Dublin for £30

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Temple Bar in Dublin

The Dublin Pass has undergone a makeover. Is it worth the cash?

The price of a one-day pass is €39 (about £30) or €21 (say £16) for those aged from 5-15. It now includes a new smartphone- and tablet-ready website, making it easier to purchase, and now offers entry to 33 of the city’s top attractions, as well as discounts and exclusive offers at 20 more venues, a one-way Aircoach transfer into the centre of Dublin from the city’s airport, a free guidebook and fast-track entry at some of the busiest attractions.

The Aircoach is the blue bus that offers fast access into central Dublin and below the river but why is the ticket only one way? Do the authorities expect Dublin to be so popular that visitors will not return home?

Given that the entry charges for some of the attractions included within the pass are quite high – the Guinness Storehouse is €18, Dublin Zoo, €16.80 and the Old Jameson Distillery Tour is €15 you can save money by just visiting three. Two day passes are €61 and three day, €71.

Unlike many city passes, this price looks reasonable given the number of attractions any typical tourist would want to visit in one day. Visit less than three and you are better off avoiding he pass and paying on the gate. Remember also that a single Aircoach ticket back to the airport will cost €7 whereas a return is €12. I come back to my original question. Why – for the sake of €5 – couldn’t a return ticket to the airport be included?

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