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getting to the Congress

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There are a variety of ways of getting to the Congress, and we would advise you to do some research and check out which works best for you. It will depend on factors such as where you are coming from, whether you intend to travel with others and whether you are wanting to do further travel in and around Ireland or the UK.

For certain, wherever you are coming from, Limerick has fantastic international transport links and we very much look forward to seeing you at the Congress.

You can fly into Shannon, Dublin or Cork airports and then get transport to Limerick University. You can get a ferry (with or without a car) from the UK or France. Or you could combine modes of transport, for example by linking up your ferry journey with the train network. On this page you will find information to help you get started, with details and links for the various options.

Transport information for travelling within Ireland is available from the Tourist Information 'Discover Ireland' website, here: www.discoverireland.ie/Info/Getting-Around.

Please also visit the University of Limerick's website here for directions to the university.

by air

Main airports in Ireland shown on map
principal irish airports:
shannon (closest), cork and dublin

The best flight connections to and from the Congress are via Shannon airport which is only a twenty minute drive away from Limerick City or thirty minutes from the Congress venue. You can also fly into Dublin or Cork airports. Though a little further away from Limerick, they both have direct buses to Limerick City. See further details below. In fact there are direct buses from Dublin airport into the University of Limerick itself.

shannon airport

According to the Summer 2014 timetable, you can currently fly into Shannon via the following airports:

UK Europe     US & Canada
Birmingham Alicante Berlin Faro Boston
Bristol Fuerteventura Izmir Krakow Chicago
Edinburgh Lanzarote Lyon Malaga New York
Glasgow Marseille Munich Nantes Philadelphia
Liverpool Nice Palma Paris San Francisco
London Poitiers Tenerife Toulouse Toronto
Manchester Warsaw Wroclaw Zurich  

The above list is subject to change for Summer 2015 but will give you some indication. For the latest information on routes see the Shannon Airport route map. For general information about Shannon Airport please visit www.shannonairport.ie.

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cork airport

Cork is the next nearest airport, approximately 2 hours' drive away. At the time of writing you can fly into Cork via the following airports:

UK Europe    
Birmingham Alicante Gran Canaria Paris
Bristol Amsterdam Krakow Poznan
Edinburgh Barcelona Lanzarote Rennes
Glasgow Brussels Lisbon Tenerife
Jersey Faro Malaga Vilnius
Liverpool Fuerteventura Milan (Bergamo) Warsaw
London Gdansk Munich  
Manchester Geneva Nice  
Newcastle Girona Palma Majorca  

Further information about Cork Airport: www.corkairport.com. Destinations served from Cork are shown on the home page.

dublin airport

Aer Lingus aeroplane

The third alternative is to fly into Dublin Airport, which is about 3.5 hours' drive from Limerick. Dublin aiport serves most countries in the world.

Further information about Dublin Airport: www.dublinairport.com.

For the latest information on routes see the Dublin Airport Destinations & Airlines page.

airport transfers

The taxi fare from Shannon airport direct to the AT Congress 2015 campus is around €50 - please visit www.shannonairportcab.com for details.

For bus information from the airports, please see below.

car hire

You may also wish to hire a car from the airport you fly into. For car hire or other ground transportation information please go to one of the following:

For Shannon Airport car hire: www.shannonairport.ie/gns/Passengers/Go/car-rental.aspx.

For Cork Airport car hire: www.corkairport.com/gns/to-from-the-airport/car-hire.aspx.

For Dublin Airport car hire: www.dublinairport.com/gns/to-from-the-airport/car-rentals.aspx.

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by ferry

Ferry routes between Ireland and UK, France
ferry routes between Ireland and UK & France

Ferry operators Stenaline and Irish Ferries serve Irish ports from the UK and France.

Irish Ferries: www.irishferries.com/ie-en/to-ireland-from-britain

Stena Line: www.stenaline.co.uk/ferries-to-ireland

For ferry services between France and Ireland, visit www.directferries.ie/france.htm

For general information on relevant ferry services, visit www.aferry.co.uk/ferry-to-ireland.htm

Irish Ferries boat

ferry and car

The ferry services above all provide for bringing your car.

ferry and rail

You can get special fares when combining ferry and rail services from the UK via Dublin, Belfast or Rosslare.

Irish Ferries sail and rail: www.irishferries.com/ie-en/offers/sail-rail1/

Stenaline sail and rail: http://www.stenaline.ie/ferries-to-britain/rail-sail

See also Irish Rail SailRail and www.raileasy.co.uk/info/rail-sail-to-ireland

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Iarnrod Eireann, Irish rail

by rail

The nearest railway station to the University of Limerick is Limerick (Colbert) station, Parnell Street, a distance of about 5km from the Congress venue. There is a taxi rank at Parnell Street.

Direct train services operate from Limerick to Dublin and Galway, and to Cork and Waterford via Limerick Junction.

Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) is the national railway service. See their website for timetables and tickets: www.irishrail.ie. Station and route maps are available here.

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by car

From Limerick city - Take the Dublin Road out of the city and travel approximately 3km to the Parkway roundabout. Go straight through at this roundabout. At the next roundabout, turn left and follow the signs for the university.

From Dublin/Nenagh - After the village of Annacotty, turn right at the first roundabout you meet as you approach Limerick (Sign for the National Technological Park). Follow the road for one mile through the Technological Park until you see the sign for the University entrance on your right.

From Cork/Kerry - Before Patrickswell, take the Limerick exit off the Croom Bypass. Follow the ring road and take the exit for Limerick City. Turn right at the T junction and follow the signs for Dublin and the University.

From Galway/Sligo - On entering Limerick, follow the signs for Dublin and the University. (This will take you round the north of the city, passed Thomond Park rugby ground and over the Shannon past St John's Castle, and onto the Dublin Road – see above 'directions from Limerick City')

For directions for travelling by road to the University of Limerick from various cities around Ireland, visit www.ul.ie/ul-campus/campus-maps/travelling-to-the-university

For up to the hour road conditions please visit the Irish AA page at www.theaa.ie/aa/aa-roadwatch.aspx.

by bus

For details of local bus routes serving the University of Limerick visit www.ul.ie/ul-campus/campus-maps/getting-to-around-campus-bus/

Bus Eireann and JJ Kavanagh both provide services to the University from around the country.

from shannon airport

Shannon Airport has an hourly Bus Éireann service to Limerick bus station which takes about 20 minutes (service 51 or X51), and from there you can catch a bus or taxi to the University of Limerick, which is only 3 miles from the city centre. For Bus Éireann timetables visit Bus Eireann Shannon routes.

J J Kavanagh provides another (less frequent but direct) bus service (route 735) from Shannon Airport to the University of Limerick campus. Alight at the UL Campus Stables stop (this is a two-minute walk to the Congress registration). See timetable here.

from cork airport

Cork airport has frequent buses to Limerick operated by Citylink and Buseireann. The journey time is about 1 hour 45 minutes. See http://getthere.ie/cork_airport-ul for details.

from dublin airport

Go to zone 14 of the airport coach and bus park.

From there, choose one of these services:

You might also find this information useful: http://getthere.ie/dublin_airport-ul/.

from dublin city centre

The Dublin Coach M7 Express service goes from Westmoreland Street direct to the University of Limerick (every 30 to 60 minutes).

You may find the Dublin Coach journey planner useful: www.dublincoach.ie/services/dublin-coach-journey-planner.php.

by taxi

Local taxi companies include Castletroy Cabs. For a list of local taxi companies visit www.limerick.ie/visiting/visitorinformation/gettingaround/taxi/.

For smartphone users download the swifty taxi or Hailo app for fast access to booking a taxi in Limerick.

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