Updated: September 21, 2022
Rich in culture and tradition, and blending Victorian architecture and contemporary life, Ireland is a fascinating destination. Below are some answers to travelers’ many frequently asked questions.
Home to breathtaking scenery and captivating stories, a mosaic of Celtic traditions and surprising Viking heritage, Ireland offers immersive experiences set among greenery and timeless charm.
Below, find more information on how to experience your perfect Ireland trip.
Americans can travel to Ireland now. You will require a valid passport that has at least one blank page in it. While entry into Ireland is contingent on its government, your Zicasso travel expert will work with you from planning to departure, and inform you of the necessary steps should anything change during this time.
For more information on where Americans can travel right now without restrictions, view Where Americans Can Travel Right Now.
Learn more: Plan Your Trip to Ireland
The best time to visit Ireland is from May through September, the late spring and summer months providing the best weather.
As summer turns to fall, the crowds tend to dissipate, popular tourist sites see fewer lines and the early September weather remains favorable.
Summer days are warm, the rain stays away, and the lush countryside buzzes with life while the shoulder season months of April and October provide the space to explore just after and before the winter chill.
Learn more: Best Time to Visit Ireland
Seven days in Ireland will give you the chance to discover Dublin’s charm and traditions, with a few days to travel to the southwest and explore a few key towns and villages that make up the Ring of Kerry.
Self-drive or enjoy a guided tour for 10 days that will take you around Killarney, Kenmare, and Killorglin, as well as popular cities such as Cork and Galway. Spend a few nights in Dublin before or after your adventure.
Give yourself a full two weeks if you wish to explore further. Start in Dublin, traveling to Cork in the south, then up the Wild Atlantic Way through Clare and Galway, arriving in County Donegal.
Ireland is a popular tourist destination because of its rich culture and historic roots. When visiting, you can find a blend of tradition and charm in one of the world’s most scenic settings.
Ireland is small enough to explore in a limited amount of time and offers diverse experiences, from castle stays to breathtaking coastal drives. There is also adventure to be had in city rivers and forested parks. Deep traditions in music and dance, forerunners in whiskey distilling, hearty meals, and friendly people add to Ireland’s allure.
Learn more: 6 Best Castles to Visit in Ireland
Below is a list of the seven most popular places to visit in Ireland:
There are a number of choices when it comes to where to visit during your trip. Discover roads and trails that take you from city hubs through village greens and to rocky cliffs with dramatic views of the ocean when visiting our recommendations for the 7 Best Places to Visit in Ireland.
There are many adventures you can enjoy and below we list a few options of what you could do on custom-tailored Ireland tour:
Our Top 8 Things to Do in Ireland unveils our recommendations of the things to do during your trip to help inspire more ideas or provide new perspectives for how to discover Ireland.
Tantalize your taste buds with traditional Irish fare. When we think of Irish cuisine, perhaps comfort food comes to mind, mostly associated with potatoes or possibly a creamy Irish butter to be spread on homemade bread. Here are some items you should try:
Ireland is famous for its traditional music and dance, and many travelers wish to experience this firsthand. If you walk into almost any pub in Dublin, you will be sure to hear the sweet sounds of Irish bands.
Discover the mastery of Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, and other traditional dance shows in cities such as Dublin and Galway, and from Kilkenny to Cork, with options to try to step in time as you learn the craft at select venues across the country.
The most popular Irish tradition has to be St Patrick’s Day, a celebration of Ireland’s most famous patron saint. An air of mysticism hangs over the country as legends and folklore surrounding fairies and leprechauns exist in modern-day Ireland.
From the warning of a banshee cry to the connection to good luck of the shamrock and butterflies, Ireland is full of mythology and tradition. Noteworthy is its national symbol, the Irish or Celtic harp. King Brian Boru’s dates back centuries and depicts unity, joy, and national pride.
Ring roads, outer roads, and coastal highways connect Ireland’s towns and villages, so the best way to get around is most definitely by car or coach. Irish Rail will connect you to small villages and towns, with Dublin as the hub.
Cycling in cities is popular and for those wanting to explore nearby islands such as the Aran Islands off Galway Bay, a ferry is the answer. While not hugely popular, one can fly between smaller cities.
Learn more: The Best Ways to Travel Around Ireland
Voltage in Ireland is 230v and the plug type used is Type G, which comprises three rectangular prongs.
On/off switches are used, so do be aware of this when plugging your 110v-240v devices in to ensure they charge.
Ireland is an adventure-filled destination perfect for family travel. Castles and palaces on wide-open landscapes invite young visitors to hike, bike, and walk, often stopping for added activities on river banks and along stone walls.
From archery in Killarney to rafting down the River Liffey through Dublin, there is so much to keep kids of all ages entertained on Ireland Family Vacations & Tours.
Self-drive options or small guided tours can see you explore one quaint village after another and visit popular sites such as the Blarney Stone, the Kildare Maze, and the Aran Islands at the mouth of Galway Bay.
Ireland is definitely suitable for senior travelers, with coaches or comfortable cars connecting cities and towns across the length and breadth of the country.
Active seniors can discover the beauty of Ireland’s coastline by bicycles, trails, or leisurely strolls. Visit castles and estates at your own pace, and spend time relaxing in quaint villages in the countryside.
In Dublin, trace traditional steps through cobbled streets, pedestrian walkways, and grand institutions such as Trinity College. Take some time out in one of the city’s green spaces.
From walking along the Cliffs of Moher to finding the right Irish castle, explore Ireland on custom-tailored Ireland Tours for Seniors.
Learn more: Top 12 Things to Do in Ireland for Seniors
With vistas straight out of a storybook and picturesque coastal roads, Ireland is a stunning destination for romantic travel.
Spend a night in a castle or at a humble inn deep in the countryside where you can sample true Irish hospitality. Romantic adventures await couples in city parks and down winding rivers, through fairytale forests and seaside havens.
Discover the secrets of Dublin’s Temple Bar, stargaze at the International Dark Sky Reserve in Kerry, and enjoy a romantic meal with spectacular views from the Cliff House in Waterford. These are just a few of the romantic options awaiting you on our Ireland Honeymoon Packages.
Learn more: 10 Most Romantic Places in Ireland for Couples
Ireland is very safe for travelers. You should always keep an eagle eye on your belongings when in crowded destinations, but your overall safety is never a concern. Ireland does have a reputation for rowdy football matches within major cities, but otherwise, locals keep a safe, welcoming environment.
English is the most commonly spoken language in Ireland.
Irish Gaelic (or simply ‘Irish’) is the first official language of Ireland. You may see signs written in Gaelic and hear a few words spoken during your travels around the country. However, you will mostly hear English and should not have any language barriers.
You can find the complete list of vaccination recommendations through the CDC Ireland Vaccination Information site, though they are not mandatory.
You should always consult your doctor or a travel nurse to obtain the best medical advice before taking your trip.
Visitors to the Republic of Ireland are required to have a valid passport with at least one blank page in it. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of your return to the USA.
No visas are required to enter Ireland and tourists can stay for up to 90 days.
From May 2023, you will need to register for ETIAS, a visa waiver, and multiple-entry travel authorization for American citizens for three years, in accordance with the European Union and the Schengen Zone. An Ireland Zicasso travel specialist can provide you with more information during the planning process.
The official currency of the Republic of Ireland is the euro (€).
The euro replaced the Irish pound in 2002. Restaurants and stores throughout the country accept major credit cards such as Visa, American Express, and MasterCard, making it easy to pay for accommodations, tours, food, or other goods not purchased before your trip. ATMs are ideally located in all major centers and towns.
Tipping is at your discretion, with no set rules.
Ten percent would be a good gesture for great service in restaurants, while a couple of euros for porters and taxi drivers would be appreciated.
For most travelers, the most convenient airport is Dublin (DUB), followed by Shannon (SNN). The busiest airports in Ireland include:
Our Ireland Tours & Vacations are a collection of curated trips where you can get a better idea of what your itinerary may look like.
You can select a sample trip that aligns with your ideal vacation, be it a family tour, couples’ getaway, heritage trip, or more. These sample trips are often a stepping stone from which our travelers create unique itineraries.
When you are ready, you can complete a Trip Request to begin planning your vacation. We ask for more information on where you would like to go, how long you would like to spend in Ireland, the size of your party, and ages of your travelers to help streamline the planning process.
You can also provide additional ideas or preferences, as well as set a travel budget, after which our Travel Care team will contact you to match you with a top Ireland travel specialist. Our Ireland travel specialists will use their expertise and understanding of your preferences to curate your dream vacation.
From the Guinness museum in Dublin to the legendary Newgrange passage tomb, fascinating Blarney Castle and the tradition of falconry, Ireland is a destination where charm, history, and contemporary culture combine.
Ireland Tours & Vacation has sample itineraries that can inspire your trip before you customize the details.
Discover the secrets of this enchanting country with Zicasso’s Ireland Travel Guide, where you can find more information and tips to help you start planning.