15 Things You Really Need To Know Before Moving To Dublin

A REAL guide to Dublin, featuring public transport insights, tips in 'Dublinese', and a lesson on local taxi drivers

Dublin Map

Like any city, Dublin has got its quirks.

If you're making the move to Dublin sometime soon, or you've just arrived, you might find yourself a bit discombobulated by it all. Feel free to take a moment to Google the word 'discombobulated'. 

Now, here are a few important tidbits you should know if you're going to live in this city.

1. Buses are a law unto themselves

Much like God, Dublin Bus moves in mysterious ways. A bus's schedule, as it appears on the screen, may or may not be adhered to at any given time. But who are we to question it?

Dublin Bus

In the end, we're still gonna thank the driver anyway

2. If you're travelling by public transport, get yourself a Leap Card immediately

And if you're travelling by car or bike, you have our sympathy.

Leap Card

3. Flat hunting is a nightmare 

In your past experiences seeking accommodation, have you ever found yourself genuinely offered a mattress on a floor in a one-room apartment, which you'd be sharing with three other people? We have. Oh what wonders await you...

Dublin Caravan

4. Rent is feckin' expensive

Look, if you're really looking for cheap accommodation, apparently the cheapest county in the country for it is Longford. The next cheapest is Leitrim.

Yeah, we'd stick with Dublin too.

Bills

5. It's cheaper to live by the Luas Red Line 

You may be thinking about living near the Luas for ease of transport to work, so you should know that you'll get the best price by Red Line. The average monthly rent by the Green Line is  €1,444, while the average by the Red Line is €1,271.

That's not a joke or anything, it's just a good fact to know. We can serious too, dammit!

Luas

6. People care about which side of the river you live on for some reason

Honestly.

River Liffey

7. Brunch

Legend has it this was once the term used for eating some time between breakfast and lunch. Now it is simply the name given to that mealtime which is reserved for the elite, those who have transcended that most common of meals, lunch.

Brunch

8. Going out is feckin' expensive

Waking up the morning after like:

Bankruptcy

9. Dubliners have their own version of English

You'll need to acquaint yourself with the subtleties of Dublinese if you're gonna live here. Thankfully, there's a helpful video for that.

10. Do you know what George's Street, Aungier Street, Wexford Street, Camden Street and Richmond Street all have in common?

They're the same fucking street. Hasn't anyone else noticed this?!

Crazy Pills

11. All non-Dubliner Irish people are culchies

It's funny, most Irish people don't even realise they're a hick until they move to Big Shmoke.

Wordbird Ie

Pic: wordbird.ie

12. There are plenty of great spots just outside the city to get away from it all

Another pureful helpful tidbit. If it all gets a bit too hectic, there's plenty of easy-to-reach places in the mountains and by sea just outside the city where you can relax. 

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13. The city's got a rich historical heritage...

... Which you will only give a shit about if it's narrated by Colin Farrell.

Grafton St

Pic: Reddit/askthepoolboy

14. It's actually a truly gorgeous place when the sun comes out

And man, that's the best day of the year.

15. Dublin taxi drivers

There's always that moment of nervous tension when you first enter the car, where you don't know if there'll be chats or if you'll be spending a half hour journey home in awkward silence. 

Test the water by posing the question, "Busy tonight?" and nine times out of ten you'll have a craic dealer on your hands.

While sometimes they're nigh impossible to understand (see 'Dubliners have their own version of English'), invariably they'll manage to squeeze their entire life story into the length of a cab journey.

Taxi

"Let me just get your change very slowly while you consider letting me keep it".

READ NEXT: 14 Things You Quickly Discover When You Move Up To Dublin From 'The Country'

Written By

Seán Kenehan

Seán is known for eating, drinking and writing, making him uniquely qualified to work for Lovin Dublin. Seán enjoys skipping stones wistfully, puns that'd make a dad blush, and referring to himself in the third person.

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