireann is the main Irish rail service, which also connects many towns to Dublin. The two main city railway stations are located at Connolly Station and Heuston Station. If you are coming from Belfast, Derry, Sligio and Roslaire, you will arrive at Connolly Station. Those visitors from the west and south of the country will arrive at Heuston Station.
Both of these stations are well connected to both the bus network and the local tram network.