Tourist information

Visas

Whether you need a visa to enter Ireland depends on what country you're from. Please review the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland website for full information.

Find out what you need to enter Ireland based on your nationality on the INIS website.

If you require a visa you may request an Invitation letter to ESGE Days 2020 congress once payment is completed in full for registration. No letter will be issued prior to full registration being completed. It is advisable that you book and pay for accommodation for the duration of your stay and request confirmation of this from your hotel. This confirmation should also be included with your visa application. After registered, to require an invitation letter please contact ESGE Days secretariat at secretariat@esgedays.org.

Note that visa applications can take 6+ weeks for Ireland – please ensure that you apply in time to attend the congress.

Tourism Information

Banks & Currency
The Euro (€) is the currency in use in Ireland.
Visa and Master Card are all widely accepted in pubs, shops and restaurants throughout the country.

Climate
Mild and temperate (showers can occur any time of the year.) In April, the average temperature in Dublin measure about 8 degrees Celsius and the highs and lows average between 11 degrees Celsius and 5 degrees Celsius respectively.

Electricity
Electric Current: 240 Volts AV
Plug type: 3 large flat prong British type plug. BS1363 system.

Shopping
General opening hours are Monday-Saturday from 09.00-18.00 with later opening hours on Thursday evenings. Most major stores/shops open on Sunday – some with reduced opening times from 10.30 to 18.00.

Tipping
Tipping is a generally accepted practice in restaurants, bars, taxis and hotel porters. A service charge may be included in some restaurants and should be stated on the menu, but otherwise this is a discretionary item.

Travel
 Situated at the heart of Dublin’s transport hub with excellent air, road, rail and sea connections, The Convention Centre Dublin is easily accessible for all!

 Aircoach
Aircoach operates a service from Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre. You can purchase tickets to and from Dublin Airport from €12 and pre-book online. Visit the Air Coach website for more information.

By Car or Taxi
The Convention Centre Dublin is just minutes away from Ireland’s M50 motorway network and Dublin’s Port Tunnel, making it easy to bring in supplies and equipment for your event. It is also next to the Samuel Beckett Bridge which spans the River Liffey, aiding access between the North and South of the city. The average current price from Dublin Airport to CCD is approximately €25.

The CCD has its own underground car park, with over 2,000 spaces located in car parks nearby, as well as considerable on street ‘pay and display’ parking on North Wall Quay and adjoining roads.

There are many official taxi services throughout Dublin. Please ensure you only travel in a registered taxi displaying their taxi license on the dashboard. Taxis are readily available all over the city with listed services in most tourism areas.

By Rail, Tram or Bus
Conveniently located in Dublin’s Docklands, the business hub of the city, The Convention Centre Dublin can be accessed via a growing network of public transport options.

Rail and DART
The CCD is less than 10 minutes on the Luas Red Line from Dublin’s two main railway stations, Connolly and Heuston. Operated by Irish Rail, these stations serve all the major towns and cities in Ireland.

The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) rail network runs along the coast of Dublin, from Malahide and Howth, to Bray and Graystones, providing transport from the city centre to suburban areas. Connolly, Pearse Street and Tara Street DART stations are all located about 10 minutes’ walk from The CCD.

Tram (Luas)
Luas is Dublin’s light rail transit system. There are two lines, the Green Line and the Red Line. The CCD is on the Red Line, conveniently linking to downtown Dublin and Connolly and Heuston rail stations. Major Square and Spencer Dock are the closest stops. Switch between the Red and Green lines at Abbey Street / O’Connell – GPO / Marlborough stops.

Bus
Dublin Bus offers a high frequency, easy-to-use and accessible service across all of the city centre and surrounding areas. These services include city bus services, Airlink, Nitelink and DART feeder buses. Exact change, weekly tickets or top up Leapcards must be used. You can find more information on fares and tickets here.

Busáras is the central bus station in Dublin for intercity and regional bus services operated by Bus Éireann. Busáras is just 5 minutes from The CCD on the Luas Red Line and is located beside Connolly railway station.