Amsterdam receives a lot of flights from all over the world and Europe makes no exception. However, there aren’t many flights from Dublin to Amsterdam available, especially if you don’t plan to make a stop-over somewhere along the way. But even so, the fares are affordable.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is one of the largest and busiest airports in the entire world. Located just 15 km from the city center, it receives flights from a variety of low-cost carriers. It’s a also a major gateway into Europe, offering a lot of connections to the rest of the world. The airport is very well connected to the city center, via train and bus. Of course you can also take a taxi.
Dublin Airport only offers one terminal (but there will be another one starting with 2010). It’s a hub for Aer Lingus, while the famous low-cost carrier Ryanair has a base here. The airport is connected to the city center by bus and taxi. Buses leave every 15 min.
Best airline choices
The only airline offering direct flights from Dublin to Amsterdam is Aer Lingus. Thankfully, in general, their fares are low (compared to other regular carriers) as the company has tried to keep up with the competing low-cost carriers (for European flights).
If you are looking into taking a connecting flight, the companies to choose from include:
- British Airways
- Air France
Generally speaking, the prices tend to be lower outside the peak summer season (July and August) and at their lowest in spring and fall. If you choose a direct flight on Aer Lingus, prices start at little over €200pp for a round trip flight even during the summer peak. If you have no other option than to catch a connecting flight, the prices start at little over €300pp for a round trip flight (low-cost carrier). As fall draws near, the prices drop to €120-170pp for a round trip direct flight.
Money saving tips
Do your research in advance and book your ticket 2 to 8 weeks before departure. Aer Lingus is known as an affordable regular carrier but you might also find some good deals from other airlines.
Fly mid-week to avoid the higher fares during the weekend. It’s a good idea to be flexible with your departure date as well since in many cases better deals can be found if you are willing to change your departure dates.
It’s a good idea to fly outside the tourist season (May to September) as the prices are lower.