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Ireland has the largest number of red-haired people of any country in the world.

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Ireland goes by Greenwich Mean Time (GMT.) For example, the time difference between Dublin and New York is 5 hours.

If you have a U.S. passport and are staying in Ireland for 90 days or less, you do not need a visa. If you have a European passport holder, you also don’t need a visa to enter Ireland. Click here to double-check on visa requirements for your country.

Ireland has three major airports: Dublin, Cork, and Shannon. Bus routes 782 and 784 operate between the city center and Dublin Airport. Click here for more information on how to get to and from Dublin airport. Bus routes 225 and 226 take travelers between Cork airport and its city center. The closest city to Shannon airport is Limerick and takes approximately 50 minutes using bus routes 51, 341, and 343.

Local transportation is the most economical way to get around Ireland. Taxis can be hailed from nearly every street corner. Ride-sharing apps such as Uber, Bolt, Freenow, Lynk, and Lyft can be used across the country. Depending on the region in Ireland, buses can either run for 24 hours everyday, like in Dublin, or stop running at midnight on weekdays. The Irish Rail can take travelers to nearly every city. Ireland has six main ports, and most are drive-on/drive-off. Dublin Area Rapid Transit, called DART, is the city’s train system and can be used in the city center and coastal areas with over 30 stations.

Just like any other popular destination, female solo travelers need to practice general precaution. Ireland, however, is considered safe for female solo travelers since the country also provides a solid public transportation system, with police guards frequently seen on the streets. Be especially careful with your phone in public places.

Expect a lot of rain in Ireland. The best time to visit is March through May when the temperature isn’t too hot or cold. Summer reflects the most visitors and travel prices can increase. 60°F is the average temperature in July, and 40°F is the average in January.

English and Irish are the two official languages of Ireland; however, Polish is the third most spoken language. There are over 70 different languages used across the country.

  • Ireland has a complicated history with the UK, so keep this in mind if the topic is brought up in conversation.
  • In Ireland, beer culture means frequent intoxication is prevalent in touristic areas.
  • Pubs often play live music at all times of the day, and it’s considered rude to not offer to buy a round of drinks in group settings.
  • Irish people are very friendly and welcoming. If invited to an Irish home, make sure to bring a small gift as a token of appreciation.

Euros are the currency of Ireland. Tourists will find it is one of the most expensive countries to visit during peak season. Allow a budget of at least €200 per day including accommodation.

Tipping! Most people leave 10-15% of the bill when eating out. Make sure to check your bill if you don’t want to tip twice because restaurants will often add on a service charge around 12.5% if you’re in a large group.

Ireland uses plug type G, which is the plug that has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. Your plug should look like this:

UK plug type G
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Tap water is okay to drink in all parts of Ireland.

Many public places and internet cafés have free Wi-Fi. SIM cards are easy to purchase when you arrive in Ireland if you’re there for a longer stay.

The Dublin pride festival is the most celebrated in Ireland every June, welcoming over 60,000 visitors every year. Ireland is very safe and welcoming to LGBTQIA+ travelers. Homosexuality was decriminalized in the early 90s as well as most forms of discrimination and hatred.

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