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We encourage pilgrims to use public transport to attend the 50th International Eucharistic Congress as there will be no parking at the RDS.

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Pilgrims can travel to the Congress from the dioceses of Cloyne and Ossory on special train services which will operate on Wednesday 13th June and Sunday 17th June.

Read more about Irish Rail train services for the Congress.

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Coach parking

There will be a set down area at the front of the RDS for pilgrims coming in coaches to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress.

There will be limited parking for coaches at the RDS for preregistered coaches that bring pilgrims with limited mobility. We will be publish information on the website about other parking options for pilgrims. 

We invite groups that are coming to the RDS by coach to write by email to register their coach details, the details of the days that the coach will require parking and the approximate number of pilgrims in the coach as to assist us with our traffic management plan for the Congress. If your coach party want to apply for coach parking, please apply by email on or before 31st May 2012. 

Access to Dublin

By Air

DAAIreland‘s capital enjoys excellent access by air from all major European and International destinations. Over 90 airlines serve Dublin Airport from over 150 destinations. Aer Lingus and Ryanair are Ireland's largest airlines. 

Dublin airport is only 12 kilometres (8 miles) from Dublin city centre and therefore only a short ride by bus, taxi or car. Both Dublin Bus and Aircoach have services that leave from directly outside the airport and can bring you into the city centre. Dublin Bus services cater for the bus (Busaras) and train stations (Connolly and Heuston Stations), while Aircoach caters for many of the city centre hotels. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the Aircoach website at There is a taxi rank directly outside the Arrivals Hall in Dublin Airport. Taxis into the city centre can cost approximately €25.

Find out more about Dublin Airport and transport routes to and from the city centre.

By Ferry

PlaneThere has never been a better time to travel to Dublin by Ferry. Regular, scheduled ferry services operate between Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe bringing both foot passengers and cars and other vehicles to Dublin through two ferry ports, Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire. Today five passenger Ferry companies connect Dublin with the UK ports of Holyhead, Liverpool and the Isle of Man.  Dublin Port is centrally located, only minutes from Dublin City Centre. It is Ireland’s busiest passenger Ferryport with up to 18 sailings daily to the UK. 

For further information on Dublin Port please check out

Dún Laoghaire Harbour is located 11 kilometres (7 miles) south of Dublin city and 25 kilometres (16 miles) from Dublin Airport.  Dún Laoghaire is serviced by the DART (Suburban Rail) which can take you to and from the City Centre in less than half an hour. Dun Laoghaire is also serviced regularly by Dublin Bus.

For further information on Dún Laoghaire Harbour please check out

Irish Ferries operate from Dublin Port to Holyhead, Wales with two vessels; the cruise ferry, 'Ulysses' - the world's largest car ferry which takes approximately 3 hours 15 mins, and the fast ferry 'Dublin Swift' which takes approximately 1 hour 49 mins.  Find out more about travelling on Irish Ferries. 

Stena Line's HSS (High Speed Sea Service), the world's largest fast ferry, operates from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire. Stena Line also operates a Superferry service from Holyhead to Dublin Port twice a day that takes approximately 3 hours. Find out more about travelling on Stena Line. 

Norfolkline operates between Liverpool and Dublin on two modern Vessels, the Liverpool Viking and the Dublin Viking. The crossing time between Liverpool and Dublin is approximately 7 hours and there are both day and night sailings in both directions.  Find out more about travelling with Norfolkline.

Rosslare Harbour in the South West connects Ireland with the UK ports of Fishguard and Pembroke and mainland Europe through the French ports of Le Havre, Cherbourg and Roscoff. 

Cork Port in the South connects Ireland with mainland Europe through the French port of Roscoff and the UK port of Swansea.

Find out more about ferry routes to and from Ireland.


Dublin is linked to the rest of Ireland by road, fast efficient bus and train services and six internal flight destinations. For further travel routes and road planners, visit

For further information on each option:

Bus Eireann (Dublin)                  +353 (0) 1 836 6111         

Irish Rail (Dublin)                       +353 (0) 1850 366222          




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Transport around Dublin

The DART railway stretches the full length of Dublin Bay, from Malahide and Howth in north County Dublin to Greystones in County Wicklow.  Lansdowne and Sandymount DART Stations are the closest to the RDS (congress venue). For more information, log onto:

Dublin Bus operates the city's bus routes running from 06.00-23.30. Dublin Bus operates an exact fare policy, so it is advisable to have your correct change ready when boarding the bus. Find out more about Dublin Bus.

There are almost 16,000 taxis in Dublin - they can be ordered, taken from street ranks or simply hailed on approach. Three of the main taxi ranks in the city centre are located on O'Connell Street, at College Green and at St. Stephen's Green. Taxis run by metre in Dublin, to get an approximate cost on your trip visit Tipping is at your discretion; up to 10% is usual.

For the eco-friendly, there is a fantastic service offered by Ecocabs Ireland.  This emission free transport option could be an innovative way of getting to the congress in an environmentally-conscious fashion. Log onto for more information.

The LUAS is the tram system in Dublin. There are currently two lines in service. There is a green line and a red line, both departing from city centre locations and terminating in Sandyford Industrial Estate and Tallaght respectively. Tickets can be bought in advance at each LUAS stop. The LUAS red line has a stop at Connolly DART station so you can transfer at this point for travelling to the RDS (congress venue). Find out more about travelling on LUAS. 

Dublin Bikes
Dublin city has joined the list of great cities to have its own "Bike Sharing" scheme, with 40 stations located around the city centre.  For further details on how it works visit