“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met.” - William Butler Yeats
Connemara, pubs, castles, the Cliffs of Moher, the Book of Kells, there’s so much to do and see in Ireland. If there’s one place that almost has it all, it’s the capital city, Dublin. Tourism adds around €18 billion to Ireland’s GDP and the capital city of Dublin has a few tricks up its sleeve.
With Trinity College, Temple Bar, the coloured doors, and the warm welcome, Dublin is a popular destination for tourists. But Dublin isn’t all Irish music and frivolity! You have to pay for it!
Like any trip, you need to consider the cost of getting there, accommodation, food, drink, and activities.
The Cost of Getting to Dublin
Depending on how far you live from Ireland, the cost of getting there will vary greatly. Also, since Ireland is an island, it’s quite difficult to get there by car.
Nowadays, flying isn’t just reserved for the incredibly wealthy, anyone can go away, even just for a weekend.
There are plenty of low-cost airlines offering flights to Ireland from Europe and while comfort is rarely their highest priority, they will get you to your destination.
Dublin is a good destination as almost every low-cost European airline flies there. Some return flights are as cheap as €50 return.
It’s quite the saving and it’s no surprise that so many people choose to go there and enjoy their Guinness at the source.
The Cost of Getting to the City Centre
Have you just landed at Dublin airport?
You’ll soon get to enjoy a dynamic and cosmopolitan city with plenty of things to do. However, you’ll soon see that getting to the city can cost almost as much as your flights!
A taxi can cost upwards of €20 but there is a bus with return tickets for around €12.
For a trip that lasts half an hour, this may seem quite expensive. That said, some people prefer the comfort of being dropped off at the door and will pay for the privilege.
However, the cost is unavoidable as you want to visit the centre of Dublin, not the airport.
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The Cost of Accommodation in Dublin
If you’re heading to Dublin, you’ll need to find a place to stay. There’s accommodation in the central areas like Temple Bar but cheaper options are available out in more distant places like the Docklands. On average, a double room in a two- or three-star hotel will cost you around €70 a night.
Of course, there’s no exact price as different places charge different amount depending on when you go, when you book, and the facilities offered. However, there are some very affordable options for those on a budget.
This is why so many students enjoy long weekends in Dublin and a couple of pints of Guinness. A genuine Irish trip!
You can also find affordable youth hostels in Dublin. Some offer a bed for as little as €10 a night.
The Cost of Eating in Dublin
The best thing about travelling is eating and drinking new things.
What’s better than trying the local specialities?
In Dublin, pubs aren’t the only places to get food, even though there are plenty of them, and there’s more to the city than just partying.
It’ll cost you around €15 for a dish in a restaurant and around €30 for a full meal. Generally, a pint will cost you around €5. In comparison to some other European capitals, Dublin’s prices are quite fair.
That said, regularly going to restaurants and bars will add up and force you to stretch your budget. Don’t forget that Guinness doesn’t count as a meal, either!
The Cost of Activities in Dublin
If you visit Dublin, you’ll want to see the sights like Trinity College, Kilmainham Gaol, and the numerous green spaces around the city. Many of the attractions in Dublin are free but you will have to pay for some of the most popular ones.
For example, here are some of the most popular attractions and how much they cost:
- Trinity College: €10 for adults, free for kids under 12.
- The Guinness Storehouse: €16.50, €13 for students.
- Kilmainham Gaol: €6.
- Dublin Zoo in Phoenix Park: €20 for adults, €14 for children 3 and over.
- Dublin Castle: €4.50 or €2 for under 12s.
You can also pick up a “Dublin Pass”. This card allows you to visit some of Dublin’s most popular attractions. Essentially, it’s a city pass with queue jumps and access to the Dublin Hop On Hop Off buses. You can pick one up for €69.
You can visit Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, the Jameson Distillery, Dublin Castle, the Guinness Storehouse, and the zoo. Some of the best attractions the city has to offer. A great option if you’re going for the weekend!
The Cost of Transport in Dublin
Dublin is a relatively small city but it’s still one of Europe’s most important cities.
You won’t need to rent a car unless you’re planning on heading outside of the city. Within the city, public transport is the best option.
Most Dubliners get around on the bus. They run from 6:00 to 23:30 and though they run less frequently on the weekend, they’re one of the best ways to get around the city. Depending on how far you’re going, tickets will cost between €2.15 and €3.80.
There’s also the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) train that costs €3.30 and the LUAS Tram that costs €2. Of course, you can always walk around.
There’s the €7 prepaid Leap Visitor Card for the bus and the €10 version for all public transport. A week in Dublin will probably cost you around €30 in public transport. It’ll be a small part of your holiday budget.
Now you should be ready to visit Ireland’s wonderful capital city. Generally, a trip to Dublin should cost around €100 per person per day. Of course, this will vary according to what you like to do.
If you've never touched a pint of Guinness in your life and have no interest in beer, you probably don't want to get tickets to the Guinness Storehouse, for example. The same goes for whiskey distilleries. There are a lot of things to do in Dublin and Ireland and the most popular things aren't necessarily the best thing for everyone.
You'll want to make a list of things to visit, see exactly where they are, book your accommodation according to how time you're going to spend there and whether you're going to be in your hotel at all. For example, if you only plan to sleep in your hotel as you're going to be busy visiting the city, it's probably not worth paying for hotels with tonnes of facilities that you'll never use.
You can also lookup the prices of certain attractions. There may be a day where it's cheaper to visit. You don't want to visit a museum one day to find out that if you went the following day it was half price, for example.
Careful planning can ensure you get the best prices for everything but also you might want to check things such as the weather. Depending on the time of year, the weather in Ireland can be quite temperamental. You don't want to pay for tickets to the zoo to find that all the animals are sheltering from the rain and you should be, too!
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