During your stay in Dublin, you’ll find that most of the main sights are within walking distance of each other. There’s also an extensive public bus network, which is normally cheaper and faster than taking a taxi over shorter distances, particularly at rush hour.
The Luas tram network runs through Dublin's city centre and can take you out into the suburbs. The DART train also offers a fast and frequent service that runs south from the city centre along the gorgeous Irish coastline.
Purchase a Leap card for a refundable €5 deposit. The card can be used on buses, trains and trams as you explore the views of the city.
Money & Tipping
Tipping isn’t widely expected in Ireland. Employees in the hospitality industry, such as bartenders, cafe employees and cab drivers, usually do not anticipate tips, though they will always be appreciative if one is given. The one exception is restaurants, which tend to add an optional service charge to your bill.
Away from traditional markets, haggling is uncommon. If you try to negotiate a lower price in a restaurant or shop, you’ll likely be met with a bemused look and possibly be considered rude. The cost of goods in stores already includes tax, meaning the amount you see is the amount you'll end up paying.
Irish people often don’t say plurals. Sure, your order of two Guinnesses for nine euros will get you what you want, but if you’re trying to speak the language like a local? That’ll be two Guinness for nine euro. Sláinte!
Weather & Climate
They don’t call it the Emerald Isle for nothing. Beautiful Ireland is green for one good reason...it rains here. A lot. But due to Dublin’s coastal location, the weather is generally mild. You’re unlikely to have days below 3 degrees Celsius (37° F) even in winter, though temperatures rarely go higher than the low 20s in summer either. Jumpers (sweaters) and waterproof clothes are essential.
Phones & Electricals
An electric plug in Ireland has three pins. Search for a Type G plug adaptor, which are widely available to purchase in Ireland. Mobile data reception is excellent in Dublin, and local SIM cards are available in all phone shops such as O2, Vodafone and Meteor if you don’t want to pay roaming charges. You’ll also have free WiFi at your aparthotel in Dublin.
Safety & Security
With any large city, it’s important you follow some general rules. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially in crowded places. Check your pockets frequently. Don’t travel to secluded areas, and stay local. Don’t roam around the city alone at night.
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Buying Food in Supermarkets
You’ll find a number of small to medium-sized supermarkets or markets just a short walk from your serviced apartment in Dublin.
High-quality, high-price: Keep an eye out for M&S or an independent grocer if you like the finer things in life. Some Dunnes stores feature upscale food halls with cheese mongers, coffee shops, butchers and bakeries.
Cheaper eats: Aldi and Lidl are known as cheaper supermarkets, but the price-to-quality ratio is still impressive. These supermarkets are all over Dublin, but primarily in residential areas and not the city centre.