Cheap flights from Cardiff to Dublin

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Cardiff Airport Facilities

Cardiff Airport has everything you need to wait for your flight in comfort and to stock up on anything essential you might have forgotten (or just a few treats to make the journey more comfortable).  In addition to the usual array of basic facilities (such as toilets, ATMs/currency exchange, WiFi/internet kiosks and a charging station), there are some general retail outlets and a choice of places to eat and drink.  There’s also a very decent Duty Free.

For those travelling with young children, there’s baby-changing facilities, feeding areas and play areas and there’s also a special assistance service for anyone who needs it.

Flight time from Cardiff to Dublin

Direct flights from Cardiff to Dublin take just over an hour.

Getting to Cardiff Airport

If you’re using sat nav, the post code for Cardiff Airport is CF62 3BD.  Without sat nav, you head West along the M4 to junction 33 and then follow the signs, which will guide you along the A4232, A4050 and A4226.  Taking the Eastern Approach (Port Road) is the safest option as it gives access to all car parks.  The Western Approach is just for the drop off/pick up and short-stay facilities.

Cardiff Airport has car hire and is well-served by taxis, service buses and private coaches.  The nearest railway station is Rhoose Cardiff International Airport railway station from where there are connecting shuttle buses to take you the last stretch.  The bus ride only lasts about 10 minutes.

Travelling to and from Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport is about 10Km to the north of Dublin city centre and can be accessed via the M1 and the M50.  The airport is well signposted so it’s easy to find.  There is no direct rail link to the airport, but in addition to car hire and taxis, there are numerous service buses and private coach transfers so you’re highly unlikely ever to be kept waiting for a ride into Dublin itself.

Things to see and do in Dublin

Any visit to Dublin should take in Grafton Street and St Stephen's Green, you can spend at least a couple of hours here just strolling and watching the world go by and if you’re looking for a spot of retail therapy, then you could easily spend the whole day here.  You’ll also want to make the short walk to O’Connell street, with the Spire of Dublin, also known as the Monument of Light.  This, however, is just the start of everything Dublin has to offer.  Here are five other must-see attractions.

The Church

Temple Bar may still be the most famous drinking location in Dublin and if you’re into historic pubs then it’s certainly worth a visit.  It is, however, very definitely a tourist hotspot.  The Church (which takes its name from the fact that it really used to be a church) is more of a local’s bar and nightspot.

The Guinness Storehouse Factory

Even if you’re not a fan of Ireland’s most famous brew, this place is worth a visit for an insight into the history of brewing in Ireland and if that wasn’t enough, you end the tour on the 7th floor of the building in a room offering a 360 degree panorama of the Dublin skyline.

The Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

Not your average museum, the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum is the last resting place of some of Ireland’s most famous figures, especially politicians and poets.  Audio guides give you the historical background to the people you will encounter, so basically, you end up with a short, open-air course in Irish history.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

This is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful buildings of any sort in the world and also contains the grave of former dean Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels.

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are a day-trip from Dublin, but they are so utterly spectacular that they’re worth the visit.  If they look familiar, that’s probably because you’ve seen them on screen in The Princess Bride (the Cliffs of Insanity) or Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (the cave scene).

Best time of year to visit Dublin

Dublin gets its best weather in summer (from June to August inclusive), so if you’re hoping to spend all your time outdoors, this would be the best time to go.  Really, however, the combination of a mild climate and lots of indoor attractions means that Dublin is very much an all-year-round destination.

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