Cheap Flights to Dublin

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Dublin overview

Dear old dirty Dublin, as the locals call it, is one of the best cities for "having the craic", that peculiarly Irish, fun-filled approach to life. Long, long before travellers took cheap flights to Dublin, this city was a prize to be fought over by invading armies.

Dublin's long and stirring history goes back more than 1,000 years to the Vikings, the Danes and the English. Its "invaders" have left their mark, from its architecture - from Dublin Castle's medieval tower to the stately Georgian public buildings - to its literary tradition and, perhaps even its pub culture.

To have the craic, head to one of the city's cosy pubs. There's no shortage of decent watering holes in Dublin. Quiet during the day, with lone readers enjoying a drink, or lively at night when tired workers flood in, there's no better place to sample Arthur Guinness's finest creation.

Dublin climate

Nobody ever takes cheap flights to Dublin for the weather. Ireland's climate is moderated by the Atlantic Ocean so it's milder than it should be, given its latitude, but it does get a lot of rain. Happily, Dublin, and the east of the country, gets less rain than the rest of the island. The average temperature in Ireland is about 9 degrees (Celsius). In summer it's about 19 degrees and in winter, 2.5 degrees.

When to fly to Dublin

Peak Season: 
The tourist season runs from March, on Saint Patrick's Day (March 17) to be precise, and lasts until the end of September. 

Off Season: 
November and January-February are low season. 

Shoulder Season: 
October and early March are shoulder months when the weather is pretty decent and you may save on air fare and the cost of accommodation.

Getting around Dublin

Dublin is compact and best seen on foot but there's plenty of public transport too. The bus is reliable and reasonably cheap. You can buy a Rambler ticket for €6 (approximately $10), which will give you unlimited travel for one day. There's a light rail tram system, LUAS, which has two lines. The Green Line runs from Sandyford to St. Stephen’s Green and the Red line from Tallaght to The Point. Off-peak single fares start at €1.;50. The DART light rail system runs along the coast, up to Malahide and down to Greystones. It's a good way to get out to see the coast. Fares start at about €2 (approximately $3).

Dublin insider information

  • Temple Bar is the official going-out district of Dublin but to party with the locals, head to Wexford Street or Camden Street. There are lots of lively pubs there - Anseo, Cassidy's, Whelan's, Solas. 
  • Dublin has some great live-music venues, including The Academy on Middle Abbey Street, Whelan's and The Village on Wexford Street, Crawdaddy and Tripod on Old Harcourt Street and Vicar Street on Thomas Street. 
  • If you're feeling homesick and desperate for a pot of Foster's, there's a pub on Parnell Street called The Wool Shed, an Aussie sports bar. 
  • Dublin Castle - guided tours of the State Apartments, Undercroft and Chapel Royal are available. The Garda (Police) Museum is located in the Record Tower, the last intact tower of medieval Dublin. It dates from the 13th century. There's a quiet little park too, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 
  • Close to beautiful Christ Church Cathedral, on Werburgh Street, is Leo Burdock Fish & Chips shop. The fish and chips are legendary. Line up, buy your lunch and then enter Dublin Castle through Ship Street Gate and enjoy them in the Dubh Linn Gardens. 
  • Number 29 on Lower Fitzwilliam Street is a restored four-story town house. This museum reveals how a Dublin middle-class family lived between 1790 and 1820 from the house keeper's room in the basement to the nursery and governess's room in the attic. 
  • St. Stephen's Green is much better known, but the Iveagh Gardens, south of St. Stephens Green between Harcourt Street and Earlsfort Terrace, are a little-known almost-secret garden. Dating from 1863, the gardens contain a grotto, cascade, maze, archery grounds and woodlands.

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How much do things cost in Dublin?

Markets
Loaf of white bread
R 24.48
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
R 159.90
Large bottle of water
R 19.89
Bottle of wine
R 159.90
Restaurants
Cheap meal
R 239.85
3 course meal for 2
R 959.39
Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
R 19.83
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
R 79.95
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
R 1284.83
Pair of jeans
R 1231.94
How much does transport cost in Dublin?
Taxi - fixed fee
R 67
One-way ticket (local transport)
R 43
Petrol (1 litre)
R 22
1 hour taxi waiting fee
R 374

More information about Dublin

  • The National Gallery of Ireland is also to be found in Dublin, located on Merrion Square West
  • The best way to experience Dublin is on foot with one of the city's numerous walking tours
  • Literature fans can immerse themselves in the fictional world of Leopold Bloom at the James Joyce Museum
  • If you're visiting for St Patrick's Day (17 March) be sure to make reservations well in advance
  • For a whistle-stop tour of its most famous drinking holes you can also go on the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl
  • Fans of Guinness can learn about the drink's 250-year history at the Guinness Storehouse in 'old' Dublin
  • Celebrate traditional Irish folk music and dance with some foot-stomping at one of the city's venues
  • The Abbey Theatre is Ireland's national theatre, staging plays by the likes of Yeats, Synge and Beckett
  • Shopaholics can pound the plastic at Dublin's many fashionable stores on Grafton Street and Henry Street

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