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How to Get to Dun Laoghaire

So how do you get there? Well, one English attendee went to his travel agent and said "How much will it cost me to get to Dublin?"

"Two hundred quid at least, mate," said the thieving bastard behind the desk. The truth is not nearly so painful.

From Outside Ireland

By Air: RyanAir are probably the cheapest airline. Flights are available from many parts of the UK and Europe. Be warned: the cheap flights fill up fast, so book early. You can book RyanAir flights online at www.ryanair.ie. While RyanAir are usually the cheapest, other airlines such as Aer Lingus and British Airways often offer competitive deals such two for the price of one.

When you get to Dublin Airport, get a bus or taxi to the city. A taxi will cost about £12 to Dublin or £20 to Dun Laoghaire, but if you're in a group it could be worth it for the hassle it saves. There are special 747 Airport busses to the city centre every 15 minutes, costing about £3. The regular number 41 bus is slightly less regular, but it only costs about £1.10. Another bus worthy of a mention is the 46X, which goes from Dublin Airport to Dun Laoghaire for just £2, but unfortunately only runs a couple of times a day.

Before you leave Dublin Airport make sure you pick a map of Dublin from the Bord Fáilte Tourist Office. See below for instructions for getting from Dublin city centre to Dun Laoghaire.

There is a major international Rugby match the same weekend, so flights will be heavily booked.

By Bus and Ferry: Overnight or daytime for £30-£40 return from Liverpool, Birmingham, London, Leeds or Manchester. You can get the Stena Line ferry straight to Dun Laoghaire, about a 10 minute walk from the convention.

By Rail and Ferry: From anywhere in England or Wales via Holyhead (straight to Dun Laoghaire) for around £49 day or night. The new HSS ferry on this route is highly recommended for around £59. Form Scotland via Stranrar and Belfast for about £50-£58. All of these should be bookable at your local railway station.

By Car and Ferry: From many parts of England and Wales it makes sense to drive to Hollyhead and take the Stena Line ferry straight to Dun Laoghaire. With prices from £119 for a car and 4 people, this can work out quite cheap, even allowing for petrol. And if you stay a few days after the convention, a car is very handy for taking in a bit of the beautiful Irish countryside.

From Within Ireland

From most parts of Ireland getting to Dublin shouldn't be a problem. Trains or Busses are available from most parts (click links for timetables).

When you get to Dublin, getting to Dun Laoghaire is easy. You can get a DART Train from Connelly Station or Tara Street Station to Dun Laoghaire. Alternatively, get any of the 7, 7A or 8 bus routes from Burgh Quay to Dun Laoghaire.

Other busses serving Dun Laoghaire from various parts of the city include: 45A, 46A, 59, 75 and 111.

When You Arrive in Dun Laoghaire

Once you get to Dun Laoghaire, finding the hotel is easy. From Dun Laoghaire Railway Station, cross Georges Street and walk straight up Marine Road. The Hotel is on the left, next to the Shell Petrol Station. Most busses stop at the railway station, so the same instructions apply.

Some bus routes stop at Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre. From here, walk back to the traffic lights, turn right into Georges Street, and take the first right turn into the hotel.

From the Ferry Port, turn right when you exit and walk down Queens Road. Turn left and walk up Marine Road and turn left into the hotel.

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For more information about Dun Laoghaire visit www.dun-laoghaire.com.

     
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