Transport Guide to Irish Airports

When visiting Ireland, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is how to get from the airport to your hotel or hostel. Here’s IrishJaunt’s no-nonsense guide to getting to and from Ireland’s airports.

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Dublin Airport

Location: Around 10km/ 6 miles north of Dublin city centre.

By Bus: Public operator Dublin Bus has two regular price buses that go to and from the airport and the city centre, but there may be very little space for your luggage. Routes 16A and 41. Adult fares around €2, pay driver with exact change only.

If you’re transferring to a national bus or train, the Dublin Bus Airlink is probably the easiest, since its 747 and 748 routes take you directly to Busaras (Central Bus Station) and Hueston (train) Station respectively. Fare €6 one-way, €10 return.

A number of private coach companies run services to the airport. Aircoach is the best of these for visitors, since it runs 24 hours a day and services the city centre and major hotels. Tickets €7 one-way, €12 return. Available online or at bus.

By Car: There are 10 car rental companies based in the Arrivals Hall, including several international brands. Some require advance booking.

To get to the city centre, follow the airport signs for Way Out and then take the second exit at the Airport Roundabout, signposted Dublin. Follow the signs for Dublin or City Centre that will take you on the M1 and M50 motorways, and then the N1 national road into the city. If you’re coming back from elsewhere in the country, follow the signs for Dublin until you reach the M1 motorway, and then follow the signs for Dublin Airport. Make your own route map with AA Ireland’s Route Planner.

By Taxi: Taxis have good access to Dublin Airport, with drop-offs outside Departures and pick-ups at the Arrivals level. There is a special surcharge for airport journeys, so don’t expect it to be cheap. A fare to the city centre may cost up to €20-30. More information on fares is available from the Taxi Regulator.

Belfast International Airport

Location: Around 28km / 18 miles northwest of Belfast.

By Bus: The Airport Express 300 runs 24 hours a day from outside the terminal exit between Belfast International Airport and the city centre. The trip takes about 30-40 minutes, and costs £7 one-way, £10 return. Ulsterbus runs a bus service to Lisburn rail station and Antrim bus and rail stations. Look for route 109A. The Airporter bus runs a regular service between Belfast Airport and Derry city.

By Car: There are six car rental companies at Belfast Airport, mostly located in the Arrivals Hall. Some require advance booking.

Arriving from Belfast city take the M2 northbound up to Junction 5, then take the A57 to the airport. Coming from Dublin is quite direct but you may get confused as you will change from M1 to A1 and back to M1, and then the A26 to the airport.

By Taxi: A taxi rank is located outside the right-hand door of the airport exit lobby. The official taxi company takes online bookings.  Fares can be up to £30 or more depending on your destination.

Cork Airport

Location: 8km/ 5 miles south of Cork city centre.

By Bus: National bus company Bus Eireann has a direct coach line servicing Cork Airport, the city centre and Cork Bus Station. Adult fare €4.50.

City Link runs six daily coach services from Cork Airport to Galway and Limerick. Adult fares from €12.

Sky Link runs coaches 19 hours a day between Cork Airport and Cork city centre with stops at major hotels and hostels. Adult fare €5 one-way, €8 return.

By Car: There are 9 car rental companies based in the Arrivals Concourse, including several international brands. Some require advance booking.

To get to the city centre, take the N27 and follow the signs for Cork and then City Centre. On your way back take the N27 when coming from north, west or east of Cork or take the R600 if you’re coming from Kinsale. Make your own route map with AA Ireland’s Route Planner.

By Taxi: Taxis are located outside the main terminal. Average fares to the city centre or bus/rail stations are €10-15.

Shannon Airport

Location: Around 24km/ 15 miles from Limerick City and 22km / 13 miles from Ennis, County Clare.

By Bus: National bus company Bus Eireann has regular services to surrounding cities and towns from Shannon Airport. For example, adult fares to Limerick City are €5.80 one-way, €8 return.

City Link provides a coach service from Shannon Airport to Galway City. Adult fare €17.

By Car: There are 8 car rental companies based in the Arrivals Concourse, including several international brands. Some may require advance booking.

To get to Limerick from Shannon Airport, take the N18 national road Southbound; to Clare or Galway take the N18 Northbound; to Cork take the N20 Southbound; to Kerry take the N21 Southbound; to Dublin take the N7 Eastbound.

On the way back if you are arriving from Dublin, take the N7 Westbound; from Clare or Galway, take the N18 Southbound; from Limerick take the N18 Northbound; from Cork take the N20 Northbound.

By Taxi: The Shannon Airport Cab Service operates from the Arrivals Hall. You can book your taxi in advance online. Average rates to nearby towns include: €10 to Shannon Town Centre, €35 to Limerick City, and €35 to Ennis.

Ireland West Airport – Knock

By Bus: National bus company Bus Eireann runs 14 buses a day to the airport on its Derry-Sligo-Galway route, no 64.

By Car: There are eight car rental companies based at Knock airport, including several international brands. All can be booked online.

Ireland West Airport is located on the N17 national route, halfway between Galway and Sligo. Driving distances to other towns and cities varies. Make your own route map with AA Ireland’s Route Planner.

By Taxi: A number of cabs are licensed to operate outside the terminal building. To book ahead, get their numbers here.

City of Derry Airport
Location:  11 km /7 miles northeast of Derry City

By Bus: Ulster Bus No. 143 runs from Foyle Street Bus Station in central Derry – where buses from the Republic of Ireland arrive – to the City of Derry Airport. The company also has a service to the airport from Coleraine, County Derry.

By Car: There are six car rental companies based at City of Derry Airport, including several international brands. Some can be booked online.

When driving to the airport, if you’re coming from outside the city, follow road signs for Derry (A6), and then look out for the A2 road to Coleraine, which will take you straight to the airport.

By Taxi: There’s a taxi rank directly outside the airport terminal. Typical fares to the city centre are around £12.

Belfast City Airport
Location:  5km / 3 miles east of Belfast city centre.

By Bus: The Airport Express 600 runs 17 hours a day between the airport and Belfast city centre. Fares £2 one-way, £3 return. The Metrobus No. 3 operates from near the airport to Belfast City Hall, while the Airporter runs a coach service to and from Derry City.

By Train: Translink operates a rail service from Belfast city centre – including Central Station, where trains from the Republic of Ireland arrive – to Sydenham, from where you can catch a regular shuttle to the airport. Fares around £1.50.

By Car: There are four car hire companies represented at the airport, Avis, Budget, Hertz and National. If approaching Belfast on the M1 or M2, follow the signs for Belfast City Airport onto the M3 and then A2, where the airport is located at Sydenham Bypass Road.

By Taxi: There’s a taxi rank directly outside the airport terminal. Typical fares to the city centre are around £8.

By Bill Lehane

About Megan Eaves

Travel writer and wanderluster, Megan Eaves is the author of two travel guidebooks and runs the Irish travel website http://www.irishjaunt.com. Having traveled to 25 countries and lived in five, she is an expert on Ireland, China and the American Southwest, where she grew up. She also often writes about her adventures around Europe, especially London, where she is currently living.

One comment

  1. Good information for Cork. For anyone stuck for time i.e. late arrival or early next morning departure there are two good Cork Hotels right at the airport.

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