Chic, culturally rich and full of fun, Dublin is a city that is sure to enliven even the most travel-weary tourist. Mingling business with pleasure, this city is home to many large, austere buildings and small cosy pubs. Although Dublin may be recognised for the aesthetics of its architecture, its real charm lies in its history and vibrant, easygoing locals. Despite the fact that this is a busy location all year long, flights are usually inexpensive.
Best time to go to Dublin
Without some forward planning, cheap flights to Dublin are difficult to find during the months of June through August. Tourists flood the city while the weather is at its best, and the local festivities are in full swing. If you do find a good deal, this is a great time to go, as you will be able to take part in the Dublin Writers Festival, the Electric Picnic, or the Liffey Swim.
The months of March through to May and September to October make up the shoulder season in Dublin. Although Dublin can be exceedingly busy during St. Patrick's Day, the city typically sees a lull in tourism. If you prefer to explore Phoenix Park, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Dublin Zoo in solitude, this is an excellent time to visit as the crowds are thin and the weather is mild.
If your travel itinerary mostly consists of indoor activities, the months of November through February are the best time to visit. Tourists are few, flights to the city are inexpensive, and the locals are still lively and happy to mingle.
Dublin Airport and transfer information
Dublin Airport (DUB)
Distance: 11km north from Dublin
If you are travelling with a large group, one of the most economical ground transport options is a taxi. If you are travelling by yourself or with a smaller group, the Dublin bus is a much cheaper option, but can take between 25 minutes to an hour to arrive, depending on your final destination. If you require more flexibility in your trip, than you may also rent a car for a higher rate.
Online resources for your travel to Dublin
The Dublin Airport website gives information on flights and ground transport, in-airport facilities and trip planning tips.
The Smartraveller website offers details on security issues in Ireland, as well as entry and exit requirements, local laws, and important contacts.