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1. Posted by Doreeen (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

[i][b]We were wondering if in order to stay in a Youth hostel in dublin or any other part of Ireland, is it necessary to be a member of the youth hostelsociety? do you have to be in possesion of a membershipcard?

HELP US OUT PLEASE!

2. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

Welcome to TP, no you don't need to be a member of YHA to stay in them, but being a member would give you a discount & be valid world wide.. have fun on your trip

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Welcome to TP Doreen, Fiona is right. Just to clarify, there are a few different discount cards and YHA discount cards will ONLY give you a discount at hostels that are affiliated with them (YHA's). The discount is usually a dollar or so... if you aren't particularly hung up on only staying at YHA hostels (generally a little more expensive to start with), then I don't think you'd save the money the card costs. Also, most offer the possibility to start saving with every night that you pay at full price to get a 'free' card after several stays (10 or 20 or so I believe...). I'd do that if you aren't sure you will be staying at YHA's.

Hope that helps! Sam
ps. in the past it did use to be the case more often you had to be a member to stay at some youth hostels, but that's thankfully come a long way!

4. Posted by nichola. (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Hi, Doreen as the guys have already stated no membership is needed but in Dublin it helps to book early as the summers can be quite busy sometimes. I would reccomend staying in the Temple Bar area, there is alot going on there in terms of culture and partying.

From what i remember, 'Globetrotters' in Gardiner St and 'Oliver St. John Gogarty's' in Temple Bar are nice hostels.

Enjoy, nic

5. Posted by Abbytaxis (Full Member 137 posts) 11y

Conas ta tu Doreeen? (how are you) You don't have to be a member to stay in any hostel around Ireland. However the benefits of being one will save you money in the long run. With an An Óige/Hostelling International membership card, you can avail of €2 discounts per person per night in all of the hostels; fares in certain tours, ferries and buses, and last but not the least discounts on entrance fees in popular sightseeings. On top of this, all the hostels across Ireland are affiliated with the International Youth Hostel Federation which means your membership is valid in over 5,000 hostels in 62 countries worldwide.

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