The Euro is the currency in the Republic of Ireland. Generally, in the Republic of Ireland the banking hours of business are Monday to Friday, from 10.00 to 16.00 hours (10:30 to 16:30 on Wednesdays). Northern Ireland uses the Sterling as currency if you wish to expand your stay.
There are currency exchange services in Dublin and there are banks in the local area too. However, we always advise you to secure local currency before travelling.
Opening hours are normally from 09:00 to 18:00 Monday to Saturday, with late night shopping on Thursday evenings until 21:00. Most shops are open on Sundays from 12:00 to 18:00. There are a number of convenience stores, cafés, restaurants and bars in the local area including a bank and ATM.
The Dublin Pass is a sightseeing card, which allows visitors to experience everything Dublin has to offer while saving both time and money. It includes free entry to 33 top attractions, monuments and museums, as well as a wide range of additional discounts and dining offers.
• Free entry to 33 of Dublin’s most popular attractions, sights and landmarks.
• For example, the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Zoo and Croke Park Stadium Tours.
• Discounts and exclusive offers at 20 extra venues.
• Fast track entry at top selected Dublin attractions and to skip the queues.
• Free guidebook to help you plan your Dublin city adventures.
• Free Airport transfer.
For more information on the Dublin Pass click here.
In general, tipping is always appreciated. Hotels and restaurants often add 10-15% to the bill for large parties. Tipping in pubs is unusual except for table service.
The Leap Card can be used to pay for travel in Dublin and its surrounding counties on the following services:
- All Dublin Bus scheduled services
- Bus Eireann
- Swords Express
- Wexford Bus
- Train (Dart & Commuter Rail) and tram (Luas)
For more information on the Dublin Leap Card, please click here.
Dublin is one of the top ten bike friendly cities in the world. With over 120km of bike-friendly lanes, Dublin is the perfect city to hop on a bike and explore when the weather permits.
Dublin City Bikes are custom-designed bikes self-rental bikes with stations distributed throughout the city centre to enable easy access and optimal use. Located in close proximity to each other, every station has a minimum of 15 stands making it an easy and enjoyable to use service.
All stations are equipped with Annual Card or 3 Day Ticket users. A number of the terminals allow you to purchase the 3 Day tickets via credit card. An annual card costs €20 and the first 30 minutes use of each bike is free.
For more information on Dublin City Bikes, please click here.
All major credit cards are accepted in most service and retail outlets including Maestro and EDC (European Debit Card). Most credit cards can be used in ATMs, especially the Bank of Ireland and Allied Irish Bank (AIB) ATMs, except for American Express, which can be used at Cashier machines.
English is spoken by everyone while Irish is generally confined to pockets of the south-west, west and north-western coastal areas and road signs which are bilingual.
Emergency Numbers and Dialling Codes
Emergency numbers in Ireland are 999 or 112.
The international dialling code for Ireland is 00-353. When making international calls, you will need to dial 00 + your country code.
Dublin’s climate is mild and changeable. Winter temperatures average 4-7 degrees Celsius (39-44 degrees Fahrenheit), and summer temperatures vary between 16-20 degrees Celsius (60-67 degrees Fahrenheit).
For up-to-date weather information, visit www.met.ie
Under current legislation, smoking has been banned in all public areas, work places, including restaurants, bars and hotels. There are substantial penalties in place for those found to be in breach of these regulations.
Voltage is 230v Ac, 50 Hz. Socket type is a standard UK 3 pin. Most electrical items from continental Europe will function with an adapter. Otherwise, the hotel may have adaptors available for use.
Visit Dublin’s Official Travel and Tourism Guide, www.visitdublin.com for up to date information on what’s on in the city.