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There is a wealth of choice when it comes to booking flights to Dublin from London. As a hugely popular route, and with a number of London airports to travel from, you can take your pick from any one of the cheap, frequent flights that connect the two capital cities.
Airlines operating direct London to Dublin flights include Ryanair, Aer Lingus and British Airways. Air France, operated by CityJet, offers direct flights from London City Airport only.
With a flight time of just 60-80 minutes, Dublin is easy to access and a delight to behold. From peaceful green spaces and towering icons of architecture, to wild pubs and towering pints of Guinness, Dublin is the urban jewel of the Emerald Isle.
London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is Britain’s second busiest. Every year it handles more than 40 million passengers jetting off to more than 200 destinations. Just 20 minutes from the M25, Gatwick Airport is located in West Sussex, to the south of London.
Its handy location off the M25 makes it ideal for arriving by car. Parking options are plentiful, with both on- and off-site car parks and offers available for short- and long-stay visitors. Bag the cheapest deals by booking airport parking at Gatwick well in advance of your trip. If you’re travelling from outside of the south east of England, you could consider a stay at a Gatwick Airport hotel that includes car parking.
Using public transport is also a doddle, with buses, coaches, and trains arriving directly at the airport. The non-stop Gatwick Express train delivers passengers from central London in just 30 minutes.
Both North and South terminals offer places to shop, eat, drink and worship. Those travelling with young children can use the family assistance lanes to get through security. In the departure terminals, free kids’ zones keep little ones entertained.
There are a number of executive lounges to make use of ahead of Gatwick to Dublin flights. Families are welcome in a couple of the lounges: the Servisair Lingfield Lounge in the South Terminal, or the North Terminal’s No.1 Lounge.
Dept: 26 November | for 3 nights | Arr: Dublin (DUB)
Ryanair and Aer Lingus operate direct flights to Dublin from Gatwick Airport. Both airlines depart from the South Terminal.
London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is one of the busiest airports in the world. It’s certainly Britain’s busiest, with some 75 million passengers passing through its four main terminals every year.
Located to the west of London and within easy reach of the M25, there are plentiful car-parking facilities, both on- and off-site, for the thousands who arrive by road each day. Book your space well in advance to take advantage of the best deals. Hotels with car parking are also worth a look, if you plan to take it easy ahead of flights from Heathrow to Dublin.
You can also reach Heathrow Airport by public transport, taxis and coaches. Public transport options include the Heathrow Express train, which connects the airport with London Paddington in just 15 minutes.
Each of the airport’s four Terminals – T2, T3, T4 and T5 (T1 closed in 2015) – features a wealth of facilities for passengers. You can spend your time ahead of flights from London to Dublin shopping, eating, drinking, worshipping, or letting the kids work off some energy. There are Stay and Play areas in terminals 2, 4 and 5, suitable for children up to the age of nine, and a free family lounge in T3, which welcomes older children too.
Dept: 25 January | for 5 nights | Arr: Dublin (DUB)
Aer Lingus operates flights to Dublin from Heathrow from Terminal 2.
Flights run by British Airways usually run from Terminals 3 and 5, with some services departing from Terminal 2. It’s wise to check for the departure point of your specific flight before you turn up at the airport.
London Luton Airport (LTN) is the fifth busiest in the UK, recently hitting a record high of 13 million passengers in a year.
Luton Airport is near the town of Luton, in Bedfordshire, close to the M1 and within short reach of the M25. Its handy location makes it a favourite for passengers from across the south of England, as well as those from the Midlands.
Book car parking in advance of your trip if you plan to arrive in your own vehicle – parking can be limited on the site and those who haven’t pre-booked can be turned away. Pre-booking also nets you the cheapest deals.
Other transport options include buses, coaches, taxis and train services. Luton Airport Parkway railway station is close by, with coaches running every 10 minutes to shuttle passengers between the airport and the station, a journey of around five minutes.
Luton Airport contains all of the usual airside opportunities to shop, dine and relax. For an extra special treat ahead of flights to Dublin from Luton, book time in the Aspire Executive Lounge with Bliss Spa.
Dept: 13 March | Arr: Dublin (DUB)
As one of the top routes running from the airport, Luton to Dublin flights are frequent and great value. Ryanair is the only airline offering a direct link between Luton and Dublin. You don’t need to panic about turning up at the correct terminal for flights from Luton to Dublin, as the airport has just one main departure terminal.
London Stansted Airport (STN) is the fourth busiest in the UK and a major base for low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, which offers frequent and cheap flights to Dublin from Stansted.
The airport is located in Essex, around 30 miles northeast of central London, and within minutes of the M11. It is a convenient option for passengers from the south east of England and the Midlands, with many choosing to drive and park at the airport. There is ample parking on-site, as well as a few off-site options. To make savings on car parking and to guarantee your space, reserve and pay online in advance of travel.
Taxis, buses, coaches and trains also deliver passengers to Stansted Airport. A railway station at the airport provides an easy connection to central London (the Stansted Express: 47 minutes to London Liverpool Street) with CrossCountry running trains to Midlands’ cities and beyond.
Shops, restaurants, bars and cafes are plentiful once you’ve passed through security. For an extra special indulgence ahead of flights from Stansted to Dublin, have a glass of fizz at the Halo bar or check into the Escape Lounge.
Dept: 14 December | 2 nights | Arr: Dublin (DUB)
Ryanair is the only provider of direct flights to the Irish capital from Stansted. While there is only one main terminal, many departure gates are only accessed via the airport’s transit system. Trains run regularly and can become full, so don’t assume that a quick jog will get you to your gate when you have just minutes to spare.
You won’t waste a moment after touching down at Dublin Airport (DUB) when you use our brief guide to getting into the city.
The fastest option is to jump in a taxi. A one-way fare to central Dublin will cost in the region of 25 euros.
The cheapest option is a local bus – there are services available for just a few euros each – but expect a longer journey time as the bus chugs from stop to stop.
Offering a compromise between speed and cost are the numerous airport shuttle services. The Airlink 747 service, for example, costs 10 euros for an adult return ticket. Stops include the central bus station and some city hotels.
Are you looking for a cheap break, short flights and plenty to see and do during your getaway? It has to be Dublin.
Ever present on the list of top short break destinations, Dublin knows how to welcome its guests. It’ll lull you into a stress-free state in its gorgeous parks, rev you up for sightseeing with its iconic monuments, have you flexing the plastic along Grafton Street, and then, just when you think you’re out of energy, revitalise your soul with some of the best pubs and live music on the Emerald Isle.
Sitting pretty where the River Liffey meets Dublin Bay, the city’s beauty is only surpassed by the exuberant nightlife that fills bars and spills onto streets, especially around the Temple Bar area.
In the day, if your head has found its way out of a Guinness fog, you can take a tour of the black stuff’s home at the excellent Guinness Storehouse. Other top attractions in Dublin include Trinity College and the Old Library, Phoenix Park, the Old Jameson Distillery, Kilmainham Gaol, and the free-to-enter National Museum of Ireland, which spreads its many exhibits across three Dublin sites.