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Expert tip

Know your currency! The Republic of Ireland uses the euro, whereas Northern Ireland uses the British pound. These currencies are not interchangeable, so be prepared with the correct money for each region.

ATM access

3/5 stars – some smaller towns may not have ATMs.

Tipping

Although tipping is not expected and the country does not have a strong tipping culture, it is appropriate to give a small tip in certain situations, such as when a waiter or bartender has made your dining experience especially enjoyable.

A small tip of €1-€2 to your hotel baggage handler is also appreciated if you feel they have been especially helpful and courteous.

Again, tipping is not common in Ireland, but it is acceptable to give small tips at your own discretion when service has exceeded your expectations.

Bargaining scale

2/5 stars – Impolite.

Ireland is not well known for having a haggling culture, especially in its department stores and more popular chain stores. However, flea markets and street markets offer travellers more of an opportunity to negotiate a decent bargain, so you may be able to practice your haggling skills in this type of environment.

Card access

Debit and credit cards are commonly accepted throughout Ireland, although Diners Club cards are not widely accepted. Remember that foreign transaction fees can add up quickly, so pay in Euros wherever possible or consider using a prepaid currency card to ensure you aren’t wasting your money on hidden fees.

Advise your bank of your travel plans and dates prior to departure to avoid having your international transactions flag suspicion. It is very inconvenient having your account frozen and losing access to your funds while overseas.

Cost of a coffee

It will cost you €2.80 for a regular cappuccino.

Transport

In Dublin, the most popular form of transport is the bus, as it travels to most places. Another affordable mode of transport is the train, although the routes are not extensive. The tram is also popular with tourists as it is fast and passes attractions such as the National Museum.

The Dublin Bus Adult Freedom Pass is €33 and gives you 72 hours of unlimited travel, including journeys on the Airlink Express (trips between airport and city centre) and the Green hop-on hop-off City Tour buses, which visit many of the city’s main attractions such as The Guinness Storehouse.

Pickpocket security rating

3/5 stars – theft is possible.

Thieves target tourists in crowded popular tourist attractions. Exercise caution by keeping your belongings close and secure on your body and remaining alert in busy areas.

Scammers and ripoffs

Although not very common, the most well-known scams include ATM scams, where people offer to help you “avoid fees” at the ATM and take off with your card or money; people giving false stories of personal hardship when asking for money, and people offering to take your photograph and running away with your camera. As scammers tend to target tourists in almost every country, always exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings.

Departure tax

Any airport or departure taxes are included in the price of your air ticket.

Visa costs

Travellers from Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter the country. However, you are required to have a valid passport to enter both the Republic and Northern Ireland.

Ireland is not a party to the Schengen Agreement and does not accept Schengen visas.

If you need more information regarding visas and other travel document requirements for your trip, please ask your travel consultant. Alternatively you can contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service or the nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate for further information on entry and exit requirements for Ireland. For information on entry requirements for Northern Ireland, see our Travel Guide for the United Kingdom.

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