Grafton Street, Dublin
Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland and home to Guinness beer and pub culture.
Where You're Docked
Smaller liners can come up the river Liffey close to the city centre while the larger vessels berth in Alexandra Quay, located 2 kms/1.5 miles east from the city centre. Large ships tend to use Ocean Pier. A new terminal is currently planned at Cruise Pier closest to East Link Bridge and 3Arena (previously O2). Shuttle buses are usually provided dropping off on Kildare St beside Trinity College.
It is a pleasant but long walk (2.5km/30 mins) along the riverside into the city with some interesting sights including The Custom House and Famine Memorial. The Point Luas (light rail/tram) station opened in Dec 2009 on the north side of 3arena providing a more convenient option to get downtown. See Local Transportation section below.
The official cruise schedule is available at the port authority website. http://www.dublinport.ie/information-centre/cruise-liners/
Cruise 18 Pier
Money and Tipping
Ireland's currency is the Euro (EUR). A small tip (5-10%) is appreciated when dining in restaurants or taking a taxi.
Dublin has a large bus network and the streets are filled with double decker buses. Most sites are within walking distance of the city center. Short distance bus rides are €2 cash. Dublin Transit uses a contactless payment system called the Leap Card which can be purchased for a €5 refundable deposit with min €5 top up. These are available at convenience stores including Spar and newsagents and they can also refund your card deposit when returned. A day rate can only be obtained with a Leap card which caps the daily rate to €6.90 (Jan 2016) A single trip fare is reduced to €1.50 when using Leap. http://www.dublinbus.ie http://www.leapcard.ie
The separately operated light rail/tram network, Luas (pronounced loo-iss), has expanded making it more convenient for tourists. You can take the red line from The Point station near the cruise piers just north of the arena to Abbey St station by O'Connell St. Fares are distance based and the Leap card is accepted. For this journey, the fare is €2.30 adult one way, €4.10 return, €6.80 1 day pass (Jan 2016). If you continue further west to James's Station, you will be relatively close to the Guinness Storehouse. http://www.luas.ie/
Dublin Bus also operates a Hop On-Hop Off bus service. https://www.dublinsightseeing.ie/
If you want to bike, Dublin Bikes is a bikeshare service with a station near 3arena by the river. You will have to buy a 3-day pass (€5 with 30 min free, 2hrs for €1.50, Jan 2016) but the automated kiosks only accept chip and pin credit cards. Be aware traffic drives on the left. http://www.dublinbikes.ie/
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Sights (prices updated Jan 2016)
Shopping & Restaurants
The main shopping streets are Grafton and O'Connell and the surrounding streets. There are pubs and restaurants clustered in the Temple Bar area but you can find an Irish pub on almost any street. There is a Tesco supermarket on Fleet St in Temple Bar. St Stephens Green Shopping Center is at the south end of Grafton St and Parnell Centre is on Parnell St. Be sure to try a fresh pint of Guinness. Grab a chicken filet roll available at most convenience stores and supermarkets with lunch counters.
Restaurants and cafes may provide free wifi for customers.
There is a post office across from Saint Andrews Church near Grafton Street and another one on O'Connell St by the spire.
Been Here Before
Take the DART suburban train from Tara St Station to Howth and do the cliff walk around the head. You can do a full loop around the head or a partial loop on the east side. http://www.fingaldublin.ie/interior-pages/activities-attractions-amp-conference/activities/walking-cycling/howth-coastal-path/
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