Getting Around Dublin

To visit Dublin, Ohio, most airline travelers use Port Columbus International Airport, which is only 20 minutes away. For a fast trip into the city, call the Dublin Express Shuttle in advance to find out rates and times. To drive from the airport, take I-270 North for approximately 23 miles. When purchasing airline tickets, many travelers reserve a car because public transportation options are very limited in Dublin. In addition, each taxi ride or limo service can cost as much as a one-day car rental. Avis, Budget, Dollar, Alamo, Enterprise, Hertz, Thrifty and National serve Port Columbus International. There are about 150 direct flights a day from 30 North American destinations including Toronto and Cancun. Airlines include AirTran, Delta, United, Southwest, Frontier, U.S. Airways, and American.

Although it's a 75-mile drive, some travelers use the James M. Cox Dayton International Airport to get to Dublin. From Dayton International, it is an easy drive along I-70 East to I-270 North. For general aviation, the closest choice is nearby Ohio State University Airport. It is only 10 miles from Dublin via US-33 West.

Despite its European name, Dublin is a typical American city where private cars are the primary transportation mode. The major driving route to and from Dublin is Interstate 270, which forms a perimeter around Columbus. U.S. Highway 33 runs from northwest Dublin through the heart of the city where it merges with State Route 161. When they split again, 161 continues through southeast Dublin. Route 33 leaves Dublin and follows the Scioto River toward Columbus. State Route 745, also known as Dublin Road, runs north-south. From any Dublin/I-270 exit, drivers are just fifteen or twenty minutes from downtown Columbus, and five or ten minutes from the popular Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

COTA, the Columbus bus system, offers express routes that provide a round trip commute to downtown Columbus, but these are limited to southeast Dublin, the city area inside the I-270 loop. Express bus routes 58 and 59 make stops on Frantz Road, Rings Road, and/or Metro Place weekdays. A park-and-ride lot is located on Riverside Drive (also known as State Route 257 N-S). The lots are located northeast of the Riverside Drive intersection with Route 161. There is no subway or light rail in the Columbus area including Dublin.