What Your Money Buys in Ireland

There is no getting away from it, Ireland is an expensive country both to visit and to live in.

This has become much more obvious to those of us living here since the advent of the Euro, since it is now very easy to compare prices when travelling elsewhere in Europe. If you are doing the same you will surely notice it too.

While the recession has seen a deep fall in the rate of inflation, there is still a big gap between what your money will buy in, say, the USA compared to what it will buy in Ireland.

What Will Your Euro Buy?

  • 1c: Nothing
  • 2c: Um, nothing
  • 5c: Still nothing.
  • 10c: Some ‘penny’ candy, the sort that rots your teeth!!
  • 20c: A small box (book) of matches
  • 68c: A stamp to send a postcard home (if you live in Ireland)
  • 68c: A stamp to send a postcard home (if you live outside Ireland)
  • €1.50: A postcard to put the stamp on
  • €2: A National Lottery scratch card –  you could win €20,000 instantly! (but probably won’t)
  • €7: A cut-price cinema ticket for a morning screening. Climbs to €11 for evening shows.
  • €10: Paperback novel to while away a rainy evening
  • €25: Two tickets for the Historical Walking Tour of Dublin
  • €55: A family heritage card, for admission to many historic sites (Bargain!)
  • €120: A room for two for one night in a good 3 star hotel

What Stuff Costs in Ireland

These prices are current as of July 2014. Prices are averages, and generally Dublin is more expensive than the rest of the country, a petrol station shop more expensive than a supermarket. These figures are from all over the place, but all from sources we consider reliable.

  • 2 litre bottle of Coke: €2.50
  • Pound of Butter: €2.80
  • A Big Mac: €3.45
  • Pint of Guinness: €4.80 (or up to €6 in Dublin)
  • Cinema Ticket: €11.00
  • A Music CD: €19.95
  • 1 Litre Unleaded Petrol: €1.57 -which equates to about $8 per US gallon (July 2014)
  • Two course Meal for 2: €70-€90+ (includes coffee and a bottle of house wine)

Accommodation (1 room, 1 night, 2 people, inc breakfast)

  • Ultra Luxury Hotel: €350 – €500
  • Average 4 star hotel: €160 – €350
  • Average 3 star hotel: €120 – €200
  • Country House: €120 – €250
  • Guest House: €80 – €150
  • Bed & Breakfast: €60 – €100
  • Hostel: €20 – €40 (private room, dorm rooms are cheaper)

Ford Focus (4 door saloon, mid range):€24,000

Apartment Rental (2 bedroom):

  • Dublin – €1600/month
  • Outside Dublin – €900/month

Average House Prices

For a three bedroomed semi-detached house.

  • Dublin: €250,000
  • Outside Dublin: €150,000


Published: December 15, 2008 | Updated: March 31, 2017 | Image Credits

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