If booking hotels check out prices on line (booking.com, hotels,com, ebookers.ie) and then telephone hotel to negotiate a better price.
Travelling Dublin to Galway use Gobus (www.gobus.ie) or Citylink (www.citylink.ie) for quick, good quality and cheap travel.
Any other questions just ask!
John Fahey almost 9 years ago
Not sure if it will be open yet, but we stayed in the dorms at Trinity University...basic lodging right in the middle of the city.
Here's a blog of our visit...lots to see!
Bon voyage! almost 9 years agoAnswered by Janet E. Dore via Travellr.com
Depending on what level of accommodation you are looking for you can do quite well by staying a little outside the city centre. You can stay in B&Bs which tend to be cheaper than Hotels. Another good thing to keep in mind if you have planned your trip well and are doing public transport, flying can work out cheaper than the train. If you are heading down south, Kerry to Dublin and Cork to Dublin it can be far cheaper to fly with Ryanair, especially if you don’t have much luggage. If you are not too limited for time, there are public and private bus companies that go from the airport down the country. almost 9 years ago
Hostels are definitely the way to go. Every hostel I've stayed at in Ireland (a lot) have been clean, relatively cheap, and had a great location. Try www.hostelworld.com or www.hostelbookers.com and have a look through each hostel's reviews. If you're up for an adventure I'd give couchsurfing a go as well. There are tons of open couches in Ireland and the people are so friendly here. www.couchsurfing.com just make sure you properly screen each profile and only stay with members that have hosted before and have references. Couchsurfing is free and lots of the time your host will show you around the city...but if you're interested in doing your own thing you're better off with a hostel.
For Dublin I'd recommend the Four Courts Hostel. It's about 16.50 Euro a night but you can also get private rooms for groups of 2 or 3. They've got great reviews, they're clean, the staff is friendly, and better yet, you're right in the city centre! Bring your own towel with you because most hostels in Ireland will charge you to rent one.
Cork is a great city for shopping and Blarney is about a 20 min bus ride from the city centre bus station www.buseireann.ie (Blarney Castle and grounds and the Blarney Stone which if kissed gives you the gift of the gab). Try out the Belvedere Lodge for a more B and B experience. It's a bit of a walk from the city centre but relatively close to the train station.
Galway is by far my favorite Irish city. Located along the seaside this city has the feel of a close knit town and has theeeee best night life! Try out Garvey's Pub in Eyre Square and make sure you get a day tour out to the Connemara region. Stay at the Woodquay hostel in the city centre..they've a kitchen, tons or rooms, and offer pamphlets for tours to the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands.
The train in Ireland is ridiculously expensive so I'd recommend taking the bus everywhere...you can get cheap fares from city to city (as low as 5 Euro) and it doesn't take much longer. www.buseireann.ie Booking online will also be cheaper than buying them at the station but you MUST print off your booking reference or else they won't let ya on the bus.
Hope this helped! almost 9 years ago
Hitchhiking is fairly safe in Ireland but I wouldn't personally do it alone. Couchsurf and enjoy some of the best hospitality in the world (couchsurfing.com) and stay in hostels as an alternative. Enjoy the rural areas rather than the cities (cities are always expensive) - natural beauty of the landscape costs nothing to observe. Cities and towns are usually small enough to walk around in so save money on public transport by taking your time and using your own two feet. Use an ISIC (international student Identity card) if you have one for discounts. And ask for discounts in the shops as well if you are buying goods. Worst they can say is no! Look for happy hours and drink promotions to make your beer money last longer. Check out 'things to do for free in...(insert city name here)' Here are a couple of sites I found for suggestions for free activities in Dublin; http://goireland.about.com/od/dublincityandcounty/tp/dublin_free.htm
Visit Northern Ireland if you can - it is not yet frequented by tourists so lots of undiscovered places to explore. Try tiny Rathlin Island and bring a tent for camping. They used to charge 10 pounds to camp in the field near the harbour and would refund the money if you cleaned the site when you packed up. You can take the ferry there from Ballycastle on the north coast. Amazing bird life and seals here and a population of less than 100 people.
Hope that helps. almost 9 years ago
Stephanie, I don't know if you're Irish, I see you live in India. I would not advise hitching in Ireland. It is not safe & not necessary, particularly for women on their own or even in pairs I wouldn't risk it. Go with Bus Eireann or a backpacker tour like Paddywagen (hopefully the drivers will behave themselves), you'll be far safer. Why take an unnecessary risk, you could be the unlucky one. With central locking in cars, you;re even in worse trouble if you get in with the wrong person. almost 9 years ago