All Ireland: Fast Facts

GETTING THERE

By Scheduled Air


  • Aer Lingus: Los Angeles, New York (Kennedy), Boston, Chicago and Newark to Shannon and Dublin.
  • Delta: Atlanta and New York (Kennedy) to Dublin and Shannon.
  • Continental: Newark to Dublin and Shannon.
  • Aeroflot: Miami to Shannon (twice weekly).
  • By Sea

  • Norse Irish Sea Ferries: Between Belfast and Liverpool, England.
  • P&O European Ferries: Between Larne, County Antrim, and Cairnryan or Stranraer, Scotland.
  • Sea Cat: Between Stranraer and Belfast.
  • Stena Line: Between Belfast and Stranraer.
  • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

    A valid U.S. passport is required for travel in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    CURRENCY

    The currency for Northern Ireland is the British pound and for the Republic of Ireland the Irish pound (punt). At press time, the exchange rate for the British pound was £1 to $1.60 and for the Irish pound £1 to $1.28.

    TAXES & TIPS

    The Value Added Tax (VAT) is 17.5% in Northern Ireland and 21% in the Republic of Ireland.

    Visitors can obtain a refund of the VAT when charged for products (not services) by requesting a tax-free shopping form with each purchase and presenting it at customs.

    Many, but not all, hotels and restaurants include a service charge on bills. When not included, a 15% tip is the norm. A 10% tip is appropriate for taxi drivers. Tipping is not usual in pubs.

    DIALING IRELAND

  • The country code for Northern Ireland is 44 and for the Republic of Ireland 353.
  • When dialing numbers in both the North and the South, drop the 0 that precedes the area code.
  • The area code for Northern Ireland has changed to 028. Callers should dial the new 28 code when calling from both inside and outside Northern Ireland, dropping the zero when calling from overseas.
  • In Northern Ireland new two- or three-digit exchanges are replacing former exchanges so local five- and six-digit numbers will become eight digits long. For example, the number for the Derry Visitor and Convention Bureau will change from 1504 377577 to 028 7137 7577. When calling from the U.S., dial (011) 44 28 7137 7577.
  • TIME

    All of Ireland is five hours ahead of Eastern Time.

    TOURIST BOARDS

  • Irish Tourist Board Agent-only help line: (800) 669-9967
  • 2000 promotional blitz, agent seminars: (212) 418-0800, Ext. 815.
  • Irish Road Show: (800) 669-9967
  • Brochures and information: (800) 223-6470
    www.irelandvacations.com
  • Northern Ireland Tourist Board:(800) 326-0036; (212) 922-0101
    www.ni-tourism.com
  • British Tourist Authority: (800) 462-2748
    www.travelbritain.org
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