Back when we were able to travel around the world, a #firstworldproblem was a long layover. An overnight in a city can be an adventure, but what if you only have a few hours during the day? Can you leave the airport to visit a city on a daytime layover?
I knew the answer was yes because we did just that while on our way to London. We flew from Orlando to Dublin on Aer Lingus. The original flight plan only had us there for 1 hour before boarding our flight to London. Knowing from past experiences that our hotel in London was not likely to be ready until check-in time late in the afternoon, I figured we’d rather spend time in Dublin than sit in a hotel lobby.
I scheduled our connecting flight so we had approximately 8 hours in Dublin. At the time, all connecting passengers landing in Dublin had to go through immigration (which is no longer required for some flights.). Since we’d have to enter the country anyway, why not stay in the country? It was interesting to tell the immigration officer we would be in Ireland for 8 hours, mainly for lunch (and yes, we really did say that).
Before our trip, I found a place where we could leave our luggage at the airport for a small fee. After checking our bags, we hopped into a taxi to get into town and asked to be dropped off at the Westin Dublin. It was the hotel we stayed in on our Adventures By Disney trip, and it was a landmark we knew, so it was easy to find from every place we wanted to go. What do you do on a short layover in Dublin? Well, there was the obvious…
But no, that’s not what we did (although we certainly could have). I don’t know what you would do, but for us, our itinerary was:
- Get Starbucks
- Pick up some souvenirs at a touristy shop in Temple Bar.
- As mentioned above, go to lunch at Gallaghers Boxty House because yeah, it’s really THAT GOOD.
- Try to find the Leprechaun Museum.
- End up at a shopping mall (long story for another time)
- Head back to the Westin for a taxi back to the airport
- Check-in and spend time at the Aer Lingus lounge before our flight to London.
This was something we did just because we could. By no means did we get to see much of Dublin at all, nor had we planned to. Between the 2 taxi rides and the charge to store luggage, it was not a cheap excursion, either. However, we had specific places we wanted to go and for that reason, it was worth it to us. Now that I’ve done it, I definitely wouldn’t recommend it as a way to see a new city. But if you’re stuck at the airport anyway for a long connection, I’d say it’s certainly possible.
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