Dublin: where you will find a rich history, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and dusty Irish pubs
Dublin is one of the most iconic cities in the world. It is a city where hedonism and heritage meet to discuss literature and leprechauns and drink Guinness in a dusty Irish pub. Dublin is home to over 500,000 people and the capital of Ireland. Notable attractions include the Guinness Storehouse, Temple Bar, and Dublin Castle.
Get ready to be charmed by Irish culture and seduced by historical mystique with cheap flights to Dublin. Dublin is home to Dublin International Airport (DUB), which is a 15-minute drive from the scintillating heart of the city. Dublin International Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including British Airways, Emirates and Lufthansa. Popular international flights to Dublin depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Dublin is approximately 13 hours, 45 minutes.
Popular flights to Dublin
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Why visit Dublin
St. James’s Gate Brewery introduced Guinness to the world in 1759 and has since become a cultural landmark in Ireland. Visit the Guinness Storehouse for a tour and obligatory pint.
Its name is derived from the Gaelic ‘dubh linn’, or ‘black pool’, and was once home to raffish vikings. Dublin is a place that oozes charisma, mystique and historical allure.
The nightlife in Dublin is intoxicating and the pubs legendary. You will find pubs, bars, music venues and nightclubs on just about every cobbled corner. Temple Bar nightlife is iconic.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
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Dublin International Airport (DUB)
Best time to visit Dublin
Dublin experiences a temperate climate, with cool summers and mild winters. Average temperatures range from 19 degrees Celsius in summer to 3 degrees Celsius in winter. Rainfall is abundant and occurs throughout the year.
The best time to go is during summer (May to July). The weather is pleasant and festivals turn the city into a feverish hub of energy and Irish revelry. Notable events include: Tiger Dublin Fringe, Dublin Theatre Festival and Skerries Soundwaves Festival. The weather becomes cooler in spring (February to April) and autumn (August to October), but the city is full of colour and the crowds are thinner. St. Patrick’s Day happens in March and is a truly unforgettable experience.
For cheap flights to Dublin, the best time to visit is during winter (November to January).
Weather & Climate in Dublin
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Dublin is the eccentric uncle who gets sloshed on Baileys during Christmas dinner and entertains with tales of leprechauns and fabled meetings with literary greats. He is wild and peculiar, but utterly charming and lovable.
With its outlandish folklore, imposing castles, Georgian architecture, old libraries, purring cobbled streets, unique beaches, literary history, friendly locals, and over 1000 pubs, it is not difficult to fall in love with this iconic Irish city.
Take a stroll through Phoenix Park, the largest city park in Europe; discover buskers and boutiques on Grafton Street; fawn over artwork by Vincent van Gogh at the National Gallery of Ireland; chase history at Dublin Castle; or duck into the Brazen Head, a bar that was founded in 1198, for an afternoon pint.
For a glimpse into the more obscure side of Dublin, visit the Kilmainham Gaol, an infamous prison; pay a visit to the 800-year-old mummies of St. Michan’s; or be captivated by the enigmatic Freemasons’ Lodge.
South African passport holders do not require a visa to visit Ireland. You will need to ensure your passport has a validity of at least 6 months and has 2 empty pages for entry stamps.
Please note that all South African and African nationals travelling from South Africa to Dublin will have to be pre-cleared to board when checking in for the end destination Dublin. This is a lengthy procedure, but is compulsory and requires passengers to be at the airport at least 4 hours before departure.
Dublin is a safe city. However, it is a capital city and has become one of the top destinations in the world, so it is still recommended that you take certain precautions and use common sense. Travel insurance to cover theft and medical expenses is recommended.
Avoid carrying large sums of cash, valuables and important documents, as pick-pocketing can happen (particularly in crowded areas). Make use of registered taxis when travelling at night and remain vigilant of your surroundings.
Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are travelling from a yellow fever endemic area. Immunisation against hepatitis B and rabies is recommended. Other routine vaccinations include MMR, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella, polio and influenza.
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There are two types of people when it comes to choosing accommodation in Dublin: those who want to be slap-bang in the middle of everything, and those who want to get lost in the quaint serenity and gentle charm that awaits just outside of central Dublin.
The city is divided into a number of districts, each with their own unique atmosphere and rhythm. Areas south of the River Liffey will introduce you to the bustling soul of Dublin and offer easy access to a myriad of attractions, bars, restaurants, independent boutiques and experiences. Accommodation in Dublin is varied and bountiful in these areas.
St. Stephen’s Green, Merrion Square and areas north of the river offer a more laid-back (but by no means, less captivating) atmosphere. These areas are peppered with alfresco cafés, exquisite architectural masterpieces, attractions and green spaces. And accommodation is plentiful.
Fortunately, most of the attractions and great experiences are concentrated around the central city, so getting around is easy and effortless. Public transport systems in Dublin are efficient, reliable and weave through every part of the city.
Walking is the best way to explore the city, but buses, imps (minibuses), trains and trams are also available. The Dublin Bus runs throughout the day and covers a number of routes (the Nitelink service runs from midnight to 4am over weekends). The DART train links the city centre to Connolly Station, Tara Street and Pearse Street and operates daily. More information can be found on the respective websites. www.dublinbus.ie / www.irishrail.ie
The Luas tram has two lines and operates daily, while taxis offer easy transport if you don’t want to be at the mercy of public transportation. A number of car rental agencies operate within Dublin, but self-driving is not recommended.