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Traveling to Ireland

Whether you visit Northern Ireland or the Republic, there’s plenty to discover.

Travel Ireland

A land divided in half, both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland should be at the top of your travel bucket list. Here’s everything you need to know.

Discover the history and culture

Discover the history and culture


Of course, Dublin is well known for its ancient history and has plenty of sights that are sure to impress, from the grand Blarney Castle in County Cork to the towering Cliffs of Moher. Pay a visit to the medieval streets of Kilkenny or the rugged hills of Co. Donegal and you’ll be astounded by the beauty and antiquity on offer.

Enjoy the delights of Dublin

Enjoy the delights of Dublin


The capital of the Republic and the country's largest city, Dublin is a gem to visit. The city offers no end of lively pubs, beautiful architecture, and unmissable atmosphere. That’s not to mention the good shopping, delicious food and great sights to see. In fact, it’s not hard to see why Dublin is the fourth most visited capital in Europe!

Explore the reaches of Northern Ireland

Explore the reaches of Northern Ireland


Be sure to head across the border to Northern Ireland on your trip, although it’s best not to mention anything political in conversation (that goes for everywhere in Ireland). The vibrant and modern capital city here is Belfast, whilst the historic city of Londonderry offers the famous 16th century city walls. Bangor is Northern Ireland’s stunning coastal resort, and the Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site you simply can’t miss.

Ireland travel packages

Ireland travel packages


Many people find it enjoyable to visit Ireland as part of a tour that immerses you in all the sights and sounds of this truly mesmerizing island. Some great options offering as much flexibility as you like are Ireland.com and Authentic Ireland.

Money

The currency of the Republic of Ireland is the euro, which is subdivided into 100 cents. In Northern Ireland, the currency used is the British pound, which is divided into 100 pence.

One US dollar is currently worth euros.

Here’s a roundup of what you can expect to spend in Ireland (€) and Northern Ireland (£):

Inexpensive meal for one – €15 / £8Bottle of water – €1.20 / £0.900.5 litre beer – €4.50 / £3.50
Mid-range restaurant meal for one – €25 / £17Cappuccino –€2.75 / £2.20Local bus ticket – €2.50 / £1.90

Traveling around Ireland

By train

Trains in the Republic are the quickest way to get around when compared to local buses, but are often more expensive – check out Irish rail for the most up to date information. In Northern Ireland, the trains are run by Translink and generally all run out of Belfast with pretty reasonable prices.

By bus

In the Republic, the bus company is Bus Éireann and you’ll be able to get some great deals by booking in advance. In Northern Ireland you’ll be using Ulsterbus, which is part of Translink and offers a great network of destinations.