Having access to an extensive array of suppliers, Auto Europe is ideally placed to help you find the best car hire at Dublin Airport. With more than 60 years in the car rental market, we can now offer competitive car hire in 20,000 global locations, including a chauffeur service, luxury car hire and motorhome hire.
Around 6 miles north of Dublin City Centre, Dublin Airport is the largest Irish airport providing domestic, European and transatlantic flights. Being the headquarters of Aer Lingus and Ryanair, the airport also runs one of the world's busiest routes: Dublin to London. With all the necessary facilities, this airport has served approximately 27.9 million passengers in 2016 alone - making it the perfect gateway into Ireland.
Dublin Airport can trace its history back to World War I, when it operated solely as a military airfield. In 1922 the airfield was transferred to the Irish Free State but it wasn't until 1940 that its first civilian flight took place: Dublin to Liverpool, UK.
Dublin Airport (DUB)
Official Name: Dublin Airport. Irish Name: Aerfort Bhaile Átha Cliath
Website: Dublin Airport
Address: Dublin Airport, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Telephone: +353 1 814 1111
Airlines operating at Dublin Airport: Aer Lingus, American Airlines, Delta, Emirates, Norwegian, United, Aegean, Air France, ASL Aviation, Blue Air, British Airways, CityJet, Ethiopian, Etihad, Eurowings, Finnair, Flybe, Iberia Express, KLM, Lufthansa, Luxair, Air Moldova, Norwegian, Air Canada, RyanAir, Scandinavian Airlines, S7 Airlines, Swiss, Air Transat, Transavia, Turkish Airlines, Vueling, WestJet and WOW Air.
European and domestic flights arrive at Terminal 1, where the car hire desks are located directly in the arrivals hall. If you arrive at Terminal 2 however, once you exit customs, follow the signs to Terminal 1. This will bring you to the Terminal 1 departures hall located on the first floor; then take the lift or escalator to the arrivals hall on the ground floor.
Check the name of your supplier on your Auto Europe voucher and proceed to the respective desk. Have your voucher, credit card, and driving licence ready to produce at the counter. If you need any assistance while picking up your car hire at Dublin Airport, please contact us on our free phone number. The opening hours of your rental desk may vary, it is therefore recommended to check your voucher for the corresponding opening times. On pick-up make sure you check your vehicle for any damage and make a note of it on your pick-up slip before leaving.
Upon returning your hired car and if your fuel policy is full to full, make sure you stop by a petrol station to fill your vehicle up or you will be charged. Return your car to the supplier's designated parking and always make sure that the rental company checks your vehicle for any new damage. After-hours drop offs are available, however, please make arrangements directly with the supplier during the pick-up stage
Car hire desks operating hours
|Avis||Sunday-Friday 5:00am to 11:30 pm
Saturday: 5:00am to 11pm
|Budget||Monday-Sunday: 5:00am to 12:30am|
|Dooley||Monday-Sunday: 5:00am to 11:00pm|
|Enterprise||Monday-Sunday: 5:00am to 11:00pm|
|Europcar||Monday-Sunday: 5:00am to 11:59pm|
|Hertz||Monday - Sunday: 5:00am to 1:00am|
|Sixt||Monday-Sunday: 5:00am to 12:00am|
Dublin Airport consists of two terminals. The building known as Terminal 1, originally opened in 1972, but underwent further construction in 2007 and again in 2009. During these developments a new pier and new food/retail outlets were added. The terminal currently serves all short-haul flights, with some exceptions. RyanAir operates the majority of its flights from this terminal. Located on the ground floor of the arrivals hall you will find all the car rental supplier desks, whilst on the first floor departure area you will find the Aer Lingus, Ryanair, BMI, Lufthansa, Swiss, Flybe and Air France desks.
Terminal 2 was inaugurated in 2010 with the idea of serving Aer Lingus and long-haul flights. In reality however, due to its significant growth in US passengers, many of the non-US long-haul flights remained in Terminal 1, with Terminal 2 becoming the gateway for transatlantic flights to the USA. With its cutting-edge design costing €600 million, Terminal 2 consists of departures on the ground floor, with check-in desks and boarding gates on the second floor. Facilities for arriving passengers are on the first floor together with a direct connection to Terminal 1.
As a modern airport, Dublin Airport encompasses all the necessary facilities for air travel. Along with arrival & departure halls, lounges, check-in desks, boarding gates, baggage reclaim belts and airport security screening; you also have a selection of cafés, bars and restaurants to eat in. For those picking up their car rental from Dublin Airport, you are able to hire an E-Tolling device, which allows you to pay for tolls without stopping. Simply follow the instructions on your e-toll. For the busy traveller, a luggage storage facility exists, should you wish to leave some items in a secure location whilst you visit the city. A concierge service is also available for any specific requirements.
Other airport facilities include baby changing facilities, a medical aid zone, pharmacy, lost property room, police service desk and a US pre-screening section. Next to the duty-free shops, book store and restaurants, you'll find a multi-faith prayer room. A church exists on its own grounds but within walking distance from the arrivals hall. There is also internet access, including printing facilities and free access to Wi-Fi throughout both terminals. Financial facilities like ATMs, banks and exchange offices are located in the arrivals and departure halls in both terminals.
Getting to the airport is very simple due to its location and good road connections. Being perfectly positioned only 6.2 miles (10km) north of Dublin City Centre, and with easy access to the M1 & M50, the airport is ideal for travelling in by car, taxi or bus. If you desire to travel in by train, unfortunately no airport train station exists. A viable option would be to use nearby train stations instead.
Driving in by car is straight forward. Simply use the M1 or M50 and follow the road signs to the airport. Designated drop off points exist outside both terminals. You will access these by simply following the signs to Departures. Please note that any unattended cars will be towed away, so we advise to always stay with your vehicle. For picking up passengers, you will have to make use of the airports short stay car parks. If you fly in and are hiring a car, we advise you visit our driving information page for a better understanding of Irish road regulations.
A total of five bus companies operate out of Dublin Airport; Dublin Bus, Airlink Express, AirCoach, Airport Hopper and City Scape. These services offer routes to Dublin City Centre, but also to other parts of town, such as the 41, Lower Abbey Street, South Dublin, Lucan, Dundrum town, etc. It is advisable to check your destination and even ask the driver of its route before boarding.
You are able to catch a taxi from one of the taxi ranks directly outside both terminals. All taxis have to display passenger, driver and fare information. You have the right to catch a taxi for a journey up to 18 miles (30km), the meter must be clearly displayed and a receipt provided at the end of your journey.
With 4,000 short-stay parking spaces and 18,600 long-stay parking spaces, parking at Dublin Airport is easy to come across. The short-stay car parks are located outside each terminal, with the long-stay car parks located further away but still within easy access from the terminals. A free 24 hour shuttle bus is available to take you between the terminals and the long-stay car parks. Booking is either made on the day or online via the Dublin Airport homepage. All official Dublin Airport car parks have safe and secure parking; with 24 hour customer support should you for example experience a flat battery. Pre-booking online is sensible for the best possible prices and because demand is high. Prices vary daily therefore it is worthwhile checking back often. Paying on the day will demand a higher rate, from €40 per day (short-stay car parks), to between €7.50 per day and €9.50 per day (long-stay car parks).
When visiting Dublin city it isn't too difficult to park, but some rules need to be taken into consideration to avoid parking fines or being clamped. When street parking, make sure you confirm that you are in fact allowed to park there by checking the signs and parking meters. Make sure that it isn't residents only and park in the appropriate bays. Payment is either at the adjacent meter or at a pay-and-display meter further along the street. Parking on a double yellow line is prohibited at any time. On single yellow lines, please check the operational times. For convenience, a "Parking Tag" scheme is in operation throughout the city. This allows you to pay and even extend your parking time without having to return to your vehicle. For further information please visit Parking Tag.