Dublin is an exciting city renowned for its numerous landmarks and exciting nightlife. The compact town centre attracts tourists from dawn to dusk and a visit to the capital of Ireland is sure to leave great memories.
As the climate is wild and wet all year, the city can be visited and enjoyed in any season. Of the holidays and festivals organised in Dublin, St. Patrick's Day, on 17th March, is undoubtedly the most famous and exciting. In terms of events, the Dublin Theatre Festival and the Dublin Fringe Festival are held in September.
The best thing to do when arriving in Dublin is to head to the main tourist office in St. Andrew's church for local information, advice for visitors and tips. While Dublin is a relatively expensive city, it is generally cheaper than London. It is possible to enjoy cheap meals for about €10, and admission to national museums is free. The Irish capital is in the same time zone as London (IST, i.e. UTC/GMT +1h).
From Dublin Airport, the Aircoach express bus service travels to the centre every 15 minutes and it costs around €9 for a single ticket or €15 for a return ticket. The journey lasts about 30 minutes and the bus also serves Cork, Belfast, as well as other cities around the country. The Airlink 747 bus goes to Dublin Connolly Railway Station and Heuston Railway Station for approx. €6 (€10 for a return ticket). It is also faster than the Aircoach. Otherwise, travellers can take local buses 16, 41 or 102 to Dublin city centre. When it comes to accommodation, a bed in a shared room starts at around €12. Bed & breakfast accommodation is available from about €45 per person, while a night in 3-star hotels costs on average around EUR 80 per person. The city centre can be explored on foot easily. Visitors wishing to use public transport can take advantage of the extensive bus and tram network. Tickets cost about €2.20 but only around €1.50 if travelling between 1 and 3 stops. The rechargeable Leap Card is approx. €10 and can save you up to 10-18% on bus and local train fares. As for taxis, these are in abundant supply in Dublin with fares in the city centre amounting to around €6 to €10.