Travelling in Ireland for the first time?

We're here to help! We hope you find the below information useful, though please don't hesitate just to get in touch instead to find the answers to your questions, we'll always be glad to help.

What should I bring?

You will need to bring a 220V 3 pronged adaptor to recharge your cell phones, cameras, laptops. Most of the hotels have hairdryers. Most 4 star hotels offer complimentary wifi services.

Prices and budgeting

To give you some idea of costs a lunch of soup and sandwich with tea/coffee would be about €8-10 per person.

A pint of Guinness will range from about €5.50 in Dublin to about €4.50 in Cork/Kerry. A Gin & Tonic in a bar/pub would be about €7.00.

Souvenirs range from as little as €2.00 for a postcard to €20.00 for a Plate with Irish Blessing.

Gratuities and Tipping

Ireland does not have a strong tipping culture. We only tip in restaurants, taxis and for personal services. All tips are at your discretion and are around 10%

Our escorted tours: At the end of the tour if you are extremely happy with the Driver-Guide (one person) which we know you will be then a gratuity of 80.00 Euro to 120.00 Euro per person would be considered an excellent tip.

Airports and flights

The Main Transatlantic airports are Dublin and Shannon. There are also Airports in Belfast, Cork, Kerry and Knock (Ireland West Airport). The Irish National Carrier is Aer Lingus, though many international airlines do transatlantic flights into Ireland. For European flights then Ryanair and Aer Lingus are the main two, though again there are countless other airlines doing flights from Ireland to the rest of Europe.

Accommodation Before & After your Tour

If you will be in Ireland before or after the dates of your tour with us, we can organise your hotel stay for those nights. Just get in touch and we can talk you through it.

Please note however, transfers to and from the airport on dates before or after your tour can not be arranged by us. Taxis from Dublin Airport to a Dublin City Centre Hotel, for example, have a starting price of around €20. For a larger vehicle, such as a Minivan, prices start at around €40. A journey from Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre takes about 25-35 minutes.

Ports & Ferries

Irish Ferry Ports:

Where you can sail to:

Larne

Troon, Scotland - P&O Ferries
Cairnryan, Scotland - P&O Ferries

Belfast

Cairnryan, Scotland - Stenaline
Liverpool, England - Stenaline
Douglas, Isle of Man (seasonal) - Steam Packet

Dublin

Liverpool, England - P&O Ferries
Holyhead, Wales - Irish Ferries & Stenaline
Cherbourg, France (seasonal) - Irish Ferries
Douglas, Isle of Man (seasonal) - Steam Packet

Rosslare

Fishguard, Wales - Stenaline
Pembroke, Wales - Irish Ferries
Cherbourg, France - Irish Ferriesand Stena Line Ferries
Roscoff, France (seasonal) - Irish Ferries

Cork

Roscoff, France (seasonal) - Brittany Ferries

Ferry Comparison

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