I was with friends on my first visit to Dublin, so the Hop-On Hop-Off tour seemed an ideal way to start to get to know the city. We arrived on a wednesday and booked our tickets for thursday... and got friday for free !! I thought the ticket price was excellent value as you get two days for the price of one. We were booked with Irish City Tours which are the Red buses - their buses are either multi-lingual (about 8 languages I think !) or the live commentary. I would recommend the live commentary. The very first bus we got on was driven by.... Paddy.... no I'm not making it up ! We couldn't have asked for better. Paddy was instantly likeable... very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable as well as a great sense of humour. He exchanged our email confirmation for the bus tickets as well as reminding us about the various discounts and special offers that come with the purchase of the tickets. The live commentary was provided by Trevor, who was not only extremely knowledgeable, but very funny too. It is very tempting to repeat some of his many jokes and anecdotes here...... but that would be unfair to anyone who chooses this tour when in Dublin ! The tour takes about an hour and a half if you stay on for the whole route, but you are free to hop on and off as often as you like. When you do get off, the drivers were all able to tell you roughly how frequently the buses would come by as well as what time the last bus would pick up at whatever point you had got off at. The tour is a great way to see the city and visits just about every major tourist attraction too. I would definitely use the tour again when I return to Dublin. Don't forget to use your ticket to get money off admission at most visitor attractions and also some good deals for food too... I'd definitely recommend the deal at Pacino's Restaurant... great food and excellent staff (not just your usual Italian dishes - lots of really gorgeous dishes which I had never had before). Also, if you are able to plan which days you want to go on the tour buses, book online and get 20% off all tickets too - brilliant deal ! So a big thank to all the drivers and commentators - Best Regards Simon Renn
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