Stay in Dublin city or nearby?

June 26, 2011

Question:

I’m way the pros and cons of accommodations in Dublin proper or getting a hotel in, say, Dun Laoghaire, and commuting into town.

I’ve read Dublin traffic and parking are a nightmare, but would like to know more about public transportation. Also, we are planning a day trip, by air, to Liverpool, so maybe closer to the airport is better. Any thoughts?

2 Answers

  • Katherine says:

    I know that people will differ on this, but I think when you stay in a city you may as well stay in the middle of it – you experience it better that way. I’m a bit of a city lover when I travel, and try to stay as near the centre as I can, certainly within walking distance.

    Traffic and parking are not for the faint hearted in Dublin, but I cannot emphasis enough that you DO NOT need to rent a car while in Dublin. For that reason it’s best to have it as your first or last stop on a trip, so you can either delay renting or abandon the car on arrival.

    Public transport is really not bad. The Dart (suburban rail) will get you from Dun Laoghaire to the city in less than 30 minutes, the Luas (trams) are excellent and buses have improved a lot – they travel in dedicated bus lanes so bypass a lot of the traffic. It can be hard to figure out what bus/train/tram you need to take – but honestly, just ask someone.

    Airport buses pass many hotels and pick up passengers, or leave regularly from the Bus station. However Dub Laoghaire is about as far from the airport as you can get so may not be the best choice. Think Howth or Malahide for places that are by the sea, out of town, have good links to the city and are not too far from the Airport.

    I’d still go for staying in the centre though. When I go to Dublin I tend to stay at the Morgan, which I really like. It’s in Temple Bar so bang in the centre, and often has very good special deals. I like it, you may not, but I thought I’d mention that.

    • jamesk says:

      Thanks! I really appreciate your thoughtful response. We’ll likely be flying in and out of Shannon. Otherwise, your idea about picking up or dropping off the car in the city would be the perfect solution. I think I agree about staying in the city rather than commuting from the “burbs”. It would be nice to be able to just start exploring right after breakfast, or walk from the pub to the hotel at night, and still be in the heart of Dublin. I’ll have to ponder this some more. Thanks!

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