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Arrival at the Airport
Arrival by Sea
Transport around Dublin
Things to Do in Dublin
Places to Stay
Car Hire Contacts
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Most visitors will arrive by air. Dublin airport (DUB) is situated 8 miles
(12 km) to the north of the city centre. There is a tourist office at the
airport where information is given and bookings can be made. There is also
an information desk for rail and bus travel. All major car hire companies. are
represented and there are some local companies from whom pre-booked cars can
- If you arrive with a bicycle (there's no better way to see the West of Ireland)
you can assemble it in the baggage hall. There used to be a very obvious
purpose designed bench to do this but, since the terminal has been extended,
this has become less obvious - you'll have to ask where it has got to.
- Taxis are available just outside the arrivals area. It will cost at least Euro 20 to
go into town and Euro 30 to get to areas of South Dublin. All fares are metered
and you'll have to pay an extra for toll bridges, collection from the airport
and the usual extra for late night work, extra bags etc.
Bus run a double decker service (No. 41, 41a or 16A) which stops at the airport on the
way to town. It'll cost you Euro 2.80 (exact change) but be careful to get the one saying
'City / An Lar' and not the service headed out of Dublin - a LEAP card would be very useful if you are in Dublin a while. If you want a speedier
service, you cam take the 747 Aiport Bus (Yellow and green - Air Link) which costs Euro 6.00 (Euro 10.00 return)and does not
stop until it gets to the Liffey - it goes by the two railway stations and
is the best way to get to the train stations. Since June 2016, there is a 757 service to St Stephen's Green via the Becket Bridge and Merrion Square.
The Air Coach (blue and Air-conditioned)
is a bus service which is Euro 7 each way (Euro 12 return) to the city centre (700 service). The advantage of the Air Coach is that it has services to the South Suburbs (701, 702, 703)and goes to Ballsbridge (hotels in Dublin 4 postal district) Killiney, Bray, Sandyford and Dun Laoghauire (Euro 8 / Euro 14 return); there's also services to Cork and Belfast.
- Long Distance Buses
- Long distance buses run from the airport to most major towns in Ireland. There are also private bus companies such as CityLink and GoBus
The AirCoach and Air Link buses leave
from the bus stop which is located to the left outside the arrivals main door (T1) and at the special stop (T2). Tickets can be purchased on the bus, from ticket machines or use the LEAP card. For more information on Dublin bus services refer to Dublin Bus Website or get the App. Bus Eireann services, Dublin Bus, Go Bus and City Link services depart from stands in the bus park just through the walkway under the car park.
Arrival by sea is a different matter. To confuse you, there are two ports! All ferries start
from Holyhead in Wales and end up in Dublin Port. There is an additional service from the Isle of Man (summer only and not a daily service).
- Dublin Port
- Served by Stenna Sealink (1.5h crossing: cars, buses, trucks and pedestrians) and Irish Ferries (1.5h crossing - Swift or 3/5h crossing - cars, buses, trucks and pedestrians).
All ferries arrive in North Wall which is further
from the city centre. Here you can walk ..... 4 miles .... or take a taxi ... or there
is be a bus. If you walk, you are advised to take the road down to
the Liffey (3 Arena) when you leave the Port Area and then walk up along the
Liffey or take the Luas - this is both safest and most scenic.
- Taxis are metered and fairly plentiful except when it's raining or in the
rush hour! If you want to call a taxi, the ranks are listed in the phone
book under 'Taxi - Cab Ranks and Shelters' (Business section) or you can use
the Golden Pages.
- Dublin bus run many types of buses from mini-buses (Imps) to single and double
decker buses. There is even a sightseeing bus which runs around the city centre
attractions. Tickets are normally purchased on the bus but some buses only
accept the correct change (hence a good reason to get a rover ticket. If you
end up paying more than you should, you have to take your receipt down to
Dublin Bus in O'Connell Street for a refund!!). Rover Tickets can be purchased
for unlimited travel on the bus system. These are good
value if you plan to travel about or if it's raining - you can buy one at the airport
and use it for the bus into town! Best to get a LEAP card if you are staying a while - these can be bought from newsagents (drug stores) which display the
Dublin Bus logo or DART stations.
- The Dublin Area Rapid Transit system . This runs from Howth (a fishing port and
ritzy residential / golfing area at the north of Dublin Bay) through the city
centre and out to Dun Laoghaire (Ferry Port) and Bray (Seaside Town in Wicklow) (future
services to Greystones, Wicklow will begin as soon as the drivers sort out
their industrial action!). Note that the DART does not connect with Heuston
Station or the airport. Ticket prices are similar to buses. The DART line can be used
for sightseeing as the route is coastal from Sutton to Howth (a short section),
Sydney Parade to Dun Laoghaire (great views) and
the spectacular section from Dalkey to Greystones. It makes a very good trip
when your legs are tired or if you just want time to reflect or improve your Dublin
- The LUAS. There are two lines - Green Line from St. Stephen's Green to Cherrywood and Red Line from the 3 Arena through the city centre, Heuston Station to Tallaght.
Fares are purchased at the stations and there are zones on which fares are based. There are inspectors on
the Luas so make sure you have a valid ticket.
- Main Line Trains
- Main line trains leave from either Heuston (services to Waterford, Cork, Tralee, Limerick,
Galway, Westport and Sligo) or Connolly Station (services to Rosslare (ferry to
Wales), Dundalk, Maynooth, Dundalk and Belfast). Services on some lines are
notoriously irregular but the premier lines to Belfast and Cork are fast and
have a good service.
- Long Distance Buses
- Long distance buses run from Bus Arus (the bus station which is behind the
Customs House and very close to the Financial Services Centre and Connolly
Station. Most people will travel by bus ... services are better than the trains
and the fares are very competitive.
Go to the nearest pub and have a drink while I finish this section or, even
better, go to the Tourist Office and get one of their guides. The Tourist
Office is in Suffolk Street (just between Trinity College and Grafton Street).
If you're interested in architecture, you should pop into ENFO (which you can see
from the Tourist Office, just past the Willian Street Post Office) and get
one of their free pamphlets on Dublin (excellent guides). However, here are a few random ideas:
- A history of Dublin from 1170 to 1540. Iteractive exhibition. Christchurch (St. Michael's
Hill). Phone 353-1-6794611. Open all year, weekdays 1100h - 1600h, Sundays and bank holidays
1000h - 1630h. April to September, daily 1000h - 1700h.
- Historical Walking Tours
- (June - September) daily, 1100h, 1200h and 1500h. (October - May) Fri/Sat/Sun only at 1200h
- Musical Pub Crawl
- May - October, 1930h every night except Friday. From Oliver St. John Gogarty's Pub in Temple Bar.
Free song book. Tel: 478 0193. e-Mail your
query. Winter schedule mostly on Fridays and Saturday's only.
- Guinness Hopstore
- Guinness Museum and souvenir shop with sample brew! April to September
Monday - Saturday 0930h - 1700h. Sundays and bank holidays 1030h - 1630h. Winter schedule
Monday - Saturday 0930h - 1600h and Sunday 1030h - 1630h. Closed Christmas, Good Friday and St. Stephen's Day.
- Dublin Amphibious Tour
- Starts from St. Patrick's Cathedral. In summer, this runs every half-hour but may have to be
booked inadvance. The tour includes a good commentary on Dublin (past and present)
and you have the opportunity to wear a viking helmet, shout at pedestrians and even
get wet. Great for hashers. Ask the tourist office.
- Dublin Tour
- Every 15 minutes from 0930h. Live commentary. Hop-on Hop-off. Last bus 1630h in winter and 1730h in summer.
90 minute round trip. Catch the bus at O'Connell St, Trinity College, St. Stephen's Green.
Jury's Inn Christchurch. Guinness Brewery. Phoenix Park. Merrion Square. Dublin Castle. Tel: 353-1-458 0054.
- The Old Jameson Distillery
- Smithfield. Tour and whiskey tasting. 0930h - 1700h daily. Phone 353-1-8072355.
- Custom House Visitor Centre
- Mid-March to October. Monday - Ffriday 1000h - 1700h. Saturday and Sunday 1400h - 1700h
Winter. Wednesday - Friday 1000h to 1700h. Sunday 1400h - 1700h. Tel: 353-1-878 7660.
- Book of Kells and Trinity Library
- This is a "must" since the Book of Kells is so unique an d
over 1200 years old. Only one or two pages are shown at a time but the craftsmanship is
unbelievable. The Irish are still sore about lending the book to the Australians in 1999
since they are reputed to have caused some damage (no bloody culture but the interhash was
fantastic! Enough said!)
- Free Dublin
- There are lots of things to do free! This includes galleries (there are no
entrance fees) but not the Dublin HHH. Here are a few ideas:
- Nataional Gallery, Merrion Square.
- Good portaits and a cafeteria.
- Dublin City Museum
- Just beside Powerscourt Town House.
We have been too busy drinking to notice where we are. Next time I'll take a
notebook. You can get good guides on Dublin drinking and there are organised
theme tours (literary, musical etc.).
When phoning Dublin you put the international code (353) and the
city code (1) in front of the above numbers
Have you heard the joke about the two Kerrymen who were stuck on an iceberg?
They saw the Titanic coming towards them and one turned to the other and said
"Thank God, we're saved"!
This page was last tampered with on 1 December 2016 and is continually being improved
to provide visiting hashers with information.
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