Dublin is considered a marquee destination for cruise lines and a popular call for passengers on cruise ship itineraries. The city is home to two ports, Dublin Port which is just one mile from the city and Dún Laoghaire Harbour which lies 12kms south of the city centre.
Dún Laoghaire Harbour
Dún Laoghaire Harbour is located south on Dublin Bay and was built in the early 19th century as the original entry port for the city and remains one of the largest man made harbours in Western Europe. Dún Laoghaire offers all a vibrant town has to offer – fine restaurants, cafes and bars, high-street shopping, shopping centres, and theatre.
Within the Harbour, there is an excellent rail system (DART) which connects the harbour with Dublin City just 20 minutes away. Bus and taxi services also available to travel into the city.
Dublin Bus offer several services to and from the city centre from Dun Laoghaire – 7 and 46a.
Dublin Port is Ireland’s most popular port for cruise liners with over 100 cruise liners visiting in 2014. Earlier this year Dublin Port welcomed the MSC Splendida, at 333m in length, one of the longest cruise liners in the world.
Only 2kms from the city centre, Dublin Port is well serviced by Dublin Bus route 53, tickets for which can be purchased on board the bus. Visitors can also access the city centre using the Luas, Dublin’s light-rail transit service – a swift, reliable tram system crossing the city. Tickets for Luas can be purchased at street-side vending machines. Visitors can access the Luas from Dublin Port by walking 10 minutes to The Point station to alight the red line tram and disembark at Abbey Street or Jervis stops in the city centre.
If you are interested in walking, you can walk from Dublin Port along the River Liffey to the city centre in about 30 minutes. Once you leave Dublin Port behind the walk will take you through the IFSC (Irish Financial Services Centre), passing by the stunning Samuel Beckett Bridge, the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship, the Customs House as well as having a view of the daily activity on the River Liffey.