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Ireland travel guide

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Shamrocks and Guinness, fantasy film sets, and locals with livers ten times the strength of any other nationality. That's just the Irish stereotype. Look further into this land of mythical legends and you'll find fresh, green rolling countryside, dramatic medieval castle landscapes, a vibrant music and arts culture, and a happy-go-lucky lifestyle.

Ireland fast facts

Iceland Currency

Currency

Name: Euro
Code: EUR
Symbol: €

Languages in Iceland

Languages Spoken

The official language is Irish Gaelic and spoken in most areas as the first language. English is the other official language spoken.

Iceland time zone

Time Zones

Greenwich Mean Time
UTC+00:00

Top places to visit in Ireland

From the vibrant home of lively bars and Guinness (Dublin) to the iconic city of Belfast in Northern Ireland, the traditional stone-clad streets of Galway with its live music and traditional Irish pubs, to the medieval town of Kilkenny - Ireland is filled with quirky and interesting cities and towns. The winding streets and rolling hills make it the perfect road trip destination!

Dublin

Belfast

Galway

Kilkenny

Costs in Ireland

cost of alcohol in Ireland

Beers

In Ireland it'll cost you about €5 (approx $8) for a pint of beer... get that Guinness down you! It's the native land, after all.

cost of food in ireland

Meals

If you're looking for a cheap meal in a pub, you're expected to pay between €8-€15 (approx $12-$24), or if you're feelish flush go for a 3-course meal, which is around €70 (approx $112).

cost of taxi in ireland

Taxi

Catching a taxi on a basic tariff will start at €4 (approx $6.40) and add about a euro per km. In the cities, hop on the local transport for about €2.50.

cost of transport in ireland

Transport

A one-way ticket on public transport in the cities starts at about €2.50 (approx $4). Alternatively, just hit the road in a rented car or campervan & see some of the countryside!

cost of hostels in ireland

Hostels

A hostel bed in Ireland is the cheapest way to go, and can cost between €12-€20 (approx $19-$32) per night.

cost of hotels in ireland

Hotels

If you're looking for a little more than a dorm room, a double room in a hotel or B&B can cost between €80-€180 (approx $128-$288) depending on where you're staying.

Ireland day trips

whiskey trail
Ireland's Hidden Heartlands Whiskey Trail
Ireland and whiskey go together like mac and cheese - so an 8 hour tour, tasting liquid gold, hopping around traditional Irish pubs and the famous Tullamore & Kilbeggan Distilleries, is one of the best ways to spend your day. Don't worry, they'll have you back to Dublin for 6pm (so you don't have to make your way after copious drams of whiskey)!
From $325
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guinness storehouse
Skip the line: Guinness Storehouse Entrance
Skip the line to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin - learn all about this meal in a glass at this seven-floor, fully immersive experience. If you like your Guinness, this is where you want to be - have tastings, and get a free pint at the end of it, overlooking the views of the city.
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones filming locations tour from Belfast
Discover sites made famous in television's 'Game of Thrones' on this action-packed tour. Starting and ending in Dublin, you'll call by the Dark Hedges, the Cushendun Caves, the Giant's Causeway and Ballintoy Harbour; all filming locations used throughout the series. Continue via the Glens of Antrim and Belfast back to Dublin.

From $189

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Transport for Ireland: The easiest ways of getting around

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Hit the winding open roads of Ireland in a campervan
The green rolling countryside and dramatic coastline of Ireland makes for the perfect road trip destination. Take control of your trip and decide where you go, when you go and for how long you go. Make the most of it!

 

From as little as $33 per day

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interrail
Interrail Republic of Ireland pass
Take the hard work out of travelling Ireland and just hop on a train instead! Watch the scenic countryside go by as you sit back and relax (and be smug that you don't have to drive anywhere). Choose from 3, 4, 5, 6 or 8 days travel within a 1 month period. 

 

From just $170

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Our favourite hotels in Ireland

generator dublin
Generator Dublin
Located in the hip Smithfield neighbourhood, across from the Jameson Distillery & a short walk from Temple Bar. The hostel’s open social spaces and café and bar give the place an unruffled industrial feel.
From $57pp per night
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Flint Hotel
Flint Hotel
In Belfast city centre, only a 2-minute walk from the Grand Opera House & various other attractions, lies this affordable 3.5 star hotel - for those who want a little more than a dorm-share. It's a great base to start your Irish adventure!
From $55pp per night
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Jacobs Inn Hostel
Jacobs Inn Hostel
Make yourself at home in one of the 70 guestrooms. Take in the views from a rooftop terrace and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access and an arcade/game room.
From $57pp per night
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Do Australians need a visa for Ireland?

In short, no. Australian's don't need a visa to enter Ireland. You'll still be subjected to immigration control though. If you're looking to do a working holiday visa in Ireland, then the entry requirements are different, and you'll have to go through a specific application process. Find out more about this on the Embassy of Ireland, Australia website.