There are several reasons why you should pack your bags and fly out to Ireland when you get a chance: unspoiled landscapes, ancient castles and monuments, the unique culture, and of course the beer and whiskey. So now that we’ve chosen Ireland to be the destination for our next holiday, the only thing left to do is save up for a round-trip ticket, right? Well, like traveling to any country, it’s a little bit more complicated than that.
One of the most commonly asked questions when planning a trip is how much to spend. Keep in mind that every trip is unique and there’s no single answer that can satisfy everybody, but there are some common elements of traveling that every traveler should take into account. For example, how long do you plan on staying in Ireland, what type of accommodation do you intend to stay in, how will you get around, you get the picture.
The good thing is that a trip to Ireland isn’t going to cost an arm and a leg (maybe just a few fingers and toes, though). The following table will show the types of expenses and how much you’ll end up paying. Note: these are just rough estimates of what a lone traveler should expect to spend on a one-week trip to The Emerald Isle (and if you’re planning to include a quick visit to London, be sure to check our London guide as well!)
One-Week Estimate for Ireland Trip
- Two-Way Trip (from the US) $1,100
- Car Rental and Vehicle Insurance $780
- Gasoline $270
- Lodging $350
- Food and Beverage $270
- Entrance Fees $270
- Miscellaneous $350
Estimated Total $3,390
This estimate won’t put you in a 5-star hotel with lobster dinners, champagne bubble baths, and a rented Ferrari, but it’s far classier than what you would get on a shoestring backpacking budget. Obviously, there are several other factors that could increase or decrease this estimate.
The cost of a round-trip ticket Ireland from the US varies depending on where you depart. Play it smart and look for discounted tickets that’ll take you to Ireland from the East Coast. You could save upwards of $500 from our estimate if you take a flight from JFK to Dublin in early October. You could definitely use your airline miles on a trip to Ireland, but for those of us who aren’t common travelers and don’t accumulate as many points per year, we’ll still need to make a careful travel budget.
Another part of this rather conservative travel budget to Ireland is the entrance fee portion ($270). Like the other items on this list, there are several factors that could affect how much you end up spending, such as whether certain sites are still open during your duration in Ireland, fluctuating prices, and whether you actually visit paid sites or not. However, there are definitely certain places in Ireland that you do NOT want to skip. These include touring the Guinness Storehouse ($17 normal admission, $65 to skip the line), Malahide Castle Day Tour ($30), Glendalough and Powerscourt Gardens Tour ($35), and a medieval banquet at the Bunratty Castle ($80).
A one-week visit to Ireland will leave you feeling numbed and relaxed (too much booze?), and you’ll soon find yourself planning another week-long trip to The Emerald Isle for your next vacation. Going to Ireland and learning about their culture, searching for your roots if you have Irish blood, or thinning your blood out with Irish drinks isn’t nearly as costly as you would probably expect, but we still need to plan everything out carefully since it can be easy to splurge and spend your entire life’s savings when traveling. Just remember that you can easily save hundreds of dollars if you plan your trip right and are constantly on the lookout for crazy ticket and hotel discounts.