Ireland costs- food, drink etc

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  1. ruthiebabe

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    Hi all

    If you've been to Ireland recently I am curious to know how you found costs at the moment? Pound is strong against the euro of course, but in the past costs have always been higher. Would welcome any observations.

    Food in supermarkets, say Tesco, Aldi compared to in UK
    Food elsewhere
    Drink, say wine in supermarkets, beer/other drinks in pubs
    Fuel and gas

    Oh, and I don't know where to put Q's about Eire...it's not UK and doesn't appear in 'Continental touring'. So it's here

    TIA, Ruth
     
  2. ivorantony

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    Last year food and drink more expensive, drink in the pub is dearer than here but diesel is cheaper,
    So you win some and lose some, still a great place to visit!
     
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  3. ruthiebabe

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    Thanks for that, appreciated. Looking forward to it. Has anyone been this year? Any other views?
     
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    Cost of living comparison between Dublin, Ireland and London, United Kingdom
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    Food 10%
    Food in Dublin (Ireland) is 10% cheaper than in London (United Kingdom)

    [​IMG] Lunchtime menu in the business district €13 (£9) £11 18%
    [​IMG] Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) €7 (£5.21) £5.45 4%
    [​IMG] 1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €4.60 (£3.34) £4.15 20%
    [​IMG] 1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.08 (£0.78) £0.87 10%
    [​IMG] 12 eggs, large €3.96 (£2.88) £3.17 9%
    [​IMG] 1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.64 (£1.92) £2.10 9%
    [​IMG] 500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €6 (£4.39) £4.69 6%
    [​IMG] 1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.34 (£1.70) £1.94 12%
    [​IMG] 2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes €1.21 (£0.88) £1.41 38%
    [​IMG] 0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €2.35 (£1.71) £1.73 1%
    [​IMG] 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €13 (£10) £8 15%
    [​IMG] 2 liters of Coca-Cola €2.11 (£1.53) £1.83 16%
    [​IMG] Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.39 (£1.01) £0.90 13%
    Housing 43%
    Housing in Dublin (Ireland) is 43% cheaper than in London (United Kingdom)

    [​IMG] Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,705 (£1,239) £2,494 50%
    [​IMG] Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €180 (£130) £174 25%
    [​IMG] Internet 8MB (1 month) €39 (£28) £21 35%
    [​IMG] 40” flat screen TV €441 (£320) £354 9%
    [​IMG] Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt €109 (£79) £71 11%
    [​IMG] Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €9 (£6) £7 10%
    [​IMG] Hourly rate for cleaning help €12 (£8) £10 18%
    Clothes 5%
    Clothes in Dublin (Ireland) is 5% cheaper than in London (United Kingdom)

    [​IMG] 1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €97 (£71) £66 7%
    [​IMG] 1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) €38 (£28) £32 13%
    [​IMG] 1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) €85 (£62) £65 5%
    [​IMG] 1 pair of leather business shoes €104 (£76) £72 5%
    Transportation 28%
    Transportation in Dublin (Ireland) is 28% cheaper than in London (United Kingdom)

    [​IMG] Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new €26,183 (£19,019) £18,438 3%
    [​IMG] 1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.44 (£1.05) £1.24 16%
    [​IMG] Monthly ticket public transport €113 (£82) £127 35%
    [​IMG] Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) €17 (£12) £14 14%
    Personal Care 5%
    Personal Care in Dublin (Ireland) is 5% more expensive than in London (United Kingdom)

    [​IMG] Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) €7 (£4.98) £4.34 15%
    [​IMG] 1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €4.80 (£3.48) £3.08 13%
    [​IMG] Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €3.40 (£2.47) £1.90 30%
    [​IMG] Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €4.96 (£3.61) £4.16 13%
    [​IMG] 4 rolls of toilet paper €2.62 (£1.90) £1.91 0%
    [​IMG] Tube of toothpaste €2.81 (£2.04) £1.81 13%
    [​IMG] Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €15 (£11) £15 28%
    Entertainment 16%
    Entertainment in Dublin (Ireland) is 16% cheaper than in London (United Kingdom)

    [​IMG] Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €38 (£28) £31 10%
    [​IMG] 2 tickets to the movies €22 (£16) £23 31%
    [​IMG] 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €130 (£95) £145 35%
    [​IMG] Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert €77 (£56) £64 12%
    [​IMG] 1 cocktail drink in downtown club €10 (£7) £10 25%
    [​IMG] Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.27 (£2.38) £2.77 14%
    [​IMG] 1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €5.84 (£4.24) £4.50 6%
    [​IMG] iPod nano 16GB €208 (£151) £167 9%
    [​IMG] 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.25 (£0.18) £0.16 15%
    [​IMG] 1 month of gym membership in business district €53 (£39) £64 39%
    [​IMG] 1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €10 (£7) £9 16%
    TOTAL 28%
    These prices were last updated about 2 hours ago. Exchange rate: 0.726 GBP / EUR
    This comparison is based on abundant and consistent data. It is based on 25,277 prices entered by 3,432 different people.



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    Cost of living in Dublin (Ireland) is 28% cheaper than in London (United Kingdom)
     
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  5. Irishrover

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    I think its pretty much similar with the UK, You can get very reasonably priced " Pub Grub " just like the UK or pay a packet in fancy restaurants just like the UK......Diesel is cheaper, and more importantly, the Guinness tastes better here!;)
     
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  6. Spud

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    Was there about four weeks ago, the cost of the basics is a bit higher, but you will quids in with the pound as strong as it is at present. The roads are quiet, so a pleasure to drive, some of the sites are in spectacular locations and generally very friendly.
    And hey, after the first couple of pints, if craic is good, who cares about the price!!
    Spud
     
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    Toured Ireland in June and found prices lower. Pub meals good value diesel cheaper and a pint of the black stuff worth the trip across water
     
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    Thanks! Looking good for next week then!
     
  9. scotjimland

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    Would love to tour Ireland.. in the past the ferry prices put me off but will look again..

    we don't drink or eat out much in pubs .. so no bonus there, but what about site prices.. ?
     
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    I'm with you there, Jim. It's not the cost of food and drink that bothers me but the ferries! Now they're not cheap.

    Wyn
     
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  11. vin.egan

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    if you are looking for a cheap holiday, Ireland wont be the destination, however, the people, scenery, food, Guinness, welcome, craic are absolutely spectacular, I go 3 or 4 times a year, ranging from long weekends to a week or so touring on the bike taking in the road racing. I was there in July and will be back in October. Not yet taken the MH over, that`ll be next years to do.

    at some point it will rain, be prepared, most of all enjoy, prices are relative to how well the euro is, eating out is good value, just do it.
     
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    ferry price
    did a quick check for next July / Aug
    2 adults 1 child, van under 10 mt

    about £400 return :eek:

    I guess Ireland will be on the back burner for a bit longer :(
     
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    not looking for cheap.. but £400 return is hard to swallow (see last post )
     
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    Same here. Just looked for October half term when we're away next. One way from Fishguard to Rosslare is more expensive than the return tunnel trip I've booked. Add the same again for the return leg and it's about £365 in total. Tunnel return trip, same dates: £169.
     
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  15. madgeD

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    The cost of the ferry wont go down that's for sure !! its about 10 years since we took the van across that was £320 then a couple of years later we hired a cottage it was cheaper by car I think but not a lot!! sorry that should have read caravan.
     
  16. vin.egan

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    yes Jim, both Stena and Irish Ferries have a monopoly on the job, I presume you`re looking at cairnryan route? Holyhead/Dublin is about the same, you could try Nutt Travel in Belfast, they sometimes have deals on, I know a few of the race lads use them.

    I didn`t mean you where looking for cheap, it was just a generalisation as in the cost of things in general is more, but, the quality of the holiday can outweigh the extra cost.

    its a great place to visit, I avoid Dublin as for me its just a bit like most cities, overpriced and crowded, the west coast is a favourite, Co. Mayo, Galway. plus Kinsale is a jewel in the south west. theres so much more to discover, new towns and places to stop on every trip.

    as an aside, did I read that the britstop handbook now has locations in Ireland? may be worth a look too, would reduce costs. wild camping is possible too, just use the normal common sense.
     
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    At present we live in Suffolk so was looking at Fishguard/Rosslare route ..

    Like yourself, not interested in cities.. the west coast would be favorite.. and yes, cost has to be balanced against quality but £400 is a big chunk of a holiday budget.. no matter what the destination..
    as I said earlier, have looked at touring Ireland several times in the past and always come to the same conclusion..
     
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    Ferry prices are expensive but once you are there it's brilliant. Prices much as UK but food better - we didn't have a bad meal and of course Guiness tastes better.
    Ireland is not motorhome friendly. Small towns and villages all have height barriers on carparks. Campsites expensive. If in Galway stay clear of Salthill Caravan site - absolute rip off.
    Connemara and the west coast is the place to head for - fantastic countryside. There is a site - safenightsireland - I think. we used it a couple of times and it was ok
     
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    The lowest fare we managed back in 2006 was £175, and that was a special deal done for CC members travelling to the Nationals in Armagh.
    It was a six week window with Stena, travelling to and from any of their UK/Irish destinations.
    We did the Dublin thing, but wouldn't do it again.
    We've got some unfinished touring to do, as we had to cancel our West coast plans, to head to Stranraer, and then Ayr rather sharpish. :(

    Whilst the cost is in the region of £400, I'll not be sailing back any time soon. :(

    Cheers,

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    I agree Jim, Ferry prices are borderline extortionate. Its no wonder people from the UK give Ireland a miss and head to France etc. Pity, as Ireland does have a lot to offer. Sites are pretty much like UK, some good, some bad, some cheap. some expensive.....We need to take a leaf out of the French book and start making it more MH friendly. I'm out on the ferry in the next 2 weeks, Dublin to Holyhead and then down to the Tunnel for Europe and have to pay the price regardless.
     
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