Dublin on a Budget: Genius pointers to make the most of your Irish adventure

- Posted on: 20/03/2024 - By: Sofia Carraro Rocha - Cover by @5050travels $itemValue.title

Hello, fellow travellers! If you're eyeing Dublin and aiming to get the most out of your euros, you're in luck. Dublin, with its history, culture, and inviting pubs, can be enjoyed without breaking the bank. Whether it's a quick visit or a longer stay, here are some easy tips to save money while fully enjoying the charm of the Irish capital.



Dublin Bikes Delight:

Opt for Dublin Bikes – the city's bike-sharing program. It's an inexpensive and eco-friendly way to explore Dublin, and the first 30 minutes of each journey are free!


Public Transport Perks:

Utilize Dublin's efficient public transport system. The Leap Card provides discounted fares on buses, trams, and DART trains, making it a cost-effective choice for travellers that are staying for at least 2 days and intent to use the public transport. It has a maximum amount to expent per day, so after use this amount the next tickets won't cost you anything else. Discover everything about the public transport in Dublin here.



For sightseeing enthusiasts, consider the GoCity Dublin All-Inclusive Pass. It grants access to various attractions at a discounted rate and can be a money-saver, especially if you plan on visiting multiple spots. Book tours at Tourdesk.


Search for cheap stay:

Look beyond traditional hotels and consider hostels, guesthouses, or Airbnb options. Booking in advance and during off-peak seasons can unlock fantastic deals. If you're staying long-term, explore apartment rentals for more budget-friendly options or long-term options in hostels surrounding. Book with 15% off in our hostels.


Pack a picnic and snacks for your day:

Dublin's parks are perfect for a budget-friendly meal. Grab fresh produce from local markets or supermarkets (like Lidl, Tesco or even Dealz) and enjoy a picnic in iconic spots like St. Stephen's Green or Phoenix Park. 


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Budget-Friendly Eats and Happy-Hour:

Ditch the tourist-heavy spots and head to local favourites for wallet-friendly meals. Try traditional Irish pubs for hearty lunches or grab a delicious kebab from the numerous takeout joints. Many pubs in Dublin offer affordable lunch specials or early bird deals. Places like The Horseshoe Bar, The Auld Dubliner, or The Church often have reasonable lunch offerings. Some others offer discounted pints and even food specials – a great way to experience the local vibe without breaking the bank. Also, discover Dublin's pub culture during happy hours, usually between 5 pm and 7 pm, as Pyg Mallion (in my honest opinion: one of the best pizza's in town!) and The Sylver Penny by JD Wetherspoon (good to share with your gang!).


Local Markets, Food Trucks and Street Vendors:

Explore local markets like Temple Bar Food Market, George's Street Arcade or Dublin Flea Market where you can find delicious and reasonably priced street food options. Keep an eye out for food trucks and street vendors, especially around popular tourist spots. They often provide tasty and affordable bites. Embrace Dublin's vibrant vibe.


Early-Bird Dinners:

Many restaurants in Dublin offer early bird dinner specials, providing discounted menus for those dining in the early evening. This is a great way to enjoy a sit-down meal at a lower cost. 


Cheap Eats App:

Download food apps like Yelp to discover budget-friendly restaurants and cafes. Check out reviews and menus to ensure you get the best bang for your buck. Apps like TooGoodToGo it’s an amazing tool to find specials surprisingly meal bags for a bargain and the app FirstTable it's a master key to Early-Birds Dinners finds.


Free Walking Tours:

Explore Dublin's streets with free walking tours offered by passionate guides. It's a fantastic way to get acquainted with the city's history while saving some euros. Generation Tours provides amazing free walking tours (and other options). 


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Museum Marvels:

Enjoy free admission to several museums on specific days or during certain hours. The National Museum of Ireland, National Gallery of Ireland, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Hugh Lane Gallery, and the Chester Beatty Library are treasures that won't cost you a dime.


Student Discounts:

If you're a student, your ID card is your golden ticket to discounts. Museums, attractions, and even some eateries offer student-friendly prices. Check out cafes around university areas, such as Trinity College or University College Dublin. Some of these cafes may have student discounts or budget-friendly meal options.


BYOB Beach Day:

Plan a day trip to Dublin's coastal areas like Howth or Dun Laoghaire. Pack a picnic, grab your sunscreen, and enjoy the seaside without spending a fortune.


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Shop Smart at Penneys:

Penneys (well known around Europe as Primark) is a budget shopper's paradise. Get your hands on trendy clothes, accessories, and souvenirs without burning a hole in your pocket.


Local Events and Festivals:

Keep an eye on local events and festivals happening during your stay. Many are free or offer budget-friendly activities, adding an extra layer of fun to your Dublin adventure. Every month we select the best events to pop-in. Keep an eye!


Explore our attraction maps to discover fantastic places you'll love.




There you have it – a few insider tips to make your Dublin escapade unforgettable without breaking the bank. Happy travels! 🌍💚


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