It can be very stressful when visiting another country. There are so many practical questions that might need answering, so here are a few questions and answers and tips that will help make your journey and vacation a little less stressful. If there is anything not covered here just send a quick email to info@experiencingireland.com, we’ll do our best to help.
The time zone in Ireland is Greenwich Mean Time (G.M.T.), which is the same in the U.K. During the Summer it becomes G.M.T. plus one.
This can help with your decision of when to visit us. The weather in Ireland is mild, humid and very changeable. The coldest months are probably January and February, temperatures are between 3 and 7 degrees Celsius, or 39 and 45 degrees F. You can check met.ie, the national weather for up to date details.
A lot of people worry about this. In Ireland English is spoken by the majority. There are Gaeltacht regions that you can visit for a very different experience where you can hear the language as a living spoken language. If you like Experiencing Ireland can include this in your vacation. We could prepare you with some simple Irish phrases to get you some bonus points with the locals.
No, not every accommodation would have air con. Most hotels do but we would advise to check before you get here. It is probably not as necessary as you might think. On the other hand every accommodation will have central heating.
In Ireland we use 220 volt plugs with three square prongs. If your device is compatible with 220 volts, you just need an adapter. Example a U.S. device with a three pronged plug will need a second adapter to convert. However, most accommodations should have all the devices you require and if Experiencing Ireland are planning your vacation just let us know which devices are essential to you, we can sort all this for you before you arrive.
When ringing Ireland from outside the country, the code is +353, drop the first 0 and dial the rest of the telephone number.
Our emergency service numbers are 999 and 112. When you ring you will get an operator who will help determine which service you need and put you through. Fire, Ambulance, Coast Guard, Gardaí (Gardee, Police).
In Ireland we drive on the left hand side. Distance is in Kilometres. For a quick conversion 80km equals 50 miles. Speed limits are displayed throughout the country on circular signs, white background with a red border, and are only shown in kilometres. The national speed limit is 100km per hour, regional roads are 80km p.h. and motorway / highway maximum speed is 120km. There is a 50km speed limit in built up areas and towns.
To hire a car in |Ireland you must be 21, but be aware of a young driver fee for under 23s. Also the upper age limit unfortunately for car hire in Ireland is 75 years. We have an excellent relationship with a car hire company and can organise this for you if you want to self drive. If you hare booking our personal chauffeur driven experience car hire is already organized and included for you, so you have no need to panic.
Firstly, the best thing to do is check with your service provider at home to make sure your phone is compatible with G.S.M. (Global System for Mobile), used in Europe. Ask them to they have an international plan, some may even have a use it like you do at home. If none of this works get your phone unlocked and buy a SIM card when you get here, put minimal credit on the card to get data and calls. Use WIFI whenever you can to save this credit. If you are a regular travel to Ireland you could consider buying a cheap phone here to use on your travels. If you are with us and need to make local calls, for example contact your accommodation or book a restaurant table for your evening, your guide will have no problem facilitating.
The currency in The Republic of Ireland is the Euro, €. However, in Northern Ireland it is Pound Sterling £.
1 Euro = 0.88 pound sterling
1 Euro = 1.20 United States Dollar
1 Euro = 1.54 Canadian Dollar
Credit and debit cards, Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted throughout the island of Ireland. American Express, however, not so widely accepted. You can withdraw cash from the ATM’s but be aware there is usually a fee. Also to bear in mind if you step off the beaten track, which you will if you travel with Experiencing Ireland then small country pubs may not take credit cards and cash is the order of the day on these occasions.
Tipping in Ireland is generally not expected, totally optionally and at your own discretion, but greatly appreciated. Personally I would leave 10 – 15% in places like restaurants, especially if you are a big group.
Smoking in Ireland is prohibited in indoor workplaces, public places and on public transportation. It is also restricted in outdoor places with a road and more that 50% of the perimeter surrounded by one or more walls.
The legal age for drinking in Ireland is 18 years old. Closing time vary slightly but in accordance with the Liquor Act Monday – Thursday 11.30pm, Friday and Saturday 12:30am and Sunday is 11:00pm. Point to note, a lot of pubs do not allow children after 6pm.
You must produce all parts of your valid full driving licence. Non-EU licence are required to have an international driving permit / licence if it is not in English. International travellers must produce a passport along with proof of your return travel and provide residency information while you are here. Credit card is the best form of payment for car hire.