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Practical information Ireland

Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Ireland : Travel Information before you go!

Area

70283.0

Flights

Flights to Dublin from London take between 50 mins and 1hr 15 mins. Dublin is 287 miles from London.

Jet Lag

No need to worry about jet lag, Ireland is only an hour behind GMT.

Population

64000000

Airports

Dublin Airport is 6 miles from the city centre. A taxi will get you there in roughly 30 mins and cost about 25 euros (18). With regards to buses, you have a number of choices - Urbus, Dublin bus and Aircoach. Each will take you from the airport to various locations in the city centre, costing around 7 euros (5.50), depending on where you want to go and which company you choose.

Security

In the big cities, it is as always advisable to keep your belongings close. Don't leave valuable items clearly visible in your car and take the necessary precautions when walking around. Terrorism is no longer a problem here.

Languages

The official languages are English and Gaelic. The latter is only obligatory in Primary School and is thus spoken by about 25% of the population.

Required travel documents for

For European citizens, a valid passport or national identity card is sufficient to enter Ireland.

Religion

87% of the population is Catholic and 3% Protestant The other Protestant churches represented are Methodist and Presbyterian, with a small Muslim population.

Currency

The currency is the Euro, which consists of 100 Cents. Travellers cheques and most credit cards are accepted everywhere and you will find ATM machines in all towns. Banks are open from 10:00am to 4:00pm during the week.

Local transportation

The poorly developed railway network links the capital to the large cities. To travel at low rates to other places, the national company Bus Eireann provides a good service. Independent travellers can rent a vehicle if they are more than 23 years old and have held a driving license for a minimum of two years. Be aware that driving is on the left in Ireland and that Ireland is slowly changing over to the metric measurement system, although this is not yet the case everywhere. (The black billboards on white backgrounds show the distance in miles and white boards on green backgrounds in kilometres). The domestic airlines allow you to travel to Dublin in no time at all and to other main cities like Cork or Galway. For short distances, try hitch-hiking, it works so well that at times the Irish will willingly stop to ask you if you want a lift. Otherwise, bikes can be rented anywhere and are a really good way of seeing the countryside and towns.
Types of accommodation:
Apart from hotels, you can opt for the traditional 'Bed & Breakfast', guesthouse, hostel, country house, rented home, camping ground or youth hostel.

Health

No vaccine is required. Your medical expenses will be reimbursed on presentation of your European Health card.

Electricity

Voltage is 220 V with three pin electrical outlets using British type plugs.

Tourist numbers

Ireland received 8.7 million visitors in 2006, with a steady increase to 2012.

Taxes and tips

It is custom to leave a 10% tip at hotels and restaurants.

Telephone

To call Ireland from the UK, dial 00 353 followed by the desired number.

Ireland : Useful addresses in the country

Before leaving

Irish Tourism Ireland Reception:
Nations House, 103 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 1QS.
Tel.: 0207 518 0800. 01 53 43 12 12.
Embassy of Ireland:
17 Grosvenor Place London SW1X 7HR.
Tel.: +44-20-7235-2171. 01 44 17 67 00.

At the destination

British Embassy:
29 Merrion Road Ballsbridge Dublin 4.
Tel.: (+353) (1) 205 3700. (01) 277 5000.
Irish Tourism Authority:
Suffolk street, in Dublin.
Telephone: (01) 605 77 87. (01) 605 77 87.