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Finally Ireland Bound

Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:45 pm

After 13 years in the airline indstry and years of online research I have booked my first trip to Ireland. This is a first for me in many ways

1. First time flying transatlantic
2. First time to Europe
3. First time to have a currency other than US or Canadian in my pocket
4. First time to be drunk in a place other than Canada or the USA


It will also be a chance to see the city my grandmother so loved (she was born in Sligo but spoke fondly of Dublin) and since she passed in May 2011 this would be a great way to remember her legacy.

And since I didn't make it to Switzerland in October due to the flights being full I am going to Europe next week even if I have to box myself and go via FedEx. (wait... that's not a bad idea lol)

Now the important questions....

1. Easiest way to get from DUB to downtown? My hotel is right in the middle of the city.
2. What pubs do I visit? I have been told to see but not spend money in Temple Bar because it is expensive.
3. Average price for a pint?
4. Any supermarkets/food stores in downtown? Everytime I travel I like to do this because I save a lot of money of food.
5. Parts of town to avoid?

and finally...

When I get to the Guiness Storehouse would it be really tacky of me to fall to my knees and scream OH SWEET MERCIFUL GOD! WE ARE TOGETHER AT LAST!!!


Thanx!

And yes I still have all your tips from my post about going to Germany a few months ago. Germany/Austria will be in May.... The alcoholism...uh... I mean.... tourism will continue!
 
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RE: Finally Ireland Bound

Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:07 pm

I'm not so familiar with Dublin but it is easy to get a bus from the airport (outside the terminal) to central Dublin.

I'd recommend getting out of Dublin for the day if you can. The best part of Ireland isn't in Dublin. I'm sure you'll have a great time anyway, it's your first time and it's all new to you.
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RE: Finally Ireland Bound

Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:18 pm

Aircoach is best bet to citycentre, use staff ID should get a nice discount! May be only for DUB staff but ask nicely! A pint between €4-€5.
 
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RE: Finally Ireland Bound

Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:30 pm

Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Thread starter):
1. Easiest way to get from DUB to downtown? My hotel is right in the middle of the city.

You have the Airlink which for 6 Euros will deposit you right on O´Connell St.

Stop is just outside of the airport and the tickets are sold on machines next to it.

Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Thread starter):
2. What pubs do I visit? I have been told to see but not spend money in Temple Bar because it is expensive.

When I went the first time, my girlfriend (DUB Local) took me to ¨The smallest pub in Ireland¨ can´t remember the name but I can ask  
Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Thread starter):
3. Average price for a pint?

About 4 Euros, Dublin is quite pricey.

Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Thread starter):
4. Any supermarkets/food stores in downtown? Everytime I travel I like to do this because I save a lot of money of food.

There is a fairly big Tesco near temple bar.

Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Thread starter):
5. Parts of town to avoid?

Can´t help you there.

Have a good ¨Craic¨ in Dublin  

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RE: Finally Ireland Bound

Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:33 pm

See responses below. I would also echo others who say you should see some things outside of Dublin as well. In two relaxing days you could see just about everything in the city. If you have more than that, I'd suggest some day trips.

Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Thread starter):
1. Easiest way to get from DUB to downtown? My hotel is right in the middle of the city.

Agree to take on of the airport buses. Quick and easy.

Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Thread starter):
3. Average price for a pint?

If I remember correctly, around €5

Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Thread starter):
4. Any supermarkets/food stores in downtown? Everytime I travel I like to do this because I save a lot of money of food.

Yep, all over the place. You won't have any issues finding anything.

Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Thread starter):
5. Parts of town to avoid?

We stayed on the north side of the river and walked from there to Temple Bar, Trinity, etc. without issue. I think anywhere in the city center that a tourist wants to go will be perfectly safe.

Have a great time!
 
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RE: Finally Ireland Bound

Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:40 pm

I am not a Dublin expert or anything but I have relative who lives there and visit every year. So, I'll try and answer some questions for you.

Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Thread starter):
Easiest way to get from DUB to downtown? My hotel is right in the middle of the city.

Apart from a taxi, there's three different buses. The most expensive (but generally the fastest) is the aircoach (www.aircoach.ie), the slowest and cheapest is Dublin Bus 16a (www.dublinbus.ie/en/Your-Journey1/Timetables/All-Timetables/16a/). There's also the Dublin Bus Airlink Express. They all pick up outside the airport (although from different stops) and have stops in various parts of the city centre.

Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Thread starter):
Average price for a pint?

Roughly around € 5.00 (£ 4.15 / $ 6.50 ) in the city centre (downtown). This may vary a lot though.

Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Thread starter):
Any supermarkets/food stores in downtown? Everytime I travel I like to do this because I save a lot of money of food.

Yes, loads of them - SPAR, Tesco Metro, Supervalu e.t.c.

I'll leave the rest to the experts.
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RE: Finally Ireland Bound

Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:11 pm

Airlink will take you right into the city centre:
http://www.dublinbus.ie/Your-Journey1/Timetables/Airport-Services/
The Airlink will take you to the Dublin Bus terminus (Busaras) which is pretty central. If you need any information on directions to your hotel just ask.

You'll be glad to hear that with the recession, holidaying in Ireland has become much more affordable, with hotels, restaurants and pubs falling over themselves to offer good value to customers. If you're eating in restaurants look for the early bird menus, which are pretty much the same as the normal ones, apart from being cheaper, but are typically on offer between 5.30-7pm. And, of course, the euro has been quietly dropping in value against the dollar which will make it even better value for you.

Dunnes Stores is one of the largest chain supermarkets in the country and they have city centre branches in (South Great) George's St, Stephen's Green Shopping Centre (at the top of Grafton St), Henry Street ((lac Centre) and North Earl Street (near the Spire, just off O'Connell St). Other than that you have Centra and other convenience stores dotted throughout the city, which carry a smaller range of goods and wouldn't be as cheap as Dunnes, but are still reasonable.

The price of a pint can vary, with lager a bit dearer than Guinness or beer, but can be up to 5 euro in the city centre. Smaller pubs will charge less. Hard to say what pubs to visit, but Temple Bar will be more geared to tourists. Some people stick their nose up at the place, but it is a big part of the city's nightlife and worth checking out, if only to decide to look elsewhere after that.

Dublin is generally a safe city to walk around, even at night, but the usual precautions apply. The norhside of the river has traditionally been conisdiered to be less safe, but you aren't likely to find yourself walking around any of the dodgier areas, unless you stray off the beaten track. Don't go round looking like a million bucks and you'll be fine!

[Edited 2012-01-16 11:00:18]
 
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RE: Finally Ireland Bound

Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:31 pm

Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Thread starter):
Easiest way to get from DUB to downtown?

Aircoach: http://aircoach.ie/. My best friend from the airport to my place for 7 years  
Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Thread starter):
What pubs do I visit?

Pretty much all of them   

Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Thread starter):
Average price for a pint?

Around 4-5 euros, depending on where you are.

Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Thread starter):
Any supermarkets/food stores in downtown?

Plenty of convenient stores everywhere and opened till late.

Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Thread starter):
Parts of town to avoid?

I can't help you much here. I heard the north is not the best place to stay. I'd stick to the city centre anyway.
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RE: Finally Ireland Bound

Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:50 pm

I've only been in the Dublin area for day trips, but really enjoyed walking around the place.

Can't really answer any of the questions any better - just wanted to wish you a grand trip!
 
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RE: Finally Ireland Bound

Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:28 pm

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 7):
convenient stores

I meant to write "convenience store", but a convenience store is also a convenient store  
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RE: Finally Ireland Bound

Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:01 am

Hope you enjoy your trip!

Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Thread starter):
It will also be a chance to see the city my grandmother so loved (she was born in Sligo but spoke fondly of Dublin) and since she passed in May 2011 this would be a great way to remember her legacy.

Why not get a day-return train from Dublin to Sligo to check it out? Sligo is a nice spot, plus your family history is there. Check out www.irishrail.ie. Travelling by train is a great way to see the countryside too  
 
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RE: Finally Ireland Bound

Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:17 am

Interesting how so many people have felt the need to respond with exactly the same answers!  

Ireland is a great country with lovely, fun-loving people. Nowhere is really that far away from anywhere else in the great scheme of things, and if you feel the need (and have the time) to escape Dublin, getting the train across the country to Galway is, IMHO, well worth the time and money. Not only do you get to experience some of the Irish countryside (and stop at places made famous by many Irish folk songs), but Galway is also a good jumping-off point for visiting the Aran Islands, again IMHO well worth the time. You could even experience some of the world's shortest scheduled flights if you don't have the time to take the ferry!

Enjoy.  
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RE: Finally Ireland Bound

Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:49 am

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 11):
Interesting how so many people have felt the need to respond with exactly the same answers!  

Indeed lol...

The option I like is take the train to Sligo. Its not that far. Also I would suggest depending on time to take a day trip from Dublin to Belfast. Very easy to do and will give a great chance to see both sides of the Island. A tour bus taking in the sights of the city goes on a regular basis.

http://www.belfastcitysightseeing.com/?page_id=841

http://www.irishrail.ie/media/DublinBelfast111.pdf

Lots of places to eat in Dublin but if you want a decent Chinese buffet :

http://www.jimmychungs.com/locate/loc_dublin.htm


For a shopping Mall with Tescos which is the cheapest supermarket here then go to the Jervis Centre:

http://www.jervis.ie/

If your looking for a really good bakery for breakfast and coffee then ''The Bakery'' near the Paramount Hotel is a real gem tucked away and not that well known except by the locals !

http://maps.google.ie/maps?q=the+bak...557553482&t=m&z=16&vpsrc=0&iwloc=A
 
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RE: Finally Ireland Bound

Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:57 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
Lots of places to eat in Dublin but if you want a decent Chinese buffet :

LOL... Where I live we have 5 within 25 miles.... will probably go to this one to compare and fill up for the day!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
your looking for a really good bakery for breakfast and coffee then ''The Bakery'' near the Paramount Hotel is a real gem tucked away and not that well known except by the locals !

Right behind my Hotel which is on Lord Edward Street. Perfect!

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 7):
Aircoach: http://aircoach.ie/. My best friend from the airport to my place for 7 years

I will most likely use their services. Thanx!

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 6):
Don't go round looking like a million bucks and you'll be fine!

Won't be an issue lol

Quoting Babybus (Reply 1):
I'd recommend getting out of Dublin for the day if you can. The best part of Ireland isn't in Dublin. I'm sure you'll have a great time anyway, it's your first time and it's all new to you.
Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
The option I like is take the train to Sligo. Its not that far. Also I would suggest depending on time to take a day trip from Dublin to Belfast. Very easy to do and will give a great chance to see both sides of the Island. A tour bus taking in the sights of the city goes on a regular basis.

I would love too but with only two days It doesn't look like I will have enough time with all I want to see in Dublin. I guess I will have to use another ZED fare and come back *sigh* 

Another Question.... wheres the best place for currency exchange?? Airport? Bank?
 
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RE: Finally Ireland Bound

Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:20 pm

Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Reply 13):
wheres the best place for currency exchange?? Airport? Bank?

I would check with AIB Bank and Bank of Ireland on arrival to see the best rates. They can vary day by day and some offer NO COMISSION but beware as their exchange rate is poor so kind of false advertising IMHO. Today $100 gets you EUR78 at the Bank of Ireland.
 
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RE: Finally Ireland Bound

Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:21 pm

For a nice day trip out of Dublin, take a tour bus down into County Wicklow that goes to Glendalough. That was my favorite trip when I was there. Glendalough is so beautiful...mountains, lake, river coming down the far mountain flowing into the lake, good walking around, etc. Very scenic and historic, too. I think the total time of the tour I took was like 6 hours, we got back to Dublin around 4:00pm...but it has been a long time since my visit, not sure of the total tour time.
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RE: Finally Ireland Bound

Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:08 pm

Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Reply 13):
I will most likely use their services. Thanx!

If you're staying on Lord Edward Street (is it the Arlington Hotel, by any chance?) your best bet is to take the Aircoach instead of the Airlink, but make sure you get one that goes through the city cente. There are several routes and you don't want to end-up miles from the city. Look for one that goes into the city centre, and ask the driver to let you off at the Trinity College stop. From there it's about a 5 minute walk to Lord Edward Street. I've marked it on the map below (click to enlarge) as well as a few other things.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y193/Braybuddy/untitled2-22.jpg

T = Aircoach Trinity College stop
A = Your hotel
D = Dunnes Stores supermarket (one of the cheapest, unless you can find one of the Aldi or Lidl German chain stores)
C = Centra convenience store, smalller and a litte pricer, but open 24 hours
B = You cannot visit Dublin and not go to Burdock's for fish and chips! It's famous, cheap and delicious. And just around the corner from your hotel.

And you're staying on the edge of Temple Bar, which is close to everything you'll want, and safe to walk around, even late at night.

Temple Bar at night, though it's a little colder now!

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y193/Braybuddy/untitled55-2.jpg

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Don't know when you're heading over, but the weather's been very mild for the time of year year. Hopefully it'll last, though you NEVER can count on the weather in Ireland . . .

Finally, I've heard reports in the past about the airport bank being one of the worst places to change money. If you have an ATM card, use that instead, but if you have to change money there, I'd suggest a small amount, then go to one of the banks in the city centre. There's an AIB on Dame Street, just down from your hotel, and the rate there will be as good as you get anywhere.

[Edited 2012-01-17 08:13:50]
 
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RE: Finally Ireland Bound

Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:50 pm

On my list of must visit places when I get around to it.

Funny, I've seen Malaysia, Los Angeles, Dubai you name it...but never Dublin.

Then if you note my country of residence...it's almost like I'm avoiding the place. I've heard it lovely from my parents, so I'd also like to wish you an excellent trip.
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RE: Finally Ireland Bound

Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:11 pm

Quoting Gingersnap (Reply 17):
Then if you note my country of residence...it's almost like I'm avoiding the place

Why would that make any difference? Queen Elizabeth made a very successful first trip last may and, by all accounts -- and by the pictures of her lauging and smiling -- really seemd to enjoy herself! We're a hospitable people, you know . . .

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