Dublin is easily accessible by both air and sea. There are more than 36 scheduled airlines flying into Dublin Airport, which is located 12 km from the city centre. Dublin Airport serves 7 domestic, 29 UK, 36 Continental European and 9 international destinations. For more information please visit www.daa.ie
Getting to UCD/ City Centre from the Airport
There are a number of private and public bus services that operate from outside the airport arrivals terminal:
a privately run bus service, operates between the airport and UCD via Dublin City Centre. www.aircoach.ie
Airlink (bus 747)
operated by Dublin Bus, will bring you directly from the airport to Bus Áras, the central bus station, located in the city. Timetable available here.
The Visitor Leap Card (Dublin city wide travel card)
The Leap Card is the answer to convenient travel, and the perfect companion for any first time visitor to the city. This handy pay-as-you-go smart card means you save money on travel and you don’t have to carry cash! You can buy a Leap Card straight off the plane in the Dublin Airport Arrivals Hall, and for less than €20 you can have 72 hours of unlimited travel sorted.
Use your new Leap Card on the 16, 41, 102 or 747 routes and travel directly into the heart of the city from Dublin Airport. Your return trip to the airport is also included in the price of the card too!
It is also possible to get to Dublin by ferry via Holyhead or Liverpool two ports in Britain. Dublin has two ferry terminals – Dublin Port, located in the city centre and Dun Laoghaire ferry terminal 20 minute car or DART train journey south of the city. www.dart.ie
Everyone entering Ireland must have a valid passport, or in the case of European Union Member States, a national identity card. Visas are required for some countries. Delegates should check with their local Irish representation.
The Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform has primary responsibility for Ireland’s immigration and visa policy.
For more information on visa requirements for Ireland please see their website www.dfa.ie.
The Congress Organising Committee 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.
The main languages are English and Irish (Gaeilge) and most signposts in the Republic are bilingual.
The Euro is the currency in the Republic of Ireland.
Foreign exchange bureaus are available in most banks, post offices, Tourist Information Offices, airports.
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 cash back form when you make your purchase.
From March to October, Ireland operates on GMT Greenwich Mean Time + 1 hour.
Under Irish law smoking is not permitted in pubs, restaurants, hotel lobbies and all enclosed public buildings.
Electric Current: 240 Volts AV
Plug type: 3 large flat prong British type plug. BS1363 system.
Driving in Ireland
Traffic in Ireland drives on the left. A valid driving licence is required to drive.
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. Shopping hours in general are from 9.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Saturday, with shops open until 8.00pm on Thursdays, and many shops open from 2.00pm – 6.00pm on Sunday. Dundrum Town Centre is a large shopping centre located in South Dublin. The LUAS Green Line serves Dundrum Town Centre from St. Stephens Green to Brides Glen. The Dundrum and Balally stops are only a few minutes-walk from the centre.
A small tip is appreciated for good service. Restaurants, Pubs and Bars with table service, tip 10% - 12.5% off the bill, based on the quality of service. Tip cabs 10% and porters 60c per bag.
The daily temperature in August is on average 16°C. Dublin enjoys reasonable sunshine in August with unpredictable rain showers. These rain showers generally don't last long, but it is recommended that you have an umbrella or light rain gear in mind.