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Basic info and car hire in Dublin Airport

  • IATA airport code: DUB

  • ICAO airport code: EIDW

  • Full name: Dublin Airport, Aerfort Bhaile Átha Cliath in Irish Gaelic

  • Location: Collinstown, Dublin, Ireland

  • Hub for: Aer Lingus

  • Website: Dublin Airport

  • Contact: + 353 1 814471, information.queries@daa.ie

  • Owner: Government of Ireland

  • Elevation: 242 ft/ 74 m

  • Number of runways: Two

  • Wi-Fi: There is free Wi-Fi available at the airport with no log-in required

  • Dublin Airport app – official airport's application for live security queue times, departure/arrivals information, flight status tracking, weather details, maps, parking booking...

  • US pre-clearance facility at T2 allows passengers travelling to the US to avoid immigration queues upon arrival.

About Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport is the main airport in Ireland, located in the country's capital city, Dublin. It is located approximately six miles/ 10 km away from the city centre (it takes about 15 minutes by car). The airport features two terminal buildings connected by a covered walkway. There are 34 airlines that fly from Dublin Airport and over 180 destinations directly connected with Dublin Airport. It is also the only major airport in Europe that offers US pre-clearance if you’re travelling to the US. The pre-clearance offers to undertake all US immigration, customs and agriculture inspections prior to departure.

Drive your rental car around Dublin Airport

If you picked up your hired car at Dublin Airport, you are about six miles/ 10 km away from the Dublin city centre. The airport is located to the north of Dublin, and is well connected to all areas of the island, as major motorways are situated close to the airport. Dublin Airport is 165 miles/ 266 km away from Cork, and 130 miles / 210 km away from both Galway and Limerick.

Roundabouts are quite common in Dublin and can be confusing to a foreigner, not to mention driving on the left side of the road. Also, expect heavy traffic and expensive parking in Dublin. However, the country’s motorways are excellent and offer spectacular views of the landscape.

Services in Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport offers a large number of services to facilitate your travelling experience, whether you hire a car or not, are travelling for business or leisure, solo, accompanied or with your family.


Fast track service – if you have a very tight schedule, you can skip queues by purchasing fast track security check at Dublin Airport.

Executive Lounges – while waiting for your flight connection, Dublin Airport offers a private place to work or just relax in both terminals.

Family facilities:

If you are travelling with children, Dublin Airport eases your experience at least a tiny bit by providing some essential facilities for the little ones.

Baby changing facilities can be found throughout Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

There are several soft play areas that can be found in both terminals, situated beside cafes, restaurants and toilets. There is one found in Terminal 1 before security and beside McDonald’s restaurant and another play area is beside Starbucks where a small selection of toys is found in the seating area. In Terminal 2, the play area is located on the upper floor, beside Burger King.

A convenient service for travelling parents is baby and children’s equipment rental, especially if Dublin airport is a pick-up location for your hired car. Here, you can rent a safe car seat and the staff can also help you with the installation. Look for The Stork Exchange.


Some other helpful amenities are found on Dublin Airport, from printing facilities in both terminals, to charging stations for your devices located in pleasant seating areas, not to mention a number of bars and restaurants. And if you are in need of some medicine, a pharmacy is located in the departures level of Terminal 2.

History of Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport opened in 1940 with an Aer Lingus flight to Liverpool. In the 1930s, construction of the first terminal building and development of grass runways had begun following the plans of architect Desmond FitzGerald. The terminal building won several architectural awards for its design resembling an ocean liner.

In 1959, a new North Terminal opened as a result of growing passenger traffic and with the continuing expansion of a new terminal together with new departure gate piers. A new runway and taxiways opened in 1972. In November 2010, Dublin Airport opened Terminal 2 and its connected boarding gate pier.

Passenger traffic at Dublin Airport has grown steadily during the last 16 years with an exception during 2009 and 2010, when a decline in passenger numbers occurred. In 2015, a record of 25 million passengers per year set in 2008 was exceeded.

Petrol stations near Dublin Airport

The nearest petrol station is located at the exit of the Dublin Airport (Topaz service station) and several others are only a short distance from the airport. If your car hire fuel policy allows you, try to refuel you tank further away from the airport and off the motorways, as prices tend to be higher near the airport.