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Household Travel Survey

Year 2018

Domestic Trips '000 Outbound Trips '000
Reason for Journey20172018 20172018
Holiday4,8865,323 4,9125,155
Business426473 753854
Visiting Friends/Relatives3,0963,759 1,7301,884
Other1,2181,364 776750
Total9,62610,919 8,1718,643

Domestic trips rose by 13.4% in 2018

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Domestic Travel - 2018

  • Irish residents took more than 10.9 million domestic trips in 2018, an increase of 13.4% when compared with 2017. Each trip had an average duration of 2.6 nights, resulting in 28.4 million bed nights. See Table 1.
  • In 2018, almost half of all domestic trips (49%) were classified as holidays while almost 3.8 million trips (34%) were to visit friends or relatives. See Table 2.
  • Total expenditure on domestic trips in 2018 amounted to €2,006 million. Under €1,233 million of this was accounted for by those on holidays, while those visiting friends or relatives spent €353 million in 2018. See Table 2.
  • Persons who stayed in hotel accommodation accounted for over 4.2 million domestic trips in 2018, while those staying with family and friends accounted for 3.8 million trips. See Table 4.

Outbound Travel - 2018

  • Over 8.6 million outbound trips were undertaken by Irish residents in 2018, an increase of 5.8% on 2017.  See Table 5.
  • A total of 60.6 million bed nights were availed of by Irish residents travelling abroad in 2018. Almost three quarters (73%) of these bed nights were within the European Union. The average length of stay on outbound trips was 7.0 nights, varying from 6.0 nights within the European Union, 11.6 nights in North America and 33.3 nights in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania. See Table 6b.
  • Irish residents spent under €7,435 million on outbound trips in 2018, of which €4,892.9 million was spent on holidays, €1055.6 million on business trips and €963.6 million on visiting friends or relatives.  See Table 7.
  • Irish residents who stayed in hotel accommodation abroad accounted for almost 22.3 million nights in 2018, while those staying in self-catering/rented house accounted for 13.0 million nights.  See Table 9.


The publication of the Household Travel Survey (HTS) resumes today with the release of results for all four quarters of 2018, including the revision of Quarter 1 2018 data. Please note that the results released today should be considered interim as they are based on a statistical adjustment of the data and are subject to revision in the future as data for 2019 becomes available. For further information, please refer to Background Notes in this release and also to the Methodology Note on Review of Household Travel Survey 2018