Venue, Transport, Local Information and Visas

1. Venue

The event will be held at the John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies (also known as Global Irish Institute and William Jefferson Clinton auditorium), at the University College Dublin campus, Belfield, Dublin 4See MAP of the location.

If you arrive by car: As you enter UCD via main the Stillorgan Road Entrance (N11), turn immediately left. Follow this road for a short distance (100m) and turn right into the first car park. The Global Irish Institute / William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium is located in the triangular shaped building to the left of this car park. See location map below.

If you arrive by bus: it would be best to take 46A, 39A and get off at UCD slip road.

If you take a taxi, it would be best to ask the driver to go to UCD via N11, enter at Stillorgan entrance and leave you at the AIB bank

2. Transportation

a. From the Airport to City Centre

Dublin Airport is located 15km north of the city.

Dublin BUS (Line 747)

Line 747 connects Dublin Airport with City Centre (O’Connell street station). Bus Number 16 from and to the Airport is a good option too.

Adult Fare is €6.00 and return ticket is €10.00

Link to Dublin Bus

Note: the 'Leap Card' offers discounts on every travel and it can be used in bus, luas, and dart.  


Catch the blue Aircoach from directly outside the arrivals hall at Dublin Airport straight to City Centre. The service runs up to every 10 minutes costing €8 one way or €14 return. Journey time will vary with traffic but typically takes 35 – 45 minutes. 



The taxi rank is to your right when coming out of Dublin Airport Arrivals. All taxis are metered and your fare will depend on traffic conditions but will normally be up to €30.

b. To the Venue (University College Dublin, UCD)

From the Airport to UCD: The Leopardstown-Sandyford-Stillorgan Route stops just outside UCD on the N11 slip road and a ticket will cost €8 one way and €14 return.  The bus runs every 15-20 minutes. Allow at least 60 minutes transfer time between UCD and the airport.

There are several other Aircoach routes serving the city centre as well as areas such as Ballsbridge and Donnybrook, which are close to UCD and connected to the university by Bus routes 2,3 (Ballsbridge) and 39a, 46a, 84 and 145 (Donnybrook).

3. Local Information

Euro (€) is the currency for the Republic of Ireland.  [Currency convertor]

Getting Around the City

Dublin City centre itself is quite compact and most attractions are within walking distance. UCD is located about 4km south-east of the City centre but is easily accessible by bus. Once in the City centre all other parts of Dublin are accessible by public transport including bus, light rail (Luas) and rail (DART).

Dublin Bus: Dublin Bus operates all around Dublin City Centre. Routes to UCD include the 2, 3, 11, 39A, 46A, 84 and 145. The 39 A and 3 go directly into the centre of Belfield (UCD Campus). The 2, 46A, 84 and 145 stop just outside the main N11 entrance to campus and the 11 stops outside the Clonskeagh entrance at the opposite end of campus. It costs €2.45 to take the bus from the city centre to UCD and you will need exact change as no change is given. Depending on how much you will use the bus there are rambler ticket options which allows unlimited use of Dublin Bus services (Including the Airlink to the airport, which normally costs €6) for a certain number of days, for more information on rambler tickets see For information on Dublin Bus timetables and routes please see

DART: The Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) is a suburban rail line which runs north/south along the Dublin Coast. It is more convenient to travel to UCD by bus as UCD is a 20 minute walk from the nearest DART station (Sydney Parade) but the DART is an excellent link to some of Dublin’s most scenic coastal areas including Howth and Dun Laoghaire. If travelling from the City Centre there are Dart Stations on Tara Street and Parse Street. The DART also serves Connolly station, where visitors can take the train to Sligo or Belfast, or transfer to Bus Áras, Dublin’s main bus station for services to all other counties.

Luas: This Light Rail tram system operates throughout Dublin City Centre. There are two lines, red and green. They do not serve UCD campus but they can be used to explore Dublin city centre. The red line links Dublin city centre with the main rail stations at Heuston and Connolly and also provides convenient access to the Guinness storehouse (St James Hospital Stop), the Jameson Distillery (Smithfield stop),Collins Barrack Museum (Museum stop), Phoenix Park (Heuston Station stop) and Kilmainham Gaol (Suir Road Stop).

Maps for all of the above are available at

Taxis: Taxis are available at designated ranks throughout the city or by hailing one down. Typically a fare from the city centre to UCD costs about €15.

4. Visas

If you require a Visa for coming to Ireland for the conference you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for "Conference Visa applications" [Link] 

We can provide you a letter of invitation for the Conference. Please request this letter of invitation in advance allowing enough time for the visa process in your country or origin.

Please note that Ireland is not part of the Schengen visa area, so if you are planing visit other European countries, you will need to apply for UK visa or Schengen Visa.