ICES Annual Science Conference 2022

Getting in and around Dublin

Some useful information and tips about our conference venue provided by our Irish hosts.
​Our conference venue

​ASC 2022 takes place in the Aviva Stadium. This is the national rugby stadium of Ireland and the playing venue of the Irish national team. It also hosts most of the nation's major rugby matches as well as being one of Dublin's leading conference venues. The Aviva is located on Lansdowne Road.

How to get to Aviva Stadium

By foot

Aviva Stadium is located in central Dublin on Lansdowne Road in the Ballsbridge area, about 2 kilometres from the city centre. The walk from St Stephen's Green park or the Trinity College area will take 20 to 30 minutes.

By train

From Connolly Station or Pearse Station, take a DART train southbound. Get off at station Lansdowne Road, which lies right next to the stadium.  DART trains from North Dublin allow you to connect with Southbound trains from Connolly Station.

More information and rail maps available via DART website.​

By bus 

From the Temple Bar area take bus 7 to Loughlinstown/Cherrywood.

Getting around Dublin

There are two types of commuter rail services in Dublin:

  • DART trains
  • Luas trams - a light rail service

You can view all the lines on our Dublin rail map.

DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit)

DART stands for 'Dublin Area Rapid Transit' and is a high-frequency service along Dublin's coastline.

The DART line serves stations from Malahide or Howth in North Dublin southwards as far as Greystones in County Wicklow. Services are provided by Ireland's publicly-owned railway operator, Irish Rail (also known as Iarnrod Eireann — a Gaelic translation).

To see the full route, please check out the Dublin trains map.

DART trains run very frequently along Dublin Bay, serving Central Dublin and suburbs along the coast (up to every 10 minutes, Monday-Friday).

Monday-Friday: From 6.50am to 8pm, you can expect a DART train every 10 minutes on the Howth to Bray section of the line. Outside of these hours on weekdays you can generally expect trains every 15-20 minutes.

Saturday: Services on Saturday are reasonably frequent, with trains usually every 15 minutes on Howth-Bray section of the line.

Sunday: You can expect a train around every 30 minutes. It's advisable to consult a timetable before travelling on a DART on a Sunday however.

Dart services to Malahide, Portmarnock, Clongriffin or Greystones: Services to these stations run less frequently (roughly every 30 minutes). It is advisable to check timetables before travelling to or from these stations.

Hours of operation

Monday-Saturday: Trains run from around 6am in the morning until 12am at night (with the last trains leaving Central Dublin around 11.30pm).

Sundays: Trains run from around 9am until 12am at night (with the last trains leaving Central Dublin around 11.30pm).

​Timetables and fares

Wheelchair accessibility/step-free access

  • Nearly all DART stations provide step or gate free access to the platforms, the exceptions being Greystones, Killiney and Sutton.
  • Wheelchair ramps and accessibility assistance can be provided at most stations, but because staffing levels vary across the network, Irish Rail suggests that wheelchair users or those with a mobility impairment contact them to arrange help in advance before travelling. You can do this by emailing the company at or calling (01) 836 6222 (Monday - Friday 08:30-18:00hrs excluding public holidays).
  • You can view full accessibility information for each DART station by visiting Irish Rail's Station Information page, entering a station name in the 'Find Station Information' box and then checking the 'Parking and Transport' information to see full car parking details.
  • It is also advisable to read Irish Rail's accessibility guidelines.

Dublin trams (Luas)

Dublin's tram network is called 'Luas' (the Irish for 'speed'). There are two lines, Green and Red, which serve many areas of Central Dublin and some residential areas (mainly in the south and southwest of the city). Our Dublin rail map shows you the routes.

The two tram lines intersect at various locations with Dublin's DART and Commuter train services and airport bus services. Below you'll find information about tram routes, hours of operation, frequency, wheelchair accessibility and more.

​Areas served/route map

The Green Line runs from Broombridge in North Dublin down to Bride's Glen in the south, via Central Dublin. The Red Line runs from The Point or Connolly Station in Central Dublin to Saggart or Tallaght in southwest Dublin.

The Dublin rail map provides an overview of both these Luas routes, along with interchanges with other public transport services in Dublin.

Luas trams serve many areas of Central Dublin plus some residential areas, most of which are not too far from the centre. Services are very frequent (every 4-6 minutes during peak times).

​Eat, drink, and sleep near Aviva Stadium

Aviva Stadium is located in a rather quiet residential area. There is relatively little around in terms of eating and drinking, though you will surely bump into the odd pub on your way to the stadium.

Ariel House and Butler's Townhouse are two hotels that are only a few minutes walk from the stadium. Both get excellent reviews. Ballsbridge HotelRoxford Lodge Hotel, and Grand Canal Hotel are other well-rated options.

For those who are happy to stay a little further out, the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire is an excellent option. It is beside the DART station in Bray with a direct line to Lansdowne Road station.

Click here for an overview of hotels near Aviva Stadium, and here for other options in central Dublin.​

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