Travel Budget for Dublin

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How much does it cost to travel to Dublin?

How much money will you need for your trip to Dublin? You should plan to spend around €112 ($125) per day on your vacation in Dublin, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, €39 ($44) on meals for one day and €14 ($15) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Dublin for a couple is €106 ($119). So, a trip to Dublin for two people for one week costs on average €1,562 ($1,752). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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A vacation to Dublin for one week usually costs around €781 for one person. So, a trip to Dublin for two people costs around €1,562 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs €3,124 in Dublin. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Dublin can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Dublin?

How much does a trip to Dublin cost? Is Dublin expensive? The average Dublin trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Dublin prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Dublin can vary, the average cost of food in Dublin is €39 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Dublin should cost around €16 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Dublin is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Dublin is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €14 per person, per day, on local transportation in Dublin.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2020
Flights to Dublin

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How much money do I need for Dublin?

Typical travel prices in Dublin are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Dublin. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Dublin can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

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Typical tour prices for Dublin

How much do tours to Dublin cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    8 days
    $ 1415
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    8 days
    $ 2200
  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    9 days
    $ 1700
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    8 days
    $ 1375
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Dublin On a Budget
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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.

Dublin has a mild climate due to the influence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream. It rains less than you might expect, but a light shower may occur on most days. Winters are milder than you would think with temperature typically staying around 5 degrees Celsius. Frost is common between the months of November and February because nighttime temperatures do fall below freezing. It snows occasionally, but not often. Summers are mild or may even be considered cool, and temperatures typically don't get much above 20 degrees Celsius.
There are many sights spread throughout Dublin. During the peak travel months they can get crowded so make sure you arrive early. Some interesting places to visit include Chester Beatty Library, Christ Church Cathedral, St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Dublin Writers Museum, the Dublin Zoo, Dublinia & the Viking World, the General Post Office, Merrion Square, the National Botanical Gardens and the National Museum of Ireland, among other places.
Dublin has many different neighborhoods that each have their own vibe. The Old City is where you will find the Dublin Castle and the remaining remnants of the city's original walls. There are also many shops and boutiques there. Temple Bar is the party center for the city and there are many bars and clubs. Trinity College Area has a traditional university vibe with many bookstores and shops. The Guinness Brewery is in Liberties, and most of the hotels, restaurants and shops are in St. Stephen's Green and the Grafton Street Area. Fitzwilliam & Merrion Squares are surrounded by Georgian town houses and O'Connell Street has many hotels and some good restaurants. Other notable neighborhoods include North Quays and Ballsbridge/Embassy Row.

If you're tired of looking a museums and attractions, there are many activities you can enjoy in Dublin. Consider going to a hurling, Gaelic football, or rugby game. Home games for the Leinster Rugby team are usually played at the RDS Arena. Both hurling and Gaelic football is played at Croke Park Stadium.

Another fun option is to take a self guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse. There's an exhibition that travels from the ground floor to the seventh floor. For the price of entry you also get a pint of Guinness.

Plenty more attractions and things to do can be found in the Irish countryside outside of Dublin, such as castles, pastoral landscapes, and natural scenery like the Cliffs of Moher. Check out this guide to choosing a great day trip from Dublin.
Food and Dining
Restaurant food can be expensive in Dublin, but the quality is also generally high. If you're looking for some budget options, head to the Indian restaurants around the South William Street area that runs parallel to Grafton Street. If you arrive early you can often take advantage of an "early bird" special. Three courses usually are included in the special and prices are around 10 euros. Lunches in this area can also be cheap. Other interesting and affordable restaurants can be found on Parnell Street in Dublin 1. Here you will find a concentration of Chinese and Asian restaurants. Another cheap meal option is to try the local fish and chips. There are several good places around town where you can try this local favorite.

For more information, see What to Eat in Ireland.

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Public transportation in Dublin is not as good as that of most larger European cities. It continues to improve though, and as a tourist you are likely to spend most of your time walking around the city center anyway. There is a tram or light rail system (the Luas) that is generally good and reliable and can be used it to get around the city center. It has two lines that do not connect, but you can walk between them in 15 minutes at their closest point. The red line runs from Connolly Railway Station and the Point Theatre to the suburb of Tallaght. The green line runs from St. Stephen's Green to Bride's Glen in Cherrywood. The DART is a suburban rail service that follows the coast between Greystones in the south and Howth and Malahide in the north. There are four additional suburban rail lines that travel around Dublin.

The state run bus service travels through the city and its suburbs and even goes into the very outer suburbs. With over 200 routes, the numbering system can get confusing. It is best to find a route map, find your stop, and then look at the final destination which is displayed on the front of the bus.
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Train and Bus Prices
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips


By backpackguru in Souvenirs
There are many, many places to shop in Dublin. The most well known shopping street is Grafton Street, which is a pedestrian only street that travels between St. Stephen's Green and Trinity College. On Grafton Street is Brown Thomas, a very expensive department store selling everything from cloths to jewelry to photographs. Just off of that street you'll find The Powerscourt Centre, which is a very impressive shopping center located in a restored 18th century townhouse.

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