The Irish are some of the nicest people in the world and it is common for locals to approach seemingly lost or confused looking tourists to offer them help. When passing someone in the street, particularly in smaller towns and on country roads, it is polite to say hello and partake in minor chit chat or make comment on the weather. When driving on rural roads where it is common for drivers to need to pull over so you may pass, it is polite to thank the other driver with a small wave of your hand to show your appreciation.
Ireland’s official currency is the euro (EUR, €) which is divided into 100 cents. In Ireland, the currency is always pronounced as euro (singular) rather than euros (plural) regardless of how much you are referring to. For example, €10 is pronounced as ten euro. ATMs are widely available in all towns and cities and credit cards are accepted in almost all outlets. Although fees generally aren’t charged by Irish ATMs, some banks may still charge a fee.
Most hotels offer internet access however there are also internet cafés located throughout the main tourist areas. When it comes to plugging in your devices, Ireland uses the British BS1363 three-pin rectangular socket (230V/50Hz).
For international dialing use 0011 + country code + area code + local number. Ireland uses the international telephone country code of 353. Check the area code where you are staying. When trying to contact home, particularly by phone remember the time difference. The Irish time zone is the same as the rest of the UK, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Hiring a car is a great way to see the Irish countryside and most can be picked up from the airport however visitors are advised to choose cars with automatic transmission so they can focus on the narrow and sometimes poor quality roads rather than the car itself. Taxis are also available in Ireland however it is wise to book ahead, especially in smaller towns. Your accommodation can often assist you with this, however in larger cities like Dublin, Cork and Belfast it is easier to pick taxis up on the street. Most trains run to and from Dublin however these usually always book out for major events so ensure you pay attention to this if you are travelling on weekends. Dublin is also home to a convenient tram system which features two lines, the red line and the green line. There is also local bus and boat transport which services many of the regional areas.
As a member of the European Union, Ireland maintains different immigration controls however visitors from Australia may enter the country without a visa as long as they have a valid passport and do not intend to stay for longer than three months. For longer stays of for visitors who wish to undertake employment during their visit, advance visas will be required.