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Know Before You Go
- The weather in Dublin can be unreliable, especially in the summer months when the blue skies quickly become overcast followed by an outburst of rain. Be prepared for any sudden changes in temperature by dressing in light layers while exploring the city.
- While tipping is not expected in Dublin, if you want to leave one as a compliment for excellent service, 10% of your total bill is more than enough.
- Not all restaurants in Dublin serve food all the time. You might come across some spots that have a limited menu on certain days or are only open for drinks.
- Unlike the rest of Europe bars in Dublin close, around 3 am on the weekends. It is rare to find a place open past this time unless you get caught in a "lock-in", and the pub stays open until 7 am.
- On Sundays, many restaurants, cafes, shops and even some attractions operate on limited hours. Make sure to check the establishments hours ahead of time especially on Bank Holiday Mondays.
Getting Around Dublin
With metered taxis charging a call out rate of EUR 4.50, public transport is the most affordable way to get around Dublin.
- Dublin is a small city, making it easy to walk to the majority of the attractions, restaurants and hotels. You'll save time by avoiding sitting in traffic at peak times and money. Plus it's the best way to see the city's historical buildings.
- The city has an extensive network of local buses. Prices vary from EUR 2 - EUR 3 depending on the distance and are the cheapest way to get around if you aren't in a rush. Keep in mind that you do need to flag down buses to let the driver you want to board, even at designated stops.
- Dublin is ranked one of the top ten bicycle-friendly cities on the earth. The city has 120 km of cycle lanes, cycling tours and affordable rentals including bikes for trails in the Dublin Mountains. A three-day ticket will cost you only EUR 3 and the first 30 minutes are free.
- DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) is the fastest way to get around the city. Trains run regularly, come with Wi-Fi and speed past hidden beaches making it one of Europe's most scenic rail routes.
- Luas is Dublin's tram service and is an excellent way to get around the city if you are on a budget. Tickets can be bought at streetside vending machines for single or return journeys as well as flexi tickets for seven or 30 days.
When is The Best Time to Visit Dublin?
The best time to visit Dublin is during the summer months when the weather is warmer. But the higher temperatures and the city's many festivals attract tourists from all over. Expect longer lines at attractions, higher hotel rates and airfare prices.
If you are travelling on a budget and want to experience Dublin with fewer crowds, winter is the best option. While it is cold, with plenty of rainfall, you'll find the best hotel deals. However, with winter days being incredibly short, the sun rises at 8 am and sets around 4 pm, you need to plan any outdoor activities around this, and it might impact how much you can do in one day
Spring and autumn are a happy medium between the high and low seasons. The weather isn't as cold as the winter months; the crowds are thinner, and the hotels are less expensive. Autumn is also a great time to visit for lovers of the arts with multiple theatre festivals held during this time.
While travellers are few during the spring months, that changes over St. Patrick's Day. If you are going to be in town for this holiday, book well in advance to ensure you find accommodation at a reasonable price.
Airports in Dublin
Dublin International Airport
Located 10 km from the city centre, the Dublin Airport is the 16th busiest in Europe and served 28 million passengers in 2016. It's the only other airport besides Shannon Airport in Europe to offer United States border preclearance services for US bound passengers. The airport is also a hub for Ireland's regional airline Aer Lingus and is a focus city for low-cost airline Ryanair.
Getting to and from Dublin International Airport
There are three main ways you can get to and from Dublin International Airport with public transport:
Airlink is an express coach service that goes from the airport to the city's central bus station Busaras and Heuston train station. Departing outside Terminal 1 on the Arrivals level, the buses leave every 15 minutes and run from 5 am to 11:30 pm seven days a week. Tickets costs EUR 6 one-way for adults or EUR 10 return.
The Aircoach is a great option if you find yourself arriving at Dublin International early in the morning. This 24-hour coach service will take you straight to the city centre in 25 minutes. The bus departs every 15 minutes between 3:15 and 11:55 pm and every 30 minutes after that.
3. Dublin Bus
Few travellers know about taking the Dublin bus from the airport as airport workers mainly use it. It's the cheapest option to get to the city centre but isn't as quick as the express coaches. The bus departs every 10 or 30 minutes depending on the time of day and will cost you EUR 3.30 one way.