CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

We would like to advise attendees that the AVA Spring Meeting 2020 is scheduled to take place, as planned.
The AVA local organising committee are very aware of the world wide concerns surrounding Covid-19. However, to date, there has been a small number confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland.

There are no current flight restrictions into the country, although Irish citizens are recommended NOT to travel to severely affected areas of northern Italy*. At present all conferences and events are proceeding nationwide. We continue to monitor the situation and will follow all HSE (Health Service Executive in Ireland) and WHO (World Health Organisation) recommendations.

If you are unwell, or have been in contact with anyone who is suspected of having contracted Covid 19, we urge you not to travel.
Please contact registration@avadublin2020.ie to cancel your registration. There will be a ‘no handshake, hugging or kisses’ policy at the conference. Wear a smile!

*Lombardy, Veneto, Piedmont and Emilia Romagna

Please click here for further details on Covid-19 and reasonable precautions that we advise all delegates to take while travelling.

Travel to Ireland and the Conference Venue

The conference venue, UCD Campus, is located a short distance south of the city centre.

Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport is one of Europe’s busiest airports, with more than 55 airlines flying to over 190 destinations. There are services to 29 airports in the UK and an ever-expanding European network, which now covers 100 airports. The majority of UK and European airports are served by low-cost, budget airlines. Dublin airport has two terminals (1 & 2). The airport is approximately 18km from the conference venue at University College Dublin, with taxi, bus and coach links. The simplest way to get from the airport to UCD and many southside hotels, including the Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, is the Aircoach.

Dublin Port

Dublin Port

Dublin is also accessible by sea from Britain and France. The major ferry companies are Irish Ferries and StenaLine. Further information on sailings are available on their websites. Dublin Port is 8.6 km from the conference venue at University College Dublin by taxi.

Dublin Aircoach

Dublin Aircoach

Dublin Aircoach operates a regular service (every 15 minutes for most of the day) from Dublin Airport to the city centre and to the southside of Dublin. Route 700 (destination Leopardstown / Sandyford) stops on the N11 slip-road opposite UCD – a short walk to the conference venue
across the Stillorgan Road flyover bridge.

The Aircoach returning to the airport stops immediately outside the Stillorgan Road entrance to UCD. Return tickets may be booked on line or paid at the bus stop in the airport (currently €16 return). This is the simplest and least expensive way to get from the airport to UCD and the many southside hotels, including the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan. Bus stops for the Aircoach have a blue and orange sign.

Full timetable details can be found here.

Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus offers a high-frequency, accessible and easy to use service all over Dublin.

Bus numbers 46a and 145 run every 5-7 minutes from the city centre (Nassau Street) southward to UCD via the N11 Belfield slip-road (stop 2007); cross the Stillorgan Road Flyover bridge and enter UCD via the main gates. The same buses travel towards the city, from stop 768 directly outside UCD.

Other buses serving UCD include:

  • 39a, which terminates within the Belfield campus (stop 767); however to access the conference venue, it is better to get off one stop earlier (stop 763) before the Stillorgan Road Flyover bridge.
  • 7b, 7d, 47, 116 & 155, which will halt on the N11 at stops 2007 & 768
  • 11, which stops outside the Clonskeagh gate to UCD; this is a 20 minute walk across campus to the conference venue.
  • Xpresso services operate to UCD during morning and evening peak times only.

For timetable information please visit the Dublin Bus website or download the Dublin Bus App and search for ‘UCD’.

Exact change is needed for fares on Dublin Bus. If you think you will take public transport several times, we strongly recommend purchasing a Leap card. Leap cards may be purchased at the airport and in most convenience stores and are valid on Dublin Bus, LUAS tram and DART train where reduced rates are offered. Do not forget to ‘tag on’ and ‘tag off’ on Luas and DART services.

DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) Train

DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) Train

The DART train provides an excellent service from the city centre to many parts of Dublin both towards north and south. Hit the Road shows you how to get from point A to B anywhere in Dublin using a combination of Dublin Bus, Luas and DART links.

DART timetable can be found here. If you think you will take public transport several times, purchase a Leap card. (See Dublin Bus).

Please Note: DART and LUAS do not offer the most convenient options to access UCD. Delegates would be advised to use Dublin Bus service.

LUAS

LUAS

The LUAS (Irish for speed) tram has two lines operating in the city, the Red Line and the Green Line.

Hit the Road shows you how to get from point A to B anywhere in Dublin using a combination of Dublin Bus, Luas and DART link.

Further information on the LUAS with timetable details can be found here. If you think you will take public transport several times, purchase a Leap card (see Dublin Bus).

Please Note: DART and LUAS do not offer the most convenient options to access UCD. Delegates would be advised to use Dublin Bus service.

Bicycles

Bicycles

Dublin is one of many European cities that offer a bike sharing scheme for its many visitors and residents. You will see throughout the city centre the “dbs” or “Dublin Bikes” parked throughout the capital. For information on how to hire visit Dublin is one of many European cities that offer a bike sharing scheme for its many visitors and residents. You will see throughout the city centre the “dbs” or “Dublin Bikes” parked throughout the capital. For information on how to hire a bike, visit Dublin Bikes. These are a fun way to explore Dublin.Dublin Bikes. These are a fun way to explore Dublin.

Taxi Service

Taxi Service

There are a large number of taxi services available in the city centre. Taxis from the airport to the city centre / UCD are readily available outside the arrivals hall. A taxi from the airport to UCD should cost €40-45; €20-30 from the airport to the city centre; and approximately €10 from the city centre to UCD. Ensure to only travel in a licensed taxi – they will have their taxi license displayed on the dashboard. Taxis are readily available all over the city with listed taxi ranks in most main tourism areas, and it is also possible to hail a licensed taxi on the street. For a full list of 24-hour taxi ranks in Dublin visit http://www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-roads-and-traffic-general-traffic-measures/taxi-ranks. All taxis take cash, but only some take credit cards. Confirm which payment methods are accepted before starting your fare. Both ‘Uber’ and ‘Free Now’ taxi apps operate in Dublin. Download appropriate apps before arrival.

Car Hire

Car Hire

Many car hire firms have an office in the main arrivals area in Terminals 1 and 2 of Dublin Airport. These include Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Budget, Sixt and Enterprise. Parking should be available for Hotel guests in most Dublin hotels (please check in advance), however, parking in UCD is not free and you are advised not to bring your car to the campus.