I am traveling from the US to Spain. I have a 20 hour layover in Dublin. I plan to leave the airport, explore the city and stay at a hotel, and then head back to the airport the next morning for my connecting flight to Spain. I don't think I will check a bag but if I had to, how does it work? Anyone have experience with this type of long layovers?
Wow, a long layover, indeed! Is this something like, arrive in Dublin at noon, and fly out at 8:00 the next morning? I haven’t had any such layover (long ones, where I checked into a pod hotel at the airport for a long nap and shower), but not 20 hours.
If you checked a bag, it sounds like you’d turn your suitcase over to the airline when you left home, and would collect it once you arrived in Spain - as long as your flights were all on one ticket. If so, I’d have toiletries, personal items, and a change of underwear in a separate bag that I’d carry on, and have with me during the Dublin time.
Check lodging rates for the night you'll need to be sure they aren't off the charts. I believe Dublin isn't cheap in any case, but we had a post a few years ago from someone with a layover like yours who was facing hotel rates around $500 or more. It seemed there was some very-big-deal concert going on that evening, and it had a really significant impact on room availability and rates.
I too have a long layover in Dublin on my way to Edinburgh this summer. We arrive about 11 a.m. and fly out at 6 a.m. the next day. I'm happy to take a little peak into Dublin, but hotels near airport are very pricey, almost makes me want to sleep in the airport! Any suggestions?
We spent one night at the Premier Inn near the Dublin airport in late August last year. I chose them because they had a shuttle and the price wasn’t too bad. I booked directly with them. I don’t know your date so couldn’t check it for you. In your situation you only have two choices, get a hotel or sleep at the airport.