Irish football fans going to Euro 2016 face high travel costs
Travel agents report brisk business as fans vent about accommodation and flight prices
Lyon: Aer Lingus and Ryanair have added extra flights to France during the tournament. Photograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters
Demand by football supporters to follow Ireland’s progress in the Euro 2016 championships is up to a third higher than the unsuccessful Polish campaign four years ago.
Accommodation, however, is a problem, with €200 per night for a single room being quoted: “Sales have been very, very busy. We are almost sold out now,” said Abbey Travel’s Robbie Sinnott.
Abbey has filled all of its two- and three-match packages costing €1,400 and €1,800 respectively, with some day trips, including flights, still available from €399.
Fans have already complained about Ryanair and Aer Lingus prices. Ryanair is charging €170 to Paris Beauvais in the days before the Sweden game on 13th June compared to €30 a week earlier.
Thousands will travel without tickets, he believed.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have warned fans to “steer clear of trouble . . . and drink responsibly”.
Fans are encouraged to sign up with the department’s Citizens’ Registration service, which allows for swift contact in case of emergencies, and to stay in touch with home about travel arrangements in France.
Following last year’s terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and the multiple attacks on Paris in November, the department’s advice is for travellers to “exercise extreme caution”.