I am planning a trip to Paris and then Dublin this coming spring break (April 7). Should I try to make the arrangements myself or use a traditional travel agent? I need to fly to Paris, then to Dublin and then back to NY area. Also, need hotel a advice for both cities. We will be visiting my daughter who will be in Paris on a student abroad program. She will accompany us to Dublin and then go back to Paris.
I'd say arrange everything yourself. You can book flights with multiple stops, or just book the leg to Paris seperately (I saw a round trip from Belfast to Paris in April for 1 pound sterling!). As for hotels, Dublin is pretty expensive - but you can do a thorough search and stay in an outlying area for less (and take the DART into town). In my experience, I ALWAYS end up overpaying with a travel agent. There's too much footwork involved to find the best deals.
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This website will help you, it's the official Dublin Tourist website.
I'd recommend booking the trip yourself, it works out cheaper. Check Ryanair, I think they fly from Charles De Gaulle into Dublin, but I am not sure. But I know they do fly from Paris. Or if you want a bit better service try Aerlingus. They often have cheap fares on their website (www.aerlingus.com).
Yeah, Tina is right, Hotels (like everything else, unfortunately) are quite expensive here. Did you look into getting a B&B as well? They are a bit cheaper and more personal, I find.
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Yes Ryanair flighs from Paris to Dublin But not from Charles the Gaule but from Paris Beavais
You can also fly EasyJet, although that will only take you from Paris to Belfast. However, a one-way flight on April 1st is just 19 pounds. Then it's about a 2-hour bus ride to Dublin (they leave every hour), which you can get for under 10 pounds.
Try playing around with dates and times to get the best deal. A Saturday flight can triple or quadruple in price compared to, say, a Tuesday flight. If you're able to be flexible, you can save a lot of $$.
The most direct and easiest way is to fly with Aer Lingus direct to Dublin. If you are flexible with your dates and book well in advance you stand a chance of getting a good fare although it will not be a really cheap low budget airline type fare. In my view the convenience is worth the price.
Hotels are relatively expensive in Dublin although there are cheaper alternatives outside the city centre such as Days Hotel Rathmines http://www.dayshotelrathmines.com/ or the Grand Canal Hotel http://www.grandcanalhotel.com/
B&Bs that are near to the city centre have prices which approach hotel prices. Cheaper B&Bs are located in the suburbs and can be found through www.tandctrade.com if you can find one on the metro line called Luas or DART that would certainly be preferable to using a bus.
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I can't add anything to the information they all have given you. Just arrange everything on your own. Even if travel agencies get better prices from providers, they always sum up their profit, and that makes the price more expensive to you.
Arranging the trip on your own means having to care about looking up for offers, almost every day (or at least frequently)... but it's worth it!!!! It is not only cheaper, but you have done it, and it feels really good!!!
i recently went to Dublin in November and we stayed with a friend which was very cheap for us, we didnt bother to book a hotel because we thought being the "offseason" we would find a place with nothing to worry about. it so happened to be rugby weekend, a fashion show weekend, and some other weekend so all the hotel, hostels, b & b so everything was booked all through out dublin. we ended up paying something like 300 plus euro for one hotel room for one night. if you can book early because i think they have a huge festive during spring break.
For hotels in Dublin try "Jurys Inn", they have two hotels that are central (christchurch and there is one on the quays also) and cost about e99 a night or maybe somewhere like the "Harcourt Hotel" or the "Days Inn" in rathmines, also central and reasonably priced!! Sorry i don't have addresses for these but if you google them you'll be able to get contact info!
Quoting mambo no 5
For hotels in Dublin try ... somewhere like the "Harcourt Hotel"...
Just a small warning about Harcourt Hotel: Make sure to ask for a room FAR AWAY from the night club. The club is literally right under the rooms on the first floor, and the noise is so loud it shakes everything in the room. The club stays open till 3 a.m., then spills drunk and disorderly patrons onto the street where they loudly hang around for another hour. We got about 2 hours' sleep the entire night.