Banks 8am or 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday (to 5.30pm Thursdays). Many smaller branches close 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

Cafes Hours vary considerably: 7am or 8am to 11pm or midnight; some traditional cafes close at 7pm or 8pm.

Offices & government departments Open 8am to 3.30pm, 4pm or 5pm Monday to Friday.

Post offices 8am to noon and 2pm to 6pm Monday to Friday; some open Saturday mornings; many are open all day weekdays.

Pubs & bars Close anywhere between midnight and about 4am.

Restaurants Generally 11am to 2.30pm or 3pm and 6pm to 11pm or midnight. Kitchens may closes an hour earlier in the evening.

Shops 9am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday (often to 9pm Thursday or Friday in cities); from 9am to 5pm Saturday.

Seasonal Opening Hours

Opening hours can vary significantly between the high season (April to October) and winter – many sights and tourist offices are on reduced hours from November to March. Opening hours we provide are for the high season, so outside those months it can be useful to check ahead.