Backpacking In Ireland

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Dublin is perhaps one of the best cities to backpack in terms of ease of travel, the size of the city, and the nightlife. Ireland in general is a easy to travel around, and getting to Cork or the west part of the island is easy and relatively cheap. Hostels vary and prices start from around 10 Euro in Dublin to 7-8 outside of the major cities. The public transportation is excellent and affordable and there is a lot to see and do in a small geographic area.

Getting to Ireland from Europe (if you’re already there) won’t cost much and Ryanair flies from a number of cities to Dublin Airport, usually from 50 Euro or less. Book early and you might be able to catch one of their deals for as low as 5 Euro from Germany, England, or the Czech Republic. There are a number of ferries as well you can catch from Scandinavia and other parts of the UK.

kylemore abbeyVisa Requirements

Ireland is a member of the European Union and US citizens can get in with a 3 month visa upon entry at Dublin Airport. EU citizens can travel freely and other nationalities can check Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs for more information.

Hostels and Places To Stay

One of the best and affordable hostels in Dublin is the Four Courts hostel. It’s in a good location in town (aptly named “Four Courts”), close walking distance to the heart of the city and is a well maintained facility. There are several others in town you can check out like Abagail’s Hostel, Camden Place, and Globetrotters. To find out more information about hostels in Ireland and to book, check out You can search through and book over 15,000 hostels on the site.

Getting Around Ireland

Inside of Dublin you can take the inexpensive bus system. When arriving at the airport your options are to take a 7 Euro bus shuttle or take the local bus for about 2.20 Euro. The shuttle will get you into town in about 20 minutes while the local bus will take around 40. You can also hop a taxi which will run you about 18 Euro to get into the city.

The buses stop all over the city and figuring out the routes and schedules will be fairly easy. The staff are helpful and since the city is laid into 4 main sections you can usually find your way around. Keep in mind though that the buses don’t take bills and only coins. You can get tickets for the bus with the driver as you walk on.

Traveling In Between Cities

  • One of the most popular stops in Ireland is the route from Dublin to Cork. The ride takes a few hours and you can get there by bus for about 160 Euro. You’ll also find great deals on the Irish Rail that runs specials and sales throughout the year.

Climate and Weather

Irish weather is mild throughout the year with warm summers and cool winters. Ireland doesn’t see much snow but rain is frequent throughout the year. You’ll want to pack some waterproof stuff if possible or bring along a compact raincoat to keep yourself dry. If you’ll be walking a lot with your backpack on a good rain cover or waterproof backpack are good ideas.

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Things To Do

  • Kiss the Blarney Stone – Located in Blarney, the south of Ireland, kissing the stone is supposed to be good luck. It may help you become more charming, but even if it doesn’t it’s a good opportunity to see Blarney Castle.
  • Visit Cork – You can take the Perimeter Rail line down from Dublin to visit Cork for a few days. When you’re in this city in the south of Ireland you can check out St. Patrick’s Street for shopping, one if its many churches, or the English Market.
  • Pubs In Dublin – There are countless great pubs all over Dublin that feature live music on most nights. Some fun ones to go to are Brazen Head and The Temple Bar.
  • Dublinia Viking World – Find out about Dublin’s viking origins and history with this interactive museum and archeological site.
  • The Guinness Storehouse – If you love the beer, you’ll enjoy this interesting tour about a beer that’s a part of the Irish landscape. Plus you’ll get a free pint at the end when you reach the 360 bar.

Recommended Gear

Due to the weather we advise you bring the following items:

Backpacking The Region

If you’re considering a regional backpacking trip try combing Ireland with:

| England | Czech Republic | Europe |

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