Ireland: Top cites to visit & travel costs

Land of fairy-tales and legends, Ireland is a dream destination for many budget travelers. Ireland’s beautiful countryside, its rich history and culture, and most of all the friendly Irish people make the Emerald Isle a destination one simply must add to their itinerary of the perfect trip to Europe.

Ireland isn’t a cheap travel destination, but we all know magic comes at a cost. How much you ask? Just look below to discover Ireland travel costs for the Irish cities popular with travelers, like Cork, Dublin (capital), Galway, and Kilkenny.



sailing boats by Cork, in Ireland, Western Europe

Cork

Located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Cork is Ireland’s third-largest city. When you visit Ireland, you can stop in Cork to kiss the nearby famous Blarney stone, or to enjoy the city’s animated pubs. Another traveler favorite is taking the ferry to the fort on Spike Island.


How much does it cost to visit Cork?

Without taking into account the accommodation, you should expect to spend around € 35 per day while visiting Cork. More detailed information about the daily travel costs is available below.


Cork accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one person€ 20 – 106
Typical double room€ 40 – 211

Cork food & drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 10 – 17
Meal in a mid-range restaurant€ 20 – 33
Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)€ 4.50 – 5.50
Water (0.33 liter, bottle)€ 1 – 2.50

Cork transportation costs

One-way public transportation ticket€ 2.35
Taxi (price per kilometer)€ 1 – 3
Gasoline (1 liter)€ 1.36 – 1.50

Cork visiting costs

Top attractions in Cork
Spike Island (including ferry ride)€ 20
The English MarketFree
Cork City Gaol€ 10
Nano Nagle Place€ 7.50
University College CorkFree


Temple Bar in Dublin, the capital of Ireland, in Western Europe

Dublin

You can’t plan a visit to Ireland without including a stop in Dublin. The lively Eire capital city is the first place I have ever visited in Ireland. And before that, I had thought that I would only truly feel at home in Romania. However, in an evening when I was in a bar, listening to some warm-hearted live Irish music, I felt the same way I feel when I breathe the air of the mountain forests at home.

Dubliners are friendly and good-humored people who will make everyone feel at home in their city. After a few pints of beer or some lovely whiskey, they’ll have you joining in to sing and dance like the Irish in no time.


How much does it cost to visit Dublin?

Dublin is one of the most expensive destinations in Ireland (and Europe), with average daily costs at € 40 for a budget traveler on the Emerald Isle. That is without including the accommodation in the capital of the Irish Free State.

Below, you can see the daily expenses of a visit to Dublin broken down:


Dublin accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one person€ 20 – 148
Typical double room€ 41 – 296

Dublin food & drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 12 – 20
Meal in a mid-range restaurant€ 25 – 40
Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)€ 5 – 6
Water (0.33 liter, bottle) *€ 1 – 2

* Tap water is safe to drink in Dublin.


Dublin transportation costs

One-way public transportation ticket€ 2.65
Taxi (price per kilometer)€ 1.14 – 2
Gasoline (1 liter)€ 1.34 – 1.50

Dublin visiting costs

Top attractions in Dublin
Kilmainham Gaol€ 8
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum€ 15
The Little Museum of Dublin€ 10
Irish Whiskey Museum€ 20
Guinness Storehouse€ 25
City pass *
24h Dublin Pass€ 62
48h Dublin Pass€ 83

* The Dublin Pass includes free access to more than 30 popular Dublin attractions and landmarks, plus free access to a hop-on-hop-off bus tour.




path by Galway in Ireland, Western Europe

Galway

Galway is another popular Eire coastal city and college town. Though small, there’s a lot to see in Galway. It’s got a beautiful historic center, old churches, and animated markets. And, like any other Irish city, its pubs are amazing!

From Galway, you can go visit the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands.


How much does it cost to visit Galway?

A visit to Galway costs about the same as one to Dublin. Therefore, expect to pay around € 40 on daily travel expenses, without accommodation. For more detailed information regarding the travel costs for Galway, look below:


Galway accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one person€ 20 – 102
Typical double room€ 40 – 205

Galway food & drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 10 -15
Meal in a mid-range restaurant€ 23 – 31
Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)€ 4.50 – 5
Water (0.33 liter, bottle)€ 1 – 1.70

Galway transportation costs

One-way public transportation ticket€ 2.30
Taxi (price per kilometer)€ 1.10 – 1.90
Gasoline (1 liter)€ 1.30 – 1.46

Galway visiting costs

Top attractions in Galway
Connemara National Park & Visitor CentreFree
Wild Atlantic WayFree
Quay StreetFree
Salthill PromenadeFree
Galway’s Latin QuarterFree



Kilkenny Castle in Ireland, Western Europe

Kilkenny

Kilkenny is a well-known Irish medieval town, known worldwide for being the birthplace of Kilkenny beer. However, Kilkenny has more to offer than beer: it’s also a city of craftspeople. Its streets are packed with artisans exposing and selling their pottery, jewelry, and other types of handmade art.


How much does it cost to visit Kilkenny?

After visiting Dublin and Galway, you’ll probably want to rest in a more budget-friendly destination in Ireland. A visit to Kilkenny will get you to spend only € 31 daily to explore the city. You can find below more detailed information regarding Kilkenny’s travel costs.


Kilkenny accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one person€ 15 – 69
Typical double room€ 31 – 138

Kilkenny food & drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 10 – 20
Meal in a mid-range restaurant€ 13 – 33
Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)€ 3 – 5
Water (0.33 liter, bottle)€ 1 – 2

Kilkenny transportation costs

One-way public transportation ticket€ 5
Taxi (price per kilometer)€ 0.60 – 2.50
Gasoline (1 liter)€ 1.19 – 1.50

Kilkenny visiting costs

Top attractions in Kilkenny
Kilkenny Castle€ 8
Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny€ 16
Medieval Mile Museum€ 8
St. Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower€ 7
Black AbbeyFree


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Ireland travel costs sources

  • Accommodation costs via Budgetyourtrip.com
  • Food, drinks, and transportation costs via Numbeo.com
  • Tap water safety researched separately via Google answers for each city in Belgium. Tap water seems to be safe to drink all over Belgium, though.
  • Top attractions selected using TripAdvisor. Each attraction name is a link to the official website page of that attraction, if available.
  • Ticket costs / free access information via the official websites of the attractions. I mentioned the cost of a regular adult ticket, for permanent exhibitions. Discounts and temporary exhibition prices are available on their official websites.
  • City pass information about prices and what each includes is from the official website for each travel pass. A link is available for each pass in order to easily find more information and/or to purchase a pass.