Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland.The metropolis has an urban area population of 1,273,069. Ireland is, of course, an EU member and, unlike their British neighbours, Irish people have the euro as their currency. Today, the capital of Ireland is a modern city, that has left behind its turbulent past to become one of Europe’s most desirable places to live.

Here is a handy guide when moving to Dublin that we at Spotahome have prepared for you. Enjoy!

Personal Public Service Number (PPS No.)

The Personal Public Service number (PPSNo.) is a unique reference number that you will need for services such as: Employment, Public Health Services, Housing Grants and Driver Licences. Here is a List of Social Welfare Local and Branch Offices where you must go to get your PPS No.

Once you get to the office, there are several documents that are required depending on where you are from:

1) The United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland):

  • Your Passport, Birth or Adoption Certificate and Photographic ID, and
  • Evidence of address.

2) EU/EEA citizens:

  • Passport or National Identity Card, and
  • Evidence of address in Ireland.

3) Outside the EU/EEA you will need:

  • Passport and Immigration Card, and
  • Evidence of address in Ireland.

For more info check out this complete guide on Personal Public Service Number

Work – IT companies

Map by Visit Dublin

In the last few years, Dublin has become the European hub for the IT sector. From Facebook to Amazon, some of the most important companies in the world have chosen Dublin to establish their HQ in Europe. Therefore, the city has plenty of opportunities to offer in the IT sector. To see some of them check out the following links for vacancies in Dublin:

If you’re looking for something else, you can also try the following sites:

Public transport

Dublin Bikes

Coca-Cola Zero DublinBikes is a self-service bike rental system. It’s the perfect choice when commuting and moving around Dublin. We recommend you to get the Annual Card for just €20. Be advised that first 30 minutes of use is free. For more info, check out Coka Cola Zero Dublin Bikes' official website.


Dublin has a vast network of local bus services; however, we wouldn’t recommend it for tight schedules—buses are cheap but hardly ever punctual. Here is DublinBus official website for routes and timetables. Prices vary from 2-3 euros depending on the distance.


Luas Tram is probably the most efficient public transport system when moving around the city. Its two separate tramlines (Green Line & Red Line) connect suburban parts of Dublin with the city center. That said, two lines are not connected to each other and there is a 15-minute walk between the two closest stations. Tickets vary from 1.50-2.90 euros one-way, a seven day pass costs 14-24 euros, and a monthly pass costs 58-95 euros. For more info check out the Luas Tram website.


Here are just a couple of examples to illustrate things you can do in Dublin, although the city offers much more!

Trinity College Science Gallery

The Science Gallery on Trinity campus is a fun way to take a look at the studies of science. Prepare yourself for the most stimulated displays, art exhibitions, debates, and so on. Anyone that has an interest in science should go and check it out. There is no permanent exhibition but there’s usually something going on.

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol is the iconic unoccupied gaols (note for North American readers: this is the archaic Commonwealth spelling for ‘jails’) in modern Ireland. Here you’ll learn about Ireland’s political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. To arrange a tour of the prison, check out its website.


Looking for a cosy home in Ireland? We at Spotahome can help you locate your perfect home in Dublin. You can have a look at all the rooms, studios and flats available on our interactive map at www.spotahome.com, and book your home in Ireland online before you even arrive in the city. Get in touch with us if you have any questions; we’d be happy to hear from you!

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