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Travel Tips

Dublin Airport

Before arriving at Dublin Airport, take some time to familiarise yourself with it by looking at this map.

If you come from outside the EU/ EEA you will be requested to complete a landing card with your personal details. You will need to hand this in to the Immigration Officer at Passport Control in Dublin Airport. You may also be asked for the following documents which we advise you to have in your hand luggage so they can be checked quickly and easily.

Before you leave home check that you have the following documents with you:

Non-EU Students:

  • Passport
  • Entry Visa (if applicable)
  • Evidence of Private Health Insurance
  • Offer Letter from DCU
  • Letter from DCU, stating that you have paid your fees in full

EU/EEA Students:

  • Passport
  • European Health Insurance Card
  • Acceptance letter from the Registry in DCU

Luggage collection

Once you have cleared immigration you may collect your luggage and proceed to Customs. There are three routes: a green route if you have nothing to declare, a red route if you have something to declare and a blue route if you are an EU citizen.

If you encounter any problems on arrival, contact the International Office at +353-1-7007411 or DCU Main Reception at +353-1-7005000

Getting to DCU

The easiest way to get to DCU from the Airport is by taxi. It will cost about €20 to areas near DCU or about €30 to the city centre, depending on the number of people travelling and items of luggage.

You can also take a bus from the airport, but you will need to walk a considerable distance from the nearest bus stop to DCU. 

More details are in our Pre-Arrival handbook. 

Getting to the City Centre

Using a bus service is an easy, quick and cheap way to get from the airport to the city centre. The Aircoach bus service, Dublin Bus Airlink and local Dublin Bus routes all have routes to the city centre. 

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