Most of you know that I love to get the full experience out of cities in a short amount of time. The downside to this is that it can be expensive as I end up trying to cram lots of activities and meals into just a couple of days. Here are my pro-tips on how to get the most out of Dublin without breaking the bank.
- Walking Tour: Create your own, or join one of the free Dublin City Walking Tours. These tours depart at 10AM, 11AM, and 2PM daily from Barnado Square near City Hall (there’s also an optional pickup point at the O’Connell Street visitor center). This tour is a great way to take in a lot of the sights and a great deal of history in a few hours. The tour is donation based, so while it’s free, if you enjoy it and can afford it, you should tip your guide. That said, it’s not required.
- Dublin Pass: If planned for correctly, the Dublin Pass can be an excellent way to hit lots of tourist locations without paying full price. With a €39 1-day pass you could probably get in all of the following: Airport transfer (€7), Guinness Factory Tour (€18), Jameson Distillery Tour (€15), Christ Church Cathedral (€6), and Kilmainham Goal (€4). You might even be able to squeeze in one or two other attractions if you use your time well :). That's over €50 of activities for only €39. Oh, and, if you buy it from this site, you can even get a discount on the card! Keep in mind that the pass gets activated with your first activity, so if you arrive at 11PM, don't use the card for the airport transfer or that will count as a day.
- 365 Tickets: If there's a specific activity you want to do, check out this website to see if they have the ticket for cheaper. I wanted to visit the Irish Whiskey Museum and saved 25% simply by purchasing the ticket through this website instead of through the Irish Whiskey Museum directly.
- Airport Transportation: When in a new place it's easy to want to simply jump in a taxi and have the driver take you directly to your final destination. That, however, can get very expensive. Most airports have transportation to the city center for a much more reasonable price. In Dublin you can take the Aircoach or a few other carriers to a number of different city center spots for €7. A taxi would cost you a minimum of €20, so I just saved you enough money for 2 pints.
- Discount Sites: Did you know that Groupon operates internationally? Interested in things like visiting the Malahide Castle? At the time this article was published, you could do so for half the normal price! Check Groupon for discounts on activities you know you want to do, or browse a few categories to see if anything peaks your interest.
Bonus: You know something else that's cheap? Exploring on foot. I highly recommend a run or walk along the Dublin Canal.
What are your favorite ways to save money while traveling? Let me know!