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Travelling to Ireland

Your essential guide to everything Irish 

Travelling to Ireland

A small island with a memorable punch, Ireland's breath taking landscapes and friendly welcoming people leave visitors floored but looking for more.

 

 

Here are our tips on everything you need to know.

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Explore Irish cities 

If a city break is what you are after, Ireland does not disappoint. Galway is wild and bohemian, and at the same time full of culture, artistry, exceptional food and music. As well as being a popular seaside destination with long sandy beaches, Galway is also a thriving and cosmopolitan city centre. Belfast is bustling with top-class restaurants, incredible nightlife, and a packed history down every street. It is a deeply cultured city with a great deal to offer its visitors. Dublin is the lively capital city that’s as intimate as a village and as friendly as your local Irish pub. With its seamless blend of classic visitor sights, excellent social scene and the natural playgrounds of Dublin Bay and the Dublin Mountains framing it on all sides, this laidback city is an adventure in itself. That's not all, there is also Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Derry to explore 

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Discover Ireland's natural wonders

From the power and the incredible otherworldly landscape of the Burren and the Giant's Causeway to the wonders of the Shannon. In Ireland you can feel the power of the waves pushed east from North America at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean or wander in solitude down one of the many towpaths along the majestic River Boyne in the East. In the West, The Cliffs of Moher, in County Clare, have been known to make the most jaded jaws drop. If hiking is your thing Ireland does not disappoint, with the Mourne mountains in the North and the Macgillycuddy reeks in the south there is a mountain to suit all levels

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Explore Ireland's ancient history

From historical boglands to a passage tomb that is older than Stonehenge, and Star-Wars-famous ancient stone oratories 712 feet above sea level, there's incredible history at every turn in Ireland. Dating back to 3200 B.C the passage tomb at Newgrange is older than the pyramids in Egypt and is officially a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Rock of Cashel is not a rock at all - a common misconception among tourists reading the name from the map. This Rock of Cashel was a fortress in the 4th century. Kilkenny Castle is certainly one of Ireland's most impressive fortresses. Skelling Michael (which literally means Michael's rock) is a steep and rocky island in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Kerry.  In 1996 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Reached only by boat, Skellig Michael is one of Europe's most famous but least accessible monasteries.

Money 

 

The currency of Ireland is the euro, which is broken down into 100 cents.

Here’s a roundup of what you can expect to spend on your trip to Ireland:

Inexpensive meal for one – €15

Mid-range restaurant meal for one – €60

Bottle of water – €1.50

Cappuccino – €3.20

0.5 litre beer – €5

Local bus ticket – €2.60

For up to date rates, check out the rates section of our homepage.

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Travelling around Ireland

 

By car

The most convenient and flexible way to get around Iceland is by car and it’s best to hire one if you want to explore the island with ease. Rental prices can be fairly expensive, coming in at around €30 per day. Driving in Ireland is on the left hand side of the road and some petrol stations are open 24 hours a day. The roads in Ireland are high quality, but it’s worth being prepared for the sometimes wild terrain and weather conditions, as well as familiarising yourself with Irish road signs.

By bus

For long journeys, head to the Bus Eireann bus station in Dublin. Be advised though that these buses only travel once or twice a day. Check out their website for up to date time table and prices.  Around Dublin, Dublin bus costs start at €2.15 for a single fare.

By taxi

Taxi fares vary throughout Ireland, so it would be best to check out prices locally. In Dublin the basic taxi fare is €4.00, the kilometer price is €1.35. For standing and waiting time, €26.00 is charged per hour.

By air
You can reach Ireland from many European cities and regional airports, as well as direct flights from North America. New routes are opened regularly. Ireland's main national airlines are Ryanair and Aerlingus, check out their websites for routes in and out of Ireland 


By ferry
Ireland is also accessible by sea from both the UK and Europe. Stena Line and Irish Ferries have regular crossings from the UK and France. Check out their website for up to date sailing times and prices.

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