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What to do during layover in Dublin

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What to do during layover in Dublin

Ok so me and 5 friends are headed to Europe this summer and we have an 8 hour layover in Dublin before we head to Paris. Do you all have any recommendations as to what places we can visit (pubs, etc.) that would be relatively quick while still being able to take in the city during the short time we are there? Thanks, Mike

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1. Re: What to do during layover in Dublin

A few questions:

Is your luggage booked all the way through to Paris?

Do you have to get any special clearance at Dublin for your onward trip to Paris?

What day of the week will you be here?

What time of the day does the layover start?

Answers to above will help us to help you better.

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2. Re: What to do during layover in Dublin

While it appears that you have 8 hrs you must take into consideration getting to city center and back(allow 45mins each way) and also checking in for your onward flight..allow 2 hrs for this as the airport can be very busy in summer.Trinity College and Christ Church Cathedral would be the most you could fit in and if running out of time Trinity only

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3. Re: What to do during layover in Dublin

Not much time - best bet get a taxi to city centre and check out Trinity college and Grafton Street have a meal and jump a taxi across from the front of Trinity College back to airport but allow time as the security in Dublin airport is slow depending on the time of day. Dublin city centre is small but easy to get lost but always easy to get a taxi, dont depend on public transport as it takes some time to get to airport. Temple Bar is also across the road to Trinity College and is fun with pubs and music at all times of day and night, but be careful as you may get chatting and drinking and miss your flight. REALLY DUBLIN DESERVES AT LEAST 24 HOURS.

Enjoy your time, Dublin welcomes you.

Paul Maher (A Dub aka Dubliner)

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4. Re: What to do during layover in Dublin

As recommended by staherIreland, and assuming that your luggage is checked all the way through to Paris, take 3.5 hours off your 8 hours, which leaves you with 4.5 hours to 'see' Dublin. For a quick flavour of the city, i would suggest you do a HoHo bus tour of the city.

There are a couple of HoHo tour companies in Dublin. If possible, try and get on the HoHo buses that have live commentaries, rather than those with a pre-recorded multi-lingual commentary - I think you will enjoy the tour so much more.

The green buses (Dublin Bus) provide live commentary - http://www.dublinsightseeing.ie/index.aspx . 2/3 of their buses are live and are clearly marked. The other 1/3 are pre-recorded and are marked ‘multi-lingual‘. If in doubt, just ask the bus driver whether its a live or pre-recorded commentary.

I don't know how many of the red HoHo buses (City Sightseeing) are live commentary - http://www.irishcitytours.com/index.php . But again, if in doubt, just ask the bus driver whether its a live or pre-recorded commentary.

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5. Re: What to do during layover in Dublin

Is your luggage booked all the way through to Paris?

Do you have to get any special clearance at Dublin for your onward trip to Paris?

What day of the week will you be here?

What time of the day does the layover start?

Answers to above will help us to help you better.

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