Dublin Airport Parking - Short Stay and Long Stay
Dublin airport is Ireland's aviation gateway and one of Europe's principal airports. Year-on-year passenger numbers reach new heights; which currently stand at nearly 16 million per annum. In fact, the air corridor between Dublin and London recently made the headlines as the busiest in the world (taking the title from London to Paris). Currently Ireland's flagship airport flies to more than 120 worldwide destinations.
Official web site for Dublin airport - www.dublinairport.com
DUBLIN AIRPORT MAP
http://www.visitdublin.com/ - Official tourist site for Dublin.
Despite the fact that Dublin airport is situated just seven miles north of the city centre; public transport is limited to buses and coaches. However, road access is good and the airport boasts over 18,000 parking spaces. People travelling by car should follow the M50 or the M1/N1, where they'll find the airport well signposted.
Both Dublin's long and short stay airport car parks work in the same way, whereby remittance must be made at the payment machines in the terminal buildings before leaving (cash and credit cards are accepted). Both car parks are open around the clock and regularly patrolled by airport police.
If you're on a flying visit you can drop-off passengers or unload your vehicle at the designated set-down area on the Departures Road. Don't be tempted to leave your vehicle unattended or you'll be clamped and towed in a flash. In the interests of security private vehicles aren't allowed to use the Arrivals Road. For longer goodbyes you'll need to park up in the short stay car park, which is conveniently located a few minutes walk from the terminal buildings. It's a multi-storey car park so it's a good idea to make a note of where your car is parked and on which level. Vehicles can be left in the short stay car park indeterminately, but if you're staying for more than three hours it's cheaper to opt for the long stay car park.
Dublin airport's long stay car park levies charges per day, with special discounted rates for anyone staying for a week. The car park is located a short distance to the east of the airport buildings, just off the M1/N1 roundabout. Although the transfer coach between the long stay car park and the airport's main entrance doesn't take that long it's recommended that you leave 40 minutes to be on the safe side. Make sure that you keep your parking ticket with you at all times as payment must be made inside the airport before you return to the car park (having to make the slog back to the terminal would be an unfortunate ending to a holiday or business trip). If you find that you're having engine trouble when you get back to your car, contact the long stay attendants who will be happy to help you jump start for a nominal fee.
Most airport car parks are up to speed when it comes to security, but it's still a good idea to see exactly what precautions they have in place. Besides robust fencing you should automatically expect: vehicle cover (against third party damage), CCTV surveillance and frequent foot patrols.