Getting to Dublin
There is just one airport in Dublin. The distance between the airport and the city centre is 12km. Dublin Airport is the first airport in Ireland to achieve carbon neutral status and has done so following an extensive programme of activities to reduce and offset its carbon emissions in recent years.
Bus from airport: There are two different bus companies which will take you to the city, Airlink (route 747) and Aircoach. Airlink is the most economic option between the two and there is enough space inside the bus for your luggage. The buses depart very 10 – 15 minutes from the airport towards the Dublin Heuston train station. In the city centre you can stop in O’Connell Street or in College Green & Temple Bar and the journey between the airport and these two stops is approximately 40 minutes. The tickets can be bought online, at the airport or you can buy them from the bus driver directly.
Taxi from airport: The taxis are parked outside Terminal 1 and 2 and the journey between the airport and the city is 23 minutes approximately. The taxi app Free Now is the most used app in Dublin.
Getting around Dublin
Dublin’s city centre is easy to get around on foot. Dublin Public Transport provides a range of information on the various modes of public transport available in the city.
Dublin Bikes stations are distributed throughout the city centre, to facilitate easy access to all points of the city. They are located in close proximity to each other and there is a terminal at each station. All terminals accept an Annual Card and a 3 Day Ticket and a number of terminals have credit card facilities allowing you to purchase a 3 Day Ticket. Visit their website for more detailed information. The Bleeper Bike app is another commonly used mobile app for bike sharing in Dublin, which charges €1 per hour for the use of their bikes.
Dublin Bus is the only public transport that reaches all areas of Dublin. The stops are easy to locate and the rates vary depending on the area and the stop.
Tram and Train
- Tram (Luas): The Luas is a tram/light-rail system that runs frequently and reliably. There are two lines which meet at the city centre: The red line covers the East and the green line covers the South. The rates vary depending on the area of the stop. You will find a machine in each stop to buy the ticket and they accept both credit card and cash.
- Train (DART): The DART is a suburban rail service runs along the coast between Greystones in the south and Howth and Malahide in the north. The main line covers the Dublin coast from North to South, passing through the centre. You will find a machine in each stop to buy the ticket and the rates varies depending on the destination or the number of stops.
- For Luas and DART network and station maps visit Dublin Transport Office.
The Leap Card is a rechargeable E-purse card that can be used across Dublin Bus services, Luas and DART/Commuter rail lines within the city metropolitan area. Leap cards can be purchased in some outlets in both terminals of Dublin Airport, and at retail outlets within the city area displaying “Leap Card” adverts. Fares are on average 10-18% cheaper paying with a Leap card than paying with cash.
You do not need a visa to travel to Ireland if:
- you have a valid Irish Residence Permit, or
- you have a Travel Document which was issued by Ireland, or
- you have a document called “Residence card of a family member of a Union citizen” issued, by any country, under 10 of Directive 2004/38/EC (the “Free Movement Directive”). Please contact the authority who issued the document for advice if the document you have comes within the definition of the Directive, as implemented by that particular Member State.
Letter of Invitation and Visa
To receive an Invitation Letter for your Visa application or other purposes, the meeting registration must be completed and the conference fee must be fully paid. Online registrants will be prompted to create a Letter of Invitation (only available to fully paid registrants). Registrants using paper form can request a Letter of Invitation from firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is very important that registrants needing visas apply early enough to complete the visa application process. We recommend that travelers apply as soon as they possibly can after affirming their ability to attend the conference. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa if required.
The Letter of Invitation does not financially obligate the Congress organiser or any of their related partners in any way. All expenses incurred in relation to the Congress are the sole responsibility of the attendee.
Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean. Ireland is the third-largest isle in Europe and the twentieth-largest on Earth. There are three World Heritage Sites on the island: the Brú na Bóinne, Skellig Michael and the Giant’s Causeway. Dublin was established as a Viking settlement in the 10th century. It is the capital and largest city of Ireland. Situated on a bay on the East coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey, it lies within the province of Leinster. It’s bordered by the Dublin Mountains and Wicklow Mountains. A short drive or bus from Dublin’s city centre, the Dublin Mountains encompass 43km of mountain trails, with unbeatable views over the city.
Dublin is a coastal city with a temperate climate. Spring sees balmy conditions ranging from 3ºC to 15ºC. Summer temperatures range from 9ºC to 20ºC. Autumn temperatures in Dublin range between 4ºC and 17ºC and winter temperatures from 2ºC to 9ºC. Throughout the end of April when the EFIC congress is being held, Dublin enjoys bright, crisp days as it gets closer to summer.
English is the first language in Ireland, though Irish or Gaelic is equally important and is the first language in some of Ireland’s counties, called Gaeltacht regions. Situated mainly along the Western seaboard, however there are two Gaeltacht villages in county Meath, 1 hour away by car from Dublin’s city centre. These regions possess rich with heritage, folklore, culture and traditions.
Some sights to visit in Dublin:
Counting famous historical figures like Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker or Samuel Beckett amongst its alumni, Trinity College Dublin is one of the most prestigious universities worldwide. Explore the grounds and be sure not to miss the famous library – it will take your breath away. The library is also home to the famous Book of Kells – an ornate, beautifully-illuminated manuscript containing all of the four Gospels of the New Testament that’s over 1000 years old.
National Gallery of Ireland
The National Gallery of Ireland houses the national collection of Irish and European art, located in the centre of Dublin. Founded in 1854, the gallery has an extensive collection of Irish paintings as well as a huge range of Italian Baroque and Dutch masters painting.
This beautiful bridge is one Dublin’s most special places and tourists’ favourite place for a photo opportunity. The bridge was originally a pedestrian toll-bridge, the funds from which were used to pay off its construction. If you cross it, you will enter old Dublin.
Temple bar is an area on the South bank of the River Liffey in central Dublin. It is promoted as Dublin’s ‘cultural quarter’ as it includes a number of institutions, such as the Irish Photography Centre and the Irish Film Institute and Smock Alley Theatre. The Temple Bar Pub on Temple Lane is a wonderful place to enjoy a pint!
Built in 1204, Dublin Castle was the seat of British power for over 700 years, it’s a beautiful building sitting in the city centre. It’s now open to the public and guided tours operate daily, which includes a visit to Dublin’s oldest pub. In April 1684, a fire ripped through the castle destroying much of the structure and a stunning Georgian palace was built in its place.
The Guinness Brewery and Storehouse
The Guiness Storehouse is located in the heart of St. James’ Gate Brewery. The interior is designed to look exactly like a pint of Guinness and is known to be the largest pint in the world. A ticket to the Guinness factory will cost you around 18 euros and you will learn all about the Guinness family, as well as how the beloved stout beer is meticulously crafted to perfection. You will also get to finish the tour with a pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar, the best rooftop bar in Ireland with unparalleled panoramic views of Dublin.
St Stephen's Green Park
St Stephen’s Green Park is a historical park and garden, located in the centre of Dublin city. The park itself hosts a large number of important sculptural monuments of the Irish history. Moreover, many species of birds and plants also reside in the park. On the other hand, some of the public facilities at St Stephen’s Green Park include a playground and a garden for the visually impaired.
The Phoenix Park
Phoenix park is a walled park, of about 1,700 acres, that lies just about 2 miles from downtown Dublin. It is also home to the Dublin Zoo, a sports field, the Wellington Monument, and both the Presidential and US Ambassador’s Residences. The Phoenix Park is one of the largest enclosed public parks in any capital city in Europe. The park is home to a wild herd of approximately 600 deer, many of whom are descendants of the original herd introduced in the 1660s.
National Museum of Ireland
The National Museum of Ireland is Ireland’s leading museum institution, with a very strong emphasis on national and international archaeology, Irish history, culture and natural history.