How To Visit Dublin On A Budget

Thinking of visiting the capitol of Ireland, Dublin? Dublin can be an expensive city to visit however it's a city we love to visit which is why we've managed to find ways to visit Dublin on a budget. Whether it's a family getaway or a couples weekend away. Whether you're travelling from the US or from somewhere in Europe. I'd like to think that these tips on how to visit Dublin on a budget will help everyone...

I’ve been craving a city break since the start of the year. So when I spotted some bargain sailings to Dublin, Ireland I just had to book. Now I’m back I’m ready to share just how I managed to visit the amazingly vibrant and historic city that is Dublin on a budget.

This Dublin on a budget travel breakdown comes to less than £186 per person. Based on two sharing. It includes absolutely everything from travel insurance through to port parking. So if you’re looking for a city break that doesn’t break the bank then let’s talk…


Travel Insurance 

Before you go anywhere you’re going to need travel insurance. Travel insurance covers you for small things such as loss of baggage or larger things such as illness of death abroad.

Whilst it isn’t compulsory I personally wouldn’t go anywhere outside of the UK without it. I have travel insurance as part of a service with my bank. If you don’t have travel insurance already then I recommend using a comparison service such as Go Compare to find the cheapest / most suitable insurance policy for your needs.

For the purposes of this study let’s say that you don’t have travel insurance but you manage to pick up an annual worldwide travel insurance policy for £10.


Port Parking

This hurts. Like so much!

My Dublin on a budget hit a rather large roadblock thanks to the Stena Line park and ride at Holyhead port. This is priced at £7 per day and £35 for the week. It just about worked out cheaper to pay a daily rate rather than for the week. Split between the two of us this came in at £14 each.

That’s the same price as 1.4 nights in our hostel or going return to Dublin with the promotion Stena Line was offering more than 3.5 times.



Stena Line was running a promotion for St Patrick’s day that made fares from Holyhead as foot passengers just £2 per person, each way.

An absolute bargain, and from what I’ve been told these and similar promotions run throughout the year so it’s well worth keeping tabs on their website for future promotional offers.

If you don’t have access to a ferry port, then there are many flights from around the world direct to Dublin. Prices from the UK start from as little as £12 return.



For just €5 return, Stena Line also provided us with a bus service from Dublin port into the city centre. It takes around 20 minutes and times coincide with ferry times.

If you’re travelling by plane then transfer alternatives include the Airlink747 – The Dublin on a budget choice, or a taxi.



We booked this budget trip to Dublin rather last minute. This meant that accommodation availability was limited, this was reflected in the price.

However, we wasn’t about to let this ruin the prospect of our Dublin on a budget trip. Instead we opted to look at staying in a hostels. After much debating we chose the Generator Hostel. Situated slightly north of the city centre, we managed to save around 75% when compared to a basic two-star hotel.



A city break is all about the sights of the city and having The Dublin Pass made doing so simple, easy and affordable. The three day pass provides you with;

Completely free airport transfers
Free hop on, hop off bus tour

Free entry to over 25 of Dublin’s most popular attractions, slights and landmarks. Including Guinness Store House, Jameson Distillery, Dublin Zoo, Aviva Stadium, National Wax Museum, The Little Museum of Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral and many more…

Complimentary fast track entry, allowing you to skip the queues.

The pass also comes with a free guide book, to assist you in planning your trip around the city. Click here, to see the full list of places you can visit with The Dublin Pass.

Also, be sure to check out my guide on my personal favourite 7 things to do in Dublin – it includes a map to really help you plan your time accordingly.



Dublin, like many places can be as cheap or as expensive as you make it. Unfortunatly the hostel didn’t provide a kitchen, but that didn’t stop us.

We opted to purchase pastries from the local supermarket for breakfast (€2). We’d use our student card to get a fantastic deal on lunch at a local establishment (€6) and then opt for a basic evening meal checking the likes of TripAdvisor for a place in budget with great reviews (€10).



As always we opt not to purchase souvenirs. As with all of our budget trips we instead put the money we would have spent on another trip, and the chance to make even more memories.

An so, there we have it, my complete guide to how to visit Dublin on a budget. If you are planning a trip to Dublin, or have recently come back then be sure to let me know in the comments where you stayed, what you did, and if you feel comfortable enough, how much it cost you.



  1. Francesca - From Pennies to Pounds April 12, 2017 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Wow, you guys did so well! Did you have your own room in the hostel?

    • TMM April 12, 2017 at 4:54 pm - Reply

      Nope, shared with 4 others. Although it wasn’t full all the time 🙂

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