Cost of living in Ireland for Tax Expats

Bridge in Dublin at sunset

Ireland is a small island with large amounts of tax. transfer pricing and treasury opportunities to offer everyone. With its incredible scenery and the people’s Irish charm, it is known for its welcoming feel. Moving between countries, whether you’re a well-travelled expat or not always comes with challenges. In this article, we have provided some interesting facts and figures in the hope of making your relocation that bit easier.

This guide aims to introduce tax and transfer pricing individuals contemplating moving to Ireland to the costs of living, VISA, property, transportation and schooling options.


Though subject to change these are some of the main facts regarding visas for Ireland:

• If you are a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA) or are a Swiss national, you do not need a visa to enter the country.

A further list of nationalities that do not require a visa can be found HERE:

  • The dependent of an EU citizen may need to apply for a visa.
  • Most expats will be looking at Long Stay visas and Business visas.
  • Applications will cost approximately €60-€100 each.
  • Unless from the EEA or Switzerland, expats must register with their local immigration authority when they reach the country.
  • EEA and Swiss nationals do not need an employment permit.

The three most relevant permits for expats are:

  • General Employment permit
  • Critical skills permit
  • Dependent/partner/ spouse employment permit

More useful information and details regarding visas can be found below:




Ireland provides a wide range of places for expats to live. Dublin is an international city, named one of the least affordable cities by Knight Frank, homes come at a cost. The most common and available types of accommodation are apartments and semi-detached row houses. Dublin is divided into zones, zones with a lower number are located nearer the city, neighbourhoods in the south will come at a higher cost than in the north. It is recommended you consider the proximity of transport when looking at homes.

Housing agencies are the easiest and quickest way for international tax expats to find a home and will accompany you to viewings. Be careful when renting as Irish rental agencies tend to charge the renter and not the property owner.

According to Numbeo average prices are:

  • 1 bed apartment, Dublin city centre- €1672/per month
  • 1 bed apartment, outside of Dublin- €1335/per month
  • 3 bed apartment, Dublin city centre- € 2970/per month
  • 3 bed apartment, outside city- €2240/per month
  • 1 bedroom apartment, Cork- €1110/per month
  • 3 bedroom apartment, Cork- €1800/per month

A range of properties can be found at:


Dublin provides an extensive public transport network resulting in a cheaper and faster commute for expats. Public transport is clean and frequent and monthly passes in Dublin come to €120 while in Cork they are €81. There is a reliable rail network that connects major towns and cities and is an affordable option for daily commuters.

DART, Dublin Area Rapid Transport, is a surface rail and a great option for those living out with the city. A city bus network is also available; however, this may not always run on Sundays, especially to more rural areas.

Though not necessary in cities like Dublin and Cork, driving is possible, and roads are safe, however, city centre parking is expensive. Expats are allowed to drive using a foreign driving license for up to 12 months and after 12 months foreigners must apply for an Irish license. Some nationalities allow the conversion of a license to be completed without a test.

Cycling is becoming more popular and cycle lanes and tracks have been made for such purpose.

Schooling and Childcare

Every child in Ireland has the right to free education. All public schools teach in English making local schools easier to access than other expat areas in the world. Most public schools use a first-come-first-served basis and prioritize siblings. Good schools live in good catchment areas and so waiting lists can be a problem.

Dublin has the highest amount of private schools in the Republic of Ireland. Many are same-sex and abide by religion, some provide boarding facilities. International schools will allow children to continue with their home curriculum. It is recommended that applications are completed early as these schools are harder to gain acceptance to.

Montessori and nursery schools can be used as a form of pre-school, the legal age to attend education is six, though most children start at five. Childminders are a common form of childcare and children are cared for within the comfort of their own homes.

According to Numbeo:

Preschool cost for 1 child – full day/1 month- €973 euros

International primary school average- €8552

Some highly respected International Schools are:
St Andrew’s college Dublin is a co-educational school and is interdenominational, it offers an IB programme.

LFI college et lycée use the French curriculum.

St Kilian’s Deutsche school are a german international school using the German curriculum.

If you are interested in a move to Ireland or anywhere else in the world and would like to speak to Kingpin International about International Tax Opportunities, across Direct Tax, Transfer Pricing or Indirect Tax please contact a member of the team. Alternatively, view our current International Tax vacancies.

Looking to find out more about live in Ireland as an international tax expat? Explore our articles below:
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Expat communities in Ireland for Tax Professionals