Things to know about visiting Ireland
What currency is accepted in Ireland?
The Euro is the only currency that is officially recognised as legal tender in the Republic of Ireland. The British Pound is legal tender in Northern Ireland.
Do I need a Passport / Visa to come to Ireland?
To enter Ireland, you need a valid passport. UK citizens do not require a passport to enter Ireland but carriers by air or sea require some form of identification with a photograph (usually either a passport or driving license with photo). ALWAYS check what form of ID is required with your individual airline, ferry company or travel agent before travelling.
EU citizens are required to have a passport or national identity card; while citizens of all other countries must have a valid passport. ALWAYS check what form of ID is required with your individual airline, ferry company or travel agent before travelling.
Citizens of the EEA member states (the 27 countries of the European Union EU, together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and many other countries including USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand do not require visas to gain entry to Ireland. The full list of countries whose citizens do NOT require a visa can be found here.
Citizens of all other countries should contact their local Irish Embassy prior to travelling to Ireland. Irish visa information can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs website and citizens information website
From July 2012 extending for a period of four years, tourists from 14 nations that previously did require a visa to holiday in Ireland will not need a separate Irish visa if they have a short-term UK visa. Check here for a list of the countries able to avail of this visa waiver scheme.
Where can I find places to eat?
Dublin has a wealth of fine restaurants and cafes offering every conceivable type of food. For more information on where to eat vsit the Dublin Visitor Centre to check out our guide to the pubs and restaurants of Dublin.
Where can I find a map of the city?
Maps and tourist literature is available from any Dublin Visitor Centre or City Sightseeing shop or the other tourist offices around Dublin. Alternatively click here to view a Google maps of the city.
Where can I get information on accommodation?
Information on all types of accommodation is available here. All the accommodation listings on the Visit Dublin site are approved.
How do I get from the Airport or the Ferry Terminals to the City?
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.
- 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.
- Dublin Bus operates the Airlink Express which serves both terminal 1 and 2. The Airlink will bring you into Dublin city centre and also connects with major bus and rail stations. There are a number of local buses that can bring you to the city centre and around Dublin. Click here (link to Dublin Visitor Centre transport page) for more information
Ferry Terminals to City
If you are arriving to Dublin through a Ferry Terminal, there are a 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 €10.00 – €15.00
- From Dun Laoghaire Ferry Terminal, visitors may take a taxi, bus or use the DART light rail. Both DART and Dublin bus tickets to the City Centre cost approx €3 for a single journey.
If you wish to travel to Dublin City Centre by bus from Dun Laoghaire, the No.7 or No.46a 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.
What events are currently running in Dublin?
Dublin’s event calendar is always full. You can take a look at what’s on in our fair city by clicking here
Is smoking banned in Ireland?
Ireland was Europe’s first smoke free country. 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. Irish 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.
Are there telephone information lines I can call?
Yes, you can call the following numbers to get information on Dublin:
Dublin: +353 1 8980700/1
In addition there are a number of information lines run by the state agency, Failte Ireland, that can provide you with information on holiday destinations in Ireland. Please use the number for your country
Ireland: 1850 230 330 (all calls charged at local rates)
United Kingdom: 0800 0397000
USA: 800 223 6470
France: 01 53 43 1212
Canada: 1800 223 6470
French Belgians: 02 6739 940
French Swiss: 052 202 69 06
German Swiss: 052 2 02 6906/7
Italian Swiss: 052 2 02 6906
Sweeden: 08 662 8510
Finland: 09 608 966
Denmark: 33 1580 45
Spain: 91 577 1787
Netherlands: 020 622 3101
Belgium: 02 673 9940
Italy: 02 869 0541
Norway: 22 56 33 10
Austria: 01 715 8317
Australia: 02 92996177
Germany: 069 92318550