10 Dec, 12:23
Dublin's airport has struggled to keep up with the city's development and the expansion of the budget airline market typified by Ryanair's rapid growth. However a second terminal is soon to be built.
Transport between the airport and city is by road only. Dublin Bus runs local service (numbers 16, 16A, 41, 346) as well as an express service which costs €5 each way. There is also a private bus service - Aircoach - which departs the airport for the city centre every 10 minutes.
Taxis are readily available with the fare to the city in the region of €20-30.
Dublin has two ferry terminals - on in Dublin Port, the other in Dun Laoghaire. Rail-ferry links from Holyhead to Dublin Port require a shuttle bus to the city centre, close to Connolly Station.
Dun Laoghaire has a DART link to Dublin city and has services to Liverpool, Stranraer and Anglesey.
There are plenty of other sea links between Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe. Belfast can be reached from Stranraer, with Rosslare having services from Pembroke, Fishguard, Cherbourg, Le Havre and Roscoff. Both Belfast and Rosslare have train links to Dublin.
Ireland's roads are not quick but the major rugby centres - Cork 250km, Limerick 180km and Belfast 160km - can all be reached in around three hours. Dublin itself has an outer toll ringroad (M50) which links to the country's major roads.
From the airport follow the signs for the M1 southbound which leads straight to the city centre.
The bus system covers the whole of the city and taxis are plentiful.
Dublin has two main railway stations linked by the Luas tramway: Connolly and Heuston.
The DART is a metro line running from Bray in the south to Howth in the north and offers stunning views of Dublin bay along the way.
The Dublin light railway, the Luas, has two lines - the Green and Red. Full details can be found at http://www.luas.ie/.