BO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2759 posts, RR: 20 Posted (11 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4589 times:
I have some quick questions about EDI and DUB Airports as I will be on a trip to do some spotting at both airports later this week. My question is, since I do not have a car hire, do you know if there are public buses that will take me to the main spotting locations at either airports?
For EDI I just need info on how I can get to Ingliston from the Terminal. I guess I could walk but if there is a bus that goes along that road I would rather do that. Unfortunately, I will not be able to move around the other spots on the opposite side as it is too remote.
For DUB, I have heard that there was a dublin bus that goes along that Old Airport Rd, but I cannot recall what number it is, can anyone help me on this? I would be willing to take the bus from the Terminal to the Airport rd where I can then get off at various points to spot along the main runway. Will I need a step ladder for the new fence there?
Also are there spotting areas in the terminal such as a mezzanine or top floor of the concourse?
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dstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1349 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (11 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4574 times:
For DUB search this forum for many past posts concerning spotting locations near the airport and access to them.
I also suggest you have a look at the airport layout on Google Earth.
Sadly there is no public transport that will bring all the way to the best spot beside the main runway, although many city bound ordinary buses will bring you relatively close by, just by the road junction where a road following the airport boundary heads West. This is beside an entrance to a cemetery, easy to see on maps but not so obvious on the ground. From there a walk down a road with no footpath, and fast traffic, will take you to the mound.
There are no public open viewing balconies at Dublin or formal facilities of any type for spotting.
From airside T2 there are fairly distant views, some T1 locations are much better but be aware that some gate areas cannot be returned from, without reclearing immigration and security.
By the way there have been very substantial changes to Dublin Bus routes and frequencies recently,after many years when they were unchanged, so be sure you have absolutely up to date information from the Dublin Bus site, try buses 16 & 41. Some routes have been abolished, go to different places or have frequencies drastically reduced.
egph From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 205 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4514 times:
Finally a topic I can be some help in!!
To get a bus to the Ingilston spotting area at EDI you will need to catch two separate buses or walk to the Ingilston Park and Ride. So you could get on the Lothian Buses number 35 which will take you the short hop to the Ingilston P&R or you could walk to the Park and Ride (about a 15 to 20 minute walk depending on pace). You can see the Ingilston Park and Ride on Google Maps, it is the empty parking lot just north of the A8 Glasgow Rd as it passes the airport. So you would want to walk south down Jubilee Road (which is right as you exit the terminal away from the buses). Then follow Eastfield Rd up to the Par.k and Ride.
Once at the Ingilston Park and Ride you will need to get a number 12 bus with destination RATHO. Any other destination is going the opposite way. Ask the driver to let you off at Ratho Station which is on the main arterial A8 road as it heads to Newbridge. Once off the number 12 bus at Ratho Station you will see a big pedestrian bridge across to the other side of this busy dual carriageway. Cross that and look for an open gate heading towards the airport (I never use this spotting location myself so not sure which gate is needed for access but access will be close to Ratho Station on the north side of the road. To return to the terminal reverse the instructions. Get on a 12 bus on the north side of the A8 road to the Park and Ride and either get the 35 to the terminal or walk. £3.50 will get you a day ticket for use on all Lothian Buses for an entire day minus the premium 100 AIRLINK service so I would recommend you get a day ticket from the driver of the 35 at the terminal and you won't have to do much walking at all. Bus to the Park and Ride and bus to Ratho Station and same coming back.
BO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2759 posts, RR: 20 Reply 3, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4488 times:
Anna and dstc, thank you very much for your help.
I will certainly look into the bus commutes for both airports to make the most of my visit. I have spent some time researching spotting locations at both airports so I do have some understanding of the best spotting areas versus airport operations. I just hope my visit won't be greeted by nonstop rain.
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egph From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 205 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4485 times:
It's Scotland, it will be cold, windy and rainy!! Though the last couple of weeks have seen some very pleasant CAVOK weather so hope it holds!! I must say that Ingilston is the best location for spotting but have always found it relatively difficult to get to compared to my favourite, Kirkliston. I just hope you make it to Ingilston OK and you enjoy your trip
legoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3301 posts, RR: 44 Reply 5, posted (11 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4438 times:
At Dublin, you can hop on the free transfer bus to the Long Term Blue car park which is located on the southside of the airport. Once at the Blue car park, you can just walk to the main entrance and walk up on to the mound on the left hand side ( google coordinates: 53°25'10.80"N 6°16'38.19"W ). You will catch pretty much all the movements from here. At the end of the day, just catch the bus back again to the airport. Note that this car park bus does not stop anywhere between the car park and the airport. As far as I'm aware the Blue car park bus operates every 15 minutes.
Enjoy your trips!
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dstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1349 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (11 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4338 times:
I was also going to post that there was no shelter from rain of any type at the Dublin location by the runway, but I forgot.
As yesterday and today have been absolutely miserable here, with continuous and often heavy rain, you may have discovered this fact already. It may not be too late for others and I hope it was not too bad for you.