Dublin Airport is the main air transportation hub of the Republic of Ireland and is located 13 kilometres from the city centre. Over 25 million passengers pass through the doors of the airport each year, many arriving from long haul destinations. The country’s flagship air carrier Aer Lingus and low-cost airline Ryanair both have their headquarters at Dublin Airport.
There are many shops, bars and restaurants inside the terminal buildings to enjoy. Browse traditional Irish souvenirs or enjoy some tasty local cuisine in one of the many airport establishments. Travellers wishing to discover Ireland outside the airport should head to Malahide Castle, 7 kilometres away. Set in 23 acres, the castle and grounds are located on the edge of the picturesque seaside town of Malahide. The castle dates to the 12th century and is one of the oldest castles in Ireland. It has a rich history, and with beautiful Medieval architecture and exquisite grounds, it is a vision not to be missed. The ornamental gardens are beautifully landscaped and a pleasure to stroll through, alternatively, explore the visitor centre and discover more about the heritage of this area. Sports fans will enjoy a visit to Croke Park, as it’s Ireland’s premier concert venue and home to many International sporting events. Take an all access stadium tour and walk in the footsteps of legends before emerging onto the pitch from the player’s tunnel, imagining the sounds of a roaring crowd. Another wonderful way to discover the villages and towns of the Dublin coastline is via a Dublin Bay Cruise. With views of stunning landscapes, lush mountains and lighthouses, visitors can sail from Dun Laoghaire and Howth enjoying the scenery and perhaps a glass of Guinness along the way.
There are many transportation options available from Dublin Airport. The Airlink Express Bus takes visitors to Dublin City Centre. There are also public bus services accessible to the city centre, and the 24-hour Air Coach stops at key locations throughout Dublin. Car rentals are available from the terminal buildings, and visitors planning to tour Ireland will find this a great option. Taxi services are accessible both to and from Dublin at fixed rates.
Irish Airline Aer Lingus was established in 1936 and began to operate from a military aerodrome south of Dublin. It was decided in 1937 that a new airfield would be built and by the end of 1939, the surface, internal road structure and power supplies had been completed. The first inaugural flight took place in early 1940 from Dublin to Liverpool. Today, many airlines utilise the airport, the destination being a gateway to Ireland’s capital city, the east coast and historic focal point of the country.