Helpful Dublin Airport Information
With two passenger terminals, Dublin Airport is Ireland’s busiest airport and one of the busiest in Europe. So make sure you arrive in plenty of time to park your car, get to the terminal and check-in.
You may also want to allow a little extra time to enjoy the myriad of facilities, shops, restaurants and bars that Dublin Airport has to offer too.
With cash machines and currency exchange points on both sides of security, you can make sure you have all the currency you need before you fly, with competitive exchange rates offered by ICE Bureau de Change in both terminals.
Whichever terminal you’re traveling from, you can be sure that you have everything you need for the perfect trip.
There’s plenty to keep you occupied in Terminal 1, from fast food to restaurants, from coffee shops to juice bars, from fragrance to skin care.
The Loop – Terminal 1 is home to an array of shops, so those passengers who love a little retail therapy will not be disappointed.
From designer brands like Jo Malone, Parfois, Superdry, MAC and Pandora, to luxury hampers from Wrights of Howth, as well as the Duty Free Stores; you can get your hands on everything you need whether it’s handbags cosmetics, jewellery, food or fashion.
You can even visit the Buff Stop for the ultimate shoeshine! As well as pick up any travel essentials from Boots and WH Smith. You may find you see something you like, but don’t want to take it with you, not a problem.
Dublin Airport offers a Shop & Collect service so you can buy before you fly and collect on your return. Perfect!
Eating & Drinking
Dublin’s Terminal 1 has a good selection of food for passengers on the go. Before heading through security you choose from a range of venues to sit with a coffee or pint, or grab something to eat.
Choose from a classic Big Mac from McDonalds or enjoy freshly made sandwiches or a pre-flight pint at Alcock & Brown. Fancy something healthier? Head to Jump and get your lips round one of their fresh and fruity smoothies or fruit juice.
Once through security, the choices are endless with cafés, bars and restaurants aplenty. Sample something at the Garden Terrace from the menu crafted by award winning chef Simon Mooney, or sip a beer to relax at the Gate Clock Bar.
If you have a sweet tooth then you have to go to Butlers Chocolate Café, where they serve a choice of hot & cold drinks, as well as their famous hot chocolate, handmade chocolate, cakes and sweet treats.
The Loop – Terminal 2 has a plethora of shops in store for passengers, whether you’re looking for designer clothing, bags and accessories or simply want to stock up on a few essential travel items before you fly at shops like WH Smith.
The combination of high street and designer brands makes for a unique shopping experience. If you want to get your hands on designer handbags then head to The Collection @ Dublin, where you’ll find handbags and accessories from names like Orla Kiely, Guess, Furla and DKNY.
But it doesn’t stop there, with shops from Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger and LK Bennet, you can really treat yourself.
Whatever you’re looking for you can use the fantastic Shop & Collect service at Dublin Airport, so you can get all your goodies before you fly and pick them up on your return, so you don’t have to lug them around with you.
Eating & Drinking
Those passengers flying from Terminal 2 are in for a treat when it comes to food. Once you enter the departure lounge, why not get your trip off to a great start by indulging in a glass of champagne at The Flute, or get a taste of Ireland at Harvest Market, where they cook up a mean Irish Breakfast.
Or give your stomach a real treat before heading through security with a juicy burger from the Gourmet Burger Kitchen.
However, if you’re looking for something on the go, whether it’s a coffee or a sandwich, there’s a whole array of coffee shops and sandwich bars to satisfy your appetite throughout Terminal 2, including O-Brien’s Sandwich Café, Burger King, Irish Meadows and Java Republic.
Dublin Airport Lounges
If you’re in need of some quiet time to yourself, and want to get away from the crowds, then consider booking into the DAA Executive Lounge available in both terminals.
It may sounds expensive, but you’d be surprised at how reasonable the prices are and no matter which airline you’re flying with or what class of ticket you have, you can enjoy a whole array of perks.
Sit back on sumptuous sofas and help yourself to the complimentary snacks and drinks. The DAA Executive Lounge gives you the ideal place to relax and unwind, catch up on emails using the free Wi-Fi or take advantage of the free newspapers, magazines and TV available.
There’s even showers, what better way to refresh your body and mind before a flight that with a nice relaxing shower!
Click here to take a look at our Dublin airport lounges page and find out how simple it is to be travelling in luxury and style on your next flight.
Both Terminal 1 and 2 are free Wi-Fi zones that extend from arrivals, the Mezzanine, the departure lounge and even to the gates, so you can keep up to date on all your emails and the latest news from friends and family during your whole time at Dublin Airport.
They also provide Internet kiosks, printing and charging facilities too.
Car Parking at Dublin Airport
There are various choices when deciding to use a Dublin Airport Car Parking facility. You have the choice of parking on the airport or parking off the airport where you will be transferred to the terminal via a shuttle bus.
If you decided you would like to be close to both Terminals 1 and 2, then Dublin Airport offers two long-term car parks. These car parks offer a total of 12,400 spaces. However, if you decide you would like to park off the airport, then there are other parking facilities available.
The on-site parking at Dublin Airport does get booked up pretty quickly, which means if you would like to be close to terminal 1 or 2 then we would suggest booking early to avoid disappointment.
To compare all the best prices for parking a car at Dublin Airport, please visit our Dublin Airport Car Parking Page.
Hotels at Dublin Airport
Staying overnight at an airport hotel is a great way of feeling refreshed before flying to your holiday destination. One popular Dublin Airport Hotel is the Clayton Hotel, which also offers onsite parking.
The Clayton Hotel offers 24 hours a day transfer service to Dublin Airport for hotel guests who would like to use their airport parking facility.
When a guest arrives back in Dublin Airport, they can contact the hotel direct where they will arrange for their transfer bus to pick them up. The journey from the hotel to the airport is seven minutes.
The hotel offers free leisure facilities allowing guests to start their holiday straight away and unwind before their flight. Also available is a nice restaurant and bar.
For more details about staying in an Airport Hotel before flying to your holiday destination and to receive the best deal, please visit our Dublin Airport Hotel page.