Money and Costs
ATMs are widespread. Credit cards (with PIN) are widely accepted in restaurants, hotels and shops.
Most banks have ATMs that are linked to international money systems such as Cirrus, Maestro or Plus. Each transaction incurs a currency conversion fee, and credit cards can incur immediate and exorbitant cash-advance interest-rate charges. Also it is strongly recommend that if you’re staying in the city centre, you get your money out early on a Friday to avoid the long queues that can form after 8pm.
The best exchange rates are at banks, although bureaux de change and other exchange facilities usually open for more hours. There’s a cluster of banks located around College Green opposite Trinity College and all have exchange facilities.
Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards are widely accepted in Dublin. Smaller businesses prefer debit cards (and will charge a fee for credit cards). Nearly all credit and debit cards use the chip-and-PIN system, and an increasing number of places will not accept your card if you don't have your PIN.
You're not obliged to tip if the service or food was unsatisfactory.
- Hotels Only for bellhops who carry luggage, then €1 per bag.
- Pubs Not expected unless table service is provided, then €1 for a round of drinks.
- Restaurants Tip 10% for decent service, up to 15% in more expensive places.
- Taxis Tip 10% or round up to the nearest euro.
- Toilet attendants Tip €0.50.
Budget: Less than €150
- Dorm bed: €16–28
- Cheap meal in cafe or pub: €15–25
- Bus ticket: up to €2.85
- Some museums: free
- Pint: €5.50–7
- Budget hotel double: €100–150
- Midrange hotel or townhouse double: €130–250
- Lunch or dinner in midrange restaurant: €30–40
- Guided tours and admission to paid attractions: €20
Top end: More than €250
- Double in top-end hotel: from €250
- Dinner in top-end restaurant: €60–120