Dublin is a modern European capital but there’s certain questions we can address before you arrive. We’ve grouped them into sections below and we also have pages like Getting to Dublin and Relocating for the specifics.

Getting to Dublin

Ireland, as you may or may not be aware, is an island off the west coast of Europe with Dublin sitting about midway up the east coast. So your options are: By air and sea If you’re looking to get here from abroad, you’ve got two options, by air or by sea. Dublin Airport is located 10km north of the city with two ports, Dublin Port located 4km east at the mouth of the River Liffey and Dún Laoghaire located 12km south of the city. There are many options for flying, sailing or cruising in so check out VisitDublin for more information. You may also want to have a read of our V

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Relocating

We know that moving to another country can be a daunting task so we’ve outlined answers to some common questions below. We’d also refer you to two websites in particular, one is Living in Ireland, which was compiled by the Crosscare Migrant Project, the other is Citizen’s Information which provides info on moving country. With that said: What are the entry requirements? If you’re an EU citizen, you don’t need a visa to visit Dublin. This also applies to citizens of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Please read our page on visas for full requirements. How do I get to Dublin? Have a look

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Visa Information

Travelling from the EU & European Economic Area If you’re an EU citizen, you don’t need a visa to visit Dublin. This also applies to citizens of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Irish Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme This programme was introduced in 2011 and covers 17 different countries. It means that if you are from one of these countries and have a short-term visa to visit the UK and Northern Ireland, you don’t need a separate Irish visa to visit us in Dublin. The scheme runs up to October 2016 but may be extended so keep an eye out. Find out m

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Do I need a visa to visit?

You may need one depending on what country you’re from. Read our section on visas.

How is Dublin for accessibility?

It’s getting better for wheelchair users, visitors with guide dogs and people who may have mobility issues. Most tourist attractions have good wheelchair access and facilities. The majority of the Dublin Bus fleet is equipped with lower floors for wheelchair users, and Irish Rail will do their best to ensure your journeys on their DART, local and national train networks are hassle free.

Where are the tourist information offices?

Fáilte Ireland operate the Visit Dublin Centre located on Suffolk Street. The friendly and professional staff are happy to help you discover Dublin and the many places of interest around the country, including the Wild Atlantic Way. Staff speak a total of 4 languages including: English, French, Italian, Spanish. They’ll tell you about Dublin Pass and you can also pick up a local map and pocket guide for free!

Is there tax free shopping?

Non-EU residents can claim the Value Added Tax (VAT) back on items bought in Ireland during their visit. It’s easy to claim back the VAT (up to 23% of purchase price) on the things you buy in the city. See here for details.

What’s the weather like?

Well, it rains a bit but not as much as you’d expect. Ireland’s climate would be described as mild, moist and changeable. Here’s some average temperatures:

Winter: November to January 7°C – 10C (44°F – 50°F)
Spring: February to April 8°C –12°C (46°F – 54°F)
Summer: May to July 17°C – 20°C (64°F – 68°F)
Autumn: August to October 14°C – 17°C (57°F – 64°F)

In the height of summer, the sun doesn’t set until almost 10pm so there is plenty of opportunity to explore from dawn to dusk!

What’s the voltage for electricity?

The electrical supply in Ireland is 230v/50Hz. Plugs and sockets operate using three prongs and plug adapters are widely available.

Is the city safe?

Dublin is safe but like any other capital city, it’s always wise to stay alert so that you can enjoy your time here. You’ll find the people to be warm and welcoming but it’s always a good idea to make sure you have your travel insurance organised. In the unlikely event that your belongings are lost or stolen, or if you experience a crime, you can contact the following anytime, day or night:

Emergency Garda (Police) assistance, Ambulance, Fire Brigade: 999 or 112
Store St. Garda (Police) Station, Dublin City Centre 00 353 (1) 661 0562
Tourist Assistance Service: 1890 365 700

What are the national and bank holidays for 2017?

New Year’s Day: Monday 2nd January
St. Patrick’s Day: Friday 17th March
Good Friday: Friday 14th April is not a national/bank holiday but a religious holiday. Pubs are closed on this day.
Easter Monday: Monday 17th April
May Day: Monday 1st May
June Bank Holiday: Monday 5th June
August Bank Holiday: Monday 7th August
October Bank Holiday: Monday 30th October
Christmas Day: Monday 25th December
St. Stephen’s Day: Tuesday 26th December