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How long does it take to get through customs when flying from the US into Dublin?

My husband, son and MIL are traveling from Boston, MA to Dublin the end of July, we get in at 8:30 a.m. and need to catch a bus to Galway so that we can get to Inishmaan where we are staying. Does anyone have an estimate of how long it takes to get through customs and out of the airport in Dublin?

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Customs shouldn't take anytime at all as most of the time it's just a walk through.

However, passport control/immigration is another story. There are too many variables to be able to predict how long it will take.

How much time are you giving yourself from touchdown to bus departure?

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I’m following as I have a similar situation: We have 1 hr and 10 min to get from the plane to the bus. We are not checking bags (US citizens).

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I was planning on giving ourselves 2 hours from touchdown to getting out of the airport. Do we need to plan for longer?

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As Frank II mentioned there are a lot of variables. But assuming your flight is close to on time and your checked bags also arrive in a timely manner 2 hours should be fine. The longest I've waited at Dublin immigration is about 1 hour.

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Thank you! Yes I totally understand there are variables, just trying to get a rough idea of time, this has been very helpful!

If you’re arriving early morning from Boston like I have, it didn’t take very long at all to get through immigration.

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Thank you Frank II and Barbara, this has been very helpful! So should we give 3 hours for flying out of Dublin to Boston or more than 3 hours?

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Three hours should be enough for your return to Boston. But don't be tempted to spend a lot of time shopping at the duty free stores. US immigration is after the stores and the US immigration lines can be long. There are a small number of duty free stores (mostly alcohol, cigarettes and perfume) after US immigration. There's also a few restaurants in that concourse.

I just checked and it appears that Mobile Passport Control exists at Dublin. It's a US Customs and Border Patrol app that allows you to clear US immigration much faster. https://www.dublinairport.com/flight-information/travelling-to-usa/mobile-passport-control