A country known for it’s tumultuous past, love for Guinness, and beautiful scenery, it’s no wonder why Ireland was the most requested guide in this series! When we traveled through Dublin in 2015, we were greeted with super sweet locals, and delicious food. Something that surprised us when we arrived, however, was how expensive everything was. Though completely worth the trip, this Dublin guide was quite challenging to keep under $1000. We found ourselves having to make many sacrifices in regards to what activities we were going to do, and food options. Despite the sacrifices, we still had an amazing time and felt like we experienced Dublin authentically.
Flight: Cheap O Air
Although my favorite website to use is usually Norwegian.com, I wasn’t able to find a flight that beat this one. This trip departs September 23rd, and arrives in Dublin on September 24th. Once you’ve pranced around, perhaps drunkenly, through the streets of Dublin, the return flight takes you back home on September 30th. Over seas flights almost always offer you a hearty meal on board, and free alcohol! Remember when booking that everything is cheaper during non-peak times. This means you will be able to get a much better deal flying out on a Tuesday or Wednesday instead of a weekend.
Flight total: $622.84
Accommodations: Isaac’s Hostel with Free Breakfast
We stayed at Isaac’s during our visit and LOVED it! The hostel includes breakfast, has tons of board games in the lobby to facilitate friendship making, AND has a free walking tour that starts at 9AM! Another really cool feature is it has a fully equipped kitchen for travelers who wanted to save some money by cooking their own food.The hostel’s location is also walking distance from everything you’d want to do in Dublin, which is going to save you a lot on transportation. One thing I do want to note is that the beds in this hostel are not the most comfortable, but it was still worth every penny and I would gladly return!
Accommodations Total: $137.29 for 6 days
Transportation: Taxi or Uber from airport to hostel
The hostel you would be staying in for this itinerary is very close to Dublin’s top sights. The only time you will need a ride anywhere in Dublin is to and from the airport and you should expect to pay about $50 round trip.
Transportation Total: $50
Food: Cook, and go to the Celt once for Bangers N’ Mash
This cost is assuming that you’re eating the free breakfast at the hostel (which was basic, but tasty), and purchasing groceries to cook. The cost of living in Dublin is VERY expensive. With that said, you are going to be better off cooking your food and only eating out one time during your stay. The food in Dublin is also kind of heavy, so if you are health conscious, cooking would be your best bet anyway. This budget does include one alcoholic beverage per day (because it’s Dublin, of course), but make sure you go to local bars, instead of spending all of your time (and money) at Temple Bar.
Our favorite place to eat was conveniently just a three minute walk from the hostel and is called The Celt. This was recommended to us by the hostel staff, and it definitely didn’t disappoint! P.S: Ask for Jimmy, he was the best waiter there! Also…I don’t know if it was the delicious Bangers N’ Mash, or the fact that Daniel got travelers diarrhea so bad I was about to take him to the hospital… but our trip to Dublin was surely unforgettable. Lol.
Food Total: $20 a day, or $120 for 6 days
Dublin Walking Tour- Free
Isaac’s Hostel does an amazing job at offering everything for the budget traveler, including a free tour through the city that picks up right outside! We did the walking tour on our very first day and it helped us decided what attractions we wanted to spend more time exploring. The tour takes about 2 hours and takes you on a stroll through Ireland’s surprisingly violent history. The tour ends in the middle of Trinity College, giving you the opportunity to check out the campus by yourself, and visit the Book of Kells. The guide takes tips at the end from people who are able to give, and had an amazing experience. It’s by no means required, so don’t feel bad if you can’t, but it is appreciated. Also, make sure you are at the meeting spot right on time, or you will get left behind!
Trinity College– Free
Trinity College is located right in the heart of Dublin’s city center and is the home to the Book of Kells, the oldest and most famous book in the world. The gorgeous campus has educated great minds such as Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker, and has even been featured in the Harry Potter movies. Best of all, it’s absolutely free to walk through.
Library/ Book of Kells– 11 euro/ $13.53 USD
If you’re already going to be walking through Trinity College, I highly recommend you stop and check out the library, which was featured in the Harry Potter movies as the Long Hall. If you are a fan of the Harry Potter movies, you’re going to feel like you are walking through Hogwarts. Also worth checking out is the Book of Kells Exhibition. The Book of Kells is a lavishly decorated copy of the Four Gospels, Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John, written in Latin. Completed in 800AD, it is also the oldest book in the world. Schedule your visit before 10AM to get the reduced rate of 11 euro. Otherwise, expect to pay 13 euro.
Guinness Store House: 17.50 euro/ $21.53 USD
If you love Guinness, you cannot miss this attraction!! The Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction, and marries Ireland’s rich history, with the Guinness Brewing process. After enjoying a day learning about the beer, you get to enjoy a pint yourself at their world-famous gravity bar. Daniel, unfortunately, got so sick in Dublin we had to giveaway our tickets to the storehouse. So if you go, please drink a Guinness for us!
The Temple Bar– Free (to visit)
Temple Bar is the most notable bar in all of Dublin, and is 160 years old! Because of this, Temple Bar is a tourist magnet and is significantly more expensive than any other bar. My recommendation: Snap a few selfies for Instagram, enjoy its traditional Irish music, and then find a cheaper bar. Pro tip: Go where the locals are. That is where you will find the best bang for your buck. That’s actually how and why we found The Celt!
Dublin Castle– 10 Euro/$12.30 USD with Guided Tour
Dublin Castle was built in the 13th century on the site of a Viking settlement. Through it’s history, it has served as the major government complex for the English, British, and now Irish government. I’ve included in the budget the price for the guided tour. The tour lasts just over and hour, and goes through the State Apartments, The Viking Excavations, and the Chapel Royal. I’ve always been a big fan of guided tours because I love to learn while I travel, and know what I’m looking at. However, if tours aren’t your style, you can get in for just 7 euro, but you will only be able to see the state apartments.
Phoenix Park- Free
This is the closest Dublin comes to having a park like Central park. The park is open 24/7, and has various castles, monuments, and gardens for you to spend an entire day exploring. And it’s completely free to visit!
Cliffs of Moher– 40 euro/ $50 USD
The Cliffs of Moher are sea cliffs that span 8.6 miles along the coast of Ireland, and are over 700 feet tall. They are also Ireland’s most visited natural attraction. Unfortunately, due to its price, I could not include this attraction into the budget. However, I’ve heard nothing but how stunning the view is and I want you guys to be able to make the decision yourselves. If you are not a big drinker, or wouldn’t be interested in the Guinness Storehouse, do this instead!
Trip total $977.49
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