Céad Míle Fáilte – A hundred thousand welcomes to Ireland’s capital city, steeped in history and buzzing with youthful energy. Medieval, Georgian and modern architecture provide a backdrop to a friendly bustling port where the cosmopolitan and charming meet in a delightful diversity that is Dublin.
Dublin is a delight to explore and very easy to navigate on foot. Dublin’s attractions are many, from castles, museums and art galleries to the lively spirit of Temple Bar. We hope that while you are exploring Dublin with your handy pocket map you will also experience some of the vibrancy and excitement which make Dublin a city to remember.
Ireland is an island that lies in North West Europe, separated from Britain by the Irish Sea. Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland and is Ireland’s largest city. It is located on the east coast of Ireland, overlooking Dublin Bay. The Liffey is the main river running through the city. Dublin City is surrounded by the greater Dublin area or Dublin County where the visitor can find an abundance of picturesque seaside villages, rolling mountains and rural hinterland and all within half an hour of the city centre!
The population of Dublin City and County area is approximately 1.1 million.
Climate and Seasons
Dublin’s climate is mild and very changeable so come prepared for all seasons!
Rain can be unpredictable during all seasons. We recommend you pack a light rain jacket and umbrella no matter what season you’re visiting Dublin in.
Winter (November – January)
Winter in Dublin is the coldest time of the year. Winter temperatures average at 4-7 degree Celsius (39-44 degree Fahrenheit). Rainfall can be high in the winter months and snow is possible but rare. Make sure to pack warm clothes and shoes.
Spring (February – April)
Temperatures during spring start to rise and it is generally milder in Dublin. Temperatures range between 6-13 degree Celsius (43 – 55 degree Fahrenheit). You can see some of the best weather during spring. However it can still be very cold so bringing a coat is still recommended.
Summer (May – July)
Summer is the warmest time of the year with July being the warmest. Temperatures during the summer months range between 16-20 degree Celsius (60-67 degree Fahrenheit). On sunny days, Dublin city can become very hot. However, as mentioned above, rainfall can be unpredictable during all seasons. Summers in Dublin can be wet and warm so come prepared.
Autumn (August – October)
During autumn the temperature starts to drop with average temperatures ranging between 11-16 degree Celsius (52-60 degree Fahrenheit).
Dublin is in the Greenwich Mean Time Zone (GMT). Summer Daylight Savings time is shifted forward by 1 hour in March, and after the summer months in October the time is shifted back by 1 hour. During the summer time in Dublin, it can stay bright up to 10.30pm.There are about 18 hours of daylight daily during July and August, only getting truly dark after 11 p.m. During the winter time it get darks much earlier at around 4.30pm.
The Language spoken in Dublin is English. The Irish language is the 2nd language of Ireland. However, bus stops, signposts, street signs and official buildings are posted both in English and Irish! Although you can see the Irish language in its written form, you won’t have much luck hearing any Irish spoken on the streets of Dublin.
Annual Public Holidays
Generally On a public holiday, sometimes called a bank holiday, most businesses and schools close. Other services, for example, public transport still operate but often with restricted schedules. The list of public holidays are as follow:
New Year’s Day - January 1
St Patrick’s Day - March 17
Easter Monday (Monday following Easter Sunday)
May Holiday (first Monday in May)
June Holiday (first Monday in June)
August Holiday (first Monday in August)
October Holiday (last Monday in October)
Christmas Day - December25
St Stephen’s Day - December26
Passport and Visa Requirements
Visitors from the E.U., Australia, North America, South Africa and New Zealand do not need a visa to enter Ireland for a holiday, however it is essential that you bring your passport. We advise that you consult your travel agent or airline before you travel. If you a citizen from any other country you must have a passport to enter the country. You may also need a visa.
Citizens of certain countries must apply for an entry visa before they travel to Ireland. Information on those who do not need an entry visa is available in the citizen’s information document: Visa requirements for entering Ireland. Alternatively, contact your embassy for more information
There is a wide range of quality accommodation available in Dublin to suit all requirements – from five star hotel chains to great value budget hotels. Dublin also has a great range of guesthouses, bed & breakfasts and self-catering to caravan & camping and hostels.
A copy of our “Where to Stay” Dublin Accommodation Guide is an invaluable resource to help find accommodation for your trip or alternatively you can book securely online at www.visitdublin.com. Look out for the special offers section on the website for the best value break available.
As Dublin City is compact and easy to get around, a car is not required. Driving is on the left side of the road, the metric system is in use in Ireland.
Rental - There is a wide choice of Irish and international car rental companies represented in Dublin. You can also book online before you arrive at www.visitdublin.com. Motorbikes and mopeds are not available for rent in the Republic of Ireland.
Buses - Dublin Bus operates the city’s bus routes running from 06.00-23.30. A Nitelink late service also operates most nights of the week. Dublin Bus now operates an exact fare policy so it is advisable to have your correct change ready when boarding the bus. For details on all routes, timetables and special value tickets available, enquire at any tourist information office, local newsagents or directly from Dublin Bus www.dublinbus.ie
Luas - The Dublin Luas system, is a state of the art light rail transit system running
from St Green to Sandyford and from Tallaght to Connolly Station. Click here for Luas
route map http://www.visitdublin.com/travel/maps/luasmaps/LUAS.aspx
Trains – The DART railway stretches the full length of Dublin Bay, from Malahide in
North County Dublin to Greystones in County Wicklow. Surburban and InterCity trains
service outlying areas of Dublin. Details on all routes, timetables and special value
Tickets are available at www.irishrail.ie
Taxis - Three of the main taxi ranks in the city centre are located on O ‘Connell Street,College Green and at St. Stephen’s Green. It is also possible to hail taxis on the street and numerous private taxi companies also operate throughout Dublin city and county. Tipping is at the visitor’s discretion; up to 10% is usual.
Getting from the Airport and Ferry Terminals to the City Centre
Airport to City
There are a number of options for those looking to travel from the airport to the city or vice-versa.
Taxis are available outside both Terminal 1 and 2.
There are a number of buses that can bring you to the city centre, and as well as many areas in and around Dublin. Check various bus serviced websites to ensure that they are running during time of your arrival.
-Dublin Bus operates the Airlink Express which serves both terminal 1 and 2. The Airlink will bring you right into Dublin city centre and also connects with major bus and rail stations.
-Aircoach offers services from Dublin Airport (Terminal 1 and 2) to the City Centre, South Dublin and Greystones on a 24 hours basis each day. Their City Centre service stops at most of the major hotels around Dublin City and their Greystones service stops at key locations in the Dublin South / North Wicklow area.
- Flybus offers a premium bus service from Dublin Airport via the M50 to the N4 - Liffey Valley Shopping Centre – The Mill Shopping Centre, Clondalkin – The Square, Tallaght.
- Urbus offers service from Dublin Airport to Castleknock, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre and Swords.
Ferry Terminals to City
If you are arriving to Dublin through a Ferry Terminal, there are number of options open to those seeking to travel to the city from the Ferry Terminals.
From Dublin’s North Wall Terminal, visitors may get a bus or a taxi. A taxi will cost approximately €10.
From Dun Laoghaire Ferry Terminal, visitors may take a taxi, get the bus, or use the DART light rail. Both DART and Dublin bus tickets to the City Centre cost under €3 for a single journey.
If you wish to travel to Dublin City Centre by bus, the No.7 or No.46a bus is recommended. Both leave regularly and take approximately 1 hour to reach the city centre. Alternatively, hop on a northbound DART towards the city centre. Dublin city centre has 3 DART stations: Pearse station, Tara street station and Connolly Station. Both Connolly station and Pearse station connect with intercity and commuter lines. Connolly Station also is connected with the LUAS red line.
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
The international calling code for Ireland is 00 353. The local area code for Dublin is 01. Mobile phones are available for hire in Dublin for the duration of your stay.
In an emergency call 999 or 112 and specify whether you require the police (Garda)
an ambulance, the fire service or coastal rescue.
Most post offices are open Monday-Friday 09.00-17.30 and some open on Saturday from 09.00-13.00. The General Post Office on O’ Connell Street in the city centre is
Open Monday-Saturday 08.00-20.00.
Most shops in Dublin are open from 09.00 until 18.00 Monday-Saturday and 12.00 until 18.00 on Sundays. Shops stay open late Thursday evenings in the city centre and late Friday evenings in the suburbs. Many of the out-of-town shopping centres also have late opening on other nights during the week. For non EU visitors-tax free shopping is available in many outlets which allows you to reclaim VAT (Value Added Tax) paid. Check with the outlet before you purchase the goods.
There are over 1,000 pubs in Dublin, from traditional watering holes to trendy late night bars, so something to suit one and all! The legal age to buy alcohol is 18.
Opening Hours Mon to Sat 10.30 Sun 12.30. Closing times are: Mon-Thurs 23.30, Fri-Sat 00.30 and Sunday 23.00 with half an hour drinking up time given. St. Patrick’s Day 12.30-00.30. Pubs shut on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Most nightclubs and late bars will serve drink until about 02.30.
Dublin was Europe's first smoke free capital city. Since March 29th 2004, a smoking ban in the work place has been in force. The primary purpose of the prohibition is to afford protection to workers and the public who are exposed to harmful environmental tobacco smoke. Dublin pubs, night clubs, restaurants and cafés are now smoke free zones. Smoking is not banned, and you can still smoke out of doors, in your hotel room, or in private accommodation.
A normal tip for good service in Dublin restaurants is between 10%-15%. Service charge is normally automatically included for groups of six or more.
The Euro is the only currency that is officially recognised as legal tender in the Republic of Ireland. In general, banks open Monday-Friday, 10.00-16.00 with late opening on Thursdays until 17.00. Foreign Exchange facilities are widely available. All major credit cards are widely accepted. Foreign exchange facilities are available at the Dublin Tourism Centre, Suffolk Street.
A 1 euro coin (€) = 100 cents
A 2 euro coin (€) = 200 cents
Notes are in Denomination of €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10, €5
There are numerous cafes around Dublin that offer access to the internet.
220/240 volts (50 cycles) is the standard electrical current and a 3-pinned
adapter may be required.
The Irish Tourist Assistance Service, ITAS, assists tourists who become victims of crime while visiting Ireland. While only a very small minority fall victim to crime, for those people the event can be extremely traumatic especially if they do not speak the language or if they are traveling on their own. ITAS offers support and practical assistance to tourists in these situations. Practical assistance consists of mediation and liaison with embassies, travel companies and financial institutions. The service can also arrange accommodation, meals and transport in emergency situations. This nationwide service is free and is run by staff and volunteers who speak a variety of languages. ITAS recommends that the tourist report the incident in person to the nearest Garda Station (Police Station), who will contact the Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS).
Opening Hours are Monday - Saturday 10.00am-6.00pm and Sundays and Public Holidays 12.00-6.00pm
Monday to Friday: Saturday and Sunday:
Irish Tourist Assistance Service Store Street Garda Station
6-7 Hanover Street East Dublin 1
Tel: 1890 365 700