Three Days In Dublin
This mini guide is for travelers looking to make the most of this great city. Dublin has it all: diversity, history, culture, shopping and delicious food. Dublin was the very first city I traveled to solo and I recommend this destination for all female solo travelers. So without further ado, here’s my Dublin Solo Female Travel Guide.
When To Go
June – August (High Season)
Daytime Temps: 63F-64F (17C-18C)
Nighttime Temps: 48F-52F (9C-11C)
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What To Wear
Dublin in the summer is more crowded and prices are high but at least it’s warm…well, warmer. You should pack sweaters and enough layers to get you through the trip because it’s pretty chilly at night and doesn’t get much better during the day.
Hostels (High Season): Prices range from 14 Euro to 21 Euro per night.
**Note: These are the prices for hostels with a rating of 8.0 or higher on Hostelworld.com.**
Hotels (High Season): Prices for budget hotels run about 79 Euro to 98 Euro per night.
What To Spend
50 USD/ 65 AUD/ 65 CAD/ 40 EUR/ 35 GBP
*Assuming you’re on a backpacker’s budget. Making use of public transportation, staying in hostels or other budget accommodations and eating out about once a day. For the daily budgets of other destinations, check out Round The World Trip Budget next.*
How To Get Around
Dublin is the perfect city for people that prefer to explore on foot because many of the main city attractions are close together. The entire time I was in Dublin I only needed to use public transport once to see Kilmainham Goal. For all the other places on my list, I was able to walk to them and experience life on the streets along the way.
If you prefer not to walk then the public buses are a great way to go. The buses run Monday through Saturday from 6am to 11:30pm. On Sundays, the bus runs from 10am to 11:30pm. The fare is based on how far you go so it can be as low as €0.70 or up to €5 if you’re heading out to the suburbs. You can pay your fare with coins or a Leap Card.
Note: Dublin Bus drivers do not take bills or give change. If you’re going to pay in coins, then make sure you have exact change.
Nitelink is the late night bus service. These buses run on Fridays and Saturdays from midnight to 4 am and pick up about every half an hour. For the exact timetable, you can check the schedules posted at bus stops or you can look it up on the Dublin Bus website.
The cost to ride the Nitelink is €6.60.
The Luas is the tram system. There are two lines: the Red and Green lines. It runs Monday through Friday from 5:30am to 12:30am. On Saturdays, the tram runs from 6:30am to 12:30am. And on Sundays, it’s 7am to 11:30pm.
The price to ride the tram is determined by distance and zone. For a Single Journey:
For a Return Journey:
The DART is the Dublin Area Rapid Transit. The train runs right through the city and then out to the rest of the country. The train picks up about every 10 to 20 mins and operates from Monday through Saturday from 6am to midnight. On Sundays, it operates from 9:30am to 11pm.
If you’re going to be using public transportation a lot while in Dublin then you may want to purchase a Leap Visitor Card. These cards grant you unlimited travel for a certain period of time. The Leap Visitor card is valid on the Airlink, Dublin Bus, Luas, DART and the Commuter Rail. You can buy them online and have it delivered right to your home or buy one at the airport.
The cost of the Leap Visitor Card:
What To Do In Dublin
I love Dublin. It’s one of my top places for solo female travel because there is just so much to do and it’s very easy to get around. I found that the topic of what to do while in Dublin needed its own post because I had quite a lot of options to list.
So for the complete What To Do list, read Top Ten Things To Do In Dublin next.
Pickpocketing does occur and travelers need to be careful especially in markets or while attending festivals. To protect yourself and your things, try not to carry anything particularly valuable and keep your belongings in an anti-theft bag.
Try not to be out late at night by yourself, but if you do find yourself in this situation, stick to crowded streets with lots of people around.
So that’s my Dublin Solo Female Travel Guide. I hope it helps you make the most of your trip and if you have any more questions about this amazing city then don’t be afraid to ask!