Airfare to Dublin, Ireland
Ireland’s largest city, home to almost a third of the country’s population in the greater Dublin area, is a popular place to visit. Book your hotel rooms early and explore the city by foot, taking in the Guinness Factory, home of the namesake beer, Trinity College, home of the ancient Book of Kells, and the crypts of the Christ Church Cathedral.
Airfare to Dublin will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Make sure to avoid Mondays, which are popular with business travelers and the weekends, as they are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible.
Alternative cities to fly into
Also consider flights into London (England) or Belfast (N. Ireland). To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills Europe airlines. Ryanair,easyJet fly and Flybe fly to Dublin. You should consider taking the train or the bus, as they will save money although it will take longer to reach your destination.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Frankfurt (Germany) or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights and competition from these cities on Europe low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. Flights within Europe rarely exceed two-and-a-half hours, so it’s very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Aer Lingus is the national airline. However, BMI, Air France, Flybe and other airlines also stop in Dublin.
Other money saving tips
The most expensive air tickets to Dublin are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the summer Eurail season or the winter holidays. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak winter season, mid-January to March
- Consider flying into London, England or Belfast, N. Ireland and traveling overland to Dublin via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline as they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Dublin, check out BootsnAll’s Dublin Travel Guide.