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Dublin’s inimitable mix of heritage and hedonism exerts a powerful pull. If you are looking for cheap flights to Dublin then it helps to understand how to temper temptation with timing – and we’ll show you exactly how you can bag those cheap air fares from the UK to enjoy the craic without the cost.
Needless to say, any flights around St Patrick’s Day (17th March) are unlikely to be discounted, but there are many other times of the year when you can grab great deals on flights to Dublin.
July and August are the most popular months for the 28 million tourists that Dublin receives every year. You’ll be pretty hard pushed to find bargain flights around this time.
However, during May, June and September the weather is still good and there are a lot less visitors, so you’ll enjoy much better chances of finding cheap flights.
If a bit of rain and chillier temperatures are not a concern, looking to book during the winter season is your best bet for the lowest air fares. From October until the middle of March (excluding the Christmas and New Year holidays) you can find the best deals available on flights to Dublin. And there is no end of lively pubs to hole up in and warm yourself with a pint of the black stuff by a roaring fire.
As a rule of thumb, if you can book any flight from the UK to Dublin for less than £60 you can consider yourself quids in.
This is not always possible, but many factors such as your time of booking, choice of departure dates, airline and airport can affect the deal available.
To find the best price plane tickets to Dublin here are some tricks to use when you search for flights.
Make sure that you use the ‘Nearby Airports’ option as part of your Expedia search. You’ll find this under your chosen departure location – and it allows you to explore the deals available from other potential UK airports.
If you are searching for flights to Dublin from London you can do so from all London airports rather than just a specific one.
For those who can be flexible on the dates, you can find cheaper flights by using our ‘Show Flexible Dates’ feature. This appears just above where your flight options are returned – and it lets you see exactly when the cheapest tickets are across a range of flight dates.
The most popular UK locations for booking cheap flights to Dublin include:
In fact, there are more than 900 direct flights to Dublin each week from UK airports, so those prepared to take some time hunting down the bargains are likely to be very well rewarded. Of all the UK airports the best deals can often be found from Manchester and Liverpool, but other airports to consider include:
Dublin Airport is located just five miles north of Dublin, in Collinstown, Fingal. As the 14th busiest airport in Europe, and the busiest by far in Ireland, you’d expect onward travel arrangements to be straightforward – and, indeed, they are.
There are a large number of bus and coach services that can drop you in the centre of Dublin within half an hour, and private taxis will have you at most hotels within 25 minutes.
There are plenty of car hire options from the airport – and it’s an easy drive up the M50 into the centre of the city.
If you are looking to discover the beautiful towns and villages that line the coast around Dublin then the DART train service will have you there in no time.
Within the city there is an extensive public bus network and the Luas tram system to get you to all the major attractions.
For those fancying pedal power, the city is pretty compact and bicycle hire is available throughout the city.
If you are visiting for a few days it may well be worth investigating the Leap Visitor Card which gives you the best value across the available bus and rail options.
Those with a literary bent may want to partake in a Literary Pub Crawl through the haunts of Beckett, Joyce, Behan and Yeats. It’s the ideal chance to drink in the literary heritage of the city.
The National Leprechaun Museum celebrates the Irish fairy with a penchant for granting wishes and practical jokes. Highlights include a wooden replica of County Antrim Giant’s Causeway and a room with giant pieces of furniture to make you feel the same as the diminutive fairy itself.
The fertile valley of the River Boyne lies just 25 miles northwest of Dublin. Head out here to find the remarkable remains of a thriving prehistoric civilisation at Newgrange. Here a passage tomb dates back to 3200 BC – a date placing it well before the great pyramids of Egypt. Read our Dublin Travel Guide to get inspired!