Dublin is the wonderfully vibrant capital of Ireland. There is no shortage of places to see and things to do here! And the best part is that Dublin is eminently well prepared to welcome tourists from all over the world with its pedestrian-friendly city centre divided by the River Liffey. The vast array of restaurants, pubs, shops, museums and green areas transform the energy of Dublin and forever captivate its visitors.
If you are planning your journey in this city, have a look at our website! Auto Europe offers a wide range of vehicles and motorhomes for rental, and our reservations team is prepared to assist you with the best offers. From Dublin's Airport to downtown, Auto Europe offers numerous convenient pick-up locations for car hire in Dublin. Benefit from our expertise and partnerships with local and international suppliers that ensure you will find the right vehicle for your travel needs. A car rental in Dublin is an invaluable resource in creating an itinerary that will suit your personal likes!
Driving in Dublin is relatively easy, as the majority of streets are well maintained and equipped with traffic signs. Departing from the airport, the M50 route is the fastest way to reach the city centre, despite usual traffic. Those coming from the southern part of the island can drive on the M8 from Cork and M9 from Waterford. To more easily navigate the unfamiliar streets of the Irish capital, the Dublin City Council website has recommended routes that will contribute to a hassle-free driving experience. Stay informed regarding traffic patterns and obstacles by tuning into LiveDrive, 103.2 FM. It's important to remember that bus lanes can be found on most of the main roads in the city, and during specific hours (usually Monday to Saturday from 7am to 7pm) it is not allowed to drive on them. Fore even more helpful information on safely driving your car rental in Ireland, have a look at our guide.
Pay and display parking is prevalent in Dublin and is based on the designated colour zones which differentiate the parking cost. The Yellow Zone, for instance, usually is very high demand and the hourly tariff costs €2.90 (approx. £2.64). On the other hand, low demand zones such as the Orange have a tariff of just €1/hour (£0.91). Save any coins for the street meters and refer to signs for limited duration restrictions and for hours the metered parking is free. You may also opt for a parking tag. With a tag, you can pay for any on-street parking from you own mobile phone. There are also numerous public garages that offer hourly rates varying from €2.50 (£2.27) per hour to about €3.10 (£2.82) per hour.
Dublin Airport is the primary focal point for flight arrivals and departures within Ireland. It is also one of the top ten airports for cumulative passenger traffic in Europe. It is approximately 6 miles north of Dublin's city centre. It is a state-of-the-art airport with excellent facilities, two runways and a recently inaugurated second terminal, handling about 25 million passengers a year. The airport first opened in 1940 and currently serves 180 routes with 33 airlines.
Dublin International Airport (DUB)
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This incredible city has a vast array of places to visit. From touristic attractions to mouth-watering restaurants, authentic pubs and shopping streets, there is something for everyone here. Travellers with a good amount of time on their hands can explore Dublin at their own pace, getting to know the different areas on both banks of river Liffey. But, for those looking for a quick guide, we recommend a few places that truly are must-visits in Dublin. History lovers will be entertained with the Little Museum of Dublin, the Kilmainham Gaol, Saint Patrick's Cathedral and Dublin Castle. Phoenix Park, St. Stephen's Green and even Dublin's Zoo are the perfect places to decompress and enjoy nature. At night, make sure you stop by the famous Guinness Storehouse, or look for a traditional folk Irish show.
Why not take advantage of your stay in Dublin and also discover nearby places? If you are looking for ideas for a fun afternoon, visit our golf inspired road trip. We also recommend day-trips outside Dublin which will take you closer to nature and allow you to experience Ireland's enchanting countryside.
Cliffs of Moher
The beautiful coastal region of County Clare is located across the island, and it is worth visiting and spending the day sightseeing. With just a 2,5h drive it is possible to reach the west coast. Coming from the riveting city of Galway, take a pleasant drive by the ocean to the Cliffs and appreciate the striking scenery. Enjoy leisurely strolls, learn about the geology and history of the area, have a nice meal in Galway accompanied by street musicians' performances and explore the stunning Burren National Park. This is the perfect destination to unwind and leave the busy streets of Dublin behind for the day, exploring Wild Atlantic Way and 700-foot high cliffs.
About three hours south of Dublin lies the impressive Blarney Castle. This journey will take you through picturesque regions such as County Tipperary and County Kildare until you arrive at the ruined castle housing the famous Blarney Stone. Legend says that a kiss on this stone grants the gift of the gab and eloquent, charming speech! Take the opportunity to also visit the nearby city of Cork and grab a quick bite at the English market. You can explore the quaint city centre, enjoy some shopping and visit the colossal St Finn Bar's Cathedral.
Game of Thrones Tour
For GOT fans and those ready for an exciting hike, we recommend taking the Game of Thrones tour. You can explore the setting at your own leisure with a car hire in Dublin, or book a guided tour from a local tourism agency. The HBO series that brought to life George R.R. Martin's best-selling book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" shot several scenes in Ireland. Winterfell, for instance, is located just two hours north of Dublin, at Castle Ward. You will also come across familiar ruins and forests - but we will stop right here, as we don't want to ruin the surprise with any spoilers!
"Black pool" is the Gaelic name for Dublin, where the Poddle stream met the River Liffey to form a deep pool at Dublin Castle. The city is located on the eastern coast of the Republic of Ireland at the mouth of River Liffey. Further bodies of water, including the River Tolka and Royal Canal, cross through the city's urban landscape. Originally a Viking settlement, Dublin has been a key economic city throughout the rise and fall of its subsequent lords and invaders. It has gained further prominence in modern society as a cultural and historic hub. From the ninth century, the illustrated manuscript, the Book of Kells is housed within Trinity College´s library and draws thousands of visitors each year, while significant monuments, such as Dublin Castle and the contemporary Spire of Dublin, also lure travellers.
Nowadays, Dublin is an important economic and cultural capital, with a population of 1,273,069 spread on 123 sq mi of land. Fun fact: Dublin is known as the "Fair City". And any visitor or local can attest to this! Dublin is one of the greenest capitals in Europe, with only five percent of the population not within a five minute walk of a park, or other outdoor recreational area. The climate of Dublin leans towards temperate weather, as opposed to extreme conditions through the seasons July usually is the hottest month in Dublin with an average of 16°C while temperatures in January can be as low as 5°C. There is a balanced spread of precipitation all year long, but August is the wettest month of the year. The period with most daily sunshine hours is 6.3 hours in May.
As the most distinguished city in Ireland, Dublin has an extensive public transportation system. These travel services cater to the city of Dublin and also connect passengers with more far-flung destinations within the country, such as Cork and Galway. In addition, these cities offer the Leap Card, available from the National Transport Authority - a convenient way to pay for integrated public transport services. A 7-day visitor Leap Card, for instance, costs €40 (approx. £36.43) and can be validated by simply using the Touch On machines inside buses or train stations.
There is an extensive bus system that serves both the central-city and suburbs of Dublin, with over 200 bus routes. Dublin Bus is the primary public bus transport, supplemented by smaller companies. Fares are typically calculated by distance and are paid by using the Leap Card, as well as coins and bills. With over 110 lines operating from 6:30am to 23:30pm and special lines during the late hours, it is easy to move around Dublin by bus. Tourists who wish to go from the airport to the city centre can take line 41, which runs every ten minutes and costs €3.30 (£3).
The Dublin rail system serves as both means for commuter traffic and visitor transportation from outlying. The D.A.R.T. (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) makes most of its trip along the Irish Coast, while additional lines, such as the Luas, run inland. Luas is a light rail train organized in two lines (Red, heading west to Saggart; and Green, heading south from the city to Bride's Glen) and those travelling only for a single or return journey can purchase a ticket for €3.60 (£3.28).
Beyond these options there are plenty of taxis and bike hire companies available in Dublin. Dublinbikes, for instance, is a company that offers several station terminals spread throughout the city, accepting an Annual Card, an associated Leap Card or a 3 Day Ticket. Taxis are also easily found on Dublin streets. Taking a taxi from the airport to the city centre, for example, will cost about €20-25 (£18.25-22.81).
Ireland's capital is a good starting point to further travels across the country. As an alternative mode of transportation, Auto Europe offers various options of campervans in Dublin. Take a look at our offers as inspiration for your holidays on the green island.