Dublin is served by just one airport for both domestic and international flights, which is the hub for national carrier Aer Lingus and Ryanair.
The airport is 10km from the centre of Dublin. Passengers have the option of catching a bus from the airport, hailing a taxi or hiring a car.
Buses and taxis can be found outside the terminal. Local buses cost €3.30 (a bit more than NZ$5) to the city centre, while coaches start at €6 (NZ$11) for a single ticket. A taxi generally costs €20-30 (NZ$30-50), depending on the time of day and level of traffic.
Dublin travel advice
Dublin is one of Europe's most loved destinations, and it's popular with New Zealanders who want to see the lush greenery of Ireland and those who want to trace their family history. Of Ireland's 4.6m inhabitants, around 1.8 of them live in the Greater Dublin Region.
Dublin is well connected by road and public transport to the rest of the country. There are two major train stations in the city. For those heading to the west or south-west (for places like Cork and Limerick) Heuston is the train station of choice. For other areas in the country, and in Northern Ireland, head to Connolly instead. For long distance buses, the terminal – Busaras – is found beside Connolly train station.
For travel around Dublin itself, buses, trams and the DART train system connect most areas.
Things to do in Dublin
A walking tour lets you get an overview of the city and its highlights, including St Stephen's Green and Dublin Castle.
For those with a car, driving out to the countryside shows a completely different Ireland to the one found in Dublin. One highlight is visiting Blarney Castle and its famous good luck stone. This is a three-hour drive to the south-west, near Cork.
Dublin, of course, is famous for its alcohol. Visitors might enjoy a trip to the Guinness Storehouse or Jameson Distillery, followed by drink or two in the Temple Bar area.
Depending on the time of year you visit, you may also want to watch a traditional dancing display or a Gaelic football game.
Information for New Zealand travellers
Travellers with a valid New Zealand passport are eligible for a visa on arrival, which grants them three months of travel. Like much of Europe, Ireland uses the euro for purchases.
Dublin, and Ireland in general, is cooler than New Zealand. This is most pronounced in the winter when temperatures regularly drop to freezing. Dublin is, however, less rainy than Auckland most years.
The warmest and most popular time to visit Dublin is June – August, but this also coincides with more expensive prices for accommodation and flights.
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Please note: all information is correct as of June, 2016.