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Directions from City Centre

Directions from Dublin City Centre to the RDS, Ballsbridge

Directions By Car

From outside Trinity College head south east on R138 and continue to the end of Nassau Street. At the traffic lights turn right onto Clare Street following the signposts for the R118. Follow the R118 (also known as Mount Street which becomes Merrion Road) for approximately 2km. The RDS Main Complex will be situated on the right hand side in Ballsbridge.

To go to the Simmonscourt Complex continue along the Merrion Road and at the next crossroads turn right onto Simmonscourt Road. The RDS Simmonscourt Complex is situated on the left hand side after the two office buildings.

Parking at the RDS


Directions By Bus

The RDS is serviced by several bus routes nationally (see Bus Éireann) and locally by Dublin Bus. The direct Dublin Bus routes to RDS Ballsbridge from Nassau Street outside Trinity College:

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 details view our access guide or for more information on local Dublin Bus routes visit www.dublinbus.ie or call +353 (0)1 873 4222.


Directions By Local Train

Dublin DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport)

The DART service operates from the City Centre to Ballsbridge. Lansdowne Station and Sandymount Station are approximately a 5 minute walk from the RDS.

Directions from Sandymount Station:
Follow the exit signs and turn right onto Sandymount Avenue. Continue until you reach the traffic lights - the Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge will be directly in front of you. For the Main Complex, Halls 1-7, turn right onto Merrion Road and the entrance will be on your left. For the Simmonscourt Complex, Hall 8, continue straight ahead from the crossroads, passing the Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge on your left. The Simmonscourt Complex is on the left hand side of the road.


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.

The RDS is linked to the train stations by the Dart at Connolly Station. Connolly Station also has bus connections, DART and LUAS terminals. See our Access Guide for more information


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 would be approximately a 30 minute walk from the RDS.


Directions from Dublin Port (City Centre)

Dublin Port is on the north of the city approximately ten minutes drive from the RDS.


Directions by Car

  • Follow the signs for the Port exit, all routes along Tolka Quay Road Junction with R131

  • Turn left at the traffic signals, taking R131 signposted City Centre

  • At the roundabout follow the sign posts to Dun Laoghaire via Toll Bridge and cross the River Liffey (East Link Toll Bridge - car charge €1.40)

  • Take Junction 80 (Dublin Outer Orbital Route)

  • At the roundabout take the 3rd exit signposted N11, N81

  • Take Irishtown (Junction 81)

  • Turn right then, at the traffic lights turn left into Londonbridge Road R111 signposted N11, N81

  • Take Junction 51 (R815)

  • At the traffic lights turn left onto R815 signposted Ballsbridge

  • Proceed through the next traffic lights, the RDS Main Complex is situated on your right


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