Moving to Ireland

Last updated: September 4, 2019

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 information for when you arrive such as the cost of living.

Moving to Ireland

Migrating across UK and Ireland is quite common, the close distance means moving to Ireland is pretty easy.  Irish people are characterised by their fun and friendly nature which is a key reason why many UK expats move there every year. The beautiful scenery and nature of Ireland is another factor that makes Ireland a top expat destination.

You will not need a visa

There is no Visa needed by UK nationals moving to Ireland. There is no legally binding agreement between Ireland and the UK there is a common travel area is in existence meaning that people are able to pass through the UK-Ireland border to with minimum identification and customs controls. 

This means that, there is no passport controls for Irish and British citizens travelling between the two countries. However, taking your passport with you when moving to Ireland is strongly advised since 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.

Cost of moving to Ireland

Moving to Ireland is pretty simple, being UK’s neighbour means travel across the countries are quick and easy. Ireland has many ports on its east coast making it ideal for a migrate from the UK to Ireland. If you’re willing to do a lot of the moving work it is possible to hire a moving van and drive 8 hours which includes a ferry ride. But moving an entire household by yourself is quite a stressful process. Letting removal companies who specialize in this process is probably the best decision if you’re able to pay a bit extra. There are options to move your belongings over by air which would decrease the time in which it take to arrive at your new house; however will cost more. The vast number of ports in Ireland means a door to door service to your new house is pretty easy.

Below is an estimate of the costs to move different household sizes form London to Dublin by 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.

Moving tips to bear in mind

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 differenet boxes, this makes less clutter when moving into your new house.
  • Label boxes – This really is a life saver when you arrive at yoour 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

Organizing your move

  • 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 can apply for this online
  • 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
    • Automobile is not sold, lent out or disposed of within 12 months of importation
    • Motorcycles and automobiles may only be imported when 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 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 house shares and bedsits. So whatever you needs or budget may be 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 always strongly recommended to view a rental accommodation before you actually sign the lease so you can check and confirm the quality of the accommodation you will be renting. 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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