How Safe Is Dublin for Travel?

Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin is the capital city of Ireland and too large city for the size of Ireland.

Located on Ireland’s east coast and at the mouth of the River Liffey, Dublin was founded in 841, originally settled by Vikings.

The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century and became the second-largest city in the British Empire.

So, its history and tradition make it extremely attractive to tourists from all over the world.

Dublin is an ideal place for a family holiday especially for children who could be taken to the Dublin Zoo, Stephens Green Park or Phoenix Park.

Ireland will be an ideal spot for both experienced and inexperienced travelers to discover something new.

Warnings & Dangers in Dublin

Overall Risk


When it comes to safety in Dublin, the area near the brewery is generally safe. The most common crimes in Dublin are theft and pick-pocketing. Nevertheless, most visitors experience no difficulties here. You should take sensible precautions to protect yourself from possible criminal acts against you.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Dublin has heavy traffic, and many accidents occur as a result of this. Tourists should know that in Dublin cars drive on the left, so you need to look both ways before crossing the street. Helmet and lights are necessary if you cycle and it is safe to cycle at the edge of the road and in bus lanes. Taxis can be recognized by a yellow roof plate and each registered taxi driver should have an ID card and license clearly on display. Taxi drivers are generally safe and honest in Dublin.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets operate at Connolly Railway Station, Heuston Station, and Grafton Street. The area around Temple Bar is attractive for tourists, as well as pickpockets. You should be watchful of car thieves as well, who are particularly quick to spot unwary tourists and attack them.

Natural Disasters Risk


The only possible natural disaster in Dublin is flooding during the spring. There is no risk of other hazards.

Mugging Risk


Mugging is very rarely reported in Dublin. The chances of being mugged are almost zero percent and the kidnapping is also almost impossible. Even though this is a good situation, do not rely completely on it and apply all the things you can do to minimize the risks of becoming a possible victim.

Terrorism Risk


Terrorist attacks in the Republic of Ireland might happen due to the global risk of terrorist attacks, which could be performed in public places. Travelers might not be the direct target but might become victims if happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Scams Risk


It can be said that there are almost no scams in Dublin. Since many tourists are taking the money out of ATMs, scammers might try to take advantage of that, so take money from the ATMs in banks and shopping centers. Unemployment is at a high level, thus there is a possibility that groups of young boys and girls mess up with tourists.

Women Travelers Risk


Even though the risks for female travelers is low, taking normal safety precautions is necessary, since there are some reports of sexual crimes being on the rise in Ireland.

So... How Safe Is Dublin Really?

When speaking in general, Dublin is a very safe city.

Certain petty crimes are possible, such as muggings, and robberies, which have been known to occur in Dublin.

Be very careful while in Grafton Street, which is a place frequently visited by tourists and pickpockets as well.

As in any city, there are areas to be avoided, full of junkies and criminals.

In Dublin, as in any other European capital city, you should be watchful, vigilant and be aware not to walk into some bad areas.

Avoid staying on the street late at night when drunk people express violent behavior and crime are most likely to occur.

If you do get into any kind of trouble, never be afraid to approach Gardai, the police officers whose job is to help.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Whether you need a visa for entering Ireland or not, depends on your nationality. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. Ireland is a member of the Common Travel Area, so British nationals would not need a passport to visit Ireland.
  • Currency - The Republic of Ireland belongs to the European Union and the official currency is the Euro. You should check before you travel whether your credit card is accepted there or not, but most of the Master card and Visas can be used in ATMs in Ireland.
  • Weather - Dublin has a mild climate, but the city is not especially rainy. Winters in Dublin are mild and snow sometimes occurs, but it is not very common, as a chilly rain and hail. Summers in Dublin are also mild with the average maximum temperature of 20°C. Be aware that the thunderstorms might happen in Dublin.
  • Airports - You can come to Dublin via Dublin Airport, Belfast City Airport and Cork Airport. Dublin is served by Ryanair, Ireland's second airline and Europe's largest low fares airline.
  • Travel Insurance - Ireland might be very safe, but the accidents cannot be predicted, so before coming there, take the travel insurance policy that would cover medical help and theft.
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Dublin Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 5° C
Feb 5° C
Mar 7° C
Apr 8° C
May 11° C
Jun 14° C
Jul 16° C
Aug 15° C
Sep 13° C
Oct 11° C
Nov 7° C
Dec 6° C
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11 Reviews on Dublin

  1. Open drug use.

    Dublin has a very visible problem with open drug use, with the two needle exchanges being located in the city centre. Users usually congregate from the Middle Abbey St. section of O’Connell St., towards the river and along the quays. They can be seen in doorways, on bridges and bus shelters. Every shop in Dublin has security guards, often multiple security staff to prevent thefts and violence from the addicts. Police presence is minimal, much lower than any other European Capital, you are unlikely to find members of the Gardaí Siochana (Irish Police) on patrol, outside of responding to traffic incidents.

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    Anonymous says:

    Be careful of Taxi drivers. I forgot my phone in one and had to pay the taxi driver 30 euro to deliver it to me. Obvious scammer.

    1. I am wanting to plan my 1st out of country trip(USA) to Dublin. Do you have recommendations on safe places to stay? Do they have AirB&Bs? Is it easy to rent a scooter or bike for day travel?

      1. In Dublin there are county bikes you can rent for the day (government has these bikes for people to rent in certain areas), but generally, you won’t need it as everything in Dublin is a stones throw away from everything else.

        I do recommend avoiding taxi’s as the fares can vary from one to another, and can be expensive, so use the Bus, DART, and Commuter instead, and any other form of transport ig necessary.

        Air B&B’s are available throughout Dublin, I’d recommend getting one in South Dublin, so places like Dun Laoirghe, Dalkey, Ballsbridge etc.

        hope this helps from a native Irishman.

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        john hunt says:

        why Dublin ,, too risky and if you are flying to Ireland , spend as little time in Dublin as you can , its infested with petty criminals muggers druggies shoplifters ,,, 2 days should e ample time there , its not NY or LONDON ,, get to the provinciall cities and town right down the Atlantic coastline ,, that will be a treat ,,,

  3. Drug-related issues and anti-social behaviour

    Unfortunately, there is a lot of drug-related issues and anti-social behaviour. Also, muggings have become very high recently in 2020.
    No matter where you put your bicycle in the city centre, it will be stolen, and, if they couldn’t do it, they would damage it.

    Homeless can be too pushy and physical when asking for money. In a lot of cases, they would through the food given to them and ask for money instead. Drugs are offered to people walking everywhere in the city.

    Extremely difficult to find decent size accommodation, costly. The youth in Dublin city centre and Dublin 8 area as well as public transports can be a pain in the neck. They would throw eggs, bottles and some food at people passing by. The police do nothing to stop these actions at all. Also, breaking supermarkets windows is their favourite game.

    I have been living here for 6 years. I can’t wait to leave.

  4. Drugs rampant

    Massive drug problems in dublin. Drug dealers operating openly on street corners. Junkies shooting up in every alley. Drug dealers and users threatening people on the streets, they seem to have no fear of the police.
    I’ve been to dublin 6 years ago and loved it. It’s awful how dirty and dangerous it is now. Won’t be going back.

  5. Poor city

    Drugs related, homelessness, unsanitary conditions, physical assault and public harassment has become a major hit during the pandemic. The government and the police won’t do anything to protect the rights of the citizens. I am leaving the country this summer. Beautiful city, lots of nature but because of both corrupts government and useless police force, the city has turned into a 3rd world country.

  6. Amazing City and experience. Felt very safe and enjoyed the warmth of the locals living in the City. Will definitely be back again.

Rated 3.36 / 5 based on 11 user reviews.

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