Posted by: Michele Erdvig | November 18, 2009

How Much Does a Trip to Ireland Cost?

(Updated July 1, 2013)

Every day I get emails like this one:

I want to go to Ireland. I need to know how much money to save up for the trip. How much is a round trip plane ticket? How much will the whole the trip cost?

Let me consult my crystal ball!

Pricing for a trip to Ireland depends on many different factors.

TOUR or SELF-DRIVE:

  • Will you travel with an organized tour, which includes most things such as airfare, coach travel, lodgings & meals?
  • Will you use public transportation such as trains and buses?
  • Will you travel independently and drive yourself around?
  • Will you hire a chauffeur-driven car?

Michele’s Advice: If you opt for an organized tour start your research online for tour companies and check with your favorite travel agent. Many times booking well in advance will get you a discount.

Those taking public transportation around Ireland should check on passes at the bus and train sites:

Iarnrod Eireann National Rail Service

Northern Ireland Railways

Bus Eireann National Bus Service

Dublin Bus

Ulsterbus

Dart & Luas: Dublin

AIRFARES:

  • Where are you flying from?
  • Will you use frequent flyer miles?
  • Will you travel coach, business or first class?
  • Will you buy a fly/drive/voucher package?
  • What time of year are you traveling?

Michele’s Advice: Once you know which airlines you will fly check their websites. This will give you ballpark figures for your airfare. Sign up for email newsletters so you are advised of sales. Check with travel agents to see if they can do better. Use online booking services to comparison shop. Purchase your airfare at least 21 days in advance. If you find a fabulous low-priced offer get it immediately before it disappears.

 CAR RENTAL:

  • Will you rent a Ford or a Mercedes?
  • How long will you rent a car for?
  • Will you require a manual or automatic?
  • Will you pay for CDW insurance or Super CDW or let your credit card cover the insurance for free?
  • Will you travel with others and be able to split the car cost?
  • Gasoline (petrol) is an added expense and how much you use depends on the type car you rent and how far you travel.

Michele’s Advice: This is the most difficult portion of your trip. You can do your homework and get prepared with knowledge of the car rental companies and their myriad arcane rules and fine print. Or you can go without knowledge and be unhappily surprised fresh off your overnight flight with jet-lag. In this case a little advance work will save you money and aggravation. Since this topic is so complicated I suggest you look at my Car Rental page where I discuss it thoroughly. For those declining CDW insurance there is an up to date warning topic on my Ireland Travel Forum. Once you know what type of car and insurance you require you can do price comparisons at the various car rental companies online.  

ACCOMMODATIONS:

  • How long is your trip and how many days’ accommodations are required?
  • Will you be staying at hostels, B&Bs, guesthouses, hotels or castles?
  • Will you be using self-catering rentals?
  • How many people are traveling together and what type rooms are needed?
  • Will you be using vouchers?
  • Will you stay in Dublin?

 Michele’s Advice: The longer your trip, the more it will cost. Ballpark figures for accommodation per night are:  

Hostels: €15 per person and up

B&Bs: €30 – 45 per person, sharing (single supplement usually applies)

Guesthouses: €40 – 100 per person, sharing  (single supplement usually applies)

Hotel: €50 per person, sharing and up (single supplement usually applies)

Castle: €150 and up

Self-catering: €350 per week and up

If you want to comparison shop I have a list of some very nice accommodations in most price ranges on my website’s Lodging page.

FOOD & DRINK:

  • Will you require a full gourmet dinner each night with accompanying wine and drinks?
  • Are you planning on budgeting in this area?
  • Is dining in pubs to keep costs down acceptable?
  • Are picnics and supermarket food purchases okay?
  • Are you planning on pub visits each night with associated drink costs?
  • What types of lunches are required?
  • Breakfast is included with many accommodations but not all.

Michele’s Advice: Food in Ireland is more expensive than in the USA and Canada. How much your per day costs are will depend on how you eat, where you eat and how often. Breakfast is usually included at B&Bs, guesthouses and hotels. For lunch you can usually get a bowl of soup and a roll for about €5 –7. For dinner at a nice restaurant it is easy to spend €150 on a meal for two with drinks. Below are estimates of meals per person:

Full Irish Breakfast: €8 and up

Lunch: €5 and up

Pub Dinner: €10 and up

Dinner: €20 and up

Pint of Guinness: €4.50 and up

Glass of Wine: €5 and up

Bottle of Wine: €15 and up

SIGHTSEEING ADMISSIONS:

  • Do you plan on visiting many attractions that require paid admissions?
  • Will you purchase a discount coupon book/package or card?

Michele’s Advice: Google is a great tool for your research. Just input the attractions you are interested in plus “admission price” and you will get a good feel for the prices you will pay for sightseeing. There are discount cards, books and coupons you can purchase and/or get for free that can cut down the cost of admissions by 50% or more. I will tell you more about discounts in another article.

Additional Trip Costs:

Whether you are traveling to Ireland from NY or Fiji, my crystal ball tells me that a tremendous amount of information is required to know how much a trip to Ireland will cost you. There are many variables when planning a trip. Each trip will cost a different amount depending on what I have outlined above. Only you and/or your travel agent can add up those costs.

My website www.IrelandYes.com will fill you in on many of the details you need to get started planning. I suggest that you take the time to go through the various pages that I have designed to  help visitors to Ireland. Just click on Getting Started to jump-start your trip!

And don’t forget all the free advice on my Ireland Travel Forum. Any questions you have are answered promptly there.

© 2009 Michele Erdvig

“Ireland Travel Expert”

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Responses

  1. comhghairdeas on the new blog!

  2. Thanks Kathleen. It is a work in progress. Hope you will come back again as it progresses.

    Michele

  3. I was wondering how much it would cost to fly to ireland from america in June 2011. For my mother and I. Is there cottages to stay in? for at least four days

  4. Christie,

    Flight costs depend on WHERE you are flying from. Check the booking sites and airlines websites daily. Most cottages in June rent from Sat to Sat – or a week at a time.

    I invite you to come to my free Ireland Travel Forum and post any questions you want: http://www.irelandyes.com/forum.html

    Michele

  5. is there anything or anywhere specific I can go in dublin,Ireland for my honeymoon in may 2012…im trying to see homw much it will cost and be to fly from texas to Ireland…

    • im pretty sure it will cost more then 2000 dollars iv been there before.

  6. Hi, we are thinking of taking a trip to Ireland in 2013. We would most likely leave from Boston Mass and we would like to do it in the off tourist season. Not sure exactly that is… Stay for about a week maybe a little more in Dublin or a not so known area, we are up for an adventure. Stay in a BB and we would like a tour guide because we don’t know very much about Ireland. We are looking for a kidda budget friendly trip but also want to have fun. We don’t drink so we don’t have to take the cost of alcohol into the budget. About how much would this cost?

  7. Thank you :-)

  8. I am the first to understand that all costs are subjective and one site can not possibly be responsible for estimating the total cost of a trip due to the number of variances. However, as this is your area of expertise; are there area’s of Ireland that presently an American should try and avoid? I understand that in the past Northern Ireland had some hot-spots, and it’s true that every country has its areas that are not as tourist friendly as others. Any help on this would be appreciated. Its been my lifelong dream to visit Ireland one day. Thanks.
    – Dan Murphy

    • Dan,

      I’ve been to every corner of Ireland since 1973. There really aren’t any parts of Ireland that I avoid or feel uncomfortable in. Generally, the Irish are friendly and helpful to tourists and curious about them too.

      Well, I might avoid Temple Bar (or Temple Barf as Dubliners call it) on a Saturday night when the revelers leave the pubs – but I’m usually asleep then anyway! ;-)

      Hope you get to visit Ireland some day.

      Michele

  9. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!! Your website really gave insight on things I had not thought of. I will be planning a lot better now! Thank you again!

    Jeremiah Harp

  10. Reblogged this on IrelandYes! Ireland Dream Trip Blog.

  11. It’s my dream to visit Ireland. I watched a movie, P S I Love u, makes me want to go and get a husband there…lol, I am from South Africa, I know I shud save a lot for my trip. I don’t want to use a tour guide as I want to go pub hopping, and don’t want to be limited. I value the info u indicated and will note it when saving and making my plans. I just want to visit a lovely family with youngsters I can party with.


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