Backpacking in Dublin

in Ireland

Dublin is a backpacker’s dream, and one of the top cities that travelers pass through in Europe. It is a relatively small, but vibrant, city with plenty to see and do. Ireland’s other cities are also worth visiting, but staying and traveling in Ireland could take its toll on your wallet if you’re not careful.

Flights to Dublin are easy to come by if you are already in Europe, with budget airlines and frequent flight schedules from Europe’s major cities. If you are planning on heading to Ireland from somewhere else in the world, finding an affordable flight will take a bit more time and planning.

Dublin’s size makes it easy to navigate. The city is divided by the Liffey River, with the north and south sides offering differing things. North of the Liffey River, there are shopping districts with countless restaurants and bars, while south of the river is where you’ll find most of Dublin’s attractions.

It is easy to navigate Dublin on foot, but there are also options for public transportation, including the Luas (tram system), taxis, and bus. The Luas is simple with two lines, the red and green, operating in opposite directions. In conjunction with the Luas, the DART rail service covers a broader expanse, expanding out of the city center and into Dublin’s suburbs. The bus system also covers from the city center to the suburban neighborhoods, but can get confusing for those who aren’t Dubliners. Luckily, if you can’t handle the bus system you have other options, including a surplus of taxis to choose from.

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Dublin is a safe city, but is not without the crimes that can occur in any European city. Police officers are readily available and helpful around the city. As long as you take the usual precautions of not walking alone in the middle of the night, and staying in well-lit areas, you should be generally safe.

There is a lot to see and do in this smaller city. The infamous Trinity College, with graduates including Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift, is located in Dublin and boasts the largest research library in the country. The campus is scenic and worth a visit if you have the time.

Another free attraction in Dublin is The National Gallery of Ireland, which is easily accessible on the DART. Entry is free and the museum has a few exhibitions going on simultaneously featuring Irish and other European art. You can find information on current and past exhibitions, hours of operation, and more at the gallery’s helpful website.

The Guinness Storehouse (and pub hopping around Dublin) is an especially popular thing to do. It’s not free, but your entry free includes a pint of Guinness at the Storehouse’s Gravity Bar with views of the entire city. You can save some money and get a 10% discount on admission if you plan ahead and book online.

From Dublin, traveling around to Ireland’s other cities, such a Cork, is highly recommended. Ireland is packed with rolling hills, views of the sea, and a rich history, and it is easy to get around. Just be sure to manage your budget well and your trip to Ireland doesn’t have to take a heavy toll on your wallet!

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