The Dublin on a Budget Guide is the essential guide to saving money in Ireland’s capital, a city known for being expensive. Tips on saving money on transport, accommodation, food, and entertainment. Here’s the ultimate guide to things to do in Dublin for free, nearly free, and downright reasonably priced.

The Budget Guide to Dublin is a detailed guide to Dublin by a local. I’m from Dublin and I spend plenty of time in the city. But I’m not based in Ireland and that helps me see Dublin as a visitor. I spent many years living overseas and I still do. But when I come back to Ireland’s capital city, I’m regularly shocked at the costs of everything. There’s no denying that it’s an expensive city. I can’t tell you if the best things in life are free or not. But what I can tell you is that Dublin offers plenty of options for the budget traveller. You just need to know where to look. I’ll take the guesswork out of it. Find out how to make the most of your trip to Ireland’s capital without breaking the bank.

Where to stay in Dublin on a budget

If you’re planning on staying in a hotel, know that Dublin is the 7th most expensive holiday destination in the world, based on the average price per night per person

Even more expensive than London, Oslo, and San Francisco, the city has catapulted itself into the rich league. Speaking as a local, it’s undeserved. The prices merely reflect the lack of accommodation options. However, that’s the way it is, so let’s look at finding the best options. Then you can enjoy the many interesting things to do in the city.

The best value hotels in Dublin

I picked 5-10 of the most popular hotels in price ranges: below €75, €75-125 and €125 – 200. I checked their prices for 2 random weeks throughout the year through the top hotel booking engines on the internet (Hotels.com, Agoda.com, Booking.com, Expedia com)

Dublin is the 7th most expensive holiday destination in the world

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The cheapest was Agoda, as usual, but not by much. Agoda is the clear winner in Asia but in Europe, the website competes with a slightly more sophisticated market. Booking and Expedia have almost identical pricing structures. Agoda wins by €10 or €20 for a week’s rental (which is a tiny amount in comparison to the cost of hotels in Dublin). However, for some results, Agoda throws up bargains that far outdo the others. Check with this website first and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, look at the other hotel search engines. Check the Top Secret Hotels deals before deciding!

There are other sites apart from the ones listed below, but they pretty much cover the same accommodation options. Websites like Kiwi.com are essentially using the exact same search engine as Booking.com. They even look identical.

Google Your Hotel

If you search for the name of a hotel in Google, the right-hand side information panel will also you to compare hotel search websites. Key in your dates to get an idea of the pricing. But always check directly with whichever site you choose. 

Some “hotel” search engines that won’t appear on Google’s results include

  • Hotelscombined.com – checks prices across 10-20 different sites. Worth a quick look but the results don’t include Agoda.
  • AllTheRooms – A search engine that shows the best results from Airbnb, hotel websites, and other sources.
  • Lastminute.com – sometimes has good discount deals on specific hotels.

Airbnb prices are similar to hotel accommodation but you can save €32 off your trip if you open an account with this link.

A busker in Merchant's Arch, Temple Bar Area
A busker in Merchant’s Arch, Temple Bar Area

Cheap eats Dublin – Food and Drink on a budget

“Ireland’s food is taking over the world”, said nobody, ever. Traditional Irish food is actually pretty darn good. However, Ireland and Dublin are not known for their culinary traditions. Irish beers punch above their weight on the world stage, but you won’t find Irish restaurants in every city in the world. Or any city outside of Ireland, for that matter. Hundreds of years of subsisting on potatoes (thanks to colonial rule) means that any semblance of a national cuisine was wiped out when the English colonised Ireland.

But Ireland’s culinary scene is changing for the better. One of Dublin’s coastal restaurants has won the award for Best Seafood Restaurant in the World. Four years in a row.

That’s great, you say, now tell me where the bargains are!

FirstTable.com, the website that lets you book the first table of the night at a heavily discounted price, is a great option for early eaters. You can often get 50% off regular meal prices but these discounts generally finish around 18:30. For early birds only but a great way to sample some of the best restaurants in the city for cheap.

The best value 3-course meal in Dublin

Want to eat a chef-prepared three-course meal every day of the week for €10?

It’s a little known secret so keep it quiet. The Schools of Culinary Arts and Food Technology and Hospitality Management and Tourism in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Cathal Brugha Street have two restaurants: The Blue Room and The Green Room. These are training restaurants and the primary aim is the education of the students. However, the food prepared is offered to the public at an incredible price. Eat amazing meals prepared by the star chefs of the future for a bargain price.

Cash only accepted. Book in advance.

The cheapest Lunch places in Dublin

Pho Viet

With starters of the delicious Goi Cuon for less than €5 and Prawn Noodle Soup for €13, Pho Viet is a great choice for fast, cheap, and delicious food in Dublin’s city centre. Situated on the less-touristy Parnell st, it’s only a short walk from O’Connell St or Henry St.

The Ramen Bar

Located in one of the hipper (read: expensive) places in the city on South William Street, the Ramen Bar is a fairly new addition to Dublin. Ramen bar is a very cool space of nooks and crannies, with low lighting, this is a great spot for lunch or even a date. 

Lunch dishes (which are big and filling) are typically around the €12 mark with starters running at half that price.

The Rustic Stone

Rustic, run by one of Ireland’s best-known chefs, Dylan McGrath, is not a “cheap” place but you can always find special offers for excellent value meals. Check Thetaste.ie website and Groupon for offers. Don’t miss it. And try the steak!

The Fumbally

It doesn’t look like a bargain place but you can fill up in The Fumbally for between €7 and €15. Pulled porchetta (delicious) for less than €8, falafel wraps for €7, meat & fish specials for less thaan €15. Try a bunch of small plates of food. Each one costs between €3 and €6.  

Dragon Buffet

Don’t expect amazing service (or any service really) or fancy decor. This is a basic place servicing pretty basic food. But it’s cheap and reasonably tasty. Every day from around 11 am the Dragon Buffet sets out an all-you-can-eat buffet bar of hot and cold foods. The price is around €8 and you can fill your plate as many times as you like. There’s no obligation to buy a drink. 

10 Thousand World Buffet

An almost identical copy of the Dragon Buffet, 10 Thousand World is not too far from Henry street and can be found on the other side of the road from the Savoy cinema on O’Connell St. Chinese and western food by the bucket load. If you’re looking for a cheap and fast option for less than €10, this is a good bet. Save your gourmet food exploring for dinner time.

Ikea

Ikea? Yep. Here’s something that only local Dubliners know about. The flatpack store has one of the cheapest restaurants in the country. The only problem is that you’ll have to trek out to Ballymun for lunch. But if you have transport, it’s easy to take a detour from your Botanic Gardens visit or even on the way to the Airport. There’s a kid’s menu, coffee dock, and bistro.

Dublin City with River Liffey

Breakfast

Dubliners generally eat a big breakfast. Continental-style croissants or stick of bread and coffee are just for the visitors in hotels. Irish people go big at breakfast time. This is changing a little with the faster pace of life. Muesli bars (ugh) as a breakfast-on-the-go option have exploded in popularity but ask anyone in Dublin what their favourite breakfast is and they’ll unanimously mention the “Irish Breakfast”.

If you’re looking for a meal that keeps you going all day, this is the one. Hotels will charge you an arm and a leg for one of these but you can get an Irish brekkie for cheap in many places around town. Standards vary, of course, but here are some of the best at the best prices. 

What is an Irish Breakfast? A traditional Irish breakfast consists of Rashers (bacon), eggs, sausages, black pudding (dried pig’s blood with bits of oats or barley in it – delicious), white pudding, Heinz beans, mushrooms, tea (or coffee). It’s a high-fat, calorie-laden meal that would keep an army marching. Just the thing you need for walking Dublin’s streets. 

The LovinSpoon, 13 Frederick St N – A greasy spoon style cafe in the less-frequented north part of Dublin’s inner city. Cheap and cheerful.

Goose on the Loose, Kevin St Lower – Cosy restaurant near the student hub of Kevin St Lower. Cheap and cheerful.

The Kilkenny Café, 15 Nassau St – Hidden inside the Kilkenny Shop, this café is a great place to get a quick and inexpensive Full Irish or any other kind of breakfast.

Grove Road, 1 Rathmines Rd Lower – Lovely little cafe by the Grand Canal, Grove Road serves up muesli and coffee, bacon and avocado toast, and pretty much whatever the local hipsters want.

Coffee

Despite being one of the top tea-drinking nations in the world, coffee is a big thing for the Irish. Dubliners have taken to coffee like a duck to water. And they’re enthusiastic about trying new places and new brews. You’ll find new cafes everywhere. It’s hard to keep track of them, but track we must. Because you don’t want a lovely new Dublin coffee shop with delicious bean brews to go unnoticed.

Coffee in Dublin is priced according to the bean, decor, rent of the premises, and the perceived spending powers of the customers. (I just made all of those criteria up – but could be true).

The following are independent coffee shops. Chain coffee shops are all similar prices (mid-price range) and as far as I’m concerned, offer much lower quality coffee than the indies.

Cracked Nut, 71 Camden Street Lower – One of the cheapest places in Dublin to get a caffeine fix. Delicious coffee too. Might make the Coffee Top 10 soon.

Kaph, 31 Drury Street – Super trendy (still) independent cafe in Drury Street (Dublin 2). Inexpensive

Coffee Angel (multiple locations) – Surprisingly cheap brew of coffee from one of the main dealers of caffeine beverages in Dublin.

Nick’s Coffee Company, 22 Ranelagh, Rathmines – Despite the location in Dubin’s trendy (and expensive) Ranelagh, Nick’s Coffee is inexpensive. But that doesn’t mean it’s low quality. Nick’s is a tiny place that looks like it was built in a weekend. But they know their beans and people love the place. Currently, €1.30 for an espresso. Beat that!

Butler’s Irish Chocolate Cafe (multiple locations) – The only coffee chain I patronise. Unlike the Starbucks, Nero, and Costa chains, Butlers use tasty beans that aren’t burnt. Great value brews in an unpretentious setting. They also offer a loyalty card. And bonus, you get free chocolate with every coffee. So if you’re looking for a small snack with your coffee, this is the place to go.

3FE, 32-34 Grand Canal Street Lower – Award-winning barista coffee in Dublin’s Docklands. Caters to the higher-earning tech crowd.

Grocery Shopping

If you like to cook for yourself and you have your own apartment or an Airbnb, Aldi and Lidl are good options for supplies. The food is actually pretty good quality despite appearances. However, both stores stock a limited range of products and if you want anything really special, you’ll need to go to Dunnes Stores or Marks & Spencer. 

🛒 Insider Tip: Marks & Spencer is probably the most expensive supermarket in the country but you can pick up amazing bargains if you know where to look. Every day at around 4 pm they heavily discount gourmet food products. If you happen to be around the O’Connell street area (or Grafton Street) at that time and are planning a party or even just a nice evening meal, head to Marks & Spencer’s supermarket. Stock up on quality items at a fraction of the price. They often offer discounts on wine if you buy 6 at a time.

Looking for inexpensive but quality groceries with an exotic touch? The Asia Market on Drury Street is a great choice. It’s one of the original Asian food stores in the city and the best.

Drinking in Dublin

Despite the Irish being known as drinkers, and Dublin having the reputation as stag weekend central, drinking in Dublin is expensive and limited to the hours before 11 pm, in general. The Irish are actually the 28th biggest consumers of alcohol in the world, not the 1st, as many people believe.

Avoid the Temple Bar area (where tourists and their money part ways) and the bars on Dawson Street if you’re on a budget. Both areas have some good pubs but the prices are inflated. The most popular places in Temple Bar tend to increase prices incrementally as the night progresses (and as clients get drunker). 

Dicey’s Garden on Harcourt Street is very popular, especially with students and budget-conscious Brazilians. The place packs out early on certain nights thanks to €2 drink prices. Tempting, right? My advice is to visit early, have a couple of drinks and ridiculously cheap food, and then move on to somewhere better (pretty much anywhere).

Narrow lane and pubs in Dublin

Travel & Transport

Dublin does not have a transport network on the level of most other major European cities. Walking if often the best option for getting around. There’s no metro or subway like in London, Paris, and New York. The light rail (tram) system is pretty efficient but limited in scope. Taxis can be expensive and the weather can often be too bad to cycle. So if you don’t fancy walking, you’re left with the bus service. Luckily, buses are much better than they used to be. Buses have wifi and are generally very clean.

Get a Leap Card

If you’re in town for a while, get a Leap Card and save money on trips. You can pick up a card from newsagents and corner stores. Look out for the green Leap Card sign outside. The card costs around €5 but it will save you plenty of money on every journey. It also cuts out the need to carry coins.

So you’ve got your LeapCard. One mistake people make is just pressing their card against the automatic card register on your right as you enter the bus. This will charge you full price. If you’re not going a long distance, tell the bus driver your destination stop (or street) and they will charge accordingly. You then press your LeapCard against the scan machine beside the driver’s cabin. You might save €0.40 here and there but it all adds up, right?

You can use your card on the LUAS (tram system) which serves both the North and South sides of the city.

Dublin Bike Transport

Getting to and from the Airport

The cheapest option is the Airlink Bus.

One-way tickets cost €6 and return tickets go for €11. Buses run every 10 minutes from 04:45 (06:30 on Sunday) to 00:30 . That covers the vast majority of flight departures and arrivals.

Make sure that you print out the ticket. Drives will not accept smartphone images of your ticket. Print out the ticket before you fly into Dublin or use the printing services at the Left Luggage or Bag Wrapping services in Dublin airport. Connect to the free Wifi at the airport and email your ticket to the customer service reps who will print out the ticket for you. Expect to pay around €0.50 for a single sheet printout.

For comparison, a taxi from the airport to the city centre costs around €25. 

Dublin on a budget guide - Dublin city and river Liffey
Dublin on a budget guide – Dublin city and river Liffey

Taxis

For Taxis, one option is FREE NOW (formerly known as My Taxi), a taxi app that works with registered taxi drivers. This is different than the rideshare business model which helps mostly private car owners connect with passengers. Free Now is Ireland’s largest taxi app.

Watch out for the FREE NOW Exec option, which is more expensive, and doesn’t really give you any advantage. Wait for the regular taxis. If you want to compare prices, stop a regular taxi on the street and ask the estimated price to your destination. Then compare with the app. You can also use the Uber Taxi Fare Calculator website to get an idea of price.

Google Maps can also estimate fare costs if you enter your location and destination and select the public transport option. 

Check VoucherCloud for MyTaxi promo codes or set up a Google Alert for notifications of discount codes. 

Uber also has a presence in Ireland but it’s a low-key affair. Don’t expect the availability of drivers that New York, London, or San Fransisco offer.

Taxis work on a metered system and there are strict controls in place to ensure that people are not overcharged. Unscrupulous drivers sometimes take visitors on long detours to increase the fare but this is becoming less common thanks to GPS and maps on smartphones. A handy top is to load up your destination route on your Maps app and if your driver varies wildly from the suggested route, query it. If you don’t get a satisfactory answer, try mentioning the Consumer Affairs or Transport of Ireland organisations ( companies that receive and deal with complaints from consumers).

Maximum Metered Taxi Fares in Ireland

Time Periods Initial Charge for first 500m or 85 seconds) Charge for the next 14.5km (or 41 mins) Charge after 15km
Between 08:00h and 20:00h Monday to Saturday, except public holidays €3.80 €1.14 per km or €0.40 per minute up to €20.40 €1.50 per km or €0.53 per minute
Between 20:00h and 08:00h Monday to Saturday, and all day on Sundays and public holidays €4.20 €1.45 per km or €0.51 per minute up to total €25.40 €1.80 per km or €0.64 per minute

Watch out for extra charges if you order a taxi by phone. It’s usually €2 and might be added at the end.

Dublin Discounts

Students should bring their ISIC cards and avail of discounts on GAA games, bus and rail tickets, hostels, food, bike rental, and activities like karting.

For discounts on meals out, your best bets are Groupon and TheTaste.ie

Promo codes or discount codes, whatever you choose to call them, can save you a lot of money. And Ireland has no shortage of handy websites that publish links to all the discount codes you’d ever need. The best of these are:

  • VoucherCodes.ie offers vouchers on everything from food to flowers. Most of the discounts won’t be useful to visitors but there are a few gems hiding in there.
  • Money Guide Ireland is A guide to finance and money in Ireland and is focused on residents and long term visitors. But the voucher page is updated fairly regularly.
  • VoucherCloud.ie finds the discounts that other websites and hotel aggregators offer. It’s a handy way of getting an overview of what’s on offer. Search by category and location to find your travel-related discounts. You can also create alerts and download the app for discounts on the go.
  • The Bargain Alerts forum on Boards.ie is a goldmine of crowd-sourced discounts. Sort by “newest first” to get the latest posts. Users suggest bargains and discounts and other forum users can “upvote” the suggestions, query them, or dismiss them. You can get a good idea of what works and what doesn’t by browsing Bargain Alerts.

Free and Cheap Things to do

If you like museums, you’re in luck. Dublin is bursting with them and many of the best museums in the city are free to enter. The beautiful Irish Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery are free. The National Museum of Ireland, which comprises four sites, including the best know in Kildare St, which dates from 1877, is free to the public. 

Insider Tip: If you plan on visiting museums only, don’t buy the Dublin Pass as you won’t save any money. Many of the museums in the city are free of charge

Museums

There are over 40 museums in Dublin city. Many are free to enter.

The Chester Beatty

The Chester Beatty is one of the best small museums in the world. That’s not just my opinion. The entire collection of fascinating world art, books, and artefacts was a gift to the Irish state by Beatty, one of the world’s greatest collectors.

Free to enter and well worth your time.

There’s also a lovely cafe called the Silk Road Cafe (Beatty was particularly interested in the countries that line the Silk Road) selling delicious food on the ground floor of the building. On nice days, there’s a well-maintained garden in the grounds of Dublin Castle right outside the entrance. Take the opportunity to grab a coffee and stroll in the gardens.

Dublin Writers Museum

This might sound a bit stiff, and the place could do with a little renovation, but it’s a top spot to learn about great Irish writers. Of which there were many. Joyce, Wilde, Beckett, Swift, and Bernard Shaw.  You won’t find it on most Top 10 museums in Dublin lists, but it’s well worth a look. It costs €7.50 to enter (a bargain) but Groupon sometimes offers special deals which will save you at least 50% of the cost of entry.

National Library

The National Library of Ireland on Kildare Street offers free public tours and access to an extensive library of newspapers, manuscripts, and photo archives. It’s a place to get lost in the recent history of the country. The stories you’ll find here won’t appear in any guidebook. The library has a nice, bright café and a genealogy service for anyone researching their Irish heritage. Neither of those things is free, though.

Huge Lane Gallery

The Hugh Lane Gallery is one of the best galleries in town. The gallery offers a constantly moving calendar of exhibitions, talks, lectures, and film screenings. Francis Bacon’s studio (yes, the whole studio) moved from London to the gallery after the death of the Irish artist. 

The Book of Kells – Trinity College Dublin, College Green.

Trinity College’s Old Library hosts the Book of Kells, which every visitor to the city should see. The library is an absolutely beautiful place full of history and, well, books but it’s the atmosphere you’ll go for. And of course, to see the 1200-year-old bible. Tickets for adults cost €11 to €14 depending on the time of day – off-peak times are the first and last couple of hours of the opening times (9:30 am to 5 pm). Students and staff of the university college get in for free (just in case you happen to know any faculty staff or alumni).

Trinity College Dublin Library
Trinity College Dublin Library

Walking & Walking Tours

Free walking tours have become very popular in cities all over the world in the last 10 years. Dublin is no exception. There are around 20 different tour operators offering free guided walks around the city, so there’s plenty of choice.

How does it work? The idea is you donate some cash to the tour leader and that keeps him stocked up on rain gear and corny jokes.

If you have some cash to splash on a paid tour, try the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl. It’s a different slant on the sight-seeing walks and appeals to people that like pubs and people that like books. The website is stuck in 1995 but you can still buy tickets on there (just don’t attempt to do so with a mobile phone). Tickets cost €15. 

Howth Head

You’ll need to a train to get there (although the journey can be done by bike or car) but once you’ve reached this little oasis in North Dublin, you’ll have spectacular views and access beautiful peninsula walk. There’s no charge to walk around Howth Head and when the sun in shining (it sometimes happens), it’s a beautiful place to be. Grab some food and picnic along the route while gazing across the Irish Sea.

A train from Pearse St. Station will bring you to Howth Village (a beautiful spot in it’s own right – check out the restaurants if you’re feeling flush), which leads to the trail.

Howth Head in Summer
Howth Head in Summer

Wander around Temple Bar

The Temple Bar area is a tourist trap most of the time, but it’s also a colourful place. There’s lots to see that won’t cost you a penny. Check out the musicians, murals, artwork, and markets that pop up around the streets of this popular Dublin district.

Take a stroll down Henrietta Street

A centuries-old place that looks like something from a movie set, Henrietta St is a beautiful example of an inner city street of Georgian red-brick houses. Read more here.

Visit Dublin’s Beautiful Parks & Gardens

St Stephen’s Green

This city centre green area happens to be right in the centre of the hotel, museum, and arts districts, in Dublin’s Georgian district (I just gave it that name, it’s not actually called the Georgian district so don’t look for it on Google).

On a sunny day (yes, it happens sometimes) the park fills with the beautiful people of the city that come out to bask in the rays of sunshine they haven’t seen since their last holiday in Spain. But everyone’s in a good mood and there’s a lively atmosphere. Apart from the locals, there are ex-locals like Oscar Wilde, Sir Arthur Guinness (founder of Guinness, in case you hadn’t guessed), and WB Yeats. The latter, in case you don’t know him, is one of the most important figures in Irish literature. In all literature in fact. WB Yeats’ memorial garden in the park, the duck ponds, and the beautifully manicured lawns and plants are well worth a visit. And it’s free.

Phoenix park

The largest inner city enclosed park in Europe is also the home of a massive group of deer that are more or less free to roam the park. Where else in Europe are there wild deer in the middle of a city?
You can also tour the home (official residence) of the Irish President. But tours of Aras an Uachtaráin only happen on Saturday so make sure you get your timing right.

Botanic Gardens

Visit the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin and lose yourself among plants and trees from Ireland and around the world. The perfectly manicured gardens contain lakes and paths through 300 endangered species of plant from around the world, and six extinct species (outside of protected gardens). This free oasis of botany only 3km from the centre of Dublin also provides tours, an exhibition centre, and a cafe to visitors.

The gardens are generally open between the hours of 9 am and 5pm with some changes for weekends and winter. Check the website for up to date opening hours.

National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin
National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin

The Dublin Pass

The Dublin Pass can be a money-saver, despite the price tag of €59.

Let’s say you’re planning on doing the Dublin Hop On Hop Off Tour, the Guinness Storehouse, and The Jameson Distillery. These three activities alone add up to more than the price of the Dublin Pass. But you also get free access to Dublin Zoo, the Irish Rock ‘n Roll Museum Experience, The Little Museum of Dublin, and lots of other popular attractions. 

If you plan on visiting 4 to 5 of Dublin’s most popular paid attractions, the Dublin Pass is worth the money.

Is Dublin expensive?

Dublin can be an expensive place to hang out. It’s one of the most expensive cities in Europe so if you’re planning a visit and you’re on a budget, you need all the information and planning you can handle.

Compared to London, Dublin is 11% cheaper (to live), according to the crowd-sourced prices of everyday things at Expatistan. 

According to Numbeo, Dublin is 22% cheaper than New York for living. 

Reddit forums are full of comments about how expensive the city is

Dublin Reddit Subreddit

But what does that mean for the visitor? Well, accommodation will be the biggest expense (unless you plan on hitting the bars every night).

Dublin on a budget For Long Stay Travellers and Expats

If you plan to rent an apartment in Ireland, you’ll be paying for the electricity, phone, gas, and other expenses. Head to bonkers.ie to compare monthly costs on everything. The phone companies change their pricing on a regular basis so you really need to take a good look at this. Some do good deals on Internet + land line + cable + mobile phone.

Get a bike. This will save you so much money in the long run. Ireland is a soggy place to live but invest in some rain gear and a positive attitude and you’ll be fine. The thing to remember as you cycle through puddles every day is that you’re saving a lot of cash compared to the chumps sitting in their cars going nowhere. 

One of the main social issues affecting the lives of thousands of people in Dublin is the housing crisis. Put simply, there’s nowhere to live for people with low to medium levels of income. As a result, individuals and families have had to live far outside the capital, share with other people, or move back with their parents. 

The problems also affect migrant workers and long-term visitors. Where to live? Unless you’ve got plenty of capital, this isn’t something you can solve quickly. And if you’re reading this guide, it’s unlikely you’ve got plenty of cash to splash on a fancy Dublin pad. 

Daft.ie and Myhome.ie are the big players in the long term accommodation space

The customs house on the river liffey

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Dublin expensive to live?

Dublin is one of the most expensive cities in Europe and is 11% cheaper than London for locals or long term residents.

Is Dublin expensive for tourists?

Yes, Dublin is an expensive city. It’s one of the most expensive capital cities in the world, especially for short-term visitors and tourists.

Is Dublin expensive to drink?

It depends on which part of the city and which pubs or restaurants you drink in. Temple Bar pubs charge up to €6 for a pint of beer. Many traditional pubs charge around €4. Wine and spirits are more expensive in general. According to Numbeo, the average cost of a pint of local beer in Dublin is €5

How much do you tip in Dublin?

Tipping is Dublin or anywhere in Ireland is not codified like it it is in the United States. It’s optional and depends on the situation. If you are returned some change in the form of coins at a bar, it’s customary to leave the coins. In restaurants, leave up to 10% for the wait staff. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip.

What is the cheapest time of year to fly to Ireland?

February is the cheapest time of year to fly into Dublin airport. The weather is often at it’s coldest during this month. March (because of St. Patrick’s day), June, and July are the most expensive months.

How much does it cost to stay in a hotel in Dublin?

According to Failte Ireland, the Irish Tourism Board, Dublin is a medium-priced city destination in Europe. The average price for a hotel night stay in Ireland is almost €150. Dublin’s hotel prices are higher than the nationwide average. The average price for a Dublin Airbnb property in the city is €178.

How much to budget for a trip to Dublin?

€50-70 a day for backpackers. €100-130 a day for people that prefer 3-star hotels and the occasional meal in a nice restaurant.

Dublin on a Budget | Save money in Ireland's Capital City
Dublin on a Budget | Save money in Ireland’s Capital City