The Ultimate Guide to Airports in Ireland

Ireland has a number of airports, both bigger and smaller in size, covering everything from shorter internal flights to international and transatlantic flights. So if you are traveling in or out of Ireland, check out this comprehensive guide to Irish airports for all the information you might need.

 

Larger International Airports

If you’re getting into Ireland from overseas, you’ll probably be using one of the three largest and busiest airports in Ireland, which are, in order of importance – Dublin Airport, Cork Airport and Shannon Airport.

These airports serve as hubs for major airlines including American Airlines, Air Canada, Lufthansa, AirFrance, British Airways, Ryanair, Qatar, Emirates, Eurowings, and more.

Dublin Airport – DUB

The largest international airport in Ireland, Dublin Airport is located only 10km north of Dublin city centre. Buses run regularly, and the easiest way to reach the centre is either by using the number 16 city bus, or the 747 or 757 Express lines. Costs are €3.30 and €7 respectively (each way), but are even lower if you have a Leap card.

There are also taxi stands in front of the terminals – a ride to the centre will cost around €20-€25.

Dublin’s Temple Bar – well worth a visit

If you want to spend some quality time in Dublin, this airport is your best choice, but if you’re bypassing Dublin, luckily there are buses that run from the airport to all the major hubs such as Belfast, Waterford, Limerick, Galway, Kilkenny and more.

The airport itself is not huge, but it’s big enough to house multiple shops and cafes, lounges and duty-free shops (past the security check). There is also both long- and short-term parking, and car rental facilities.

Cork Airport – ORK

Colorful houses in front of St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh

Smaller and less busy than Dublin Airport, the airport in Cork still has plenty of international flights daily. It is especially popular in the summer, with seasonal flights to Spain, Germany, Italy and other European destinations. Getting between the airport and Cork city is easy – bus line 226 will take you there in less than 30 minutes.

Although this airport is quite small, there are still a few shops there, including The Loop and Spar. There are also eating and drinking venues, rent-a-car services and taxi stands (taxi to city centre goes at around €15-€20).

Shannon Airport – SNN

The third biggest airport in Ireland, Shannon Airport serves Limerick, Galway, and Ennis. It mostly has seasonal flights, but it is connected year-round with the UK, US and parts of Europe. Regular buses run from the airport to Cork (like 51), Ennis (line 343) and Limerick (line X51). Citylink also provides service to Galway.

And if you’re looking to visit the Aran Islands and see some Aran traditions, Shannon Airport is your best choice.

Although the airport is small, there are still eating and drinking options, as well as shopping spots, parking amenities, taxi service, etc.

Belfast International Airport – BFS

Belfast International Airport is located around 40 minutes from Belfast city, in Aldergrove. There are buses that run regularly between the airport and the city centre, with Airport Express 300 buses going every 15 minutes at peak times – £8 (return £11.50). A taxi will cost you around €30-€35.

This modern airport provides all the amenities you would expect to find there – cafes, restaurants, lounges, shops, taxis, etc. Well connected with all parts of Ireland, and with an express bus going every hour to Dublin (€10 one way), this is a great airport to start off your Irish adventure.

“Sheep On The Road” sculpture By Deborah Brown in Belfast

Smaller Local Airports

Belfast City Airport – BHD

Also called George Best Belfast City Airport, this is the second airport serving Belfast. It is located just a few minutes from the city centre. It is well-connected by public transport and motorways, so getting there and away is easy. The popular Airport Express 600 bus runs every 30 minutes at peak times (around £3), and gets you to the city centre in around 10 minutes. A taxi costs around £10.00.

Serving destinations across the UK and Europe, this airport is a low-hassle choice for local flights. The airport itself is small, but provides all the basics a tourist might need, including car hire, parking, taxis, shops and restaurants.

City of Derry Airport – LDY

This small airport is located near Derry City. Buses run from the airport to Derry city centre, Limavady and Coleraine. A taxi to Derry city centre costs approximately £10.

This airport is a great choice for seasonal flights to the UK and continental Europe. It’s located near Giant’s Causeway and County Donegal – the starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way, so it’s great for both starting and ending your Irish trip.

Giant’s Causeway

The airport itself is on the small side, but it has shops, taxis, parking, car hire, food, etc.

Donegal Airport – CFN

Located right on the Wild Atlantic Way, in an area with phenomenal natural beauty, this airport has flights daily to and from Dublin, with additional flights to Glasgow, so it’s a great choice if you want to save time and fly locally.

Unfortunately, there are no public transportation options to and from this airport, although there are plans to set up a bus line soon, so check up to date information on the Donegal Airport website. A taxi to Dungloe will cost around €15-€20.

Small and basic, don’t expect much from this airport when it comes to tourist amenities – it has a car park, but not much more.

Beauty of Ireland – The Wild Atlantic Way

Kerry Airport – KIR

Also known as Farranfore Airport, this airport is located just 20 minutes from Killarney and Tralee. There are a few options for getting there and away. You can get a taxi to Farranfore village and grab public transport there, or go straight to Killarney (€15-€20). The nearest train station is only 10 minutes walk away from the airport, with services to Tralee and Killarney. Bus services also run to Tralee, Killarney and Limerick.

Although this airport mostly runs local flights to the UK and Ireland, there are also international flights available to the US, Australia and Asia. As far as amenities go, this airport has the basics: a restaurant and bar, gift shop, car hire, and parking.

Ireland West Airport Knock – NOC

This airport services flights to the UK and Europe, and is great for seasonal destinations. Some public transportation is available, and a taxi can be hired to take you to Knock for €25-€30.

Serving the UK and seasonal destinations in Europe, this airport has very basic infrastructure and facilities, but is a nice choice if you’re looking for a low-hassle flight.

Waterford Airport – WAT

This airport is located on the south-east coast of Ireland, near Waterford, and has flights to London, Manchester and Birmingham, although service is sometimes interrupted, so check up to date information in advance.

There are no public transportation options to and from this airport, but a taxi can be arranged in advance, which takes around 15 minutes to reach Waterford, Tramore or Dunmore East (€20-€25).

Aer Arann Connemara Airport

This small local airport is located near Galway and is only used to visit the Aran Islands. Flights run to Inis Mór, Inis Meáin, and Inis Óirr islands regularly (up to 25 per day), with flight time being around 10 minutes and an adult return ticket costing €49.

The Stunning Aran Islands

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