Dublin is the capital city of the Republic of Ireland and is located on the east coast of the country in the province of Leinster. Dublin is divided 3 neighbourhoods; Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South County Dublin. Despite the sprawling nature of Dublin, the city centre itself is not too vast and all the main attractions can be found there. The Georgian Architecture can still be found in notable districts such as Four Courts and Custom House. Other popular areas such as Temple Bar and Grafton street, however, have a distinctly medieval character.
The best time to visit Dublin would be May and September, this way you avoid the crowds which will be prevalent during the peak tourist months of June to August and the weather is still warm.
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|Must Know:||Dublin has an extensive bus network, but just a couple of train and tram lines.|
|Must See:||When in Dublin don't miss going on a tour around the Guinness Storehouse.|
|Must Do:||Go to see the Book of Kells, written by Irish monks in 800 AD - one of the most beautiful manuscripts in the world.|
|Did you know?||Dublin is home to the largest walled park in Europe - 5 times the size of London's Hyde Park.|
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An average meal in a restaurant in Dublin costs 9.1% more than in the rest of the country.
Prices in Dublin are on average 1.7% higher than in the other cities in Ireland.
Public transport in Dublin costs around 8% more than national average.
A night in a hotel in Dublin is about 34.6% less expensive on average than in the rest of Ireland.
Dublin Airport is the biggest airport in Ireland. It is located 6.2 miles north of the city centre and has 2 terminals. The airport sees short and medium haul flights travelling to such destinations as North America and the Middle East. Many buses and coaches connect the city centre with the Airport every day, operated by Dublin Bus, Airlink, Air Coach, Airport hopper, Ardcavan and City Link. Currently there are no direct trains to the City centre from the Airport. However, connections are made available once you are within closer proximity to the city centre. There is a taxi rank outside the airport, the journey takes around 15 minutes to the centre and costs around €20.
Connolly station is the biggest and busiest train station in Ireland and the main focal point in the Irish route network. The station serves intercity routes, the DART and Suburban journeys. From Connelly station, take the DART to Tara Street which depart every 15 minutes, then walk an additional 10 minutes to Grafton Street. You can also take the number 130, 27B, 29A or 14C bus and get off at O'Connell Bridge.
Busaras is the central bus station in Dublin and is operated by Bus Eireann. Public transport between Busaras and the city centre is easily accessible. The Luas, the Dublin tram, stops at Busarus every 3 minutes during peak times and every 10 minutes during regular hours.
The transport system for Dublin provides services for the greater Dublin area and is the most popular way to travel around the city. The area currently utilises electrified suburban trains operated by Iarnrod Eireann, the DART, the Luas, metro and the bus system. The Luas is only transport system in Dublin that is restricted to the city centre.
Cycling is relatively common in the city centre, however this is often weather dependent as Dublin has a tendency to be very wet. This is reflected in the availability of cycle lanes in the city which tend to be good in the centre, but cut off when you go further afield.
Dublin city centre is very pedestrian friendly, which is where all the main attractions are located. Some of the main shopping districts, such as Grafton Street, are completely pedestrianised.
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