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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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 your tour guide (also your driver) 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.

Banks

Banks are typically open between 10.00am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Some banks also open on Saturday mornings, usually from 10a.m to noon. There are ATM (cash) machines outside most banks in Ireland.

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.

Travelling alone

Ireland is a great destination for solo travellers. North and south, it is a very safe place to visit and you will find most people to be friendly and welcoming. Statistically, it is among Europe's safest travel destinations. Click here to find out more about travelling solo in Ireland.

A great way to keep an eye on any tricksters that might try to take advantage of your uncertainty in a new country is to check in with the guys at TravelScams (Ireland page).

Language

English is the main language spoken, but you will see some road signs and place names written in Irish Gaelic. There are many Irish speaking areas in the west of Ireland, but everyone who has Irish as a first language also speaks English.

Time zone

Ireland is part of the same time zone as London. During the winter, the time is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). From last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October, Ireland moves its clocks forward from GMT by one hour (GMT+1). Smartphones and similar devices will usually detect the correct time zone when they connect to WiFi. Your airline will also tell you the local time when you land.

Driving in Ireland

Both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland drive on the left. The legal age to drive in Ireland is 16 yrs old.

There are plenty of locations to hire cars in Ireland, including at all the airports. It is also often possible to hire the car from one location and return it to a different one.

From Dublin, all the other major cities (Cork, Galway, Limerick & Belfast) are within a few hours' drive, so Ireland is an easy country to self-drive.

Please note: if you are used to North American roads, you may find our Irish roads rather narrow and windy!

Smoking in Ireland

The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have introduced a complete ban on smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants, in an effort to protect public health. While there are a small number of hotels that allow smoking in designated bedrooms, smoking is prohibited in every other part of a hotel in Ireland.

This law was introduced on March 29th, 2004 in the Republic of Ireland and on July 1st, 2007 in Northern Ireland.

Making Calls

Calling home from Ireland

The international prefix used when dialling somewhere outside of Ireland is 00. To call a US phone number from Ireland, the phone number should begin 001. For Australia the number should begin 00 11. See here for a full list of Country Calling Codes.

Calling Ireland from home

The Irish country code is +353. To call an Irish number from United States/Canada the number would be 011 353. To call an Irish number from Europe the number would be 00 353. ​To call an Irish number from Australia the number would be 0011 353​. T​o call My Ireland Tour offices you would dial​:

Clothing

Bring a good rain jacket. There can be rain showers on the Atlantic coast. The average temperature is 50 F. Not too hot and not too cold. Weather can be changeable but it's rarely extreme. For up to date weather forecasts please see met.ie

During the day as you tour around casual clothing is the order of the day. In the evenings in the hotel dining rooms and bars, smart casual would be the norm. (If you wish to step it up a bit further for example in 5 Star Lough Eske Castle and 4 Star Ballynahinch Castle you would not look out of place)

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 your tour guide (also your driver) 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.

Banks

Banks are typically open between 10.00am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Some banks also open on Saturday mornings, usually from 10a.m to noon. There are ATM (cash) machines outside most banks in Ireland.

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.

Travelling alone

Ireland is a great destination for solo travellers. North and south, it is a very safe place to visit and you will find most people to be friendly and welcoming. Statistically, it is among Europe's safest travel destinations. Click here to find out more about travelling solo in Ireland.

A great way to keep an eye on any tricksters that might try to take advantage of your uncertainty in a new country is to check in with the guys at TravelScams (Ireland page).

Language

English is the main language spoken, but you will see some road signs and place names written in Irish Gaelic. There are many Irish speaking areas in the west of Ireland, but everyone who has Irish as a first language also speaks English.

Time zone

Ireland is part of the same time zone as London. During the winter, the time is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). From last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October, Ireland moves its clocks forward from GMT by one hour (GMT+1). Smartphones and similar devices will usually detect the correct time zone when they connect to WiFi. Your airline will also tell you the local time when you land.

Driving in Ireland

Both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland drive on the left. The legal age to drive in Ireland is 16 yrs old.

There are plenty of locations to hire cars in Ireland, including at all the airports. It is also often possible to hire the car from one location and return it to a different one.

From Dublin, all the other major cities (Cork, Galway, Limerick & Belfast) are within a few hours' drive, so Ireland is an easy country to self-drive.

Please note: if you are used to North American roads, you may find our Irish roads rather narrow and windy!

Smoking in Ireland

The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have introduced a complete ban on smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants, in an effort to protect public health. While there are a small number of hotels that allow smoking in designated bedrooms, smoking is prohibited in every other part of a hotel in Ireland.

This law was introduced on March 29th, 2004 in the Republic of Ireland and on July 1st, 2007 in Northern Ireland.

Making Calls

Calling home from Ireland

The international prefix used when dialling somewhere outside of Ireland is 00. To call a US phone number from Ireland, the phone number should begin 001. For Australia the number should begin 00 11. See here for a full list of Country Calling Codes.

Calling Ireland from home

The Irish country code is +353. To call an Irish number from United States/Canada the number would be 011 353. To call an Irish number from Europe the number would be 00 353. ​To call an Irish number from Australia the number would be 0011 353​. T​o call My Ireland Tour offices you would dial​:

Clothing

Bring a good rain jacket. There can be rain showers on the Atlantic coast. The average temperature is 50 F. Not too hot and not too cold. Weather can be changeable but it's rarely extreme. For up to date weather forecasts please see met.ie

During the day as you tour around casual clothing is the order of the day. In the evenings in the hotel dining rooms and bars, smart casual would be the norm. (If you wish to step it up a bit further for example in 5 Star Lough Eske Castle and 4 Star Ballynahinch Castle you would not look out of place)

Questions about our Ireland Tours

The following questions are in relation to our tours of Ireland . Please, don't hesitate to get in touch if there are any questions you have that are not covered below.

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.

What should I bring?

You will need to bring a 220V 3 pronged adaptor to recharge your cell phones, cameras, laptops. Ireland uses Type G electrical plugs. Most of the hotels have hairdryers. 4 star hotels in Ireland, usually, offer complimentary WiFi services.

I have booked my flights to Dublin already. Which tours can I join?

The majority of our tours start & finish in Dublin. Here's a full list of our Tours from Dublin.

Do you offer adults only tour packages?

Yes, we offer shared group tours that are only available to guests 18 and over. Find more information on our Adults only Ireland Tours.

Why will there be empty seats on the coach?

We purposely keep a number of seats empty on all of our tour coaches. This allows you extra space to spread out and ensures a more comfortable experience for all. For more information about our coaches, check out our Tour Vehicles page.

Do you offer tours of Scotland and Ireland combined?

Yes, we have created a 14 Day Tour of Ireland and Scotland that brings together the must-see destinations of both countries. This tour starts in Edinburgh, Scotland and ends in Dublin, Ireland.

Do you offer tours featuring the Wild Atlantic Way?

Many of our tours visit the west coast of Ireland, home of the famous Wild Atlantic Way. From Donegal in the northwest to Cork in the southwest, the Wild Atlantic Way boasts some of the most beautiful and unique scenery on the planet. Find out more information about our tours featuring the Wild Atlantic Way.

Do you offer tours featuring Ireland's Ancient East?

Yes, many ofour tours feature Ireland's Ancient East. Made up of 17 counties in Ireland's east, Ireland's Ancient East offers visitors a fascinating look back through Irish history. See more about our Ireland's Ancient East tours.

I'm travelling on my own, would your tours be suitable?

Yes, our toursare suitable for solo travellers. It is very common for guests to come and join a shared tour on their own. If you would like to find out more, please take a look at our singles tours of Ireland.

Where can I leave a review of my tour?

We love hearing back from our guests. If you would like to leave a review of your tour, here's how...

You can also take a look at what our past guests have said on our reviews page.

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