To Start With...

All our tours start from the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin. So the ideal option is to get a room there. If you are having difficulty getting a room, it's best to get somewhere close by and simply hop in a taxi that morning to be there for 8am.

Taxi Fare to The Grand Canal Hotel

As a rule of thumb, we recommend you stay within a 10 kilometres (a little over 6 miles) of the Grand Canal Hotel. The most you should pay for a taxi within that distance is 32. That is if you book your taxi, travel at a premium time (before 8am is considered premium time) and have bags and a few passengers. Tipping your taxi driver isn't expected, but appreciated.

For exact fare see Taxi Fare Calculator

Accommodation Within a 5 Minute Drive of Grand Canal Hotel

There are plenty of accommodation options close to the Grand Canal Hotel. These range from hotels, townhouses and B&B's. A short taxi ride there should cost no more than 10.


Grand Canal Hotel, where all Vagabond and Driftwood Tours start. Photo source:
The Grand Canal Hotel, where all Vagabond and Driftwood Tours start (and finish). Photo source:


Butlers Townhouse

Visit Butlers Townhouse

Ariel Townhouse

Visit Ariel Townhouse website

Roxford Lodge

Visit Roxford Lodge website

A few other accommodation providers that are less than 10 minutes from the Grand Canal Hotel (if there is no major traffic issues)

Google Maps Directions from other Nearby Accommodation

The School House Hotel to The Grand Canal Hotel (3-4 minute walk)

The Baggot Court Hotel to The Grand Canal Hotel

The Waterloo Town House to The Grand Canal Canal Hotel

Leeson Inn Downtown to The Grand Canal Hotel

Premiere Suite Dublin - The Ballsbridge to Grand Canal Hotel

The Clayton - Ballsbridge to The Grand Canal Hotel

Any accommodation with the Dublin 4 or Ballsbridge area would be relatively close to the Grand Canal Hotel. You can find more accommodation in Ballsbridge here.

Accommodation in Dublin City Centre

For those looking to explore Dublin City Centre easily, there are plenty of options within the city. Taxi fares can range from €10- €20 to get from a city centre hotel to the Grand Canal Hotel. Click on the image below to explore the city centre accommodation options.


accommodation dublin city centre
A Google Search of Accommodation in Dublin City Centre. Click the image to be brought to the page.



Staying Further Out and Getting the DART into The Grand Canal Hotel

killiney dart

The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) is an electric rail system. If you chose to stay at some of the options outlined below, this is a great way to get to Grand Canal Hotel, as there is a station less than five minutes (walk) away. A word of caution though - this is no use to you if your tour starts on a Sunday, as the trains don't start early enough. It is ideal for the 12 Day Giant Irish Adventure Tour, 11 Day Discover Ireland Tour and 7 Day Treasure Ireland Tour.

A word of caution though - on Sundays, as the trains don't start early enough for you to arrive at the Grand Canal Hotel for the start of the tour. If your tour starts on a Sunday, factor in at least 32 for a taxi ride in the morning if you're coming from Dun Laoghaire.

Dun Laoghaire

Dun Laoghaire is a lovely seaside town along along the DART line with a few accommodation options.

These include:

The Royal Marine Hotel Dun Laoighaire

Haddington House

Getting From Dun Laoghaire to the Grand Canal Hotel

If you're staying in Dun Laoghaire, it is best to get either the 07:14am DART from Dun Laoghaire to Grand Canal Dock, and it's a short 9 minute walk or two minute taxi ride to the Grand Canal Hotel. See Irish Rail times here. Map from Grand Canal Dock to Grand Canal Hotel.

Other Areas on the DART line

Merrion Gates DART station, check out Tara Towers Hotel

Stay in a Castle Before You Start Your Tour

If you like the idea of staying in castle and are OK with being a bit out of the city (not too far), you'll love Clontarf Castle. A 4 star Castle hotel in Clontarf Dublin, and only a 20 minute taxi drive to Grand Canal Hotel.


Green Accommodation

At Vagabond Tours of Ireland, we are huge advocates of sustainable tourism. That is why we'd like to encourage our guests to consider staying in one of the many green accommodation providers in Dublin. You can find a list of green accommodation here.

Accommodation Near Dublin Airport

Dublin airport is only 12 kilometres or 7 miles from Dublin City. However if you'd prefer to stay closer to Dublin Airport, you'll find a range of accommodation here.

AirBnB Dublin

If you still haven't found what you're looking for, AirBnB maybe worth investigating. Usually slightly cheaper than a hotel, particularly if you're travelling with a group of people. AirBnB Dublin


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