Travel information

Download and print the handy Travel Guide (PDF) to help you with your journey.

Breaking news: we will run a limited shuttle bus service from the airport

There will be a 50-seater coach leaving from Dublin airport travelling to Maynooth, at the following times.

Mon 23rd: 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
Tue 24th: 9am, 10.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm, 4.30pm, 6pm
Wed 25th: 9am, 11am, 1pm

Please look out for our volunteer team in their conference t-shirts (see poster on homepage), and they will direct you to the coaches. This service will be free to delegates. If there is no space left on a coach, or you can't bear the wait, our volunteers will help to organise you into shared cabs (~13 euros a head).

We are planning a return service on Saturday at 9am, 11am and 1pm. We will ask people to sign up for this during the conference.


Our conference venue is the National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM). The workshops will take place in the North Campus; the accommodation is spread over both North and South Campus; the breakfasts included with the accommodation are served in Pugin Hall on the South Campus.


Campus map showing accommodation, relevant rooms, tea/coffee points, computer clusters, food locations: (PDF)

Dublin area:
North campus: (pdf available)
South campus: (pdf available)
Accommodation: (pdf available)
Interactive map:

Ash advice & disclaimer

We urge delegates to bear in mind the potential of volcanic ash to disrupt European air travel, when making their preparations. While ferry travel may not be appropriate for the majority, it's worth considering. Far more enjoyable than a flight. We also recommend delegates take out travel insurance which covers such eventualities. When making your plans it might be worth giving yourself more 'slack' time around your travel dates, so you aren't pressured by a need to return 'on time'.

Finally we would like to make it clear that we cannot:
- guarantee the availability of continued accommodation if you are delayed in your departure
- offer increased funding to assist those whose participation we are already funding, if their stay is extended
- refund fees paid if ash delays your arrival.


Ireland is part of the EU but a Schengen visa does not apply; many from outside the EU will need visas to attend the conference. Check here to see if you require a visa. Nationals of the following countries may apply for their visa online. The Irish government suggests applications should be made two months before your date of departure.

If applying for a conference visa, then please read this. Visa info is spread over two websites, but is very complete. Browse the Irish Immigration Service site and the Dept of Foreign Affairs site.

If you require a letter of support for your application, please email conference(at), with 'Visa Support Letter' in the subject line. Include your name, date of birth, nationality, place of birth, passport number, place & date of issue, expiry date, and who will be covering your trip costs. The Irish government will expect us to write that your registration fees have been paid - so if you are not receiving registration funding from EASA, please ensure that you have paid your fee.

Health insurance

If you are a resident in the EU, please make sure you bring your up-to-date European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you to Ireland - this makes getting free health care more straightforward in the event of ill health. If you are not resident in the EU, we would recommend your taking out health insurance for the duration of your travels.



There are frequent ferry crossings to Ireland from the UK and France. Check out the Direct Ferries site for fare comparisons and routes. Boats can take between 2.5hrs (Holyhead) and 7hrs (Birkenhead - nr Liverpool).

Dublin has two ports: Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire. The edge of Dublin port is about a ten minute walk from the centre of town along the river; but the passenger terminal is about a 40 minute walk. There is a bus to/from the bus terminal in town - although these only tend to run in parallel to the saiings. Dun Laoghaire is somewhat easier to get to/from, as it has a train line (Dart) running into town, and usually a platform change at Tara Street, is sufficient to connect to Maynooth trains. So this might be another factor in choosing your ferry company.


The nearest airport to Maynooth is Dublin Airport; the major carriers are Aer Lingus and Ryanair; and there are frequent flights from the UK, US and Europe and other international destinations.


Public transport

Take Bus 16 or Bus 41 to Drumcondra Rail station (departure every 20-30 minutes), which takes 25 minutes, and then train to Maynooth, which takes 35 minutes. The bus fare is €1.80 and you must give the exact amount on the bus. You can buy a more expensive ticket at the counter inside the airport. The train fare is €2.70.

Alternatively and slightly slower, buses 747 (every ten minutes during the day) and 748 (every half an hour) go between the airport and Dublin city centre, take 50 minutes, and cost €6 single or €10 return fare.  From the city centre take a train to Maynooth (42 minutes) or bus (70 minutes).


Trains run from three central Dublin stations (Pearse Station, Tara St. and Connolly Station) to Maynooth, at least every half hour, take 42 minutes, and cost €3.30 single or €6 return. Longford and Sligo trains also stop at Maynooth. Visit the Irish Rail website for timetables, fares and online booking (intercity journeys only).


NUI Maynooth is served by bus 66 and 67a. These buses run frequently (every half hour or so) from Pearse St. in Dublin city centre to Maynooth, take 70 and 80 minutes respectively, and cost €2.10 single. There are also 66x and 67x express services to and from Maynooth, which take only 60minutes, but these only run at commuter hours.


A taxi from the airport to Maynooth should cost around €50-55, and take from 25 minutes to an hour (at rush hour). It might be cheaper to ring a Maynooth cab to meet you.

Express Cabs (+353 1) 628 9866
Maynooth Cabs (+353 1) 628 9999
MCL Cabs (+353 1) 628 6539
Major Minor Cabs, Maynooth (+353 1) 601 6160
Manor Cabs, Maynooth (+353 1) 629 3593/7
Seamus Murray (+353) 87 268 4399
Tara's Taxis (+353) 86 369 5518 (€40 to the airport!)

Disabled access cabs and minibuses are available for airport runs from Bus Cill Dara*


Information for those driving is available here.

Disabled access

Information on access for those with disabilities is available here.

Local information

For more information on the history of the area visit here.