Moving to Ireland

Moving to Ireland is one of the most common routes for UK expats due to the geographical and cultural proximity. If you’re wondering about what a move to Ireland entails then make sure that you read on to find out about the costs, moving tips and useful arrival information.

Cost of Moving to Ireland

Moving to Ireland is pretty simple, being the UK’s closest neighbour means that travelling between the countries is quick and easy. Also, the many ports on Ireland’s east coast make it ideal to migrate from the UK to Ireland.

If you want to move without professional help, it is possible to hire a moving van and drive 8 hours (including a ferry ride). However, moving an entire household by yourself is quite stressful. Hiring a removal company, who specialize in this process, is probably a good investment.

Moving your belongings by air-transit would be the fastest method, but also the most expensive. The vast number of ports in Ireland means a door to door service (with the help of a ferry) to your new house is pretty easy.

Below is an estimate of the costs to move different household sizes form London to Dublin via road transport and across the Irish Sea.

Household sizeTimeCost
1 bed flat9-12 days£1,000 – £1,400
3 bed house2-4 days£1,600 – £2,200
5 bed house2-4 days£2,600 – £3,600

How to reduce your moving costs

There are a number of variables in your move that you can change to make it cheaper when moving to Ireland. It is advised to reduce your household items as much as possible, it could end up being cheaper to buy new items near your new home rather than bringing them over. Below is a list of factors that will affect the cost of your move:

  • Size of household – Of course this is an obvious factor that will affect the cost of your move. Although in many cases you can reduce a lot of items when moving to Ireland, it can only be done to a certain extent.
  • Insurance – Insurance is a key feature that bumbs up the costs of move; however we also rate it as a very important cost. When relocating to Ireland we want your move to be as easy and stress free as possible. Insurance ensure this and protectss you against any damaged or lost items.
  • Type of travel – Faster and more convenient travel methods such as air may be quicker but will end up costing around four times the amount as if you werre to travel by sea.
  • Additional costs – Some services are put in place to make your move less stressful. Additional options such as the removal company packaging and assembling your belongings may helpful but of course will cost extra.

Do You Need a Visa For Moving to Ireland?

You will not need a visa

UK nationals do not need a visa for moving to Ireland. There is a common travel area in existence, meaning that people are able to pass through the UK-Ireland border freely.

This means that there are no passport controls for Irish and British citizens travelling between the two countries. However, we advise you to still take your passport with you when moving to Ireland as you should still be able to identify yourself if asked. Moreover, most airlines between the two countries will ask for your passport. 

Moving to Ireland after Brexit

Currently, it is not known what will happen between the UK and other European countries it is likely that the UK and Ireland will have a unique agreement. Although the border between the UK and Ireland will also be an EU border there is a lot of uncertainty as to whether freedom of movement will still exist between the two countries. European Officials have recently said that due to the historical troubles on the border that they may not impose a hard border, therefore this means that freedom of movement is likely to remain.

Expert Moving Tips

Moving can be a stressful process, but we are here to help you enjoy your move to Ireland as much as possible. We work with moving companies that specialize in removals to Ireland. From experience, we have devised a few tips for you when moving to Ireland. If you opt-out of removal companies packing your belongings we have a number of top tips when packing:

  • Pack per room – Pack different rooms into different boxes, this makes less clutter when moving into your new house.
  • Label boxes – This really is a lifesaver when you arrive at your new house. There is no need to go through every box just to find your favourite jumper or toothbrush.
  • Limit heavy items – Stairs really are a killer, especially when boxes are heavy. Reducing this factor can really help make your move easier.

Moving to Ireland

Moving to Ireland Checklist

  • Health insurance – You have access to free healthcare in Ireland if you have ownership of an EHIC card
  • PPS number – A PPS number is needed when moving to Ireland. It is a unique reference number that helps you access social welfare benefits, public services and information in Ireland. You should apply for a PPS number as early as possible.
  • Important documents – Although you do not need your passport when crossing from the UK to Ireland by sea it is important to bring it and make sure it is up to date. A Passport will need to be shown if you are travelling to Ireland by air.
  • Taxes – We strongly recommend to contact the tax authorities before departure. They can help you with tax situations you still have to deal with before you leave. Visit our page for more information on taxes in Ireland
  • Pets – You can bring your pets to Ireland if they meet certain requirements:
    • Micro-chipped
    • Vaccination against rabies
    • A Veterinary Certificate
    • Pet passport
  • Cars – Vehicles can be imported to Ireland duty-free under certain requirements:
    • Ownership of the vehicle is over six months
    • The automobile is not sold, lent out or disposed of within 12 months of importation
    • Motorcycles and automobiles may only be imported when the shipper is in Ireland

Cost of living in Ireland

Surprisingly the cost of living in Ireland is higher in comparison to the UK; however, there are a few exceptions. Similarly to many countries, the prices vary depending on where you are situated. For example, a house in a popular city in Ireland is likely to be more expensive than one that is in a rural area. Visit our page for more information on living in Ireland.

IrelandUK% difference compared to UK
Clothing£29.51£30.51+ 3.4 %
Utilities£131.87£144.85– 8.96 %
Restaurant£32.45£25+ 29.73 %
School 1 year£13,000£5,189– 60 %
Months rent (3 bed)£1,211£1,006+ 20 %
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Housing in Ireland

Expats moving to Ireland can find accommodation offers in most local and national newspapers. Like in most capitals, the accommodation prices in Dublin more expensive than other parts of Ireland.

There are different types of accommodations available to rent in Ireland from houses, apartment to houseshares and bedsits. So whatever your needs or budget maybe you will be sure to find something that fits or suits you. In Ireland, it is common for people who have never met before to rent a house together and to share the costs of the house including the utility bills.

It is always strongly recommended to view rental accommodation before you actually sign the lease so you can check and confirm the quality of the accommodation. Rent in Ireland is paid a month in advance and there is an initial deposit of one or two months rent.

More information about Ireland

Looking for more information on moving to Ireland? Moving2Ireland offers a wealth of free, impartial information and regular email updates for people planning a move to Ireland, including returning emigrants and newcomers.

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