Ireland is a beautiful country, with rolling green hills, ancient castles, lively cities, and cozy pubs. We traveled to Ireland to celebrate our wedding anniversary and made a 5-day road trip.
In this post you can read about our Ireland road trip budget and helpful tips to travel to Ireland on a budget.
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Ireland road trip budget
How much does it cost to travel Ireland?
As we were celebrating our wedding anniversary, something I plan to do just once in my life, we didn’t try to make this Ireland budget as low as possible.
However, you can travel to Ireland on a budget, it just comes down to the choices you make during your trip. While we didn’t spend much on accommodation as we traveled in a campervan, we did spend more money than usual on foot because we didn’t cook during our trip.
In the infographic below you can find the cost of traveling to Ireland.
Ireland travel budget: important facts and figures
• I traveled to Ireland with my husband (obviously, it was our wedding anniversary), all expenses are for the two of us together.
• I spent 5 days in Ireland, in total we spent €1130. This comes down to an average of €226 a day for us as a couple and includes all our expenses in Ireland.
• It does not include our airplane tickets from the Netherlands to Ireland and back home.
• My trip started and ended in Dublin, you can find the itinerary of our road trip here.
Ireland travel expenses
Our Ireland expenses are divided into 5 categories:
- Hotel in Dublin: 5% of our costs
- Campervan: 64% of our costs
- Transport by bus: 1% of our costs
- Food & drinks: 34% of our costs
- Activities: 4% of our costs
1. Budget hotel in Dublin
We stayed at Hotel St. George and paid €55 for a night, not including breakfast. The room wasn’t big, but it was recently refurbished so everything was clean, tidy and smelled very fresh.
The hotel is a stone’s throw from the busy Upper O’Connell Street and you can easily walk to the main sites in Dublin. Checkout time was noon which was very convenient!
2. Renting a campervan in Ireland
You can read the exact budget breakdown of renting a campervan in Ireland this post. The total cost of renting a Vista campervan from Bunk Campers for 5 days was €719, which comes down to €144 per day.
Our campervan expenses include:
- Rental fee
- Additional insurance (optional)
I find campervan road trips an economical way to travel because it combines the costs of accommodation and transport, which both usually make up a large chunk of my travel budget.
3. Transport by bus (Dublin airport to the city)
The only public transport we used in Ireland was the bus from Dublin Airport to the city center (more info about the bus can be found here). The costs of this bus trip were €3,30 per person.
Our total bus transport costs were €12 (tickets from Dublin to the Bunk depot are €2,70 per person, the office is very near to the airport).
4. Food and drinks
This is where we splurged compared to our usual travel style. We bought a couple of groceries (breakfast and some snacks for hikes) but other than that we ate out every single day, both for lunch and dinner.
Lunch was mostly sandwiches from deli shops (price between €3-€6) and we had dinner in pubs (price between €10-€20). On the day of our anniversary, we had a fancy dinner at a nice restaurant.
Total amount spent on groceries, food, and drinks: €296 (almost €60 a day).
We did three paid activities during our trip. The first was a visit to Trinity College and the beautiful Old Library where the Book of Kells is on display. The admission fee was €11 per person.
The second paid activity was the famous Cliffs of Moher. The admission fee was €6 per person (this includes access to the parking area).
Our last paid activity was visiting the Rock of Cashel, admission was €7 per person. The total for paid activities came to €48 for the two of us.
How to save money in Ireland?
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, you can easily travel around Ireland for less. Here are a couple of ways to save money on your trip.
Rent a cheaper camper van
First of all, you could rent a cheaper camper van, the Roadie costs just €40 a night, instead of €73 per night like the Vista van we had. This reduces your rental fee by 45%.
Skip the additional insurance
If you are confident about your own driving skills you can skip the €195 additional insurance I took out. I always take out additional insurance since I had a little parking incident in New Zealand.
Cook your own meals
We ate out every day and that doesn’t come cheap in Ireland. In Southeast Asia eating out is cheaper than cooking your own food. In Ireland however, the average pub meal sets you back between €10 and €20.
If you cook your own dinner you can easily stay within a €20 budget a day for 2 people, we managed to do so in New Zealand as well. So instead of spending €296 on food & drinks, you could spend as little as €100…
Potential savings on your Ireland trip cost
These measures could potentially save you €424, bringing down your total expenses to €706 (€140 per day for a couple = €70 per person).
Of course, everything depends on the choices you make. I chose not to worry about our Ireland vacation cost, because we wanted to celebrate our wedding anniversary and it was only a short trip.
We were a lot more careful with our budget during our yearlong trip around the world because we wanted to travel as long as possible.
How much does a trip to Ireland cost: in conclusion
I hope this post has given you an idea about the cost of trip to Ireland. If you have any questions, leave a comment below. Happy travels!
This post was updated in June 2020.