Dublin Bus from the Airport to the city

The most value for money though perhaps the slowest way to get to the city centre in Dublin from Dublin Airport is by bus. Read futher for our top tips on costs, real time information, Leap cards, routes, where to buy tickets, and how to make sure your bus stops.

The most value for money way to travel into the city is with Dublin Bus. You can pay with cash on the bus but be aware that no change is given and it’s a little more expensive at €2.50. Bus fare with LEAP card is €1.30 – €2.00.

Digital Signposting

There is digital signposting stating when the next bus is due to leave and from what stop with Dublin Bus personnel to help. We recommend downloading the Dublin Bus App or TFI App so you will know in real time when the next bus is departing. Airport Bus stop is number 3747 for 41 and 16. The stops are in zone 15 about a five minute walk from the terminals and well sign posted.

Where to Purchase your Leap Card

You can purchase a Leap card at WH Smith in Terminal 1 and Spar at Arrivals in Terminal 2. You can also purchase your Leap card in advance and get it posted to your home.

Types of Leap Card

A Visitor Leap card allows you to travel for a specific period – 24 hours, 72 hours and one week, starting at €8.00, otherwise a standard Non Personalised Leap card allows for single payment for journeys over an extended period of time.

If you think you will not be using much public transport then do purchase a Non Personalised Leap card that can be used for single journeys or have exact change ready.

Bus Routes and Frequency

The number 16 bus runs every 15 minutes to the city centre and beyond. It does follow a circuitous route so make sure you have time. The route includes Swords, Drumcondra, Dorset Street, O’Connell Street, College Green, Camden Street, South Circular Road, Clambrassil Street, Terenure, Rathfarnham and Ballinteer. It runs from 6.00am to 11.30pm every day.

Bus Stop !

If you are nervous about missing your stop the bus posts the name of each stop it approaches digitally on both levels, you can ask the driver to look out for you and call your stop over the intercom as it approaches if you are particularly worried.

When taking bus transport around town you need to put your hand out at the stop as the bus approaches so the driver knows to stop ! Otherwise the driver will keep on going. Many buses use one stop so this is the way that the driver knows you wish to travel on his bus.

In summary the bus is a great value way to get into the city particularly if your destination is close by the stop and you are not under any time pressure. The Leap card is worth looking into for cost saving and convenience.

About Walk Around The Neighbourhood

Walk Around The Neighbourhood is a self-directed mapped digital audio walking tour of Dublin 2 and 8 including Camden street and Portobello parish with interesting histories, stories and attractions. The walking tour takes about two and a half hours.

You can download and play the tour immediately at home and onsite, replay, start and stop it when you want, its flexible and convenient around your time with links to over 50 attractions along the tour route.

If you want a unique, informative and entertaining tour of Dublin, that is flexible and convenient around your time then this self-guided tour is for you.

Portobello and Camden Street Tour

Walk along pretty Victorian streets, along the tree lined canal, to the haunted park, and bustling market streets. Discover a different side of Dublin walking through the parish that has its origins in 700AD and attracted many nationalities to settle here – Vikings, Christians , Huguenots, Lithuanian Jews, who have given this part of Dublin its unique character.

You will learn about Irelands journey to independence through the personal stories of people who lived along the tour and the stories of saints, rebels, and queens who have forged modern day Ireland with bonus links to historical photos and film.

The tour includes over 50 recommendations of unique independent attractions such as bars, restaurants, cafes, museums, parks, shops and activities along the tour route. The app includes reviews and links to all independent attractions with images of where to visit.


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