Time-Saving Tips for a Quick Trip to Dublin

Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

To me, the best part about travelling is being able to wander around without the stress of having to adhere to a schedule, which is also why I love to travel solo – I can go where I want, when I want. Ideally, this travel style is best suited for longer trips and conversely isn’t conducive to short trips. For example, I recently spent 3 fabulous days in Dublin, and although I didn’t necessarily have an itinerary, I had to follow a somewhat of a tight schedule because time was of the essence and there were so many items on my list! Through trial and error, I discovered a few time-saving tricks to make zipping around the city a tad bit easier.


Here are 5 Time-Saving Tips for a Quick Trip to Dublin:

Purchase the hop on/hop off bus pass: While riding the big, red, double-decker tourist bus isn’t really my cup of tea, it’s actually a quick and cheap way to get around the city. I bought a 48 hour pass, which allowed me to hitch a ride when I didn’t have enough time to walk. Though the city is quite walkable, some of the top landmarks are quite a distance away from each other. The bus pass also comes with an array of coupons for discounts to restaurants and popular attractions.

Purchase a Guinness Storehouse ticket for off-peak hours: The Storehouse tickets are a few bucks cheaper during off-peak hours. Of course, a few bucks off isn’t that big of a deal, but it can be if you’re travelling in a group. Secondly, if you purchase the Storehouse ticket from the hop on/hop off tour bus, you get an automatic line bypass added to your ticket – something that is definitely worth having because the lineups for the Storehouse can run down the street.

Purchase a Trinity College Library ticket online: I wish I had known this before I visited Trinity College. Even if you purchase a combined tour and library ticket at the entrance of Trinity College, you still need to wait in line for the Library. It was cold and raining on the day that I visited, and I waited in line for almost one hour. I can’t even imagine what the lineup would be like on a sunny day in high season. If you buy your ticket in advance online, you can bypass the line and pretty much walk right in.

Cliffs of Moher, Dublin

Visiting the major sites on off-peak hours: This one is kind of a no-brainer, yet it’s not that easy to do when you’re travelling. Even if you get a line bypass as I mentioned above, the crowds inside are unavoidable. Though I was awestruck by the beauty of the Library, it was still difficult to soak it all in because I was being jostled around by the crowd.

Hire a driver for long trips: A trip to the countryside doesn’t have to be 12 hours of being carted around on a coach bus. Hiring a driver is a great way to avoid the stops of a guided tour that might not appeal to you, and it’s also much faster to reach your destination. I took a bus tour to Cliffs of Moher, and I wish that I had hired a driver to save time and most importantly see the things that I wanted to see.

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