Ireland Travel Tips for First Time Visitors

By: Leah Shoup

Dublin isn’t the only airport in Ireland.

Most Americans travel through the Dublin airport. However, the Shannon airport (SNN) also receives direct flights from the United States.

Travel in shoulder season to avoid crowds.

Like most of Europe, the Emerald Isle experiences peak season from June to early September. We suggest visiting in April and May.

Rent a car to see the most beautiful parts of Ireland.

It’s the best way to tour Ireland and much more convenient than taking public transport everywhere. Just remember to drive on the left!

Plan your driving route.

If you’re preparing your Ireland road trip itinerary, mark your must-visit attractions on a map to understand where they are in relation to your start and end point.

Include hidden gems.

Word Heritage Sites like Skellig Michael and Brú na Bóinne have fewer crowds. We also suggest places like the Slieve League Cliffs along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Book accommodations in advance.

If you’re planning a trip to Ireland on a budget, you need to book your hotels in advance, especially if you’re visiting the country during the high season.

Visit Northern Ireland.

It's home to the Giant’s Causeway and countless Game of Thrones filming locations. Remember that Northern Ireland uses pounds as part of the United Kingdom!

Pack clothing you can layer.

Make sure your Ireland packing list includes layers that you can take on and off throughout the day as well as an umbrella and raincoat.

Purchase a SIM card.

Save money while traveling Ireland by purchasing an Irish SIM card from a local company like Vodafone or 3.

Purchase travel insurance.

While travel insurance is not required, one of our best tips for Ireland travel is to purchase it in case of an emergency.