Getting to and from the Airport
There is no train transportation to or from Dublin Airport.
Buses run to and from Dublin Airport and Dublin city centre every ten – twenty minutes.
There is one private coach service, Aircoach, that leaves from Terminals 1 and 2 and arrives at the city centre (O’Connell Street and Grafton Street), with a limited number of stops on the way. Normal duration is about 20 minutes, although allow more time at peak hours. Return tickets are between €11- €15.
Dublin Bus also runs a limited-stop service, the Airlink or 747, that runs from the Airport Terminals to the city centre (Marlborough Street) and takes about 20 minutes. Dublin Bus also run two regular routes, the 16 and 41, that stop at / leave from O’Connell Street but with journeys taking about twice as long. Return tickets are €12.
There is a taxi rank outside both terminals. The taxi fare from the airport to the city centre is usually about €20, not including gratuity, although fares might be higher depending on destination.
Getting to the Chester Beatty Library
The Chester Beatty Library is situated within Dublin Castle, which is itself located in the centre of Dublin city.
Getting to and from RTÉ / UCD
RTÉ and UCD are located 2km apart in the south Dublin suburbs and both can be reached on the 39A bus. The 39A terminates in UCD and passes RTÉ. The cash fare is €3.00.
Getting to the CMC and ITMA
The CMC is located right beside Dublin Castle, at 19 Fishamble Street. ITMA is also located in the city centre, at 73 Merrion Square, some 2 km from the CMC, or a 20 minute walk.
PLACES TO STAY
There’s a good choice generally at this time of year in Dublin, though prices can be high.
Here are five hotels, all within walking distance of the venue, offering reasonable value for money - i.e. €80-€120 per night on Thursday 14th, and €130-€150 per night on Friday 15th:
- Hilton Express O'Connell Street: https://bit.ly/2KGv1Xg
- Handel Hotel Temple Bar: https://bit.ly/2Kt4dL9
- Jury's Inn Christchurch: https://www.jurysinns.com/hotels/dublin/christchurch
- Maldron Hotel, Kevin Street: https://bit.ly/2Meu8bB
- Maldron Hotel, Smithfield: https://www.maldronhotelsmithfield.com/
It is possible to get better rates by moving further away, especially by looking for B&B accommodation, although if you stay within walking distance of the centre these don’t seem exceptionally competitive. There's also Air B&B of course.
The Temple Bar district of the city centre is very close to the venue but is notorious for stag and hen parties and therefore can be noisy. The only hotel included that is located in this area is in a fairly quiet corner.