Whether coming by land or air, arriving at Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2 is smooth and simple. This 75,000-square-metre facility is big on infrastructure, with more than 55 check-in desks and nearly half as many boarding gates to keep things moving quickly. In between are 51 lifts, 34 escalators and 95,000 cubic metres of concrete.

Passengers with an outgoing flight can make use of the terminal’s sleek car parking facilities. The short-term car park was purpose-built for the terminal, and it lies directly across from the forecourt of Terminal 2. The Terminal 2 access road leads to a dedicated entrance for fast and efficient parking.

There are two long-term parking facilities to choose from: the blue car park and the red car park. Courtesy shuttles run to both at regularly 10- to 20-minute intervals depending on the time of day, so it’s no problem getting back and forth. In average traffic, it takes around 10 minutes to reach Terminal 2 from the red car park and 20 minutes from the blue car park.

Bear in mind that the Dublin Airport Authority recommends arriving about 90 minutes before your flight departs regardless of which terminal you’re using. This leaves you plenty of time to check-in, clear security and get your bearings before boarding. If you plan on parking a car, tack on another 30 minutes.

For those flying into Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2, there are two major modes of entry. Those arriving from other countries in the EU can queue in the blue channel. In both cases, dedicated “red points” are on hand for customs declaration.