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Dublin Layover

| June 10, 2014

Stuck on a Dublin layover at the Dublin Airport (Aerfort Bhaile Atha Cliath) in Ireland? The Dublin Airport is located 6.2 miles north of Dublin City which makes it accessible for those on a long layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you have the time to leave the airport during your Dublin layover, click here for useful tips.

Dublin Layover stopover Ireland things to do

The Dublin airport offers number of facilities and services to keep you occupied including shops, bars and restaurants, self service postage kiosks, banking, a business lounge (three hours for €25 per person and at times offers a 2 for 1 special), Internet access, baby changing facilities, medical and religious facilities. To help you get situated, here’s a series of airport maps. 

For those who arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many hotels near the airport. For a comprehensive list of Dublin hotels at varying price points, click here and for hotels specifically near the airport, click here.

If you’re looking to ditch your bags and see some sights, the airport also offers a Left Luggage facility for you to store your luggage while you explore.

Dublin city can be reached by buses and taxis. An underground railway line called ‘Metro North’ which will connect the airport to Swords and Dublin city center is still in development. Car rentals are also available.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions For Things To Do On A Dublin Layover:

Dublin Tours
With everything from historical bus tours to pub crawls, there’s a tour in Dublin to fit whatever interests you most! Click here to find the tours that are most up your speed.

Guinness Storehouse
Nothing says Dublin quite like Guinness! As Dublin’s #1 visitor attraction, here you can learn all about Guinness’ 250-year history. Don’t miss out on the complimentary drink in the highest bar in Ireland, the Gravity bar, located above the rook with panoramic views of the city and beyond.

Dublin Castle
Considered to be Dublin’s oldest surviving architecture, The Dublin Castle was the place of power for over 700 years. Don’t miss the 13th-century record tower which was once the place of inaugurations of presidents and the excavation site where a fortress once stood.

Temple Bar/Dublin’s Cultural Quarter
Home to many brothels in the 18th century, this area which is located in the heart of Dublin’s City Centre, has some of Dublin’s most popular bars, restaurants and shops. These narrow, cobbled streets is a fun, young area of town. This is also a great area for visiting some pubs and nightclubs.

For more suggestions of things to do in Dublin on your layover, click here.

Have a suggestion for a Dublin layover? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Dahlia says:

    Love this website–such a great idea! It’d be nice to know approximately how far the suggestions are from the airport, as well as how long they usually take, so readers can get an idea of which stops are practical for which length layovers, but it’s certainly nice to have a jumping-off point from which to do the research myself, at least!

  2. Tricia says:

    We have a 7hr 35 minute wait between flights but have been told we cannot leave the airport! therefore these discussions seem pointless for people like us

    • heathyr collins says:

      You couldnt leave? Why?

    • Aynne says:

      What was your source? I called Aer Lingus and was told this is false. In fact they have a place to leave your carry on so you don’t have to drag it to town with you. She said there is a bus that goes back and forth to Dublin from the airport that takes about 30 min. We are definitely leaving the airport during our 8 hour layover!

  3. Gill Gignilliat says:

    I will have a 13 hour layover in Dublin. I’m a US Citizen traveling from Paris to Charlotte, nc. Will I have time to see some sites?

  4. Zaw says:


    I have overnight lay over in Dublin airport coming back from Paris to USA. Do I have to stay in the airport or Do I have to get out of the airport and come back in the morning? Any information is appreciated.
    Thank you.

  5. Tricia says:

    See my previous comment. You are NOT allowed to leave the airport if you are in transit. We were in the terminal for 7.5 hours on our layover from Orlando to Newcastle.

  6. karl montgomery says:

    Hello you can leave Dublin airport when waiting to connect to a flight to Liverpool so I can’t see any difference with Newcastle. Currently in Orlando international waiting for my flight to Dublin. My bother done the same flights week OK and went into Dublin.
    Hope it helps

  7. George says:

    That Tricia lady is a buzzkill. If she was told she couldn’t leave the airport, it’s probably because she walked straight past customs and directly into the terminal of her connecting flight. Sorry Trish. However keep in mind customs is a long line and takes quite a bit of time to go through. Also, depending on your connecting flight you might be required to recheck your baggage when you come back and go through security and customs etc. etc. The good news is the airport has a storage area to store your carry-on for about 8 Euro. All this info is on the websites here, you just have to keep clicking on different links to find the answers to your questions. So, also before someone post the question… Yes, with a US passport you do not need a visa to walk around during your layover (currently as of 10May2016). I hope you all have fun and stay safe in your travels! And Tricia, the world we live in isn’t perfect but it can be a pretty happy place, don’t be such a downer.

  8. Tricia says:

    @George, We e mailed the airline prior to our travel as we wanted to visit Dublin/get a hotel room for a few hours sleep/ get out of the airport. They offered us the lounge in the terminal for 25 euros but there’s a 3 hour limit so seemed pointless. they told us we couldn’t leave the airport. I am not the downer – Aer Lingus is!!

  9. Anish says:

    I am an indian citizen travelling to US and i’ve an 18hr layover in Dublin. a couple of questions please…
    1. Do i need a Dublin short visa for taking this flight, or can i stay at the airport lounge itself between flights ?
    2. I am flying within 4/5 days from Mumbai, how soon can i get a dublin (short) visa such that i can better utilize this time to explore ?

    Appreciate your time and help…

  10. David Johansson says:

    So does Air Lingus allow passengers to leave the airport or not? Tricia’s post is disturbing in that it implies being imprisoned in the terminal if you are in transit. My wife and I have 7 hours we were planning to lunch in Dublin on our way to Munich. Does anyone know the correct answer?

  11. David Johansson says:

    OK, one international call from Florida to Dublin later and a long wait with irish-accented computer, but I finally got a bright, well informed officer. So. Official Aer Lingus policy: With a US passport (and most others; you’ll have to ask) you are free to leave the airport and explore Dublin. (6.5 hours yikes) You have to do customs and security over and over of course, but my wife and I look forward to a bonus visit to Ireland. Cheers!