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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

How much does it cost to travel to Northern Ireland?

You should plan to spend around $165 (£131) per day on your vacation in Northern Ireland. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $62 (£49) on meals
  • $18 (£14) on local transportation
  • $172 (£137) on hotels

A one week trip to Northern Ireland for two people costs, on average, $2,314 (£1,836). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Northern Ireland cost?

A one week trip to Northern Ireland usually costs around $1,157 (£918) for one person and $2,314 (£1,836) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Northern Ireland on average costs around $2,314 (£1,836) for one person and $4,628 (£3,673) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per 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 Northern Ireland will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Northern Ireland on average costs around $4,959 (£3,935) for one person and $9,918 (£7,870) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Northern Ireland has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Northern Ireland expensive to visit?

Prices in Northern Ireland are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Northern Ireland is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to many other destinations.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Northern Ireland Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Northern Ireland?

The average Northern Ireland trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Northern Ireland travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) £137 ($172)
Local Transportation 1 £14 ($18)
Food 2 £49 ($62)
Entertainment 1 £18 ($23)
Alcohol 2 £4 - 12 ($5 - 15)
Accommodation Budget in Northern Ireland
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Northern Ireland is $86 (£68). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Northern Ireland is $172 (£137). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Northern Ireland

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Transportation Budget in Northern Ireland
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Northern Ireland is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $18 (£14) per person, per day, on local transportation in Northern Ireland.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Northern Ireland
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Rental Cars in Northern Ireland
The price of renting a car in Northern Ireland will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Northern Ireland
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Northern Ireland can vary, the average cost of food in Northern Ireland is $62 (£49) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Northern Ireland should cost around $25 (£20) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Northern Ireland is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Northern Ireland
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Northern Ireland typically cost an average of $23 (£18) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Alcohol Budget in Northern Ireland
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $9.79 (£7.77) on alcoholic beverages in Northern Ireland per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Northern Ireland On a Budget
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You may think you know Northern Ireland, but guess again. This once turbulent and dangerous country has calmed down and continues to pleasantly surprise visitors from all over the world.

Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom, or Great Britain. Northern Ireland joins England, Scotland and Wales in the UK. This is still a point of controversy within this region depending on whom you are talking to. Unionists, or those who prefer being a part of Great Britain, will proudly call themselves British and try very much to differentiate themselves from their Irish neighbors. Republicans, or those who would prefer to be a part of the Republic of Ireland, call themselves Irish. Nowhere is this more prominent than in the historic city of Londonderry. That is what Unionists call the city, as the "London" was added after Northern Ireland joined the UK. On the other hand, you'll hear Republicans refer to the city as its original Derry.

Dress in layers, as it's not uncommon to experience every season in an hour in Northern Ireland. This part of the British Isles arguably receives more rain than anywhere.

More difficult than the weather, however, are the accents of the locals. While it may not sound like it at times, they are speaking English. Simply ask them to slow down so you can better understand their very thick accents.
Northern Ireland is home to some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the world. On the top of that list has to be Giant's Causeway. This geological phenomenon features spectacular rock formations. Legend has it these little columns were placed there by giants trying to build a bridge from Ireland to Scotland. It's free to visit and the views will stay with you forever.

For you history buffs, Belfast is where the infamous Titanic was built. The head of the slipway where she was put together is now a multimedia experience for any tourist interested in the world's most famous cruise liner. Follow the history of the city and the ship through its interactive exhibits.

For more unique Northern Irish history, be sure to take a tour or experience the many things to do in Derry/Londonderry. Admire the astonishing 17th century city walls. Follow them around the 1.5-kilometers to get a brilliant tour of the city.
Among the Irish and Republicans, Northern Ireland is known as "The Six Counties," though it is not advised that you call them that. Nevertheless, the country is split into six different counties. County Antrim is the home of the capital city of Belfast and the stunning Giant's Causeway. County Armagh includes the Navan Fort, while Londonderry is in the aptly named County Derry. The coastal town of Bangor is located in County Down. Finally, County Fermanagh and County Tyrone are mostly rural with vast mountain ranges.

One thing you'll certainly want to do while in Northern Ireland is take a Black Taxi Tour in West Belfast. This is the region with all "the troubles." Today it is perfectly safe and stands as a living monument to the country's turbulent past. These taxi tours will drive you through the spectacular murals up to the Peace Line. Ride along as drivers provide history lessons and colorful commentary.

On the Antrim coast is a special experience not to be missed. Travel to the Old Bushmills Distillery for a tour and a taste. Licensed since 1608, this is the oldest legal distillery in the world. The whiskey is made with Irish barley, water and matured in oak barrels. Definitely worth a sip!
Food and Dining
One of the most popular dishes in Northern Ireland is the "Ulster Fry." You won't want to miss this dish of eggs, bacon, sausage, potato and soda bread all fried in a pan together. Also, of course, there's the classic "bangers and mash," or treat your taste buds to some sausage with champ - creamed potatoes and spring onions.

Driving through Northern Ireland can be a very amusing experience given that the roads are extremely well maintained compared to their southern neighbors. However, car rentals are hard to come by in this area.

There is a reliable and modern public transportation system known as Translink. This includes buses and railways around the entire country.
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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. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.