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Dublin is the capital and largest city in Ireland. Renowned for its glorious hillsides and panoramic views, along with its vibrant nightlife scene, the city is a hugely popular tourist destination for both Irish tourists and foreign visitors alike.
Described as one of the friendliest cities in Europe, there is a real warmth to the city and it is also one of Europe’s most ‘revisited’ cities among previous tourists.
The city is quite busy throughout the year, but becomes far more populated during the Summer, when the climate is warm and generally sunny.
With its historical buildings, stunning coastlines and panoramic views, Dublin caters to all age groups and is the perfect family vacation destination.
Arriving at Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport is the international airport serving the Irish city of Dublin. It is located 5km North of the city centre and taxi cabs from the airport to downtown Dublin generally cost around $7-$11 for the journey.
It is the largest and busiest of Ireland’s airports and sees a large volume of tourist traffic pass through its terminals on a daily basis.
However, airport processes such as check-in, security and baggage collection tend to move fairly quickly and car rental control is amongst the best in Ireland. The airport staff are also some of the friendliest and most helpful in Europe.
The airport offers a few restaurants and shopping facilities for those looking to dine before leaving the airport, but at only 5m from downtown Dublin, it is recommended to arrive in the city centre before dining or shopping.
Driving in and around Dublin
Driving in Dublin city centre is generally agreed to be quite a frustrating experience for foreign drivers.
While the city offers great scenery and well-designed major road networks, the sheer amount of traffic passing through the city can result in long waits, particularly at busy times of the day.
Despite the naturally friendly demeanour of the Irish people, this does not always pass on to the drivers and it can be quite a fraught experience to be lost in the city centre.
It is recommended to park your car on the outskirts of the city centre, and to take the train or bus into Dublin. These are slightly expensive but will certainly save you a lot of time and enable you to see more of the attractions than through driving alone.
Away from the city centre, driving becomes more enjoyable, and the green, rolling hills of Dublin provide an extremely scenic view for you to enjoy.
Driving Tips Dublin
- Drivers are responsible for all passengers wearing seatbelts. If pulled over, it is the driver who will be charged for failing to ensure that seatbelts are worn at all times.
- As with elsewhere in Ireland, drink driving is strictly prohibited. You will be pulled over and charged if you attempt to drink while you are driving.
- Irish cars drive on the left side of the road. Only use the right lane while performing overtaking maneuvers.
- Children under the age of 12 cannot sit in the front seat of the car. Also, all children under the age of 8 must have a car seat or booster seat in order to travel.
What To Do In Dublin
- Croke Park Stadium Tour – Ireland’s national rugby stadium is one of the most popular rugby arenas in the world. Take the full guided tour and learn more about his historic stadium.
- General Post Office – One of Dublin’s most historically significant government buildings and a wonder of architectural design.
- Guinness Storehouse – Dublin’s No.1 attraction. Take a guided tour around the brewery of Guinness – the national drink of Ireland.
Popular Restaurants In Dublin
- Sabor Brazil – 50 Pleasants Street – Off Camden Street, Dublin 8, Ireland
- Veda – Johnstown Road, Cabinteely, Dublin, Ireland
- F.X Buckley Steakhouse – 2 Crow Street, Dublin 2, Ireland (Formerly Fxb Grill at Crow Street)