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    Venue:

    The RDS is situated in the Heart of Dublin in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
    The Hospitality Expo is in the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin.

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    By Bus

    The RDS is serviced by bus routes number 4, 7 and 18, which stop outside the Main Hall Entrance to the RDS on Merrion Road from here it is a 3 min walk to the RDS Simmonscourt entrance. These bus services can be availed of on Nassau Street outside Trinity College.

    By DART

    The nearest DART train stations are either Lansdowne or Sandymount and each are approx. 10 minute walk to the RDS Simmonscourt. Trains travel south to these stations from Howth through the City Centre and north from Greystones through Dun Laoghaire.Follow the exit signs and turn right onto Sandymount Avenue. Continue until you reach the traffic lights – the Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge will be directly in front of you.. For the Simmonscourt Complex, Hall 8, continue straight ahead from the crossroads, passing the Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge on your left. The Simmonscourt Complex is on the left hand side of the road.

    By Car from City Centre

    • Outside Trinity College, take Nassau Street (N11) for about 150 metres then turn right following the signposts for the R118.
    • Follow the R118 (also locally known as Mount Street which becomes Merrion Road) for approximately 2km.  Pass the RDS Main Hall on the right hand side and take the next turn right onto Simmonscourt Road. Entrance to Simmonscourt Pavilion is on the left.

    From Dublin Airport

    Travel time: 45 Minutes / Distance: 16 Kilometres

    • Leave the Airport and follow the Way Out signs until you reach a signalled roundabout.
    • At the roundabout take the 2nd exit signposted Dublin to join Motorway M1
    • Airport Interchange. At roundabout take 2nd exit signposted Dublin
    • Junction3 (M50) Follow Signpost towards City Centre
    • Keep in right hand lane for Port Tunnel (Toll €3 to €12 depending on time)
    • Continue Straight ahead through 2 sets of lights past the O2
    • Go through the East Link Toll Bridge (car €1.70)
    • Junction 80 (Dublin Outer Orbital Route); At the roundabout take the third exit signposted N11, N81
    • Irishtown (Junction 81)
    • Turn right then and turn immediately left at the traffic signals into Londonbridge Road R111 (Signposted N11, N81)
    • Junction 51 (R815) at traffic signals turn left R815, signposted Ballsbridge.
    • Proceed through the next traffic lights, past the RDS Main Hall on your right and take the next turn right onto Simmonscourt Road. Entrance to Simmonscourt Pavilion is on the left.

    Arriving by Ferry

    Dublin has two ferry ports – Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire.  Irish Ferries and Stena Line – are the 2 ferry lines that operate at these ports.

    From Dublin Port (City Centre)

    Dublin Port is on the north of the city approximately ten minutes drive from the RDS.

    • Follow the signs for the Port exit, all routes along Tolka Quay Road Junction with R131
    • Turn left at the traffic signals, taking R131 signposted City Centre
    • At the roundabout follow the sign posts to Dun Laoghaire via Toll Bridge and cross the River Liffey (East Link Toll Bridge Tollbooths – car charge €1.70)
    • Take Junction 80 (Dublin Outer Orbital Route)
    • At the roundabout take the 3rd exit signposted N11, N81
    • Take Irishtown (Junction 81)
    • Turn right then, at the traffic lights turn left into Londonbridge Road R111 signposted N11, N81
    • Take Junction 51 (R815)
    • At the traffic lights turn left onto R815 signposted Ballsbridge
    • Proceed through the next traffic lights, past the RDS Main Hall on your right and take the next turn right onto Simmonscourt Road. Entrance to Simmonscourt Pavilion is on the left.

     

    From Dun Laoghaire Port (South Co. Dublin)

    Dun Laoghaire Port, south of the city, is twenty minutes drive from the RDS. Follow signs for the City Centre and watch for the yellow AA Signs.

    Useful Numbers

    Dublin Airport +353 (0) 1 844 4900 www.dublin-airport.com
    Aer Lingus +353 (0) 1 886 8888 www.aerlingus.com
    Aer Arann +353 (0) 1 814 1058 iwww.aerarannexpress.com
    Ryanair +353 (0) 1 609 7800 www.ryanair.com
    British Airways +44 (0)129 357 837 www.britishairways.com
    Bus Eireann +353 (0) 1 836 6111 www.buseireann.ie
    Irish Rail +353 (0) 1 836 3333 www.irishrail.ie

     

    Name Proximity to RDS Transport Transit Time
    Dublin Airport 25km Taxi/Bus 40min
    Heuston Train Station 6km Taxi/Bus 15 min
    Connolly Train Station 4km Taxi/Bus/Dart 10min
    Busarus Bus Station 4km Taxi/Bus/Dart 10min
    Dun Laoghaire 6km Taxi/Bus/Dart 15min

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