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dublin driving

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dublin driving

i read that one should avoid driving here, but i like to have a car (can't walk long distances) and am thinking of renting one. is it really that bad an idea?

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Driving in Dublin city centre is straightforward enough, the same as any other metropolis, but a lot less chaotic than Paris or Rome. The real problem in Dublin is PARKING...there are limited parking spaces. Once you find a spot to park, you leave your car there for the day and walk from destination to destination.

If walking is a problem, then the ideal solution for sightseeing and shopping is the hop-on hop-off tourist bus which will deposit you at all the major attractions and has a regular timetable.

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Really depends on what you want to do in Dublin but assuming that you want to see the usual sights and generally get a sense of the town, driving is not a good idea for a number of reasons:

1. Traffic is generally sluggish even outside rush hour

2. Parking can be difficult to find, particularly near popular visitor locations e.g. Trinty College

3. Street geography is complex (by comparison with most US cities) and directions can be difficult to follow if driving.

Remember this advice is specific to Dublin - and to some degree to other urban areas in Ireland e.g Cork, Galway etc. However, outside of the bigger towns, a car is generally recommended for getting around as public tansport can be limited in many areas.

Why not use taxis, if walking is a problem -they are not cheap but are plentiful and will get you reasonably quickly from location to location within Dublin. They are are certainly less stressful than driving. Also consider hop-on, hop-off tourist buses, if you wish to see the various sights in Dublin.

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driving in Dublin is horrible just like in Paris and Rome and cities like that. Traffic is bad, roads dont have enough lanes and signs are not easy to see always or not until it is too late to turn.

If u can drive in those cities u will be able to drive in dublin. but dont expect roads like in cities in America.

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It all depeneds on what you expect to gain from driving in Dublin.

Unlike the US driving is not necessary within an urban environment.

If you are arriving and staying in Dublin for a few nights before you fly out you should consider hiring your car on the day you are leaving the city or head back to the airport to collect your car. There is of course more choice in the airport.

Driving in Dublin is fine. Its just slow. You simply need to be aware of which lane to be in because unlike the US our roads rarely have gantries and we are accussed of having terrible road signage. I gave up on signage with the advent of Sat Nav. Garmin Sat Nav have lane assist you could buy one at home and get the Irish map before you travel.

You should also check your hotel for parking. Usually in the city the hotels do not have on site parking and only offered a reduced rate in a local multi story car park.

You can also get the Dublin open top tour bus which is hop on and hop off at the best sites in the city.


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I don't believe that having a car in Dublin will alleviate any issues you may have with walking long distances. For example by the time you have parked the car, walked to the site you wish to see, walked back to the car, drove to the next site, found parking, walked from car to next site and then back to car again you could very well have walked more than what was originally necessary between sites. The hop on hop off bus will be your best bet as it will practically drop you at the door of each attraction. The cost of renting a car (with insurance) and paying for parking (if you can find it) will be far more than the price of the bus ticket.

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