Frequently Asked Questions
What documentation do I need to travel to Dublin?
British citizens need an official ID document with a photograph and citizens from the EU need a national ID card. Travellers from other parts of the world need a valid passport and, in some cases, a visa. For more information, visit: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/visas/visas-for-ireland/
How do I get to Dublin?
By air (the airport is 10 kilometres from the city centre), train (Connolly or Heuston stations), bus (Busáras central station) and ferry (the ports of Dublin and Dún Laoghaire).
What are the transport links from the airport to the centre?
Several bus companies go to the centre, including Dublin Bus (lines 16A, 746 and 230), Airlink and Aircoach. An average taxi ride from the airport to the centre costs around €20. There are no trains to the airport.
When is the best time of year to go?
The weather is changeable and it often rains. In winter (December to March) the days are short, it gets dark very early and the humidity increases. The temperatures in summer (July and August) are very pleasant, making it a good time to visit.
How do I get around the city?
The simplest way is to use public transport like buses or Dublin’s light rail tram system, the Luas, which has two lines. There are also night buses that link Dublin City Centre with most suburbs.
What are the best areas to stay in?
Dublin isn’t a very large city, so any hotel in the centre is a good option. If possible, try and avoid the north end of Gardiner Street, Mountjoy Square, Thomas Street and Ringsend.
It is worth going with children?
Dublin isn’t a very big city, which means you can get around without having to travel great distances. In addition, there are many parks and places where children can enjoy themselves: Dublin Zoo, The Ark cultural centre, Dublinia and the National Leprechaun Museum.
Is tipping compulsory?
Some restaurant bills include an additional 10–15% for the service. If it isn’t included, people often leave a tip for the same percentage, although it isn’t obligatory.
What are the normal restaurant opening hours?
About 12 noon to 2pm for lunch and from 6pm to 8pm for dinner, like in most European countries. However, it isn’t difficult to find establishments that close slightly later.
Is smoking allowed?
Smoking is prohibited in bars, restaurants and pubs. You can only smoke outdoors: on the street or in interior patios that some establishments have set aside for smokers.