This is one of our Budget series of posts to give you an idea of how much we spent traveling around the world. Here we will look at Ireland. Check our posts to see what kind of activities we did and where we stayed!
In Ireland we used the euro. We converted to US dollars using the current conversion rates at the time of our visit. It was approximately 1 euro to 1.24 dollars – down since our visits to other euro countries!
Total Spent (3 days): $596.65
We stayed in a private room in someone’s townhouse through Airbnb. This was the cheapest option but still quite pricey!
We did more activities in our few days here than we normally would have since we felt like there was a lot we wanted to see! This included the Hop-On Hop-Off bus, the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainhaim Gaol, Book of Kells and our two walking tours.
Since we were back in an area with lots of interesting tasting beers, we took advantage and bought many pints of beer. This total came from pints of beer bought in various pubs, plus one hot brandy. Beer, while easy to find, was quite expensive; expect to pay at least 5 euros for a pint!
We knew that food would be expensive, so we tried to only eat out once a day. We bought some sandwich supplies and fruit for inexpensive breakfasts and lunches.
We bought a couple of Christmas gifts to bring home
This cost only includes our fares on the local Dublin buses, which was the easiest way for us to get from our accommodations to the Dublin city center. In general, we were unimpressed with the Dublin bus system, because the fares seemed high and you had to pay with exact change in coins (no pre-purchase available).
This divides out to $198.88/day which is DOUBLE our $100/day budget!! However, we knew going into our visit that we would go over, since we wanted to do a lot of things in a short amount of time. (This, by the way, illustrates why we didn’t plan to spend a lot of time in western Europe during our trip.)