Plan Your Travel

Even though Ireland is an island, access is easy by sea and air.

Look up airline flights and ferry routes.

Ferry passengers arriving in Dublin have a choice of two disembarkation points, depending on which company is used. Dublin Port is centrally located, only minutes from the city centre while Dun Laoghaire Port is situated to the south of the city, approximately 30 minutes from the centre. There are excellent ferry connections daily from the UK and mainland Europe.

Dublin Airport is one of the busiest in Europe, with hundreds of daily flights providing a huge range of options to get here. There are direct flights from 180 destinations to Dublin including most major cities in the UK and continental Europe, several in North America, and the Gulf cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Dublin Airport is 10km from the city. It’s located close to the M50 and M1 motorways, and a range of transport options connect directly with the city centre. AircoachAirlink and Dublin Bus provide bus services from both terminals, and metered taxis are also readily available. There is currently no direct rail link between airport and city.

Train Travel Apps

The Rail Planner app offers an offline timetable for all European trains and can be downloaded on iPhone and Android.

Great Travel Website

The website rome2rio.com  allows you to give in a destination and a place to leave from and it offers you the travel possibilities, the duration and the prices.

Good to Know!

TEMPERATURE

Ireland enjoys a temperate climate, with (until recently) mild winters and relatively cool summers. Mean daily temperature in May is 17 °C. Dublin enjoys reasonable sunshine and rain belts reaching the east coast are frequently light and generally clear within a few hours. However it is always wise when travelling to Ireland to pack rain gear or an umbrella.

INSURANCE

The Conference Organising Committee or its agents will not be responsible for any medical expenses, loss or accidents incurred during the conference. Delegates are strongly advised to arrange their own personal insurance to cover medical and other expenses including accident or loss. Where a delegate has to cancel for medical reasons, the normal cancellation policy will apply. It is recommended that citizens from EU countries bring with them a current EHIC card.

TAX REFUNDS

Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged at 23% on most goods. Cash back is the simplest and most widely used VAT refund service that issues cash refunds on departure for a handling fee. Ask for a cash back form when you make your purchase.

Ireland enjoys a temperate climate, with (until recently) mild winters and relatively cool summers. Mean daily temperature in May is 17 °C. Dublin enjoys reasonable sunshine and rain belts reaching the east coast are frequently light and generally clear within a few hours. However, it is always wise when travelling to Ireland to pack rain gear or an umbrella.

SHOPPING

Dublin has a busy city centre shopping area around Grafton Street and Henry Street. There is a huge range of products to bring home – from traditional Irish hand-made crafts to international designer labels. Things to buy: woollen knits, tweeds, crystal, Claddagh rings, pottery, silver and music. Shopping hours are from 9:00 to 18:00 Monday to Saturday, with shops open until 20:00 on Thursdays, and many shops open from 14:00 – 18:00 on Sunday.

TIPPING

A small tip is appreciated for good service. Tipping is not usual in pubs, bars or taxis. Tipping of 10% is average in restaurants and porters €1 per bag.

CURRENCY & CREDIT CARDS

The currency in Ireland is the Euro. Major credit cards are widely accepted.

SMOKING POLICY

Under Irish law smoking is not permitted in pubs, restaurants, hotel lobbies and all enclosed public buildings.

ELECTRICITY

240 volts

TIME

From March to October, Ireland operates on GMT Greenwich Mean Time + 1 hour.

WHAT TO PACK

Include jeans and casual wear. Smart dress for the gala dinner. Rainwear and comfortable shoes are advised.