Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland.
Founded as a Viking settlement, the Kingdom of Dublin became Ireland's principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century and was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire before 1800. Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of Ireland.
It is a historical and contemporary centre for education, the arts, administration, economy and industry.
How to get to Dublin
Dublin Airport is one of the busiest in Europe, with hundreds of daily flights providing a huge range of options to reacdh Dubln.
Direct flights are available from most major cities in the UK and continental Europe, several hubs in North America, and the Gulf cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Connecting hubs hook up with further flights from all over the world, providing for easy access to the Irish capital.
Dublin Airport is 10km from the city. A range of transport options connect directly with the city centre and suburbs. Aircoach, Airlink and Dublin Bus provide bus services from both terminals, and metered taxis are also readily available. There is currently no direct rail link between airport and city.
For a more direct journey into the city centre, you can use the Airlink or Aircoach bus services (tickets can be bought on board the bus).
How to get around Dublin
The Leap Card the perfect companion for any first time visitor to the city. This pay-as-you go smart card means you save money on travel and you don't have to carry cash. You can buy a Leap Card
straight off the plane in the Dublin Airport Arrivals Hall, and for less than €20 you can have 72 hours of unlimited travel.