There are many cost effective ways to explore all that Ireland has to offer including an escorted tour or self drive tour which gives the independence of being able to come and go as you please. Taking a trip to Ireland can be a quite expense trip with hotels, transport, food and sightseeing. Fear not, at Discovering Ireland we have compiled a handy guide with the cheapest ways to enjoy the alluring views of Ireland.
Tip #1 – Public Transport
Public Transport in Ireland is the best way to explore your desired city. The main operator of public transport in Ireland is Bus Eireann. There are hundreds of routes throughout Ireland. If you have an iPhone or Android, there is a handy app which you can download to find real-time information on buses and waiting times. This app has been improved drastically throughout the years giving more accurate and up-to-date information. It even shows exactly where your bus is!
In Dublin, the bus network is called Dublin Bus. Dublin Bus carries millions of passengers on their buses each year. They currently have over 100 bus routes to explore Dublin. Most of these routes have city centre stops. Both Route 15 and Route 41 now operate a 24-hour schedule so if you are out late at night, you can get a bus easily home. The Route 15 bus timetable can be found here. The Route 41 bus timetable can be found here. Both of these buses are definitely a cheap option getting back late at night. Dublin Bus also have a handy route planner which allows you to easily plan your routes around Dublin City & County.
Tip #2 – Enjoy some free activities
Many of the best activities and attractions are paid and don’t cost the earth. Dublin for instance offer activities for every budget, from shoestring to high class. One great example of a free activity is a walking tour. Get your bearings Ireland’s cities by joining a free walking tour. Ranging between one and three hours, these exciting tours are led by enthusiastic and passionate guides and are a great way to explore all these great cities have to offer. The National Museum of Ireland, the campus of Trinity College, the Science Gallery and Grafton Street areas are just some of the main attractions in Dublin that are absolutely free of charge!
Tip #3 – Eating/Drinking
If you are looking to eat in Ireland a low budget there are plenty of restaurants on offer that will cater to every taste and budget. Located in Cork, Dublin and Carlow; Wetherspoons is one example of a budget style restaurant. Originally originating in England, the chain quickly expanded their operations over to Ireland.
Tip #4 – Travel off peak
One of the best tips for discovering Ireland on a budget is to travel at off peak times. Flights, accommodation, excursions and even train and bus tickets can tend to be cheaper if purchased in off peak times and there is also the benefit of exploring a destination at a less frenetic time of year. It is best advised to avoid school breaks or religious celebrations and also to check the timing of big seasonal events that attract crowds.