Ok, here comes part two of my journey where I stave off boredom by subjecting you, dear reader to my reflections. This leg consists of travelling between Heuston train station to Dublin airport with the airport direct bus, checking in and going through security.
The bus service no 747 provided by Dublin bus is quite handy and one of the cheapest ways to get from Dublin out to the airport. In addition you get a bit of sightseeing thrown into the bargain.
This is a bad photo of the entrance to Trinity College Dublin, home of the book of Kells. I can recommend a visit.
After these city centre sights, the bus continues on through less picturesque areas of the city, the port tunnel and on to the motorway to arrive at airport.
I’m spending this time, well obviously writing this, but otherwise I generally people watch. I suppose I could read but it tends to make me feel travel-sick, besides travelling does bring you into contact with an endless supply of different characters and stories that you don’t get the opportunity to observe otherwise.
This time around I get to experience the newly opened Terminal 2 for the first time. I’ve flown out and into this airport many times by now, but this new terminal impresses.
While the old terminal was overcrowded, chaotic and low in choice of eateries (actually there are quite a few, but they tend to serve the same thing: underwhelming and overpriced), this new one seems to be the opposite. Airy, calm, and striving to provide quality. Maybe it’s because it’s still new it feels so much better and mire advanced but if so I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.
Top tips of day:
Use self check in – you’ll avoid waiting at the check in desk.
Prepare in advance for security – this means dress in flats, avoid abundance of jewellery, get rid of liquids before security, and prepare yourself that the laptop needs to be unpacked and gone trough scanner separately.
I find the combination of these two things keeps both pain and stress to a minimum and allows me more time to lounge about the place, safe in the knowledge that my gate is within hassle free reach. I’m now through security and waiting to board the plane.
The boarding has started, next stop Finland.