Practical Ireland

Where To Stay

There are accommodations in Ireland to suit all tastes and budgets. Most premises approved by the tourist board display a distinctive shamrock logo. Choices range from luxurious castles to comfy bed-and-breakfasts. Self-catering accommodations are also popular. The tourist board provides comprehensive guides to accommodations.


Arriving & Departing: Trans-Atlantic flights serve Dublin, Shannon and Belfast airports. Bus fare from Dublin Airport to the Central Bus Station is about $4; from Shannon Airport to nearby Limerick, bus fare is about $5.

Numerous ferries link Ireland to Britain and France by way of Dublin, Cork and Rosslare, near Wexford.

Getting Around: A car is a good means of touting Ireland; driving is on the left.

An Irish Explorer Pass costs $100 for five days of train travel within 15 days; combined rail and bus for eight days within 15 is $150. The Irish Rover Pass costs $124 for five days within 15 days and includes Northern Ireland Railways. For information on the BritRail Pass + Ireland, see by rail.


New Year’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day Holiday (March 17), Good Friday (Mar. 28), Easter Monday (Mar. 31), May Day Holiday (May 5), June Holiday (June 2), August Holiday (Aug. 4), October Holiday (Oct. 27), Christmas, St. Stephen’s Day (Dec. 26).

Money Matters

Banks are open weekdays except Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday until 5 p.m. The Irish punt is divided into 100 pennies. $1 = 0.60 IEP as of Dec. 2, 1996.

Free Literature

IRELAND - Awaken to a Different World Free 68-page magazine.

Irish Tourist Board
345 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10154
Tel: (212) 418-0800 or 800-223-6470

Visit our web page at:

Or e-mail us at: