Dublin on a Budget

Dublin is a relatively small city, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in culture as one of Europe’s most vibrant cities and friendly as voted by travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler.

But what is so brilliant about this charming city is that you can experience all of what Dublin has to offer on a shoestring budget. And here’s how…

Dublin Transport

Dublin airport has steadily become one of the most accessible airports in the world. Facilitating over 25 million passengers a year, from over 40 countries, it is entirely possible to find an affordable flight in and out of the city. Just check Sky Scanner for the best list of available flights.

Dublin is well known as one of the most walkable large cities in the world. It is also an excellent way to get to know your surroundings. However, there are multiple transport services that will bring you where you need to go, including RDS; the venue for SWSD 2018. These include Dublin Bus, The Luas, The Dart and even the hugely popular Dublin Bike Rental scheme.

Dublin Activities

Take a stroll through St. Stephen’s green, a leafy city centre park surrounded by attractions, shops and old Georgian buildings. If you have a taste for the finer things, there are two top National Art Galleries, the National Gallery of Ireland, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art,  both of which won’t cost you a dime.

Don’t forget to check out Trinity College, and see first hand the iconic Book of Kells stored in the old fashioned halls of Trinity Library.

For more great ideas to see the best of what Dublin has to offer check out these links:

Visit Dublin: Dublin on a Shoestring

15 Things to do for Free in Dublin


Dublin has plenty of affordable accommodation, including student villages and world class hostels. For a more comprehensive view check out this guide: Budget Accommodation in Dublin


SWSD 2018 will be providing lunchonsite, but if you desire a taste of Dublin, just take a quick bus from the venue into town, where you will find between the fresh food market stalls and vendors, there are hundreds of quirky cafés & diners that offer an experience that far exceeds what it costs.


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