Taking a taxi from the airport to the city centre will cost you about €20-25. Taking one of the express buses is only €6-7. Normally I would go for the bus, but because of the many great recommendations from readers, even 15 minutes more or less would make a big difference in how many things I’d be able to see.
Both options are easy to get to when flying in — they’re located next to each other, one level down from arrivals.
So I decided to splurge and experience the 12th most costly cab ride in the world. I must say, it was rather unremarkable. But it was direct, and since the rain and strong winds had already started, I appreciated getting door to door without getting wet.
On the way back, time and dryness mattered less, so I decided to try out the bus. I saw two options to pick from: Aircoach and Airlink. Both let you purchase your tickets online or through the bus driver.
Aircoach is more expensive, but slightly nicer at €7. While I was there they were also running a special with a €1 discount for purchasing online.
Airlink, which is part of the Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann network is €6.
Based on their marketing, I decided to treat myself and take Aircoach and “travel in luxury” from the O’ Connell St stop (about 7 min from my hotel) to Dublin Airport.
My particular bus was rather old though. The seats were broken in the reclined position. But that said, there was free wifi and since I was going before 9AM on a Sunday morning, the trip was under 20 minutes.
I’d take a cab:
If traveling with 2 or more people, at that point the bus is no longer a major savings
If I had a lot of luggage (7 minutes of walking with a giant suitcase after a red-eye is not ideal)
If the weather is bad (walking 7 minutes in the rain with luggage is not fun)
I’d take the bus:
During rush hour since they have access to restricted lanes
When traveling alone or with one other person and feeling price sensitive
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