The standard time zone in Dublin is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). In Ireland, the clocks go forward an hour at the end of March, and back an hour at the end of October.
English and Gaeilge (Gaelic Irish) are the two official languages in the Republic of Ireland, although English is the predominant language.
The euro. Bank notes in circulation are €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500. Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents; €1 and €2.
Plugs in Ireland have three pins. Voltage is 220–240V, with 50 cycles of alternating current (AC).
This is Dublin’s official city sightseeing card (€39 per day for adults). It includes free entry to 33 attractions, museums and monuments across the capital. It also offers Fast Track Entry and free airport transfer.
Other travel cards
LEAP cards allow you to travel on all Dublin Bus services, including Airlink, Xpresso and Nitelink, as well as Luas, Dart & Commuter Rail services. They can be topped up. There is a visitor card valid for 72 hours, offering the same services, priced at €19.50.
Shop opening hours
Most shops open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, except Thursday, when the large chain stores stay open until 8–9pm. Some shops open on Sundays but from 12 noon.
Holidays in Dublin: 1 January, 17 March (St Patrick’s Day), Good Friday, Easter Monday, first Monday in May, first Monday in June, first Monday in August, last Monday in October, 25 and 26 December.
Visit Dublin is located at 25 Suffolk Street (Dublin 2) and offers free advice, information and maps. Discover Ireland is at 14 Upper O’Connell Street.
Useful phone numbers
Emergencies (police, fire brigade, ambulance): 112 or 999. Car breakdown service: 1800 66 77 88. Taxis: 87 7920338. City Hall: (01) 222 2222 and (01) 679 6186 (emergencies). Tourist assistance service: 1890 36 57 00.