Six ways to speed up your journey through Dublin Airport
Dublin is clocking record passenger numbers as its route network continues to grow. Here's how to save time at the airport.
1. Check in online
Obvious? Yes. Routine? No. You'd be surprised how many passengers check in at the airport, particularly those flying with airlines they aren't familiar with. Check in at home, and you can head straight to the bag-drop or security lanes.
2. Check which terminal you're flying from
It's an easy mistake to make.
For the record, Aer Lingus, Etihad, Emirates, Delta, United, American and US Airways operate from Terminal 2, while Ryanair and all other airlines fly from Terminal 1.
If unsure, check your airline website before you leave home - a good rule of thumb in any case, as you can check for delays or schedule changes too.
Dublin Airport recommends arriving at least 90 minutes before your flight departure time, but leave three hours for US Preclearnace.
3. Travel light
If you travel with carry-on luggage only, and have checked in online ahead of travel, you can proceed directly from the car park to the security lines - just make sure your hand baggage is within your airline's weight and size limits.
If you must check luggage, use the new express bag drop facilities in both terminals. Aer Lingus says they reduce check-in times to minutes "or even seconds".
4. Take the smart lane at security
If you're travelling with infants or buggies, take the family lanes through security. Otherwise, try to take the lane furthest right in T1 and furthest left in T2 - these line you up beside the fast-track channel, which can let regular punters through during quiet moments. Luck favours the prepared!
5. Have a security queue system
Don't be the guy who leaves it to the last minute to unlace his hiking boots, or the gal that starts to shed her jewellery as she is called forward to scanner.
To avoid delays, start removing belts, shoes and other items as you move through the queue. Take laptops and devices out of their bags and remind yourself of the obvious - you are not allowed to carry sharp objects in your hand luggage, and liquids should be packed in 100ml containers in clear, resealable plastic bags.
A little thought and focus makes the line quicker for everyone.
6. Pay your way
For an extra cost, you can streamline your Dublin Airport experience that bit further. €6.49 buys you a fast-track security pass, plus SMS flight updates and a newspaper, for example. Book it, and other extras, at dublinairport.com.
A final tip: Dublin Airport has a Shop & Collect service that allows you to pick up purchases when you return home… so you don't have to cram them into your carry-on. Just remember to have a photo ID and proof of purchase for collection.