Ireland's capital, Dublin, is a small and cosy city with lots going on. With intriguing art galleries and museums, a vibrant pub culture, and lots of events and festivals, you'll have plenty to keep you occupied while on vacation.
Dublin has a mild, wet climate all year round, and is great to visit anytime of the year. If you want to catch the best events, spring is a good time to travel, as St. Patrick's Day occurs on the 17th March. Festivities and street parties are held for 4 days, starting on the 14th of March. In September the Dublin Fringe and Dublin Theatre Festivals both commence.
Dublin isn't a cheap city, but not as expensive as London. Affordable meals cost around 10 euros, and the National Museums offer free admission. When you first arrive, take a visit to the main tourist office, at St. Andrews Hall, for an orientation. There is no time difference between Dublin and London.
The Aircoach express bus service travels between airport and central Dublin every 15 minutes and costs around 9 euros for a single ticket and 15 for a return. It takes around 30 minutes to get to the city centre and buses also travel to Cork and Belfast. The Airlink 747 bus travels from the airport to Dublin Connolly Railway Station and Heuston Railway Station, for around 6 euros for a single ticket and 10 for a return. The number 102, 41 and 16 local buses provide services to central Dublin.
Dorm rooms cost around 12 euros a night, while Bed and Breakfast accommodation costs approximately 45 euros per person. A hotel room in a 3 star hotel can cost around 80 euros a night per person.
Dublin is easily explored on foot, although public transportation consists of an extensive bus system and reliable tram services. Single tickets cost around 2.20 euros, and 1 to 3 stops are about 1.50 euros. A rechargeable Leap Card costs approximately 10 euros and will save you around 10 - 18% on fares. This can be used on Dublin buses and commuter trains.
Dublin's taxis are slightly more expensive than London cabs and fares can cost anywhere between 6 and 10 euros.