sbworcs
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Question About Dublin

Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:58 pm

Hi All

Have got the chance to fly Ryanair for the first time on a day return to Dublin for £10 on 1st Feb.

My question is - should I do it! I am a fairly nervous flyer and have never flown on my own before so could be a good thing! (preparation for my SFO / LAX flights later in the year!!!)

Also what is there to do in Dublin for the day as money is fairly tight but would want to see the city rather than spot at the airport (although is the spotting good??)

Any help appreciated!!
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RE: Question About Dublin

Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:46 pm

Dont spend your day at the airport! It costs a few euros to get a bus into the city centre. As far as things to do go its like any other european capital. Depends what your looking for.
 
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RE: Question About Dublin

Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:35 pm

As EI321 said, don't bother staying at the airport. There's a few locations for spotting but you'll have more fun in Dublin City.

From the airport, take the Airlink 747 bus into the city centre. It costs €10 return and the journey is about 10KM long. You will be dropped off on O'Connell Street, right in the heart of Dublin. http://www.dublinbus.ie/your_journey/airport_services.asp

From there, it's really up to you what you want to do - you could visit the Guinness Storehouse, take a tour of Kilmainham Jail or just simply mooch around Dublin City Centre.

And of course, being a Friday, the city will have a great atmosphere about the place.

You should definitely go though! Sure at £10, it's a bargain!


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RE: Question About Dublin

Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:12 pm

The good thing about Dublin (weather permitting) is that is good if your on a budget. Theres lots to see and do without putting your hand in your pocket . I would start at Oconnell Street and then make your way to the Halpenny Bridge then on to Temple Bar then to Grafton Street to the top of St Stephens Green. Its quite a nice route.

Heres a map with the route in red line :::



I would leave the city center 2 hours and 30 mins before your flight home though !! Also a good service into the city is www.aircoach.ie it leaves right outside the arrivals area .I use their cross border services alot and have also used them from DUB airport into the city.
 
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RE: Question About Dublin

Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:56 pm

If money is tight, then you can also get the non express bus with route 41 and 16 serving O'Connell Street from the airport. Fare is €2 and the journey time is about 45 mins.

Enjoy it. If the weather is nice you could easily wander around for a good few hours  Smile
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RE: Question About Dublin

Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:18 am

If you look left as you cross the Liffey on the O'Connell bridge (southbound), you'll see (I hope) the Messrs Maguire pub, which once upon a time had some of the best extra-stout to be found anywhere.

It's been WAY too long since I've been in Dublin, so I don't know if they still brew the stuff, but it might be worth a look. (And if they don't, well, there's always another pub just around the corner!)
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RE: Question About Dublin

Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:07 pm

Hi,

If you do decide you want to spot, then the spotting is reasonably good, although it does depend on the weather. You will see the majority of the Aer Lingus A330 fleet on any given day, quite a few Aer Arran ATRs, Ryanair 738s that dont get into the UK too often and any number of Biz Jets.

Spotting from the terminal is virtually non existant apart from a small corner by McDonalds in the departure terminal. The best place, where most of the local spotters are to be found is just a 10 minute bus ride away, although there is little or no shelter here; so it could end up being a rather damp day if it rains.

Just take either bus 16 or 41 from outside the arrivals terminal for 4 stops, ask the driver to let you off at the Graveyard, then its a short walk along the perimeter road until you are level with the end of the runway. Photography is excellent from here, no need for gigantic telphoto lenses here.

Hope this helps.

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RE: Question About Dublin

Tue Jan 15, 2008 7:48 pm



Quoting Sbworcs (Thread starter):
Have got the chance to fly Ryanair for the first time on a day return to Dublin for £10 on 1st Feb.

Great price!

Quoting Sbworcs (Thread starter):
My question is - should I do it! I am a fairly nervous flyer and have never flown on my own before so could be a good thing! (preparation for my SFO / LAX flights later in the year!!!)

You don't need to worry - Ryanair is safe as houses. You'll be totally fine - it's a very short hop, Ryanair are pretty good and the price is right.

Make sure you do a trip report in the TR forum (and take loads of photos on the flight!)
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RE: Question About Dublin

Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:44 pm

I had twenty four hours in Dublin in December and I believe I got the best value out of the trip. Here's what I did:

Buy a ticket on one of the two hop on hop off bus companies. There's something like around 24 stops and there is a commentary the entire way. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours. Hop on and off at the stops you most desire and then wait for the next bus (they run often, I'd say every 15 min.) I highly recommend the Guinness Factory as that's what Dublin is all about and the view from the top of the bar of all of Dublin is one to beat. Also, the complimentary Guinness at the bar is sure to make it worth your money. Oh, and eat at Supermacs.
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RE: Question About Dublin

Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:57 pm

Hey Sbworcs

See a thread I started a few weeks back
Belfast Or Dublin For A Day? (by Ndebelebev Jan 2 2008 in Non Aviation)

I decided to do both as to take advantage of the £10 return fares... There are a few links in there to give you some ideas.

Quoting EI787 (Reply 2):
From the airport, take the Airlink 747

Thanks for that EI787...

Have a good day out....
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RE: Question About Dublin

Wed Jan 16, 2008 10:49 pm

Thank you all for your help and ideas!

Have gone ahead and booked for 1st Feb day trip.

First on Ryanair and first time on a flight of my own! Should be fun.
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