Dublin is an exciting city with something to keep every visitor happy. There's a fantastic mix of old-fashioned pubs, trendy eateries, vibrant night life and historical attractions. No matter what time of year you decide to visit there is always plenty to do and see here.
The wonderful city of Dublin has a climate in line with north western Europe, cool summers and mild winters. The sunniest months are usually between May to July while October can be a little on the wet side. To get the feel of what the city is all about, plan your visit to coincide with St Patrick's Day on March 17th. There's also the option of the Dublin Theatre Festival and the Dublin Fringe Festival which take place during September.
The time zone in Dublin is the same as the UK so there's no need to change your watch. It's considered to be quite an expensive city, although still cheaper than London. Meals can cost about 10 € while admission to National Museums is usually free. On arrival, to get familiar with the city, head to the main tourist office which can be found in St Andrew's Church. Before you visit, plan ahead by making a list of Dublin's top attractions such as Malahide Castle, Strongbow's Tomb at Christchurch Cathedral or the Guinness Storehouse.
Dublin Airport is located approximately six miles north of the city centre. Aircoach is an express bus service that leaves the airport every fifteen minutes costing 9 Euros for a single journey or 15 Euros return. The journey time is around 30 minutes so not long. Aircoach also serves Cork and Belfast. Alternatively, the Airlink 747 bus service goes from the airport to Dublin Connolly Railway Station and Heuston Railway Station. The cost is approx 6 € or for a return around 10 €. Expect to pay roughly 45 € per person for bed and breakfast accommodation and about 80 € per person per night for a three star hotel. Beds in shared rooms are approximately 12 €. Most of the city centre can be explored on foot. However, Dublin has an extensive bus and tram transport system, single tickets usually cost 2.20 €, with lower fares for one to three stops at only 1.50 €. Rechargeable Leap cards for buses and trains will save you 10-18% on fares. Taxi fares are a little higher than in London, between 6 and 10 € to get around the city centre.