Buses to and from the city centre are the numbers 5, 7, 7A and 45. Bus services are operated by Dublin Bus.
The DART (suburban rail) station closest to the RDS is “Sandymount”, which is approximately 10 minutes on foot to the RDS.
There are two main train stations in Dublin - Heuston & Connolly. The DART (suburban rail) connects from Connolly station only. The LUAS (light rail) links Heuston Station with Connolly Station. A free shuttle bus will run daily from Heuston Station to the RDS (up to 1pm ) and will return from the RDS to Heuston Station at 4pm, 5pm and 6pm.
The RDS is 16 km from Dublin Airport, which is serviced by European, Transatlantic and International Airlines. Dublin airport is located to the north of Dublin city centre. There is an “Aircoach” bus service operating between the airport and Ballsbridge (where the event takes place) every 15 minutes.
Dublin is serviced by two Ferry companies - Irish Ferries and Stena Line - which operate out of Dublin Port (to the north).
Budget Car Rental Ireland offers a great value and friendly service and has rental locations in Dublin, Shannon, Cork, Knock and Belfast airports as well as in the major cities. Their website also offers information on safe driving in Ireland, tourist tips, and other useful information that you might find helpful.
The RDS offers car parking facilities (extra charge) onsite.
REACH THE RDS
Head east on Eden Quay/ R105 toward Rosie Hackett Bridge;
Continue onto Custom House Quay/ R801;
Turn right onto Samuel Beckett Bridge
Turn right onto Cardiff Ln/R813
Continue to follow R813
Continue onto Macken St
Turn left onto Grand Canal Street Lower
Continue to follow R815
Slight right onto Shelbourne Rd
Turn left onto the Merrion Road
Continue to follow R118
The RDS is on the right hand side of the road
Traveling southbound/northbound on the M50 take the exit for Sandyford Industrial Estate;
Continue in the direction of the Sandyford Industrial Estate as far as the Leopardstown Roundabout; take the second exit onto Brewery Road;
Continue straight to the end of Brewery Road until you reach the N11; turn left onto the N11 (direction of the city centre);
Continue straight passing UCD (on your left hand side) and RTÉ (on your right hand side) until you reach Donnybrook (Donnybrook Dublin Bus Garage will be on your left hand side);
With Donnybrook Bus Garage on your left hand side & Donnybrook Church on your right hand side turn right onto Anglesea Road;
For the RDS Main Hall Complex continue along Anglesea Road; just before the end of Anglesea Road, with the entrance to the Herbert Park Hotel on your left hand side there is the Anglesea Road entrance to the RDS Main Hall Complex