A few questions about Ireland

Dec 5th, 2003, 05:18 PM
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A few questions about Ireland

Hello!

I am traveling w/ two friends to Ireland. We are renting a car after staying in Dublin for two days. What is the best mode of transportation for us to get from the airport to our accomodations in Dublin (Jury's Christchurch)?

Also, as far as the rental car, are there any credit cards that cover CDI, so we don't have to pay the extra 50 euro?

Lastly, are places open on Sunday in Dublin?

Thanks!
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Dec 5th, 2003, 05:53 PM
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We were in Dublin last year and used the blue Aircoach and a cab.
However, when we went back to the airport, we were standing at the bus stop and negotiated a cab price.
There was a 3rd person standing there that we included and we got a price that was equal to 3 coach tickets.
If you take the Aircoach, it is a vivid blue and you want the Ballsbridge-Donneybrook route, probably to the Suffolk Street stop. (Those who know the bus route better may wish to comment on a better stop.)
Then, if you have luggage, take a cab the remaining distance.

The hotel is very near the Cathedral of Christchurch. If you have a Dublin street map, it is easy enough to locate.

My Visa gold card through Bank of American claims that it covers the CDI.
The same claim is made by my AAA Visa card through AAA.

The advantage to the AAA Visa, issued by MNBA, is that I don;t get charged an extra 2% of the purchase price for the privilege of using it.

I don't really know the answer to your Sunday question. We left on a Sunday and ate at the hotel.
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Dec 5th, 2003, 06:28 PM
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PS the hotel is near the Dublin Castle on the castle's western side.

Last year we rode the bus to get within striking distance, and then we hailed a cab on the street to complete our journey.

Given the inconvenience of getting on the bus, getting off the bus, and taking a taxi for the final leg, you might elect to opt for a taxi all the way.

As I learned last year, the fee is negotiable.

Call the hotel and ask them for the best way to get there from the airport. That is what I did.
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Dec 6th, 2003, 04:54 AM
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My information is different from Bob's regarding the insurance. I researched this extensively before my trip to Ireland last summer and was told by VISA that it does NOT cover the CDW insurance in Ireland. They say it doesn't matter WHAT bank your VISA is through since it is VISA itself, not the bank, which issues the insurance. I would certainly call them yourself to check this. There are also numerous other posts here in the pasat year or so on this issue.

On the other hand, Master Card DOES say they cover you in Ireland and I did use my Master Card for the insurance with no problem. I called Master Card and got them to send me a letter saying I was covered in Ireland in case the car rental company needed proof but they didn't. I always use credit cards to cover the insurance but had heard that Ireland was one of the few countries that VISA insurance is not in effect in, so that's why I did all the checking. And if you still have the written material they send you when you first get your card it is there in small print.
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Dec 6th, 2003, 05:36 AM
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I second Isabel's information. We have rented cars three times in Ireland using our gold Mastercard. The first time, I called Mastercard to confirm the coverage, and the information has been in the "fine print" of our credit card "benefits coverage" or whatever it is called each time we have received it over the intervening years. Fortunately, we have never needed to test it!
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Dec 6th, 2003, 05:37 AM
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When we were in Dublin last March, most museums were open from 2-4 or 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. Rental car facilities were open at the airport and restaurants were generally open in the tourist areas. Without more specific information in regards to what "places" you're inquiring about, I'm afraid that I can't be of more help.

In regards to the car rental, I would strongly recommend avoiding the more economical stick shift vehicles when booking. Driving on the left hand side of the road is difficult enough without the additional burden of left handed shifting especially when one is starting out in Dublin...... Enjoy your time in Ireland
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Dec 6th, 2003, 10:24 AM
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One of my Visa cards is through AAA.
I just called AAA Visa and asked the specialist who answered about Ireland and collision coverage. The specialist told me that that collision damage is covered for rentals not exceeding 15 days. Liability insurance coverage is my responsibility.

What I had reference to in my earlier posting was the collision aspects of my card coverage. I interpreted CDI to mean collision damage.

I hope the person I spoke with knew what she was talking about!!! Perhaps I should ask again!!
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Dec 7th, 2003, 10:53 AM
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Last June we ended our trip to Ireland in Dublin. We took a cab to the airport and it was quick and easy.
Our last full day was on a Sunday. After Mass at St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral near O'Connell Street we caught a quick breakfast nearby and toured Trinity College and saw the Book of Kells. The library (The Long Hall) is beautiful. We did some shopping and leisurely walking about the area. We enjoyed fish and chips (be sure to ask for some crispies) at Leo Burdock's which is just around the corner from Jury's.
We had taken the hop on hop off tour the day before, but that is another option.
That night we went on a Musical Pub Crawl, which we enjoyed.
The Literary Pub crawl the night before was very interesting and fun. We were flying out the next morning so we took a cab back to our hotel at 10:30, but a lot of people were still out and about. Of course if you are not going in tourist season times could be shorter.
We rented our automatic car from Sixt and used our Mastercard to cover the collision insurance (we also paid for full coverage and 0 detuctable, but we pulled in the passenger side mirror, prayed, and never had a scratch).
P.S. Drink as much Guinness and Murphy's as possible because it just isn't the same back home...have fun!
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Dec 9th, 2003, 03:24 PM
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Diners Club.Only card I use there.
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Dec 10th, 2003, 08:32 AM
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I used the airDart service and found it to be quite efficient and inexpensive. I would say though that if you have difficulty getting around and need help with your luggage, than I would not recommend. RE: car rental I have used both Dan Dooley and Sixt and would recommend Dooley for less stress and convenience. They have an office right near Trinity college(behind) and next to a train station. I dropped it off upon arriving in Dublin and said good-bye to driving. Sixt gave me a hassle with the cost upon arrival and I witnessed a couple of people arguing with them then taking their business elsewhere. Now, the car and check in went well, but I did pay more than I should have as they tried to add numerous extra charges which had not been agreed upon via email booking and I finally tired of arguing and went on my way. The trip to and from the Dublin airport can be quite long with traffic caused by construction in the town, so think twice about extra trips out there. As I said, Dooley and probably others are in town and more convenient. I used mastercard without a problem. I suggest that you get as much coverage as your uncertainty demands. I have driven in Ireland four times and have never had a problem with scratches and believe me, I have been in some remote areas. Just take your time and try to give right away as much as possible. Over the past 8 years, the roads have improved greatly. If they could only eliminate those circles in the cities Have a great trip.
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Dec 11th, 2003, 06:23 AM
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Regardless what the folks at AAA told you, I would be very surprised if you found a car rental agency in Ireland that will take Visa to cover your CDW.

As far as using your MC AND buying the insurance and the deductible, you probably voided the MC coverage by doing so. I was told that you must sign the waiver for MC's coverage to be if effect. Otherwise you are insuring the same vehicle twice with two different agencies. That would make for a cool legal battle.

If you are used to driving a stick, it's not that big a deal. The cost of a automatic has gone way up. I do agree that if you are driving in Dublin City, you may want an automatic. By the way, I believe it is cheaper to pick the vehicle up and drop it off in Dublin City (you don't have to pay the E25 airport surcharge). You would have to get back to the airport too.
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Dec 27th, 2003, 02:54 PM
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Thank you for the advise regarding the Mastercard. I got one from Chase and they are sending me the coverage letter to take with me. That will save us a bit of money.
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Dec 28th, 2003, 07:38 AM
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We researched this 4 years ago when we went and found that the Visa did not cover but Mastercard did. You are wise to get it in writing (as my traveling companion did)
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Dec 28th, 2003, 01:29 PM
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Museums are open 1-5 on Sundays. As for transport take the aircoach or taxi. I am not sure if there is one from outside Jurys but the hotel will be able to provide that inormation.

Shops are opn as well 12-5 on Sundays
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