This article refers to the Republic of Ireland rather than Northern Ireland which is covered in our United Kingdom backpacking budget. That said prices are pretty similar in Northern Ireland to Southern Ireland although the currency is different.
Daily Travel Costs in Ireland on a Shoestring Budget
US$60 | 55 Euros
The cost of travel in Ireland like much of Europe depends on the strength of the Euro at the time you visit. It has fluctuated considerably over recent years and Ireland briefly became quite a bit cheaper than the UK for example but is evening up again now. Dublin in particular is known for being quite an expensive city to visit with the cost of the main attractions regularly around 20 Euros while the city’s famous pubs are by no means cheap so if you are someone who likes a drink then you might struggle to stick our suggested Ireland backpacking budget of 55 Euros.
However you can still have quite a lot of fun on that sort of budget with costs generally a fair bit lower outside of the capital. It’s a relatively small country and the cost of travelling around isn’t that much so that is one positive and in terms of overall costs in ranks probably as an average Western European country. Accommodation and food prices are certainly more reasonable than somewhere like Scandinavia or France and given the large number of visitors the country receives, Ireland is pretty well equipped to cater for budget travellers.
See where Ireland ranks on our World Budget Travel Table.
More Comfortable Ireland Backpacker Budget
US$75 | 70 Euros
The Irish are known to like a drink and although the country has plenty to offer in terms of rural charm, unquestionably the pub culture is a big appeal for many visitors to the country. Budgeting for 70 Euros per day will give you a lot more freedom to immerse yourself in that and with some form of live music and lively pubs almost every night even in the smaller towns, you will find plenty of temptation. Certainly if you are only on a short trip to Ireland you might want to allow for this sort of budget which will allow you to pack a lot more in. If you don’t drink then you can certainly get by on less.
Sample Prices in Ireland
Train from Galway to Dublin (2 hours 20 minutes) – €25
Meal at an inexpensive pub or restaurant – €12
Pint of lager or Guinness – €5-6 (a bit less outside Dublin)
Dorm bed – from €15/night
Cheap private double or twin room – from €50/night
Entrance to the Guinness Storehouse – €20 (includes a free pint of Guinness)
Currency – Euros
£1 = €1.16
US$1 = €0.95
(All exchange rates are correct as of January 2017)
If you head north of the border, remember that British Pounds are used in Northern Ireland.
Dublin’s enormous Generator Hostel is one of the best places to stay in the Irish capital with budget beds, good conditions and a lively and pretty cheap bar that is nice for meeting other travellers.
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This article was published in June 2016. Exchange rates were updated in January 2017.