From London to Dublin constitutes 292 air miles and takes an average of one hour and fifteen minutes for arrivals. The most popular time to travel to Dublin for a holiday is in November and December, but is also the most expensive time for buying your tickets. There are six airlines that fly direct from London to Dublin, and there are 390 flights a week.
Standard tickets between London and Dublin can be purchased for as low as €59 one way, and €89 for a round-trip. With six flights daily between London and Dublin, City Jet is one of the most convenient low-cost flights. The London City Airport LCY, located a fifteen minute drive from Canary Wharf, has the quickest check-in, with an average of twenty minutes time before you’re whisked away to the Green Isle.
The most popular airline flying into Dublin is Aer Lingus. Aer Lingus flies up to twenty-two flights daily between London and Dublin. Its flights are available from Heathrow, Gatwick or Southend, flying you directly into Dublin. If you have a Gold Circle Club card or Bank of Ireland Gold Visa Business Card, you can access the Aer Lingus Gold Circle Lounge at Heathrow departure gate area beside Gate 86. Aer Lingus offers discounts on car rentals through a partnership with Hertz rental cars, and also offers package deals for hotel stays.
The cost of living in Dublin is somewhat cheaper than London; with an estimated thirty-one percent difference between what it costs to maintain your standard of living in London and in Dublin. Your holiday can include savings on consumer goods, local transportation and groceries. While the overall purchasing power is greater in Dublin, you will pay a bit more for restaurant services and alcoholic beverages.
British Airways offers a large number of travel deals that include hotel and car rental services. Beginning at 60€ for an economy class ticket, you can step up from basic to luxury services through a number of options that include premium economy, business class and first class accommodations. Your upgrade means wider seats, more leg room and smaller cabins for a more intimate travel experience. Upgraded services give you more baggage allowance, which is set at a standard of 23 kg for checked baggage. The World Traveller Plus experience means an offer of delicious three course meals and bar service. There is power supply for laptops and your choice of entertainment on a 25 centimetre flat screen, with noise reduction headphones. Flights leave from London Heathrow and arrive at Dublin airport, placing you within the heart of the city within minutes.
The Dublin airport is located just ten kilometres north of the city centre, near the M50 and M1 motorways, and is served by a large number of coaches, taxis and busses. There is currently no direct rail link to the trains, but bus service is available to most of the train stations serving the Dublin area. The Irish National Journey Planner is an online application that covers all the aspects of travel within Dublin, including bus, rail, tram, taxis, ferries and walking. There are a number of car rental services located at terminal one, including Hertz, Budget, Avis, Europcar, and Dooley. You can pre-book car rental services through Thrifty, Enterprise and Sixt.
Dublin airport recommends that you arrive at the airport at least ninety minutes before departure. Passengers are allowed one carry-on bag. Sharp objects should be removed from carry-on luggage and placed in check-in baggage. Both your carry-on and check-in luggage will go through detection equipment and may also be hand-checked. You will be required to go through a security clearance to determine whether you are carrying any potentially dangerous substances or items that could provide a risk to other passengers.
The Dublin airport provides accessibility for people with reduced mobility through its facilities. Those who have reduced mobility should contact the airport at least forty-eight hours in advance to ensure they will be provided with the best options for their comfort. There are a number of Help Point locations, recognisable through a blue button on an Intercom box. Help Point locations are staged at the disabled person’s parking lot, in the short-term car park and at the lobby entrance.
There are trains and ferries going into Dublin that cost an average of €38 to €43 for the combined ticket. You can buy a SailRail from any British rail station to any Dublin rail station, with a transfer at the ferry terminal. The advantages are that you have a scenic view and can carry unlimited baggage. The drawback is that it will be at least a three hour trip.
The traditional route by ferry is through via Holyhead, with one train leaving daily from London’s Euston station. Other days of the week are direct trips, but on Sundays, you will change trains at Crewe to continue your trip to Holyhead. On your arrival at the Dublin port, you can continue your journey into the centre by bus or taxi. Because of the scenic view, there are many who recommend this route for first time visitors to Dublin.
A great deal of caution needs to be used if you are not familiar with the train and ferry services. Suppliers for arranging rail/ferry trips aren’t always scrupulous. If you don’t know exactly what you are doing, your trip by land and sea can cost you up to £196.36. This can include taxes, hidden fees and costs for transportation from the Dublin port to the centre of Dublin.
Overall, flying will be cheaper, faster and more convenient than using the train and ferry services from London to Dublin. There are a variety of flight services, with package deals that can save you both time and money. Most flights are direct, which means you won’t have to wear yourself out at the start of your holiday with waiting lines and transfers.