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Ireland travel guide

Ireland flights, deals and inspiration

Shamrocks and Guinness, fantasy film sets, and locals with livers ten times the strength of any other nationality. That's just the Irish stereotype. Look further into this land of mythical legends and you'll find fresh, green rolling countryside, dramatic medieval castle landscapes, a vibrant music and arts culture, and a happy-go-lucky lifestyle.

Ireland fast facts

Iceland Currency

Currency

Name: Euro
Code: EUR
Symbol: €

Languages in Iceland

Languages Spoken

The official language is Irish Gaelic and spoken in most areas as the first language. English is the other official language spoken.

Iceland time zone

Time Zones

Greenwich Mean Time
UTC+00:00

Top places to visit in Ireland

From the vibrant home of lively bars and Guinness (Dublin) to the iconic city of Belfast in Northern Ireland, the traditional stone-clad streets of Galway with its live music and traditional Irish pubs, to the medieval town of Kilkenny - Ireland is filled with quirky and interesting cities and towns. The winding streets and rolling hills make it the perfect road trip destination!

Dublin

Belfast

Galway

Kilkenny

Costs in Ireland

cost of alcohol in Ireland

Beers

In Ireland it'll cost you about €5 (approx $5.69) for a pint of beer... get that Guinness down you! It's the native land, after all.

cost of food in ireland

Meals

If you're looking for a cheap meal in a pub, you're expected to pay between €8-€15 (approx $9-$17), or if you're feelish flush go for a 3-course meal, which is around €70 (approx $80).

cost of taxi in ireland

Taxi

Catching a taxi on a basic tariff will start at €4 (approx $4.55) and add about a euro per km. In the cities, hop on the local transport for about €2.50.

cost of transport in ireland

Transport

A one-way ticket on public transport in the cities starts at about €2.50 (approx $2.84). Alternatively, just hit the road in a rented car or campervan & see some of the countryside!

cost of hostels in ireland

Hostels

A hostel bed in Ireland is the cheapest way to go, and can cost between €12-€20 (approx $14-$23) per night.

cost of hotels in ireland

Hotels

If you're looking for a little more than a dorm room, a double room in a hotel or B&B can cost between €80-€180 (approx $91-$205) depending on where you're staying.

Flights to Ireland

You can fly direct into Ireland, or grab a connecting flight, which is generally cheaper but will obviously take longer. You'll most likely fly into Dublin International Airport, and direct flights take on average between 8-11 hours depending on where you're flying from in the US. A lot of travelers use the opportunity to have a stopover in London, Paris or Scotland.
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Ireland day trips

whiskey trail
Ireland's Hidden Heartlands Whiskey Trail
Ireland and whiskey go together like mac and cheese - so an 8 hour tour, tasting liquid gold, hopping around traditional Irish pubs and the famous Tullamore & Kilbeggan Distilleries, is one of the best ways to spend your day. Don't worry, they'll have you back to Dublin for 6pm (so you don't have to make your way after copious drams of whiskey)!
From $230
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walking tour of dublin
A walking tour of Dublin with Oddball Tours of Ireland
For those looking for an alternative and humorous take on Dublin, on this fixed route walking tour of Dublin's south city centre you'll be taken off the beaten track, concentrating on the unusual, bizarre and downright odd sights and attractions hidden in plain sight and normally overlooked.
From $41
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Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones filming locations tour from Belfast
Die-hard GOT fans, hold on to your whiskey glasses, because this fully-narrated 9-hour tour of Northern Ireland visits more than 20 filming locations you'll have seen on your screens: including Winterfell and Riverrun. And you'll even meet the actual Direwolves that are in the show! 
From $64
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Transport for Ireland: the easiest ways of getting around

campervan ireland
Hit the winding open roads of Ireland in a campervan
The green rolling countryside and dramatic coastline of Ireland makes for the perfect road trip destination. Take control of your trip and decide where you go, when you go and for how long you go. Make the most of it!

 

From as little as $28 per day
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interrail
Interrail Republic of Ireland pass
Take the hard work out of traveling Ireland and just hop on a train instead! Watch the scenic countryside go by as you sit back and relax (and be smug that you don't have to drive anywhere). Choose from 3, 4, 5, 6 or 8 days travel within a 1 month period. 

 

From just $117
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Our favorite hotels in Ireland

generator dublin
Generator Dublin
Located in the hip Smithfield neighbourhood, across from the Jameson Distillery & a short walk from Temple Bar. The hostel’s open social spaces and café and bar give the place an unruffled industrial feel.
From $57pp per night
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flint hotel belfast
Flint Hotel
In Belfast city centre, only a 2-minute walk from the Grand Opera House & various other attractions, lies this affordable 3.5 star hotel - for those who want a little more than a dorm-share. It's a great base to start your Irish adventure!
From $55pp per night
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Dublin International Hostel
Located super close to Croke Park, this hostel comes complete with a restaurant, and right in the middle of the city centre: so you know you'll be close to all the action. With a 24-hour reception and airport drop-off service, it's ideal for travelers!
From $58pp per night
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When is the best time to visit Ireland?

You can visit Ireland at any time of year, but if you want to avoid the cold winter months, that might be better - so you can fully appreciate the countryside walks and coastline. Peak tourist season, unsurprisingly, is July and August, so try to go either side of those months. June or September would be the best months - however, if you want to check out the art scene, October hosts a lot of art festivals across Ireland.