European Trip Report: Aer Lingus to Dublin

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European trip to London and Dublin: Planning

US Airways Envoy Suites to London

Getting To and From London Airports

Sheraton Heathrow

Aer Lingus to Dublin (this post)

After our one night stay at the Sheraton Heathrow it was time to head to the airport for a short hop to Dublin. The real reason for this trip was to go to Ireland for the first time, so we were more than excited for this day! We took the Hotel Hoppa bus back to the airport using the round trip ticket we had purchased the day before. I would guess we waited about 10 minutes before it arrived, and there was plenty of space on the bus. The bus made one more stop at a different hotel before taking us to the terminal. I would estimate the ride to the terminal was about 10-15 minutes max from when we were picked up.

Security at Heathrow was a breeze and we got through with plenty of time to spare…though I do remember quite a bit of walking required to actually get to our gate. If our daughter had been with us the very large amount of walking may have gotten to her after a while. At the very least, we would need to not be in a rush or else be prepared to carry all 37 pounds of her for part of the way! We checked the roller bags that we typically carry on for US flights as Aer Lingus seemed to be pretty strict about carry-on size. The maximum size for carry-ons was stated to be 55cm x 40cm x 24cm. We didn’t see anyone try to carry on the size of bags that you often see brought on–board in the US.

We were just flying in economy on Aer Lingus and didn’t have any lounge access for this part of the journey. We could have purchased day passes to their lounge for around €20/person, but it wasn’t that important to us. Instead we just sat in the gate area and did some work while waiting for the flight. This particular gate area has no food or drinks other than a vending machine, so don’t expect lots of frills!

We had chosen to fly from London to Dublin on Aer Lingus partly because it was very affordable, and partly because it made sense thematically. Call me silly, but flying to Ireland the first time on an Irish airline was fun. Our tickets were about $100 USD per person one-way and we went for the slightly more expensive “Plus” option that allowed us to pre-select our seats and have a checked bag included.

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I was also excited for the “full Irish breakfast” that I had pre-ordered online for our flight. You could order it in the airport or on the plane as well. We don’t get a lot of Irish food in East Texas, so even airline Irish food was something to be excited about. The breakfast included two pork sausages, grilled bacon, tomato, black & white pudding and a hash brown served with McCambridge’s Irish brown bread, fresh orange juice and a choice of tea or coffee. It was €7.50, and I found it to be a good enough deal. The brown bread, pork sausage, and white pudding were my favorites. In fact, I am now craving the bread just thinking about it. If I regularly had access to Irish food I would probably skip placing the order, but it was something cheap and fun to look forward to on this trip.

The flight was just a little over an hour and thankfully uneventful. We have gotten spoiled with United’s E+ seats, so I did feel a bit cramped with a middle seat and people reading papers on either side of me that leaked over into “my” space with no extra leg room, but it wasn’t a huge issue since the flight was so short.

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When we arrived in Dublin we did go through customs and get another stamp on our passport. Again, a small thing, but kind of a neat way to mark that we were in Ireland. There was no line and the process took about two minutes total. Once we got our bags we headed first to an ATM in the terminal to pull out some Euros (thanks, Bluebird, since our own ATM card was giving us issues), and then we bought tickets for the Aircoach bus.

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The Aircoach bus is located just outside the Arrivals Halls at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 and required cash and was €7 for a one-way and €12 for a round trip from the airport to the City Centre (which is walking distance to many of the popular hotels near tourist attractions). Children under 5 are free and children 5-12 can ride at a reduced fare. We waited about 10-15 minutes for the bus outdoors. It was pretty chilly, and I would not have been thrilled waiting if my daughter had been with us. I’m glad that we tried the bus and it was easy to use, but with two people we weren’t saving more than a couple Euros over a cab, so I would probably not use the bus again. On our return trip to the airport we did take a cab from the Westin (near where the bus dropped us off) and I think it came to about €20 with tip.

Once we got off the bus we had about a 5-10 minute walk to the hotel we were staying at for the first two nights – Radisson Blu Dublin. More on that hotel and all the awesome things we did in Dublin and Ireland in upcoming posts.

 

Comments

  1. Thanks for the great review. I’m in the early planning stages of going to Ireland.
    Maybe I missed it in this series of posts but it seems like it would have been cheaper to fly from Houston to Ireland as far as taxes, fuel charges etc. Then of course adding the trip over to London. I assume it was an availability issue?

  2. Hi MP, don’t know if anyone else has reported this but I can no longer access your main site with a web address – the only way I can get through is by clicking on individual posts on Twitter. Any idea why this is happening?

  3. Dan, the short story is yes it was an availability issues. I talked about it some in the first post in the series linked at the top of the post if you wanted a more detailed answer. You are 100% correct it would have saved to fly in/out of Dublin…if that had been a choice for the miles we wanted to use. Maybe next time! 😉
    Margo, I’m so glad!
    Jacob, I did have some for breakfast one day in Dublin…unless there is a special “black pudding” I don’t know about.
    Jared, hmmm. It is still working for me. Anyone else having that issue? I know BoardingArea is/was moving servers so maybe that is related. I’ll dig into it and am interested to know if anyone else is still having issues. Thanks!

  4. @MP you should keep Euros from prior trips so you dont have to access the ATM… perhaps BB is cheaper/free, but i bet there still is some sort of fee and likely a poor exchange rate?

    • Tri, we had Pounds lefts from our summer trip that we used. No Euros this time but in general I totally agree.

  5. i think you understood, but obviously i meant accessing the ATM at the airport. foreign atms never seem to clearly state the bank fees… i wonder why.

  6. My boyfriend and I just got into Dublin via Heathrow yesterday too! Our Heathrow experience was rather horrible — security took ages. Luckily, we had plenty of time to get to our flight because we planned for some delays.

    We booked our economy tickets with British Airways and it only cost us $66/pp. That’s basically the cost of taking the ferry and train!

    Also, it’s important to note that the Airbus ONLY takes cash. We tried to use credit and our bus left as we were at the ATM. Luckily buses come every 20-25min, but still.

  7. We flew Aer Lingus last summer…Orlando to Dublin non-stop. We also used them Naples, Italy back to Dublin when we were finished vacationing in Europe. For the Naples-Dublin flight, they made me check my carry-on, too. >.<

  8. MP, I have been having the same problem accessing your site as the above poster — I can only access by clicking on your posts on the BoardingArea home page. Not having the same problem with other BA bloggers.

  9. For those having trouble with the URL to get to http://www.mommypoints.com: I’ll try to trouble shoot…What browser are you using? What version? Have you cleared your cache (holding shift and then clicking refresh will make a new request to the web server). Please post responses and I’ll continue to look into it. I can’t recreate the issue on Firefox, Chrome, or IE. Thanks. I have been seeing some similar issues reported to other BA bloggers and the issue seems to be with clearing cache….which I sadly can’t fix from this end. I suspect it was related to when BA tried to move servers over the weekend.

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