The international calling code for Ireland is 00 353. The local area code for Dublin
is 01. Mobile phones are available for hire in Dublin for the duration of your stay.
In an emergency call 999 or 112 and specify whether you require the police (Garda)
an ambulance, the fire service or coastal rescue.
Most post offices are open Monday-Friday 09.00-17.30 and some open on Saturday from 09.00-13.00. The General Post Office on O’ Connell Street in the city centre is
Open Monday-Saturday 08.00-20.00.
Most shops in Dublin are open from 09.00 until 18.00 Monday-Saturday and 12.00
until 18.00 on Sundays. Shops stay open late Thursday evenings in the city centre and late Friday evenings in the suburbs. Many of the out-of-town shopping centres also
have late opening on other nights during the week. For non EU visitors-tax free
shopping is available in many outlets which allows you to reclaim VAT (Value Added
Tax) paid. Check with the outlet before you purchase the goods.
There are over 1,000 pubs in Dublin, from traditional watering holes to trendy late night bars, so something to suit one and all! The legal age to buy alcohol is 18. Opening
Hours Mon to Sat 10.30 Sun 12.30. Closing times are: Mon-Thurs 23.30, Fri-Sat
00.30 and Sunday 23.00 with half an hour drinking up time given. St. Patrick’s
Day 12.30-00.30. Pubs shut on Good Friday and Christmas Day. Most nightclubs
And late bars will serve drink until about 02.30.
A normal tip for good service in Dublin restaurants is between 10%-15%. Service
charge is normally automatically included for groups of six or more.
The Euro is the only currency that is officially recognised as legal tender in the
Republic of Ireland. In general, banks open Monday-Friday, 10.00-16.00 with
late opening on Thursdays until 17.00. Foreign Exchange facilities are widely
available. All major credit cards are widely accepted. Foreign exchange facilities
are available at the Dublin Tourism Centre, Suffolk Street.
There are numerous cafes around Dublin that offer access to the internet.
220/240 volts (50 cycles) is the standard electrical current and a 3-pinned
adapter may be required.
The Irish Tourist Assistance Service, ITAS, assists tourists who become victims of crime while visiting Ireland. While only a very small minority fall victim to crime, for those people the event can be extremely traumatic especially if they do not speak the language or if they are traveling on their own. ITAS offers support and practical assistance to tourists in these situations. Practical assistance consists of mediation and liaison with embassies, travel companies and financial institutions. The service can also arrange accommodation, meals and transport in emergency situations. This nationwide service is free and is run by staff and volunteers who speak a variety of languages. ITAS recommends that the tourist report the incident in person to the nearest Garda Station (Police Station), who will contact the Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS).
Opening Hours are Monday - Saturday 10.00am-6.00pm and Sundays and Public Holidays 12.00-6.00pm