A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Galway vs. Dublin

Should you visit Galway or Dublin?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Galway and Dublin can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Galway

Galway is Ireland's fifth largest city with a population of over 70,000. Located in the province of Connacht, it is typically the first stop for travelers headed into western Ireland. It serves as a gateway for this scenic part of the country, but it truly is a destination in and of itself. The city is pleasantly quaint, and is crisscrossed by lovely pedestrian only streets that are lined with shopping and restaurants. There are also countless museums and galleries to explore. Churches and cathedrals dot the town and are fun to drop by if you're fascinated with architecture.

Dublin

Dublin is the vibrant and fun capital city of Ireland and home to over a third of the country's population. There are almost 2 million people in the metropolitan area. It's also the most common entry point into the country for visitors. Once you arrive, its a good idea to head over to the main tourist office in St. Andrew's Church off Grafton Street. They can give you maps and information to make sure your trip is efficient and fun. Many people enjoy seeing what remains of the Georgian architecture throughout the city. Much of the city is also modernist in style with many blocks made up of offices.

Which city is cheaper, Dublin or Galway?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Galway is €91, while the average daily cost in Dublin is €112. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Galway and Dublin in more detail.




Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Galway is €94. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

A hotel room in Dublin is about €106 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Galway 47
    Dublin 53
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Galway 94
    Dublin 106


Food

In Galway travelers spend around €22 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

Food in Dublin costs travelers about €39 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Galway 22
    Dublin 39
Typical Food prices in Galway

Some typical examples of dining costs in Galway are as follows:


  • Fish & Chips Dinner
    8.12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Galway

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Galway.

  • Galway Food Tour: $69
  • Galway Food Tours: $92
  • Private Irish Whiskey & Galway Spirits Food Tour from Galway: $96
  • Irish Whiskey & Galway Spirits Food Tour: $108

Typical Food prices in Dublin

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Dublin:


  • Lunch Lynam's Pub
    3.95

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dublin

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Dublin.

  • Skip the Line:Traditional Irish Night Show Ticket in Dublin with 3-Course Dinner: $37
  • Irish Craic & Cuisine (Cooking Class & Dinner): $68
  • Local Food Tour: $75
  • Private Cooking Class in a Modern Home with Sea Views in Skerries, Dublin: $77
  • Skip the Line: Irish Night Show Including 4-Course Dinner Ticket: $77
  • Howth Craft Beer and Seafood Tour for private groups: $87
  • Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Dublin: $95
  • Christmas Finger Food & Canapé Cooking Class in Dublin City Center: $106
  • Learn to Make Your Own Sushi - 2.5 hour Cooking Class: $106
  • Authentic Dinner Experience with Local Chef: $108
  • Private Dublin Walking Food Tour with a Local Food Historian: $180
  • Dublin Secret Food Tour w/ Private Tour Option: $206


Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Galway is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €26 per person, per day, on local transportation in Galway.

The average price of local transportation around Dublin is €14 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Galway 26
    Dublin 14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Galway

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Galway:

  • Cork - Galway | Best Value Airport Transfer, Private Car & Chauffeur Service: $461
  • Dublin - Galway | Best Value Airport Transfer, Private Car & Chauffeur Service: $447
  • Galway City To Dublin Airport Or Dublin City Private Chauffeur Transfer: $782
  • Galway City To Dublin Airport Or Dublin City Private Chauffeur Transfer: $612
  • Galway City To Dublin City Private Chauffeur Transfer: $585
  • Galway City To Shannon Airport Private Chauffeur Transfer: $267
  • Galway City To Shannon Airport Private Chauffeur Transfer: $374
  • Galway City to Dublin Airport, Private Chauffeur Transfer, Premium Sedan: $411
  • Galway City to Shannon Airport, Private Chauffeur Transfer, Premium Sedan: $162
  • Galway Private Transfer from central Galway to Galway Airport: $103
  • Glenlo Abbey Hotel Galway To Dublin Airport Or City Private Chauffeur Transfer: $498
  • Glenlo Abbey Hotel Galway To Dublin Airport Or City Private Chauffeur Transfer: $610

Typical Local Transportation prices in Dublin

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Dublin:


  • Rental Car for a Day
    15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dublin

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dublin:

  • Ultra - Dublin Private Airport Transfer from Dublin Airport DUB to Cruise Port: $8.71
  • Ultra - Dublin Private Airport Transfer from Cruise Port to Dublin Airport DUB: $8.71
  • Ultra - Dublin Private Airport Transfer from City Centre to Dublin Airport DUB: $9.41
  • Ultra - Dublin Private Airport Transfer from Dublin Airport DUB to City Centre: $9.41
  • From Luxury Transfers to Kildare Village: $13
  • Private Airport Transfer from Dublin Airport to Dublin City Center: $28
  • Private Departure Airport transfer from Dublin City To Dublin Airport: $30
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Dublin to Dublin Airport (DUB): $36
  • Private Departure Transfer from Dublin City Center to Dublin Airport (DUB): $36
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Dublin Airport (DUB) to Dublin City Center: $36
  • From Cuilcagh Mountain Park with Shuttle Transfer: $36
  • From Cliffs of Moher Hike and Transfers by Bus: $40


Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Galway typically cost an average of €9.77 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Dublin's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €20 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Galway 9.77
    Dublin 20

Tours and Activities in Galway

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Galway are as follows:

  • Lassies, castles and battles: Explore Galway on an audio walking tour: $6.99
  • A taste of the Craic: An audio tour exploring Galway's local gastronomy: $6.99
  • City Sightseeing Galway Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $15
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour: $15
  • Photography Tour of Galway with an Instagram Influencer: $25
  • Galway City Walking Tour: $25
  • Galway City: Scenic Cruise of Corrib River & Lake: $25
  • Scenic cruise of Corrib river & lake. Galway City. Guided. 1 ½ hours: $26
  • Galway Top Highlights & Claddagh Village Walking Tour: $34
  • From Connemara & Kylemore Abbey Full-Day Guided Tour: $35
  • Connemara & Cong: Full-Day Tour from Galway: $35
  • 2-Hour Gravedigger Ghost Bus Tour: $36

Typical Entertainment prices in Dublin

Here are a few typical costs in Dublin for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Wild Wicklow Tour
    26
  • Guinness Brewery for Two
    27
  • St Pauls Cathedral
    4.50
  • Dublin Writer's Museum
    6.30

Tours and Activities in Dublin

Here are a few actual costs in Dublin for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Christ Church Cathedral Tour: $8.17
  • Skip the Line: Dublin Christ Church Cathedral Admission Ticket: $9.33
  • St Stephen's Green Park Walking Tour: $12
  • Self-Guided City Experience: $12
  • Dublin Rogues Tour is a walking tour in Merrion Square Park: $12
  • 2-Hour History of Dublin Walking Tour: $13
  • Jeanie Johnston Tallship Emigrant Experience: $13
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket: $13
  • Aviva Stadium 1-Hour Guided Tour: $13
  • Virtual Dublin History, Culture & Craic Tour: $15
  • Dublin Beer Tour with a Spanish Tour Guide: $15
  • General Post Office 2–Hour Tumultuous History Tour: $15


Alcohol

The average person spends about €12 on alcoholic beverages in Galway per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Dublin may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €14 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Galway 12
    Dublin 14

Sample the Local Flavors in Galway

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Galway:

  • Micil Distillery Experience: $28
  • Aran islands pub tour from Galway. Inisheer/Inishmore. Private guide. Full day.: $500
  • Connemara Pub Tour from Galway City. Co Galway. Guided. Half Day.: $1,540

Sample the Local Flavors in Dublin

Also in Dublin, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • The Backpacker Pub Crawl: $15
  • New Pub Crawl: $15
  • Dublin Literary Pub Crawl: $19
  • Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour and Tastings: $25
  • Teeling Whiskey Distillery Tour and Tasting: $25
  • Jameson Distillery Guided Tour with Whiskey Tasting: $31
  • Whiskey Distillery Tour and Cocktail Workshop in Dublin: $87
  • Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Whiskey Distillery Excursion: $541



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Galway and Dublin, we can see that Dublin is more expensive. And not only is Galway much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Galway would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Galway and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Dublin would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Dublin than you might in Galway.

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