WHAT YOU’LL FIND HERE:
- Travel Tips
- How Much to Budget Daily
- Things To Do
- Places to Eat or Drink
- Culture (Fashion, Tips to Navigate the Culture, etc.)
Main Airport: Dublin Airport (DUB)
Airport to Dublin’s city center: You can take a taxi (20-30 mins) and 30-50 euros depending… You can also take the airport bus, the 747 Airlink (green double decker bus). It’s only 7 euros for a single ride.
Tram/Bus/Drive: Ireland is very drive-able for those who plan to rent a car! However, you can easily take the trams to almost anywhere you want to go as well. The busses are a great way to travel also, however the times of pick up are few and far between. Don’t take the busses if you’re in a hurry! Walking is easy, and you can easily rent a bike too!
Taxi: When you arrive at DUB, as soon as you grab your luggage and exit through customs, you’ll see very good signage for transportation. They have a taxi queue so you can just head on out and grab the first taxi in line! You can use the myTaxi app and Uber in Dublin as well.
Weather: It is said that you can quite literally experience all 4 seasons within a week or even a day in Dublin! I almost experienced this firsthand on my trip in March 2018. It was snowing just a couple days before I landed, started raining on the way to the airport (in-flight), the weather dropped below 30°F, but JUST as we were exploring the Cliffs of Moher, the sun came out and reached a sunny 57°F. I would say any time is a perfect time to go! It rains 30% of month every single month of the year…There is less chance of fog to enjoy the outdoors from March to August!
Currency: Euros, I suggest at least 20-30 euros in cash, but major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere!
Power: Outlets are pretty plentiful–USB plug-ins are common at the airport, in some pubs and hotels.
However, Ireland, and the United Kingdom (England and Scotland) use a different electrical outlet system.
Nearest U.S. Embassy: 42 Elgin Rd, Dublin 4, D04 TP03
Transportation and eating in Dublin can be pricy! If you’re going to the pubs away from the tourist areas like Temple Bar area, you can expect to spend anywhere from 4-8€ on a pint or cocktail. If you’re looking for cheap meals, even “$” restaurants are going to start around 6-8€ with an average of 10-18€ meals. Riding the tram is 2.10€ per single ride–so you can save a bit of money traveling via tram–or simply walking! It’s a very pedestrian-friendly city!
I recommend 30-40 euros per person, but you can easily travel on less or spend more–depends on your comfort!
Free Things To Do: Browse the entire National Museum of Ireland, Window shop at all the fun souvenirs, Visit the Molly Malone statue, Free walking Tour that meets at the Spire at 11am and 3pm everyday, have a picnic at Europe’s largest park, the Phoenix Park, Watch live Irish music at the Brazen Head,
MUST-DO: Visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells, See the Cliffs of Moher, explore the city of Galway, Visit the oldest pub in Ireland, 900 yr old the Brazen Head, party on the Temple bar street (or just take pictures if you don’t like huge crowds and inflated drink prices), Visit the town of Howth, Explore the Wicklow Mountains, See St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Place a lock on Ha’Penny Bridge, Self-guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse, Pub Crawl, Drink Guinness!
Cheap Eats: A bit hard to find! Ireland tends to have great lunch specials in convenience stores and pubs throughout the cities. You can find great sandwich deals for drink + sandwich + crisps (potato chips) for under 6€. In pubs you can find tasty soups under 11€ and meal deals advertised for certain times and days of the week under 12€.
Vegan/Vegetarian: As you probably deduced, I’m not vegetarian nor vegan but I highly respect the people who are! Everywhere I went, I saw vegan/vegetarian restaurant and options! The menus were very conscious about it!
Restaurant/Pub Recommendations: My favorite Irish pub to eat at was critically acclaimed Nancy Hands Pub! Fish & Chips are very famous and almost on every corner, I went to the famous Leo Burdocks, you receive your food as soon as you sit down–and they have a humunogus list of celebrities who’ve eaten there!
Irish Foods & Drinks To Try: Coddle (at Nancy Hands Pub, try it!), Lamb dishes, Irish Beef Stew, Irish Beef & Guinness stew, ANYTHING with beef or lamb (Ireland boats 8 million cows all fondly cared for from “plains to plate”. The Irish know how to cook meat! Chicken Col au Vont is delicious and filling. Eat as many dairies as possible, the dairy here is unreal. Ireland is also known for its delectable potatoes. Eat ANYTHING with potatoes. Galway is famed for seafood. Drinks – Guinness (it’s EVERYWHERE, this is the pride of Ireland), Stouts, Ales, Lagers, Jameson Whisky, Irish whisky in general, Irish coffee..
Language: Irish English, Gaelic
Traditions: St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Celtic Halloween, Little Women’s Christmas
Tipping: Generally, it is custom to tip 10% minimum to tour guides and restaurants, and for service in general
POC, Interracial couples: My fiancé and I had an absolutely wonderful time. Everyone spoke English, we didn’t feel bad vibes anywhere. We typically tended to be the only POC (or two people out of 3-4 POC) in any pub or tour we went to, but we were always served and catered to very well.
Legal Drinking Age 18 years old, as in all European cities I’ve been to–Dublin, Galway and Doolin were all very lax and did not ask for ID. (And I drank a lot, haha!)
Miscellaneous Tips In the hotel we stayed at, they had one sink basin but two faucets–one for hot water and one for cold water…
Fashion Smart, casual–you won’t see people in sweatpants or pajamas or their hair in messy unkempt buns on the weekends or after work. Everyone dresses smart casual or nicer. You also may or may not get stared at if you’re wearing gym clothes and not holding a gym bag or look like you’re on the way to the gym. Lounge style is not as socially acceptable…