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Ireland - Traveling

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Entry requirements

Organizing your trip

Means of transport recommended in town

Ireland has an extensive road, rail, bus and air infrastructure. But no subway.
Click here to get the details of the Dublin Transportation Office.
Maps of urban networks: LUAS, Dublin

Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country

The Irish railway network is quite old. Schedules are not always respected. Travelers often have difficulties for booking tickets.
Airlines
Name Type Domestic flights International flights
Aer Lingus Major yes Yes
City Jet Major no Yes
Ryanair low cost yes Yes
Aer Arann low cost yes Yes

Traveling by yourself

Recommendation: The road network links all parts of Ireland. Be careful of the narrow country roads where the bends in the road are often very sharp and windy. The road network is extensive but the quality of road surfacing is often poor. Upgrading is in progress.

Road signs:
Freeways/Motorways = Blue
National Primary & Secondary routes = Green
Regional and local routes = White

Road maps: Road network
Find an itinerary: Viamichelin

Visiting

Different forms of tourism

Nature: Ireland is well known for its wildlife and its National Parks.
Religious: Ireland is a jewels of megalithic monuments. A lot of sacred sites let enter the Celtic legend.
Thermal: Lisdoonvarna is a spa town in north County Clare.
Beach: As an island, Ireland is surrounded by beaches. Click here to get more information.
Winter sports: Skiing, snowboarding, surfing, canoeing, walking...
Outdoor activities: Walking, hiking, cycling... For further information, see the Island Ireland website.
Shopping: Special purchases include hand-woven tweed, hand-crocheted woolens and cottons, sheepskin goods, gold and silver jewellery, Aran knitwear, linen, pottery, Irish crystal and whiskey...

Shopping hours: Mon-Sat 09h00-17h30/18h00.
Many towns have a late night opening on Thursday or Friday until 20h00/21h00.
Sunday: 12h00 - 17h00/18h00 (main shopping centres, larger department stores). Many smaller supermarkets in towns and villages are also open.

Tourism organizations: List of Tourism Offices in Ireland

Living conditions

Health and safety

Health precautions: No specific recommendations.
For further information on sanitary conditions: Department of Health and Children

Time difference and climate

Map of the time zone: Dublin (GMT in winter, GMT+1 in summer)
Summer time period: From March to October.
Climate: The temperate climate is due to mild southwesterly winds and the Gulf Stream. Summers are warm, while temperatures during winter are much cooler. Spring and autumn are very mild. Rain falls all year.

Eating

Food specialties: Barmbrack (a currant loaf), boxty (potato pancakes), scones.
Dublin Bay prawns, seafood, smoked salmon, trout...
Oysters (served with Guinness and wholemeal bread).
Irish stew ( mutton, lamb or juicy beef, served with potatoes, stock, onions, carrots and garlic).
Crubeens (pigs’ trotters).
Colcannon (a mixture of potatoes and cabbage cooked together).
Soda bread.
Soufflé made with carrageen (a variety of seaweed).
Drinks: Guinness, Kilkenny, whiskey, stout, tea...
Dietary taboos: There are no specific restrictions.

Speaking

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