Royal Dublin Society
4 Anglesea Road
Directions From Dublin City Centre By Car
Dublin City Centre is approximately a twelve-minute drive from The RDS. For traffic information updates around Dublin and city centre visit AA roadwatch.
The RDS is located on Merrion Road (R118) which is a main artery into Dublin city centre. The RDS is within easy reach of the M50 north and south bound. There is ample parking available onsite at the RDS.
Except for Members of the RDS, all car parking facilities at the RDS are operated on a fee-paying basis.
Car Park Opening Hours
Merrion Road Car Park
Monday to Friday 7.30am – 6.30pm
Simmonscourt Road and Anglesea Road Car Parks
Monday to Friday 7.30am – 6.30pm
Please note that this is subject to change depending on events at the Venue.
Irish Rail – Iarnród Éireann
InterCity Rail services run from 2 different Dublin stations: Heuston Station and Connolly Station:
- Heuston Station has trains to and from to Ballina, Westport, Galway, Limerick, Tralee, Cork, Waterford, Portlaoise and Kildare
- Connolly Station has trains to/from Belfast, Sligo, Dundalk, Kildare, Longford and Rosslare Europort. The Luas Red Line links the two stations door to door
Heuston Station/Connolly Station to RDS: please visit Transport for Ireland for options.
The RDS is linked to the train stations by the DART at Connolly Station. Connolly Station is linked by the DART service to Lansdowne Station and Sandymount Station both of which are approximately a 5-minute walk from the RDS.
LUAS – Dublin Light Rail
There is no direct route from the LUAS to the RDS. However, the LUAS connects at Connolly Station to the DART system that passes by the RDS. The LUAS stop at Dawson Street is approximately a 30-minute walk from the RDS.
The RDS is serviced locally by Dublin Bus from Dublin City Centre, with a number of routes:
4 From Harristown To Monkstown Avenue via Ballsbridge (Anglesea Rd.)
7 From Mountjoy Sq. Towards Loughlinstown/ Cherrywood via Ballsbridge (Anglesea Rd.)
18 From Palmerstown (Old Lucan Rd.) Towards Sandymount via Ballsbridge (Anglesea Rd.)
7a From Mountjoy Sq. Towards Loughlinstown
27X From UCD Belfield To Clare Hall Via RDS Ballsbridge
There are also multiple routes serviced to and from the nearby Donnybrook Road, Bus Garage on the N11 which is only 10 minutes walking distance from the RDS. They are 46a, 145, 32x, 39a, 41x, 7b, 51x, 66x and 67x.
For further information on local Dublin Bus routes visit www.dublinbus.ie
Directions From Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport is a dual terminal international airport conveniently located approximately 10km north of Dublin City Centre, near the M50 and M1 motorways. Serviced by direct routes to/from Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Canada and North America with US Pre-clearance at the airport. There are public transport links to/from the airport by bus and taxi. Taxis are readily available for hire outside the airport. For your journey to the RDS, the Aircoach bus stops directly outside the grounds. For information on Dublin Airport flight routes or for arrivals and departures visit Dublin Aiport flight information.
Taxis are available at the Taxi rank outside Arrivals. Expect to pay between €30 and €40 to get to the RDS.
Public Transport to/from Dublin Airport
The RDS is serviced by the Aircoach (Route 702) that brings customers directly to and from Dublin airport. Aircoach stops are located on Merrion Road in front of the RDS main complex entrance.
Aircoach Bookings for people with disabilities must be made in advance. For more information on timetables visit www.aircoach.ie or call +353 (0)1 844 7118.
Directions from Dublin Port
Dublin Port has regular daily ferry sailings between Ireland and the UK. The port is located approx. 7km from the RDS. The most direct driving route from Dublin Port to the RDS is via the East Link Toll Bridge where a charge will apply.