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Daily Costs To Visit Dublin | City Price Guide

The daily costs to visit Dublin. How to estimate your budget for food, hostels, hotels, attractions, alcohol, and more.

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Thanks to its vibrancy, nightlife and tourist attractions, it’s no surprise that Dublin is a top destination for travelers. It seems to be a city that’s always in a good mood. The city is fairly small, so it’s very manageable to explore by foot. However, Dublin is fairly expensive (especially food and alcohol). But since most people only spend a few days here, it shouldn’t bust your budget.

This article is part of our City Price Guide Series — Click here to see all our city price guides.

Average Daily Cost For Visiting Dublin

These prices are based on what you’ll need to visit the city comfortably — they don’t include things like big nights out at the bar/pub, club entry fees, souvenir/clothing shopping, tours, random purchases, nicer food, etc. Don’t forget to budget extra for those “non-essentials.”

Daily Cost of Budget Travel in Dublin: €51 ($60 USD)

  • Attractions: €8 (one paid attraction + any free sights)
  • Food: €22
    • Breakfast: €4
    • Lunch: €7.50
    • Dinner: €10
    • Treat (dessert/beer/wine): €4
  • Transportation: €3
  • Accommodation (hostel): €18

Daily Cost of Frugal Travel in Dublin: €33 ($38 USD)

  • Attractions: €5 (free walking tour + visit one of the free sights)
  • Food: €14
    • Breakfast: $0 (free hostel breakfast)
    • Lunch: €6 (ethnic street food, takeaway shop fare, or similar)
    • Dinner: €6 (make your own meal in the hostel or grab something cheap)
    • Beer: €2 (chill out at the park and have a cold one)
  • Transportation: €0 (explore by foot)
  • Accommodation (cheap hostel bed): €14

Dublin Attraction and Museum Prices

Dublin, while small, does have a number of attractions that will easily fill up a few days. Most of the attractions are reasonably priced, but the Guinness, Jameson, and Whiskey Museum tours will take a big chunk out of your drinking budget.

  • National Gallery of Ireland: Free
  • Kilmainham Gaol: €6
  • Dublin Castle: €4.50 (guided tour, grounds are free)
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral: €6
  • Irish Whiskey Museum: €15 (includes tasting)
  • Guinness Storehouse: €18 (includes pint of Guinness)
  • Old Jameson Distillery: €17
  • Walking tours: Free (but you should tip the guides) — €10-13 (for paid tours)
  • Bike tour: €20

Dublin Food Prices

Dublin isn’t exactly cheap when it comes to food. Most things in the center of town are going to cost a premium, so you’ll want to avoid these tourist areas as they’re filled with overpriced restaurants. Do a bit of research online before you head out to ensure you get a quality meal at a good price (they do exist).

Budget Breakfast: Free – €12

  • Many hostels will offer a free simple breakfast that normally consists of cereal, bread/croissant, and maybe milk, coffee, tea, or juice (some hostels will offer more and some less).
  • Another budget option is to get a breakfast roll from a convenience store (Centra, Spar, Mace). It usually consists of a baguette filled with bacon, sausage, hash browns, egg, and tomato. Expect to pay €3-€6.
  • Full Irish breakfast: €8-€12

Budget Lunch: €4-€9

  • Super budget travelers can make a super cheap lunch of bread, cheese, and fruit from any grocery store for a few euros. The convenience stores mentioned above also offer affordable lunch options for €4-6.
  • A sandwich at a pub will cost around €5-€9.
  • A cheap takeaway meal (like a kebab with fries) will cost about €7.

Budget Dinner: €7-€20

  • Dublin has a lot of wonderful pubs where you can find some great food at good prices, even in the city center. Prices range from €6-€10 for a sandwich or €10-€15 for a main course.
  • You should also be able to find dinner at a restaurant in a less touristy part of town for around €15-€20.
  • Many of the options from the Budget Lunch section above also apply for dinner.

Drinks and Alcohol

  • A pint of standard beer out: €5
  • Pint of beer from a grocery store: €2.50
  • Bottle of (drinkable) wine from grocery store: €10
  • Cup of coffee: €2.50-€3

Read more of our strategies for Eating and Drinking in Europe on a Budget.

Dublin Transportation Prices

Dublin has a large bus network and a couple of tram (LUAS) lines that will help you get around the city. A Leap Card will work on both buses and trams, but all other tickets need to be purchased separately.

Dublin Bus:

  • City Centre: €0.60 single ticket
  • Zone 1-3: €1.50 single ticket
  • 5-day pass: €29.50
  • 10 journeys of 90 minutes of unlimited travel: €29.50

LUAS (tram):

  • Zone 1: €1.44 single ticket
  • Zone 2: €1.75 single ticket
  • 1-day pass: €6.80
  • 7-day pass: €24

Leap Card:

  • Refundable deposit of €5
  • Pay-as you go or day pass options (bus only)
  • Use for bus and tram

Freedom Pass:

3 days unlimited travel on Dublin Bus — Includes Airlink Express airport transfers and green hop-on, hop-off city tour buses:  €30

Bus (Airlink Express/747) from airport to city: €6 one way, €10 round trip

Taxi from airport to city: €20-€30

Dublin Hostel/Hotel Accommodation Prices

Hostels: €12-€20 (bed in a shared dorm room)

You should budget about €17/night per person for a decent hostel, although many hostels raise their prices on the weekend. Remember, these prices are for a bed in a shared dorm room. If you want a private room, expect to pay €35-€80.

We book our hostels through Hostel World.

Budget Hotels: €70-€150

At the low end you shouldn’t expect much, but once you get around €90/night, the hotels get a bit better (think Super 8 or Motel 6). A room with a private bathroom and twin bed will be around €70-€100; a double bed will be €90-€150. The cheapest hotels are away from the city center, so be aware because you may not want to travel such a long distance each day.

Rental Apartment: €65-€200+

From my experience, rental apartments (via Airbnb) tend to be much bigger and much nicer than similarly priced hotel rooms. Plus, you’ll get a kitchen so you can save more money by cooking your own meals — click here to get $30 off your first stay.

Furthermore, if you’re traveling in a group, it can often be cheaper per person to rent a single apartment.

Read More About the Cost of Visiting Europe

We’ve created a guide about the costs of backpacking Europe (including more city price guides) — Click here to read more.

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  • Wow. This was so helpful. Have you ever considered making one for Edinburough?

    • savvybackpacker

      It’s on our list of cities to cover! We just haven’t gotten around to it yet 🙂

  • melzers

    You can’t really chill out and have a cold one in the park as public drinking is illegal.. best have shop bought beer in the hostel

  • Devin Ambron

    Thank you for taking the time to create this awesome resource for travelers looking to get out of their city on a budget. I’m planning a trip here in a few months and am planning on putting this all together again (my second time). Travel is life changing!

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