Dublin Airport provides an extensive short and medium-haul network to most major European cities, served by various carriers, and a significant long-haul network focused on North America, the Middle East, and East Asia. It offers United States border pre-clearance services which are available at the airport for U.S. bound passengers. Dublin International Airport also provides an accelerated shipping option for products manufactured in South Dublin County due to its road network accessibility and short distance. Air transport accounts for over 35% of Irish exports by value, generally reflecting higher-value goods, which are often time perishable or time-critical.
Dublin Port is Ireland’s premier port handles almost 50% of all trade in the Republic of Ireland, amounting to 38.1M gross tonnes in 2019. Furthermore, an estimated two-thirds of Ireland’s total port traffic travels via the port, the single busiest on the Island. The connecting infrastructure between the port and South Dublin County is exceptional and trade-focused. Dublin Port is under 30 minutes by motorway from South Dublin County and provides efficient and direct shipping solutions to significant ports across Europe.
The M50 is the largest motorway in Ireland and is used both as a bypass of Dublin City Centre and as a channel to most national routes. The M50 runs directly through South Dublin County, providing easy access at several points, allowing for easy accessibility to Dublin’s airport, ports, and the rest of the Island.
The N7 is a primary national road in Ireland and is also designated as the M7, which spans the country’s width. South Dublin County marks the starting point of the route, which leads to the three regional cities of Limerick, Cork, and Waterford. Due to continued expansion and links to other infrastructure, The N7 (M7) is considered one of the country’s most important strategic routes.
The LUAS is Dublin’s tram/light rail system, providing an integrated transport system throughout the city and its surrounding areas. “Luas” is the Irish for “speed,” which is reflected in its sophisticated and swift operation throughout the service lines. Two main lines are servicing Dublin County, the Red Line and Green Line. The Red Line serves South Dublin County, terminating at several key locations in the region and providing easy and efficient access direct to Dublin City Centre.
Irish Rail is the national railway network of Ireland that provides passenger and freight rail services in both an intercity and regional capacity. Intercity rail passenger services operate between Dublin and Belfast, Sligo, Ballina, Westport, Galway, Limerick, Ennis, Tralee, Cork, Waterford. Rosslare Europort and Iarnród Éireann jointly operate the Dublin to Belfast Enterprise service. Stations at Adamstown (Lucan) and Fonthill (Clondalkin) are service South Dublin County.