Now that you are officially moving to Ireland and need to plan your travels, here are some details and tips on how to do that according to first-hand moving to Ireland experiences.
By now, we are all pretty much aware that we can do all our bookings online – it’s quite easy and convenient, but you are not always sure what is legitimate or not.
Today we are here to provide you with more details about traveling to Ireland and how to reach your destinations. Let’s assume that your first step would be to book your airplane tickets.
It is an easy option if you are traveling to Dublin, as pretty much every airport has connections to the capital city, but what do you do if you need to arrive in Cork or Westport maybe?
Keep in mind that Ireland has 21 airports, and you might even be able to arrive directly at your destination.
On this webpage, you can find cheap and reliable flights: www.skyscanner.net
It’s a good option for your research when it comes to airplane tickets, but keep in mind that sometimes, it’s cheaper to book the flight directly with the airline company. Do take your time to research your possibilities of arrival, as that can save you a lot of time and money.
Also, be sure to have enough time between your flights if they are connecting flights, especially, if you will need to do a self-transfer. That can take a lot of time in some situations and make you miss your next flight, and we don’t want that, don’t we?
We would advise you to check the details about the flight, connections and how early you need to arrive at the airport in order to board on time. Use the opportunity and do your check-in online.
It doesn’t matter if we are packing to travel for tourism and leisure or for relocation purposes, we always ask ourselves how much luggage we can really take with us.
Two main factors: the airline you are flying with and what is the allowance, depending on your ticket (you can pay extra to bring a bigger and heavier bag)
Different airlines have different rules when it comes to how much and what can you bring with you on the airplane. Most airlines have their detailed information posted online and covers the following:
● Weight of your luggage and/or carry-on bag
● What is allowed in the carry-on and what needs to be put away
● How to pack liquids
● And most importantly, what is NOT allowed on the plane
Make sure to check the DO’s and DON’Ts before the check-in to avoid any hold-up and risk of not getting on your flight.
Give yourself enough time in advance to do your research, look up the surroundings and see what that locality can offer you. In general, Ireland is really well-connected, and you shouldn’t have too much trouble in moving from one place to another.
How to get around Ireland?
● Car hire
It’s already ‘well known’ how the weather is in Ireland and you’ll see it soon enough, but we must admit, the weather is not as bad as it’s generally perceived.
You’ll see plenty of people commuting around Ireland with a bike and there are plenty of online services where you can rent a bike for a few hours or for a longer period. Some companies even have a bike-to-work scheme so be sure to look that up with your employer, you could be able to get a great deal for your own bike.
The national railway company of Ireland is called Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail). Irish Rail provides a modern, comfortable, and frequent rail service to most parts of Ireland. Visit the website of the Irish railway company: www.irishrail.ie
Please note that on most Irish trains there is no class distinction.
Most trains in Ireland operate to and from Dublin. There are two main stations in Dublin: Connolly Station and Heuston Station. There are no trains from Dublin Connolly to Dublin Heuston, so you have to take a tram or bus to connect between these stations.
The larger bus service operators in Ireland include Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus, Go-Ahead Ireland, and TFI Local Link. You can check out the details of other operators by visiting their websites. All the ticket prices for specific locations are all shown on their official websites.
You will easily find a taxi at airports, train, and bus stations, as well as taxi ranks. They use a taxi meter to calculate your fare and you should know the price in advance.
Hackneys (vehicles licensed to carry passengers) are a little different – you’ll need to call their offices to order one. Their fares aren’t metered so it’s a good idea to agree on a fare with your driver before you start your journey.
The most used apps for taxis are, of course, Uber and FreeNow – you can download them from Apple or Google store.
If you have a valid driving license, you can rent a car in Ireland or a larger vehicle. There are a lot of companies offering car rental services, but make sure that your reservation is with an approved car rental company and check their reviews online.
Every car company has its own terms & conditions, as well as the prices, but all of them will be requiring your proof of identity (ID card, passport, or driver’s license) and a credit card as a guarantee. Some companies also ask for an international driver’s permit so there might be specific requirements, depending on the company. If you are under the age of 25 or over 70, there might be some limitations, best to look it up carefully in their terms & conditions.
Before you pick up the car, you will be asked to sign a rental contract, make sure you have read it, and understand what your obligations are. For example, you may need to return the car with a full tank of fuel to avoid incurring extra charges. If you are unsure about anything, always ask your rental company to explain it to you.
Sometimes you will be given a diagram of the car, with exterior damage pointed out – always double-check what’s listed in there, as it’s possible that they have missed something, and you can be charged for it afterward.
And most importantly, make an agreement with the car company about the insurance and the deposit conditions.