Below you will find key information and tips that will help you in planning and successfully transitioning to this beautiful country, whether you are relocating, looking for work, or are an exchange student.
Slovenians, as EU members, do not need a visa to stay in Ireland. In the case of a longer stay, it is advisable to apply for a PPS number (Personal Public Service Number).
You can search for apartments on websites like Daft.ie or Rent.ie. Costs can vary greatly depending on the location and size, and rents in Dublin are usually higher.
The quality is good, but there may be waiting lists for some services. Slovenians can use the EHIC for basic services, and for additional services, private health insurance is recommended.
Slovenian driving licenses are valid in Ireland. If you plan to stay for an extended period, you can transfer your driving license through the local National Driver License Service (NDLS).
There is a wide range of schools, including public, private, and religious schools. Upon arrival, it’s best to consult with local authorities for the most suitable options for your children.
Use portals like IrishJobs.ie or Jobs.ie, and engage in local networking, such as the Shamrock Association.
Slovenians do not need a work permit in Ireland due to EU membership.
The average salary can vary greatly depending on the sector and experience. Check portals like Glassdoor for salary information in your sector.
You can open a bank account at one of the major banks, such as AIB, Bank of Ireland, or Ulster Bank. You will usually need an ID and proof of address.
Your employer will deduct taxes through the PAYE (Pay As You Earn) system. Depending on your income, income tax, social security contributions (PRSI), and Universal Social Charge (USC) will be deducted.
To open a business in Ireland, you’ll need a tax number (CRO) and a business bank account. The registration process can be done through the Companies Registration Office (CRO) in Ireland. EU citizens do not require special permission to operate.
Contact your home university or Erasmus coordinator for information on scholarships and financial aid.
Some universities offer student dormitories; otherwise, you can search on portals like Daft.ie or use intermediary agency services.
Tuition fees for Erasmus students are often covered by agreements between universities. Check with your home university.
You’ll need enrollment certificates, insurance, an EHIC card, and possibly financial proofs. Consult your Erasmus coordinator for specific requirements.
Irish universities have numerous clubs, societies, and events. Engage with the local student community and join organizations like the Shamrock Association to meet local Slovenians.
The weather in Ireland is very variable, and you can experience all four seasons in one day. Average winter temperatures range from 4 to 7°C, and summer temperatures range from 15 to 20°C. Rain is frequent, so it’s advisable to always carry an umbrella.
Yes, Ireland uses a special type of electrical socket (Type G), so you may need an adapter if your plugs are not of the appropriate shape.
Buses: The bus network is well-developed, especially in larger cities like Dublin and Cork. Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus are the main providers connecting urban and intercity routes.
Trains: The Irish railway network, known as Iarnród Éireann, connects major cities and offers comfortable travel. The Irish Rail website allows easy reservation and ticket purchase.
Trams: In Dublin, there are two tram lines, known as Luas, serving as an efficient way to travel around the city.
Taxis: Taxis are available in larger cities, and apps like Free Now make ordering easy.
Car Rentals: If you want to explore the countryside or move at your own pace, renting a car is a good option. Remember the left-hand traffic and check driving license requirements.
Bicycles: Some cities offer bike rental schemes like Dublin Bikes, convenient for shorter distances.
Flights: For longer distances between different parts of Ireland, you can use domestic flights, such as the connection between Dublin and Cork or Kerry.
Cash: Some buses still accept cash, but this is often more expensive and less convenient. Drivers need to be given the exact amount or paid with small bills.
Leap Card: Leap Card is a prepaid card that can be used on buses, trams (Luas), trains (DART and Commuter Rail), and some other transport services in Dublin and other cities. The card can be topped up at sales points, kiosks, or online platforms, allowing you to easily travel across different modes of transport. Using a Leap Card is often cheaper than paying with cash.
Mobile Apps: Some transport services offer the option to pay via mobile apps. The Leap Top-Up app allows you to top up your Leap Card on the go, and Free Now is a popular app for ordering and paying for taxis.
Online Purchases: For longer distances, like intercity trains, it’s advisable to buy tickets in advance online, where you can take advantage of any discounts.
Tourist Cards: Special cards like the Dublin Pass are available for tourists, which include unlimited transport and other benefits.
The official currency in Ireland is the Euro (€). Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in most shops, restaurants, and hotels, but it’s always smart to have some cash on hand for smaller purchases.
In Ireland, driving is on the left-hand lane. If you plan to drive, be mindful of this change, especially if you are used to right-hand traffic, as in Slovenia.
Drinking alcohol in public places (on the streets, in parks, etc.) may be illegal in some places in Ireland, depending on local regulations. Some cities have strict rules about this, so it’s best to avoid opening and consuming alcoholic beverages in public places if you are not sure about local regulations.