Moving to Dublin

Last updated: April 9, 2020

This page features a whole host of important information about moving to Dublin. From finding a house in the right area, to public transport, to getting free removals quotes this page is a must read before taking the ferry across to the Emerald Isle.

Below is an overview of what information you can expect to find on this page:

Moving to Dublin

Dublin is the capital of and largest city of Ireland. Dublin is also the economic sector of Ireland and is home to the headquarters of important IT companies such as Facebook, Google and Amazon. With so many renowned international companies, it is no wonder that many expats consider moving to Dublin.

Dublin offers a high quality of life in an English speaking country meaning that a lot of the worries about a move abroad do not apply.

How much does a move to Dubin cost?

Moving the contents of a home is always costly. Fortunately the good news is that a relocation to Ireland is only a short distance which cuts the cost significantly. Three priorities that come with any move are:

  • Price – depends on size and quantity of move
  • Speed – you can move your things to Dublin with
  • Security – Insurance guarantees some degree of accountability up to a point

There are great ferry links to Dublin making road transport a cheap and quick option. Below you can find the estimated costs of a move from London to Dublin.  Sea freight and air freight are both options, however they are much more expensive and take longer than travelling overland.

1 bed house3 bed house5 bed house
Road£1,000 – £1,400£1,600 – £2,200£2,600 – £3,600

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Tips for your move to Dublin

Here at Sirelo we’re well prepared for removals. With that in mind we have compiled a list of top tips for your relocation to Ireland:

  • Register as a permanent resident – This is vital if you want to use the healthcare system of earn a salary. More information can be found on our Living in Ireland page.
  • Documents – Make sure all documents are in date and that you have a scan or copy of important documents.
  • Cancellations – Cancel any subscriptions or current utilities you may have.
  • Mail redirect – In order to receive important mail you should get your mail redirected.

How to find a house in the right neighbourhood for you

Dublin is home to a variety of different neighbourhoods. As well as a vibrant centre, there are also more upmarket suburbs and even seaside neighbourhoods. To find a house in Dublin you go through an estate agent when your there or simply start your search online today. Some great websites to get started are MyHome and Rightmove.

A view of the sea

If you’re looking for a view of the sea there are several neighbourhoods in Dublin which will tickle your fancy. Seapoint and Killiney are situated on the coast to the south of the city and also more expensive than in the city centre.

Howth and Malahide are slightly cheaper places to live as they are a bit further from the city on the northern side. A benefit of these coastal neighbourhoods is that they are served by great transport links to the centre.

City Centre Living

The centre is a great option for those wanting a busy lifestyle. Obviously the prices here aren’t so cheap but if you’re smart and patient then there are bargains to be had. There is a buzz to Dublin not found in other city so why not soak it up? The disadvantage is that the centre of the city attracts a lot tourists.

Living in Dubin

High-end neighbourhoods

High end neighbourhoods that are popular with expats include Ranelagh and Clontarf. Both are around 10 minutes from the city centre, with great access to public transport. Additionally they are both home to lively nightlife.

Ballsbridge and Donnybrook are more popular with families. The nightlife isn’t as vibrant here and there are more open spaces such as parks.

Finding work in Ireland

Due to low corporate tax rates the city has many opportunities to offer in the IT sector, but also in the financial sector. Nine of the world’s biggest technology companies have their European or world headquarters based in or just outside of Dublin.

After the economic downturn, the job market has become quite competitive, so it is highly recommended that you find a few good prospects before moving to Dublin.

Expat moving to Dublin from the UK can upload their CV on online portals such as EURES in a bid to find a job in Dublin. You can also find vacancies on online job boards or via more traditional ways such as in New papers. Vacancies are advertised in papers such as the Irish independent or in the Irish times. Useful websites to help in your search for jobs are and

Differences with the UK

Although there are many cultural similarities between the UK and Ireland as the two have had a connected history, there are also a few crucial differences. Firstly and most obviously is that Ireland is despite being tolerant of all faiths, Ireland is a catholic country and it is important to respect the catholic traditions in the country. Although this isn’t as predominant as it has been in the past it is still important to bear in mind.

The pub culture in Dublin is very strong. Although pubs are often frequented in the UK, in Ireland pubs are seen as more than just a place to get a drink or two. They are an integral part of Irish society and we recommend enjoying them!

A further cultural difference that Londoners may notice is that Dublin is much more relaxed than our capital city in the UK. Although business is a big part of Dublin, it doesn’t seep through into the fabric of the city as much as London.

Moving to Dublin

Transport in Dublin

If you are lucky enough to find a fairly priced accommodation in the city centre, perhaps by sharing the apartment and costs with another person, you will find that commuting and moving around Dublin is made easy by Dublinbikes. Dublinbikes is a self- service rental system. And you can get the annual card for just 20 euros.

Another efficient way of moving around the city is by using the Luas Tram. And if you are not too tight on time, you can use the vast network of buses in Dublin.

For a detailed map and timetable to work out when and where you can get around check out the Transport for Ireland website.

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