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. In this travel price guide, we’ll outline the estimated travel expenses for food, accommodation, attractions, alcohol, and other things that you’ll experience when you visit Dublin.
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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: €64 ($75 USD)
- Attractions: €8 (one paid attraction + any free sights)
- Food: €28
- Breakfast: €4
- Lunch: €7.50
- Dinner: €12
- Treat (dessert/beer/wine): €4
- Transportation: €3
- Accommodation (hostel): €26
Daily Cost of Frugal Travel in Dublin: €40 ($47 USD)
- Attractions: €5 (free walking tour + visit one of the free sights)
- Food: €16
- Breakfast: $0 (free hostel breakfast)
- Lunch: €6 (ethnic street food, takeaway shop fare, or similar)
- Dinner: €8 (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): €19
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: €8
- Dublin Castle: €10 (guided tour, grounds are free)
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral: €6
- Irish Whiskey Museum: €18 (includes tasting)
- Guinness Storehouse: €18.50 (includes a pint of Guinness)
- Old Jameson Distillery: €20
- Walking tours: Free (but you should tip the guides) — €10-€30+ (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.
- There are plenty of places serving up a hearty full Irish breakfast: €8-€12+
Budget-Friendy Breakfast Places:
- Beanhive: A range of breakfast and coffee options — including a full Irish fry-up breakfast for under €10.
- Tang Cafe: A cute little breakfast place with plenty of healthy breakfast dishes.
- Mochaland Cafe: Another place to get a solid Irish breakfast.
- The Rolling Donut: Fancy doughnuts.
- Joy of Cha: A cute tea shop with lots of tea, coffee, quiche, pastries, and a full breakfast options.
Budget Lunch: €4-€10
- Super budget travelers can make a super cheap lunch of bread, deli meat, 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 the 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.
Budget-Friendly Lunch and Dinner Places:
- The Pieman Cafe: Try some traditional Irish savory pies (Beef and Guinness is a popular choice). A Pie + side + soda is under €10.
- Beshoff Bros: A solid fish and chips shop.
- Devitt’s Pub: Traditional pub grub at good prices.
- Umi Falafel: Basic Lebanese joint serving some of the best falafel in Dublin and the prices are great.
- Bunsen: Arguably the best burger and fries in Dublin.
- Pho Viet: Tasty Pho and other Vietmanses dishes.
- Boojum: Feeling like a burrito? Boojum has got you covered.
- Sano Pizza: A solid pizza place.
- Neon: A nice little noodle place serving up dishes is paper cartons so it’s great for takeaway or eating in.
Drinks and Alcohol
- A pint of standard beer out: €4-€7
- Pint of beer from a grocery store: €2.50
- Bottle of (drinkable) wine from the grocery store: €10
- Cup of coffee: €2.50-€4
Dublin Transportation Prices
Dublin has a large bus network and a couple of trams (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. That said, Dublin is a small city so you might not find yourself using public transportation very often.
- Dublin Bus:
- City Centre: €0.60 single ticket
- Zone 1-3: €1.77 single ticket
- 5-day pass: €33
- 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:
- A 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, green hop-on, & hop-off city tour buses: €35
- Bus (Airlink Express/747) from airport to city: €7 one way, €12 round trip
- Taxi from airport to city: €20-€35
Dublin Hostel, Hotel, & Vacation Apartment Prices
Dublin’s accommodation prices aren’t cheap so it’s the best place if you’re on a tight budget. Hostels seem to raise their prices on the weekend so visit earlier in the week to save a bit of cash. Luckily, most people only spend a few days in Dublin before exploring the rest of Ireland.
You should budget about €26/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. Expect to pay €45-€80 if you want a private room. See our list of the Best Hostels in Dublin.
We book our hostels through Hostelworld.
Budget Hotels: €70-€150/night
At the low end you shouldn’t expect much, but once you get around €90/night, the hotels get a bit better. 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.
We suggest checking out Booking.com to see hotel prices for your dates since they’re always changing.
Rental Apartment: €65-€200+/night
Dublin has a decent amount of rental apartments throughout the city. They can be a good option for large groups or travelers who want a little more space (and a kitchen). On the other hand, you may also have to deal with inconvenient check-in processes and things like extra cleaning fees and service charges. For short stays, we prefer hotels/hostels but rental apartments can be a nice option for longer stays.
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