Since the beginning of the pandemic, the only way to get from areas in Dublin to the airport has been on local buses. Express buses such as the 700 operated by Aircoach or the 747 and 757 operated by Dublin Bus have all been suspended.
The local buses to the airport make for a far longer journey time. I’ve taken the 16 before, which takes quite a long time due to all the stops along the way. The other option is the 41, which suffers from the same issue.
Aircoach Services From 29 July
According to the Aircoach website, the 700 express from Leopardstown to Dublin Airport is expected to commence from 29 July. In fact, you can make online bookings starting from that day onwards.
The bus travels from the Clayton Hotel beside the Central Park Luas stop, up through Donnybrook and the city centre, past Drumcondra and on to the airport. It is a very quick journey compared to the alternative, though of course slower than a taxi.
Online fares are €16.00 return for the entire journey from Leopardstown. Coming from places like Leeson Street or the city, this reduces to €13.50 return, which is an excellent price, and far cheaper than taxis.
The big blue coaches are the most comfortable buses to and from the airport. With luggage storage under the bus and proper coach seating, it’s a great way to start and end your trip.
It’s pleasing to see the Aircoach services restarting, and is excellent news for those living in Dublin close to one of the stops. Their Belfast and Cork services continue to operate, and hopefully the other Dublin Airport route will come back in due course.
Ireland has been very slow to open up to travel, but with the restrictions on citizens travelling being lifted from 19 July, things should return to normal soon enough. Here’s hoping anyway!
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Images by Aircoach.