Sleeping in Airports

Dublin Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Dublin Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

I was just settling down for a cozy nap when the snoring began 2 booths over. The snoring became so loud that it was vibrating our booth. -a traveller

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Dublin International Airport.

What to Expect

Dublin International Airport consists of two interconnected and walkable terminals, with the older Terminal 1 servicing mainly short-haul regional flights, while the much newer Terminal 2 handles most of the longer-haul international flights. There are plenty of airside shopping options in both terminals, while eateries can be found on both sides of security. However, the only 24-hour eateries are located landside in Terminal 1. Things to do while you wait are a bit limited, but the airport’s free WiFi helps pass the time. Economy class passengers can enjoy additional comforts via fee-based entry into one of the airport lounges. [ see locations and rates in the Airport Lounges section below ]

Where to Sleep

Staff and security are generally tolerant of airport sleepers, though security sometimes objects to people sleeping in the multi-faith prayer room. Reviewers suggest that landside offers better overnight sleeping options because most airside seats have armrests. The landside food court and Terminal 1 McDonald’s are both cited as having comfortable chairs and couches. The airport gets cold at night, so a sweater or travel blanket are recommended. For uninterrupted sleep, there are some nearby airport hotels that can easily be reached by foot or shuttle. [ see locations in the Airport Hotels section below ]

Good to Know

US-bound passengers are pre-processed through U.S. Customs and Immigration at the airport’s Terminal 2, so you won’t have to do it upon your arrival in the States.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  Dublin Airport Executive Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, adjacent to the security area and The Loop. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  51st & Green Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, after US Pre-Clearance, past US Departure Gates 405 and 406. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Executive Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Lower Level (Airline Lounge Level). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

If sleeping in Dublin Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport – (3 minute walk from both airport terminals) Free 24-hour airport shuttle. From T1, the pick-up is in Zone 8. From T2, go to the right hand side of the arrivals exit door. » Check Rates
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin Airport – (5 minute walk from both airport terminals) A free airport shuttle runs every 15 minutes between 5:00AM and 12:00AM. Outside these hours call the hotel at (01) 844 6000 for pickup. In T1, the shuttle pick-up point is in coach park Zone 8. In T2, the shuttle pick-up point can be found at the first exit on the right hand side (look for the US Airlines check-in desks). » Check Rates
  • Carlton Hotel – (4 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs between the hotel and airport from 6:00AM – 12:30AM (leaves on the hour and half-hour). If you arrive between 1:00AM and 4:00AM you can call the hotel at 353 1866 7500 for pick-up. The shuttle runs from the airport to the hotel between the hours 6:15AM to 12:45AM (leaves quarter-past and quarter-to the hour). Pick-up from both terminals can be found in Zone 16. » Check Rates
  • Premier Inn – (4 minutes from the airport) The hotel shuttle is available from Zone 14 in the centre concourse. The shuttle runs every 30 mins between 4:30AM and 11:00PM from the airport to hotel and from the hotel to airport between 4:15AM and 10:45PM. Hotel shuttle costs 2,00€ per person, each way. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport – (7 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle bus runs every 20-30 minutes depending on the time of day and runs from the airport to hotel between 4:15AM to 11:15AM and from the airport to the hotel from 4:00AM to 11:30PM. The shuttle bus picks up from the coach park Zone 16. Note this is a shared bus with the Crowne Plaza Hotel and is first-come, first-served. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Dublin Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Unlimited free WiFi is available at Dublin Airport. Connect to the ‘Dublin Airport Free WiFi’ or ‘eircom’ networks. No registration required! Surfbox internet kiosks are also available throughout the airport, at a rate of 11.5c per minute. Some have printing facilities. You can find them in these locations:

T1: Arrivals Hall • Departures Hall* • Mezzanine* • Gates 101-121 • Gates 201-220 • Gates 301-313

T2: Check-In Floor*- 3 kiosks available • Arrivals Floor* • International Departures Lounge (airside)* • Gates 400-425 • After US Pre-Clearance

* Locations marked with a * have printing facilities

Communications

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – Diaper changing facilities are located throughout Terminals 1 and 2. Diapers and other baby products are available for sale in Boots (T1, The Loop shopping area) and Pure Pharmacy (T2, Airside). For your convenience, car seats, cradles, prams, and strollers can be rented from The Stork Exchange, which is located on airport grounds. Rental items can be picked up from The Stork Exchange, or delivered to T1, T2, or on-airport car rental agencies.
  • Children’s Area – Area includes a gym play area with colourfully designed seating and tables. Location: Mezzanine, Terminal 1 beside McDonald’s.

Food & Drinks

  • Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules with many opening at 4:00AM. T1 landside has some 24 hour options: AMT Coffee (Arrivals) • McDonald’s (Mezzanine Food Court) • Wrights of Howth (Carpark Atrium).
  • Supermarket – If you’re heading home to Dublin and need to pick up some groceries on the way, Spar has fresh food, household goods, and coffee and food to go. Location: T1, landside, The Loop shopping area (Hours: 6:00AM – 11:00PM) • T2, landside, Arrivals (Hours: Open 24 hours Mon-Fri and 5:00AM – 11:00PM on Sat and Sun).

Information

  • Information Desk – An Information Desk is located in Terminal 1, Arrivals. You may also see customer care agents posted at various points throughout the airport.

Luggage

  • Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – Short and long-term storage is available at the following rates: €5.00 for an envelope (must be prepaid), €5.00 per small item (umbrella, shopping bag, etc.), €8.00 per medium item (carry-on bag or suitcase) and €12.00 per large item (suitcase, heavy/oversized items, golf clubs, etc.). All rates are per 24-hour period. Location: T1, Short-Term Car Park Atrium, adjacent to T2 Hours: 5:00AM – 11:00PM.

Medical Services

  • Medical Services – First aid services are available. Contact an airport police officer or airport staff if you require assistance.
  • Pharmacy – Get your prescriptions filled or pick up some cream for that itch at Pure Pharmacy. Location: T2, airside, Departures Level Hours: 5:00AM – 6:00PM Some over-the-counter medicines are also available for sale in Boots (T1, The Loop shopping area).

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – A reader wrote to us to let us know that there electrical outlets available to charge mobile devices.

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside in both terminals.
  • Currency Exchange – International Currency Exchange (ICE) has money changing outlets throughout the airport in these locations:
    • Terminal 1: Arrivals Hall (Hours: 5:30AM – 12:00AM) • Baggage Hall (Hours: 7:00AM – 7:00PM) • Departures Hall (Hours: 5:30AM – 10:00PM) • Airside (Hours: 4:00AM – 9:00PM) • Airside, Gates 102-113 (Hours: 5:00AM – 8:00PM)
    • Terminal 2: Baggage Hall (Hours: 4:30AM – 10:30PM) • Check-In Hall (Hours: 4:30AM – 7:00PM) • Airside (Hours: 4:00AM – 8:15PM)

Prayer

  • Prayer Room – Daily mass is held on airport grounds at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church. Mass is held daily at 1:00PM (11:00AM on Sundays) and Confession is heard immediately after. Location: The church is located on its own grounds, just a 1-minute walk from the Arrivals Hall, via the Short-Term Car Park Atrium. The Multi-Faith Prayer Room offers a peaceful place for prayer and meditation for passengers of any religion. Chairs and prayer mats are available. Location: T2, Departures Level, before the boarding area. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Rest & Relaxation

  • Hotels – see “Airport Hotels” above.
  • Lounges – see “Airport Lounges” above.
  • Rest Zones – In Terminal 1, once you pass through security, pass through the duty free shopping, then past a restaurant on your left. You’ll come to a Starbucks with an escalator up to more restaurants. On the right is a rest zone with soft chairs and pods for sleeping.

Security

  • Fast Track Service – As a premium service, customers with Fast Track security passes will be given priority service to ensure that waiting is kept to a minimum. Cost: 5,99€ to 7,99€ depending on time of flight. Book on-line.

Shopping

  • Duty Free & Shopping – The Loop Duty Free is located Airside in both Terminals. Hours: 4:00AM – 10:00PM. There is a good variety of others shops to pass the time. There is a Spar Supermarket which is open 24 hours (Mon -Fri only), otherwise it is open 5:00AM – 11:00PM. Location: T2, Arrivals.

Showers, Salon & Spa

  • Showers – Freshen up before your flight. Showers are available in one of the lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
  • Spa – Not available.

The airport is open 24 hours.

As of March 2018, Dublin airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Air Arabia • Air France • Arkia • Blue Air • British Airways • CityJet • Cobalt • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad Airways • Eurowings • Finnair • Flybe • Flyone • Iberia • KLM • Lufthansa • Loganair • Luxair • Air Moldova • Norwegian • Qatar Airways • Air Canada • Ryanair • SAS • S7 Airlines • Swiss • Air Transat • Transavia • TUIFly • Turkish Airlines • Vueling • WestJet • WOW Air • Aer Lingus • American Airlines • Delta • United Airlines • Emirates.

Buses and Coaches

Several companies operate daily bus and coach service to and from Dublin Airport. These buses and coaches travel to railway stations and destinations within Dublin City and its surrounding areas, as well as destinations within the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. For details on the bus companies and their pick-up zones, visit the Dublin Airport website.

Car Rentals

Sixt car rental agency has a reception desk in Terminal 1 Arrivals Hall. Avis, Budget, Dooley Car Rentals, Enterprise, Europcar and Hertz have rental desks in both Terminal 1 Arrivals Halls and Terminal 2 Multi-story Car Park.

Taxi

Taxis are a safe and reliable way to travel to and from Dublin Airport and destinations within 30km of the airport. Taxis are metered and a receipt will be issued.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.