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How much time is actually needed to change planes?

Hi all. I know there are a lot of variables, but.... I finally booked my trip for September. We'll have about an hour and a half to make our connecting flight. This will be in Dublin Ireland. Does anybody have experience with this airport? Im hoping it's a small enough airport where we can connect with no issues.

Thank you!

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Piece of cake as long as the flight coming is not delayed.
You should specify what airlines you are flying on coming and going from Dublin as there are two terminals so people can chime in better

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Ok so the arrival and connecting flight are from the same terminal 2;
And hour and a half is enough time;
If the flight is delayed coming to Dublin they are liable and will put you on the next flight to your final destination.

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Thanks very much. Now i need to get working on what I want to see and do while in Germany. First time I've ever done this... can you tell? Lol

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The Dublin Airport Flight Connections website should answer all your questions.

Since you are flying on one airline, if you have checked luggage, have Aer Lingus check it through to your final destination in Germany.

Be aware, if still flying Aer Lingus on your return to the States, you will go through U.S. Immigration and Customs in Dublin. This will take some extra time. It also means on arrival in the U.S. it will be like a domestic flight and you just get off the plane and on your merry way.

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I think a connecting flight on the same itinerary

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@ Frank, I am flying into and out of Toronto, no US involved

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And, I received a booking confirmation and flight details, etc to my email, now how will I receive a ticket. I have NO experience with this and i do not know my next step

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I have: Departing flight:
Toronto to Dublin
layover time 1 hr 40 min
Dublin to Munich

Returning flight:
Frankfurt to Dublin
Layover time 1 hr 30 min
Dublin to Toronto

All Aer Lingus flights

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I have the RS Germany book and I have read ETBD to death and I do have an idea of what I would like to see. Just trying to figure out the best way to see everything

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ETBD = Europe Through the Back Door.

Tickets are now electronic. You don't get a paper ticket; just print out your e-mail confirmation of your flight. I also like to put this information on my phone.

You'll be getting an email about 24 hours before you flight, telling you that you can now check in. You should do so online. Depending on the airports involved, you may be able to print your boarding passes from your computer, or may be able to get them on your phone if you have the Aer Lingus app, or may have to wait and get them at the airport (this varies with airlines and routes, and is always changing). So, during the check in process, see what your options are.

At the airport, you will use your passport to confirm your identity and pull up your tickets (if you haven't already printed a boarding pass).

When you get your boarding passes, you will get two, one for each leg (Toronto to Dublin and Dublin to Munich). This way in Dublin, you don't need to stop and get a boarding pass; you merely follow signs to your next gate, possibly passing through security on the way.

People flying back from Dublin to the US go through "preclearance," meaning they go through US customs and immigration in Dublin. However, this doesn't apply to you, since you're flying to Canada rather than the US. So, you'll just change planes in Dublin (passing through security if needed) and go through immigration and customs in Toronto.

As I said in another post, don't worry. You won't be allowed to skip any necessary steps, and no one in the airports wants you missing your plane (just more work for them!). However, at any time if you're lost or unsure, ask for help right away; don't wait to do this.

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"Depending on the airports involved, you may be able to print your boarding passes from your computer,"

ok so then where/how do I get my boarding passes?

Sorry so naive I last flew in the 90's when I was on a cruise and the travel agent/cruise line did everything for me. They handed me everything and just told me where to be and when to be there. It was an actual airplane ticket.

Prior to that I was on a plane in the very early 80's and it was the same thing. I was snail mailed a real ticket.

I really don't travel as I can't afford to so this is all new for me and it is actually quite a big deal for me

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Just an FYI regarding online checkin:

24 hours before your flight you can if you want to checkin online and print the boarding passes at home
via the Aer Lingus website
https://www.aerlingus.com/travel-information/check-in-options/online/#/tab-0-check-in-times-and-availability

But to not complicate things since you have not flown in a long time please just checkin with a live person an Aer Lingus passenger service agent at the airport, that way if you have any questions you can ask her or him.

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''24 hours before your flight you can if you want to checkin online and print the boarding passes at home
via the Aer Lingus website''

So then THAT is how I would get my boarding pass?? I would wait until 24 hours before my flight, check in online, and THEN they would email them to me?

PS I hope I am providing some entertainment for all the experienced travellers here. Lol

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Judy: Others have given you good information. Harold's response is quite complete. Having flown Aer Lingus in 2015 and again this coming May, I can tell you that if your arriving flight is pretty much on time, you'll have no problem making your connection. You will probably have to go through security again and perhaps passport control, but neither is too time-consuming.

As for your boarding pass: As others said, you may check in for your flights and print boarding passes from your home computer before you leave. You'll probably get an email 24 hours before the flight telling you you can check in. When you check in, there will be links to your boarding passes in PDF form, which you can print and take to the airport. If you're traveling with carry-on only, you should be able to proceed directly through security and on to your gate. If any of this is stressful, then simply allow plenty of time at the airport to check in at the airline desk before going to security.

When you are returning home at the end of your trip, you can often use a computer at your hotel to handle the check-in/boarding pass procedure.

Hope you have a great trip.

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Thanks... this is what I wanted to know. WHEN and HOW do I get our boarding passes. I was wondering if they were emailed already or something. Cause if they were, I surely didn't see them. So I just wait till the day before, then check in online. Another new experience. Is that when I get to choose our seats? Or do they just assign us some random seat.

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Judy: Did you book your tickets online directly with Aer Lingus? If so, you should have been given the option to choose seats at that time. Your itinerary should show your seat assignments. Did you create an Aer Lingus account when booking? If not, you should do so, then use your booking number to look up your reservation. There are links to "manage my trip" and you may be able to choose seats there. Otherwise, I'd suggest calling the airline's customer service number for assistance. You might be on hold for a while, but I've found Aer Lingus' CS reps to be very helpful and pleasant.

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Stoutfella is right - you should be able to choose your seats now. Follow his procedure to do that.

But you won't get your boarding passes until you check in. You will get an e-mail 24 hours before your departure, telling you to check in. For your flight to Munich, you should be able to check in and print your boarding passes at that time. For your flight home from Frankfurt, you may not be at a printer, so you can check in, but get your boarding passes at the airport (don't worry, this will be an option).

As I said, for various reasons, sometimes you can check in online but they won't let you print the boarding passes. If this is the case, you should still check in online, then get the boarding passes at the airport.

I know how you're feeling - you remember those paper airplane tickets, the ones with several sheets of very thin paper and that weird red carbon paper backing, and you're feeling uneasy without those in hand, right? Well, those have gone the way of the rotary phone. Initially, it was weird not to get paper tickets; just like the rest of us, you'll get used to it. Do print out the confirmation e-mail, so you have details of your flights handy.

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Thank you. I am definitely old school. I still request a physical ticket to be snail mailed to me (so that i can hold it in my hand) when buying concert seats online. Or anything else for that matter. Its a security thing for me, I'm thinking. I can try to do the seat assignment thing over the phone from work, our phones at home are out till a technician can get to us next week. (Don't ask....) plus my credit card number was just stolen so i am dealing with that, (there goes my nice cash back bonus i was hoping for... had to use a different card to book) plus a wind storm ripped off part of our roof yesterday. So I've got a lot on my plate at the moment. Add this flight deal to the mix, and its taking up a lot of my time. Ugh. But i will get it done.