HOW MUCH DOES A MOTORBIKE HOLIDAY COST IN IRELAND?

Last updated on February 6, 2024

The short answer: “It depends!”

“Yes on what?” That’s what this article is about.

I’ll tell you what items come together and what amounts you can roughly estimate for them. So let’s start straight away:

Motorbiker at the Wild Atlantic Way
Motorbiker at the Wild Atlantic Way (photo by Grahame Cahill)


The travel scenario

I’m assuming that, like so many of our customers, you will arrive by plane and rent a motorbike from our motorbike rental company south of Dublin (www.easycruiser.tours). We also have nice guest rooms (www.the-view-accommodation.ie).

Most of our clients travel by motorbike for between one and two weeks, doing half the island (1 week), the Wild Atlantic Way (10 days), or the whole island (2 weeks). For the purposes of this example, let’s assume that the Wild Atlantic Way is a very typical scenario.

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For the overnight stays, let’s assume the typical Irish B&B. Some customers go camping, others do home stays and hostels and others treat themselves to more expensive hotels. The B&B is about in the middle.

The last night in Dublin is also allowed: Strolling, souvenir shopping, sightseeing or life music, so we plan for a slightly more expensive overnight stay in the metropolis of Dublin.

Many customers come as a small group, then there are couples in pairs or alone on the motorbike and then many single riders. Let’s take the couple on the motorbike.

Keem Beach on Achill Island
Keem Beach on Achill Island (photo by Ulrich Knüppel-Gertberg)

Which motorbike? The F700GS would be cheaper, the newer F750GS would be more expensive and the F800GS is in between – we’ll take the latter for this example.

What about eating and drinking on the road? At the B&B, a sumptuous Irish breakfast is usually included. A light meal on the road at lunchtime and a heartier meal in the pub restaurant in the evening, plus a couple of drinks each – I think that’s realistic for most.

Petrol: I know roughly the average consumption, but what petrol price do we want to assume – I’m making an assumption for 2023.

Miscellaneous: Entrance fees and sightseeing for example -again, I’m just making an assumption.

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Sample calculation:

You can use the following calculation example as a template and adapt and add to it as you wish:

Cost PositionCalculationSum in Euros
Travel to Airport by car100km * 40 Cents per km40
Parking fees at the AirportAssumption60
Early booked flight for 2 persons with luggageAssumption150
Transfer from Airport to motorcycle rental station18+18+4076
Rent one BMW F800GS for 10 days with 2 persons(120 +10) * 10 days1300
Petrol for 10 days, (motorcycle with 2 persons and luggage)6 ltrs/100km * 1,65 Euros/ltr * 2000km198
9 stays in B&Bs with breakfast110€ * 9990
1 Stay in Dublin, B&BAssumption120
10 days lunch and dinner for 2 personsAssumption 10*60600
MiscellaneousAssumption100
Transfer from rental station to Dublin 18+18+4076
Flight home for 2 persons (early bookings)150
Car drive home100km * 40 Cents40
Sum for 2 persons3900
Sum per person1950
Sample Calculation for a Motorcycle Holiday in Ireland

Conclusion

This makes it clear that Ireland is not a cheap destination, and neither is riding a motorbike.

Is anyone surprised now?

Motorbike at Poulaphouca Reservoir
Motorbike at Poulaphouca Reservoir (photo by Ulrich Knüppel-Gertberg)

I think you can assume similar travel costs for most northern and western European countries.

Of course, this is just a calculation example and therefore only one of several possible scenarios.

It can be considerably more expensive and it can also be cheaper, depending on your choice of accommodation and, of course, your choice of motorbike. But food and drink and other activities also come into play.

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Now you can make your own table and put together your own cost items – where will you end up in terms of price? This will then be your travel budget for Ireland.

I wish you lots of fun and interesting travel planning – and of course a great motorbike trip in Ireland.

And if you want to rent a motorbike in Ireland, you can find us here: www.easycruiser.tours.

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Cover photo credit: Photo by Chris Lawton on Unsplash

Uli Written by:

Hello and welcome to my blog. Originating from Germany, my family and I now live in Ireland (at least part time). We have travelled this amazing isle many times and know many parts of it very well. In this blog, I would like to share valuabe tips and information for your next trip to Ireland with you. Enjoy the content, yours, Ulrich Knüppel-Gertberg