The Dublin Pass
All About the Dublin Pass
What’s the Dublin Pass?
The Dublin Pass is a sightseeing pass for the Irish capital. This city pass includes 29 attractions that you can visit for free, including Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, the EPIC Emigration Museum and the famous Guiness Storehouse.
For some of these attractions, the Dublin Pass allows fast track admission. In addition, you’ll receive discounts at some shops, museums and day tours.
Also, with the Dublin Pass you’ll be able to travel on Big Bus’s hop-on hop-off buses for 24 hours. You can explore the city on two routes and get on and off as often as you like.
You can buy the Dublin Pass online and use it either on your mobile phone or as an electronic smart card. The Dublin Pass is activated the first time you use it and is then valid for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 calendar days – depending on which option you choose.
Benefits of the Dublin Pass
- Free admission to 29 attractions
- Incl. Hop-on Hop-off bus for 24 hours
- Fast track admission to some sights
- Additional discounts for shops and tours
- 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days valid from first use
- Available as mobile ticket or physical card
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How Much Does the Dublin Pass Cost?
The following table gives an overview of the prices:
The price for children is valid only when accompanied by an adult with a Dublin Pass. Children under 5 years of age do not need their own Dublin Pass.
The prices listed in the table below are based on the purchase at Get Your Guide. On the official website DublinPass.com they are usually a little higher if not reduced due to a limited time special offer.
What’s Included in the Dublin Pass?
The Dublin Pass includes the following benefits:Dublin City Passes UK - Dublin Pass
At some attractions you enjoy fast track admission with this city pass:
- Dublin Zoo
- The Guiness Storehouse
- National Wax Museum
- James Joyce Centre
- EPIC – Emigration Museum
Attention: The prices listed above are online prices. A ticket bought on the Internet is often cheaper than a ticket at the box office. To judge whether the Dublin Pass is worthwhile for you, you should compare the purchase price with the cheap online prices of the participating attractions.
Not included in the list above are all the discounts that the Dublin Pass offers all over the city. You’ll find a full list of discounts here.
Our Assessment of the Included Attractions
The Dublin Pass includes 29 attractions that you can visit for free with this pass. Among them are such popular attractions as the Hop-on Hop-off bus, the Guiness Storehouse and Dublin Castle. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is currently not available anymore.
Some of the attractions advertised on DublinPass.com are free of charge anyway. In this case, the Dublin Pass only grants a free brochure or a small gift. The affected sights are marked with “Free entry” in the table above.
Some attractions can only be visited as part of a tour – for example the Teeling Whiskey Distillery. For these you must book your participation ahead of time. Read the information in the small guide book you will receive when you buy the Dublin Pass. By the way, you can also download it now without having bought the Dublin Pass.
The Big Bus hop-on-hop-off bus offers two routes with a total of 28 stops. In high season the buses run every 10 minutes, in low season a little less frequently. The bus has both a recorded audio commentary in various languages as well as a live commentary in English. You are allowed to travel on those buses for 24 hours.
Attention: The Dublin Pass allows only a small discount on the airport transfer with Aircoach. However, this will activate your pass. Therefore, you should only take advantage of the discount if you arrive in Dublin in the morning and start sightseeing immediately afterwards. Otherwise it’s not worthwhile using the city pass for a small discount.
Validity of the Dublin Pass
After purchasing the Dublin City Pass you have 12 months to exchange the voucher for the physical ticket in Dublin or to activate the mobile pass.
Activation takes place as soon as you use the Dublin Pass for the first time at an attraction, on the hop-on hop-off bus etc. The pass is then valid for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 consecutive calendar days. The pass for four days is only available at Get Your Guide, not on the official website DublinPass.com.
These are explicitly calendar days and not 24-hour units. Therefore, you should activate the Dublin Pass as early as possible on the first day to make the most of the day. Even if you activate the pass in the afternoon, it will still be treated as your first full day.
Is the Dublin Pass Worth it?
The longer the Dublin City Pass is valid, the more worthwhile it is, as the price per day decreases considerably with increasing duration. This is illustrated by the following overview:
- 1 day Dublin Pass: €68
- 2 days Dublin Pass: €85 = €42.50 per day
- 3 days Dublin Pass: €99 = €33.00 Euro per day
- 4 days Dublin Pass: €104 = €26.00 Euro per day
- 5 days Dublin Pass: €109 = €21.80 Euro per day
The one-day Dublin Pass is therefore more than three times more expensive per day than the five-day Dublin Pass. If you spend a lot of time in the city, you only need to visit one or two attractions per day to make the Dublin Pass worthwhile.
By means of an example we would like to show that the Dublin Pass is worthwhile if you spend three full days in the city. A three-day travel plan could look like this:
- 24h Hop-on Hop-off bus: €23.40
- Dublin Castle: €8.00
- National Wax Museum: €16.50
- Jameson’s Distillery Tour: €25.00
- Little Museum of Dublin: €10.00
- Christ Church Cathedral: €8.00
- EPIC – Irish Emigration Museum: €16.50
- Guiness Storehouse: €24.00
- Dublinia: €9.50
In this case you have used services worth €140.90. The Dublin Pass for three days costs €99.00. Your savings are €41.90.
This is a medium sightseeing program, which is not too demanding, but you will be on your feet for many hours each day. Travellers who want to experience as much as possible in a short time can get even more value out of their Dublin Pass by taking visiting even more sights. Those who like it a little less intense will save less or no money with the pass.
Conclusion: The longer the Dublin Pass is valid, the more worthwhile it is. If you stay for three days, you should visit about two to three attractions a day – then you will definitely save money with this city pass. For a longer stay, one or two attractions per day are sufficient.
When Isn’t the Dublin Pass Worth it?
The Dublin Pass is not worth it for just one day. Recouping the purchase price of €68.00 and saving money on top of that is extremely difficult in just one day and will probably lead to a stressful experience. From two to three days, the price-performance ratio will be much better.
Besides, the Dublin City Pass is hardly worthwhile if you start your sightseeing too late in the say. You should make the most of every day to make the pass worthwhile.
You should also choose attractions that are relatively expensive. For some offers that only cost €5 to €8, the pass is hardly worth it.
The Dublin Pass is also less worthwhile for senior citizens and the severely disabled, as these people often only pay a reduced entrance fee in Dublin anyway.
Where Can You Get the Dublin Pass?
- Often the Dublin Pass is a bit cheaper there.
- Only there you can get the Dublin Pass with a validity of 4 days.
- You can cancel the purchase free of charge up to 24 hours before the start of your trip.
After the purchase there are two ways to get the Dublin Pass:
1 Collect it in Dublin
Both Get Your Guide and DublinPass.com will send you an order confirmation (voucher) after purchase, which you can take with you to Dublin to pick up your physical pass. There are two pick-up points for this, which are centrally located in the city:
- Visit Dublin Centre, 25 Suffolk Street, Dublin; Monday to Saturday: 09:00 – 17:30, Sunday: 10:30 – 15:00
- Discover Ireland Centre, Upper O’Connell Street 14, Dublin; Monday to Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00, Sunday: closed
You have up to a year to redeem the voucher in Dublin.
2 Mobile Ticket & Print at Home
If you buy your city pass on DublinPass.com, you can also save it on your mobile phone by downloading the Dublin Pass app and entering the reference and order number. Alternatively, you can print the pass on paper.
What We Like About the Dublin Pass
The Dublin Pass includes some top attractions such as Dublin Castle,Christ Church Cathedral and Guinness Storehouse.
With your purchase you will receive a travel brochure. You can also use a smartphone app to access the information.
With a validity of three days or more, the Dublin Pass saves you money compared to buying individual tickets.
Full flexibility: You can pick up the city pass in Dublin or use it on your smartphone.
What We Don’t Like About the Dublin Pass
With the Dublin Pass you cannot use public transport and the Hop-on Hop-off bus is only available for 24 hours.
The Dublin Pass is not worth it for just one day. From two to three days the price-performance ratio gets better.
Beware that the validity is counted in calendar days. You will need to start sightseeing early in the morning to make the pass worth your while.
FAQ About the Dublin Pass
Can I visit the attractions more than once?
No, each attraction can only be visited once with the Dublin Pass. Your ticket will be validated electronically upon entry.
How long is the Dublin Pass valid?
After you have bought the Dublin Pass online, you can exchange the voucher for the real ticket or activate the mobile pass within 12 months.
The pass will only be activated when you use it for the first time at an attraction. Afterwards it is valid for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days – depending on which version you bought.
These are calendar days, so you should activate your Dublin Pass in the morning to make the most of the first day.
Can I freely choose the visiting hours?
Basically, yes. However, some sights that can only be visited as part of a tour require advance reservation. This is stated in the documents you will receive by e-mail when you purchase your Dublin Pass.
Do I need a ticket for my children?
The Dublin Pass is also available for children between the ages of 5 and 15. They pay a reduced price. Older teenagers have to pay the regular price. Children under 5 do not need their own Dublin Pass. For them most attractions are free of charge anyway.
Who can I contact if I have questions?
For questions about the city pass, please refer to the questions and answers page of the issuing company. There you can also contact customer service using the contact form. If you would like to speed things up, you can also call the service department on +44 20 7293 0972.
If your question concerns the purchase of the passport at Get Your Guide, please contact their customer service department.
Can I cancel my purchase?
If you purchase the Dublin Pass from Get Your Guide, you can cancel the order free of charge up to 24 hours prior to departure.
If you buy it on the official website DublinPass.com, there is a 30-day money back guarantee. For a surcharge of 2.5% of the purchase price you can extend the guarantee to a full 12 months. Select this option during the ordering process.
Alternatives to the Dublin Pass
The Dublin Pass not worthwhile for you? An alternative is the DoDublin Card, which allows you to visit fewer attractions for free, but could still be worth it. The DoDublin Card is above all a mobility card: with it you can travel free of charge on Hop-on Hop-off busses and scheduled buses as well as on the Airport Shuttle.
If both Dublin Passes are not suitable for you, you can also book individual tickets for some attractions and tours on the Internet. A selection of popular offers: