Dublin Pass/Airport pickup?

Old Apr 19th, 2010, 11:31 AM
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Dublin Pass/Airport pickup?

Assuming planes are flying soon, I will be heading to Dublin, and am interested in getting a Dublin Pass that includes transportation from the airport. I am interested in finding out where I would pick this up upon landing. We have a late arrival [think around 7 p.m.] so would also need to know if pickup is even possible at that hr?
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Old Apr 19th, 2010, 12:33 PM
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According to:


http://www.dublinpass.ie/dublinpass/

"Use of this service activates your Dublin Pass. Once the card is activated it is valid for the day or number of days indicated on the card. One day consistutes one calender day. Be sure to get the best value out of your card!

Dublin City/Ballsbridge/Donnybrook service departs from Dublin Airport every 15 minutes from 4.30am-midnight and from midnight-4.40am.

Dublin City/Leopardstown/Sandyford/Stillorgan service departs from Dublin Airport:
-every 30 minutes from 4am-6am
-every 15 minutes from 6am-8pm
-every 30 minutes from 8pm-11pm "

If you purchase online at least 21 days in advance, they will post the tickets:

"Delivery to an address Worldwide - - - - - - € 7.00"

Or, it is free to pick up at the Dublin Airport Tourist Information Office --

http://www.visitdublin.com/seeanddo/...d=256&mid=2095

Posted hours Monday - Sunday, 8AM until 10 PM

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Old Apr 19th, 2010, 01:10 PM
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Thank you so much for your help, and for including the websites. Now I hope the planes will be flying!
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Old Apr 19th, 2010, 01:35 PM
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The Dublin tourist info is easy to find. Same level as arrivals. The airport bus included is the Aircoach service (blue busses), not the Airlink (Dublin Bus 747 service, green buses). Aircoach leaves right off the curb to your left once you exited the arrivals hall. Do NOT follow signs for the coach /bus station. Simply walk out of arrivals and take a left.

The Dublin pass is pretty costly IMO, and you might want to do a little math if you really want it already on day 1 since you will arrive quite late (and probably just want to go to your hotel and grab something to eat). The regular fare to the city centre is €6 or €7 with Airlink or Aircoach buses, respectively. Depending on where you will stay, one service may be better than the other. They both call at O'Connell St.
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Old Apr 19th, 2010, 02:57 PM
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There are also cheaper buses into the city centre - €2 or €2.20, but they may stop a lot and may be a bit awkward if you are carrying large luggage. See www.dublinbus.ie
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Old Apr 20th, 2010, 09:05 AM
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Can anyone tell me which airport transportation I should use? I'm staying at the Shelbourne.
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Old Apr 20th, 2010, 09:15 AM
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People who stay in the Shelbourne use taxis.
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Old Apr 20th, 2010, 09:48 AM
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Padraig, not this person :]
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Old Apr 20th, 2010, 10:29 AM
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Cowboy, you are right about not using the ticket the first day, since we are arriving late. We will be staying in Dublin for five days, so will save the pass to maximize use. What is my best option for getting to my hotel? Do you have any idea how expensive taxis are? I'm leaning strongly toward a bus, if it's convenient.
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Old Apr 20th, 2010, 10:38 AM
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http://www.aircoach.ie/map.routes.leopardstown.php

The stop on Kildare Street is just around the corner from the Shelbourne. Be prepared for the doorman to raise his eyebrow when you arrive on foot, toting your own luggage.
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The taxi should be around €25-30. So if you compare that with the fare for the Aircoach bus (x2= €14), you will not pay that much more when you go by taxi.

I'm usually a bit sceptical when it comes to the benefits of those city passes.
You will not need the included airport transfer since it will be more costly to include one additional day than to pay for the bus.
The vast majority of sights is packed in a very walkable area between Merrion Square in the East, and the Guinness Storehouse in the West.
Exceptions: Kilmainham Gaol, the Botanical Garden, or the sights in the surrounding areas like Newgrange, Hill or Tara etc. (the latter not even covered by the Dublin Pass, but possible popular day trips from Dublin)
Fine museums like the National Museum(s) or the National Gallery, or the Botanical Garden are free anyway.

I'd make a list of places you really want to see, and compare individual entrance fees with the price for the Dublin Pass. Even if you just get a 3-day-pass, you pay €65 pP, so it will barely make sense unless you have the most costly sights (Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery) on top of your list, IMO.
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Thank you so much for all this information. I was wondering if it made sense for two of us to take a taxi, and had no idea what the difference would be. It is more logical to take a taxi. Now I won't have to feel guilty about the 'splurge'.

Regarding the pass option, I do have a lot of arthritis issues, so would need transportation if I'm having a bad day, and those days are more and more frequent. That is why it appealed to me. Also, despite having been to Guiness and Jamison, I was thinking we may want to head back, since we are there for five days and will have the time. If those are pricey, it may make sense. Good to know though, that the museums are free, as the Nat'l Museum is on top of my list of places to get to, and apparently close to our hotel [no bus necessary]

Thank you again for all the input. Now I just need to be able to have my flight actually up and running :]
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