In our last blog we looked at where to stay for the forthcoming iGaming Super Show in May. With the Show fast approaching we’re looking at how to get around Dublin.

After a flight into an unfamiliar city the last thing you want to worry about is how to get to the hotel, but with our guide you will be able to arrive, safe in the knowledge that you’ve got the journey to your hotel all figured out.

Getting from Dublin Airport

The best options for getting from Dublin airport to the city centre and your hotel are by coach, bus or by private taxi. Here’s a quick run-down of your options;

Aircoach

This is probably the best way to get to and from the Airport to your hotel. These luxury, air-conditioned coaches basically travel around 2 circular routes, both of which cover drop-offs at Super Show hotels and the RDS itself.

  1. Airport – Ballsbridge/Donnybrook: Stops at – Gresham Hotel (O’Connell St), Trinity College (Grafton St), American College (Merrion Sq North), The Schoolhouse Hotel, Ballsbridge Inn (Pembroke Rd), Herbert Park Hotel (Merrion Rd) , RDS (Merrion Rd), Bewleys Hotel (Simmonscourt Rd)
  2. Airport – Leopardstown: Stops at – Gresham Hotel (O’Connell St), Trinity College (Grafton St), Stephen’s Hall Hotel (Leeson St Lower), Burlington Hotel, Hampton Hotel, Donnybrook Road (Old Wesley RFC), RTE, Montrose Hotel, Radisson Hotel, Stillorgan Village, Sandyford Luas

Getting on the Aircoach at the airport is easy enough;

  • Terminal 1 – The Aircoach stand is on your left when you exit the terminal building – you can’t miss it.
  • Terminal 2 – Follow signs for ‘Buses & Coaches’, cross the footbridge, then exit down the escalator on the left-hand side. Aircoach representatives will be on hand to greet you
Fares: €8.00 single journey or €14.00 return journey

Airlink

The Airlink service offers a slightly cheaper but less comfortable transport option. Look out for the green double-decker buses with a big €6 printed on the side!

These buses only take you to O’Connell Street and they don’t do hotel drop offs in the D2 and D4 areas where the Super Show official hotels are located. So this is fine if you want to be dropped off in the city centre, but not if you’ve arrived at 1am, tired and just want to get to your hotel.

Again they’re easy to find when you exit the Airport;

  • Terminal 1 – Available directly outside the terminal building, just across the road
  • Terminal 2 – Follow signs for ‘Buses & Coaches’, cross the footbridge, then exit down the escalator on the left-hand side. Look out for the Airlink signs.

Other coach/bus operators servicing the airport include Dublin Bus, Flybus and Urbus

Fares: €6.00 single journey or €10.00 return journey

Private Taxi

If you’d like to be entertained on your journey to your hotel then a Dublin taxi is the way to go. From righting the world’s wrongs to last night’s football, they’ll bend your ear about anything. Always friendly, and never short of a word or two, they’ll fill you in on the best places to go, as well as the worst!

There is a taxi rank immediately outside both terminal buildings, you’ll probably see a long queue there! The service is quite good so you shouldn’t need to wait long. The meter starts at €4.10 and there’s a €1 charge for every extra passenger.

Expect fares to cost around €25-30 one way from airport into D2-D4 area.

Getting around Dublin

The centre of Dublin is fairly compact so it’s often easiest and quickest to get around on foot. But if you’re traveling a little further afield a comprehensive bus and tram system operates across the city which is cheap and easy to use.  When going out at night we’d recommend booking a taxi from your hotel. The hotel concierge will be able to advise on roughly how much it will be to your destination but generally expect a minimum cost of about €7 to get from Ballsbridge (the Super Show area) into the city centre.

Taxis

Dublin is absolutely full of taxis and in the evenings that’s all you see in the roads. Anytime you walk out into the street almost every third car is a taxi so you ll never have to wait long to be served. All taxi drivers are usually extremely friendly and chatty – especially the irish ones – and by the end of the ride you should be best friends!

Buses

Tickets for buses are always purchased on the bus and drivers don’t accept notes, only coins, so you might need to visit one of the local shops to free up some loose change.

Timetables and itineraries are posted at every stop and the buses are pretty punctual but they can get very busy around rush hour. Prices start from €1.20, for more information check  www.dublinbus.ie

All the official iGaming Super Show hotels are well served with buses going by every 15min, (approx and depending on time of day) and the bus stops are nearby the hotels’ entrances.

For the Bewleys, the Herbert Park and the Ballsbridge Inn the RDS is a short walk away but get on bus number 4, 7, 7a, or 8 to get into the city.

The Conrad has a bus stop just outside. To get to the RDS though you’ll have to take more than one bus as there’s none that go direct so ask reception for more details.

If you are staying at the Radisson Blu then it may be best to arrange for a taxi as the Dublin bus takes forever with so many stops along the way.

The Sandymount Hotel has no bus stop nearby but it’s very convenient to use the Dart which is located just a few minutes walk from the hotel.

Dart

The Dart is Dublin’s train service and is perfect for going into town and enjoying the views on the way. It extends from the north to the south of town, from Malahide and Howth down to Greystones in Co Wicklow. For more information check www.dublin.ie/transport/dart.htm

The stations serving the area near the RDS are Lansdowne Road and Sandymount, these stops are close to all the official hotels except the Conrad and the Radisson Blue. For Dublin City Centre get off at Connolly.

Prices start from €1.40 and they run all day from 6am to midnight.

Luas

The Luas is Dublin’s tram service. One serving the north side of town only, the other serving the south side only. The carriages are very modern, spacious and run every couple of minutes. More information is available at www.luas.ie

Hop on – Hop off

Dublin has 2 companies doing Hop on – Hop off tours of the town. Well worth it if you have a limited amount of time to visit the city. They run from about 9am to about 5pm, and you will find many multilingual tours amongst them.

You don’t need to book in advance and can pay on the spot at any of the designated bus stops, but if you book online you’ll get a discount. Prices  are approx €16 per person. For more info visit http://www.dublinsightseeing.ie/citytour.aspx or http://www.loveireland.com/

Ghostbus

Another way to see the city is by indulging in the spooky Ghostbus tour. This runs in the evenings and you can find out more here: http://www.dublinsightseeing.ie/ghostbus.aspx

Top Tip: You can get free airport transfers with Aircoach if you buy a ‘Dublin Pass’. The Pass offers free entry to a range of Dublin attractions plus special offers across the city.

We’ll have more info about the Dublin Pass in our next blog where we’ll take a look at the must-see attractions to visit during your time in Dublin. Stay tuned.

If you’ve not already done so then don’t forget to Register for the Super Show over at the iGaming Business site.