An Ireland vacation doesn't have to break your budget! Use these 10 tips to make your Euro go farther and help you save money in Ireland!
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10 Money Savings Tips for Ireland Vacations
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(2:15) Save Money in Ireland Tip #1: Create a Budget
- Don't forget to include flights, accommodations, meals, attractions, transportation, and souvenirs!
(3:23) Save Money in Ireland Tip #2: Choose Accommodations
Quick guide to Ireland vacation lodging
- Consider self-catering and hostels to save money.
- Stay outside of busy tourism centers to save money.
- Self-catering accommodations also help you save money on food! Dining out always costs more than eating in!
(4:38) Save Money in Ireland Tip #3: How & When to Get Euros
- Don't use money changers at the airport and in city centres.
- Best rate comes from ATM withdrawl. Be sure to have a 4 digit PIN for your debit or credit card.
(6:10) Save Money in Ireland Tip #4: Transportation Costs
Everything you need to know about car rental in Ireland
- You don't need a car in Dublin so wait to rent until you leave the city, or return the car when you arrive in the city.
- Galway, Cork, Kilkenny, and Killarney are also very walkable. Consider taking the train to these cities and renting the car from here.
(7:48) Save Money in Ireland Tip #5: Find Free Sites & Attractions
- Use the Office Of Public Works site to find free places to visit.
- Ireland Family Vacations has tips laid out county by county.
- Free itineraries list both paid and free sites along the routes.
(8:45) Save Money in Ireland Tip #6: Get an OPW Heritage Card
The OPW Heritage Card is the best value in Ireland!
- Purchase at the first OPW site you plan to visit.
- Do have cash on hand as not all sites credit card terminals.
(9:40) Save Money in Ireland Tip #7: Buy a Dublin Pass
How to decide if a Dublin Pass is a good deal for you.
(11:35) Save Money in Ireland Tip #8: Buy Tickets Online for Discounts
Many popular sites like the Cliffs of Moher and Guinness Storehouse offer discounts when you purchase tickets online.
- Check websites of places you want to visit to see if they offer a discount.
- You will need to choose day and time of visit so be sure your itinerary is set so you don't run late or have to rush off!
(13:05) Save Money in Ireland Tip #9: Turn in Your VAT
What is VAT and how to get your refund
- Prepare your VAT paperwork before you go to the airport for departure.
- It is easier to take care of your VAT refund before leaving Ireland than it is to try to file papers after you return home.
- Allow yourself enough time at the airport to do this. I recommend a minimum of 3 hours at Dublin and 2 hours at Shannon (prior to boarding time).
(14:52) Save Money in Ireland Tip #10: Planning the Ireland Vacation of Your Dreams book
Your step-by-step guide to planning the Ireland vacation you've been dreaming of!
Filled with more money saving tips for Ireland vacations – from finding airfare and using your mobile phone in Ireland to packing and handling jet lag!
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