A lively riverside capital
Dublin is located at the mouth of the River Liffey. It has a rich history, cafes, restaurants and a night life scene. Cross Dublin's oldest Ha'penny Bridge, the contemporary Samuel Beckett Bridge and Mellows Bridge. Mellows Bridge is known as the "old man of the river" as it is 250 years old.
The best time to travel
Travel at holiday and festival times to experience street parties and parades. St. Patrick's day is celebrated on the 17th March. The oldest European theatre festival is the Dublin Theatre Festival and the Dublin Fringe Festival taking place in September.
Find maps at the tourist office in St. Andrew's Church for Dublin orientation. Generally the cost of living in Dublin is less expensive than London. A cheap meal costs about €10 and the National museums have free admission. Dublin has the same time zone as the UK, IST (UTC/GMT +1 h).
Arrival in Dublin, local transport options and accommodation
The Aircoach is an express bus service that leaves the airport every 15 minutes. It costs around €9 for a single journey and €15 return. The journey takes about 30 minutes. This service also goes to Cork, Belfast and other places on the way there.
The Airlink 747 bus costs approximately €6 single or around €10 return and runs from the airport to Dublin Connolly Railway Station and Heuston Railway Station. €10. This journey is faster then the Aircoach as it travels via Dublin Port Tunnel.
The central Dublin local 16, 41 and 102 form an efficient network.
Accommodation is varied and plentiful. A bed in a hostel with a shared dormitory costs from about €12. Bed and breakfast accommodation costs approximately €45 per person. There are also expensive high rated hotels with 3 star hotels costing on average around €80 per person per night.
Dublin is a beautiful city to explore on foot. City icons are easily reached by walking.
The extensive public transport system consists of buses and trams. A single ticket costing around €2.20. A journey of 1 to 3 stops costs about €1.50. The Leap card is rechargeable and can be used on Dublin buses and local trains. It costs around €10 and will save tourists approximately 10-18 % on fares. Taxi fares are slightly higher than in London with fares within the city costing between €6 and €10.