getting to the congress
Unless you have developed high level telepathic abilities, or Elon has created a Hyperloop between your address and Limerick, you are stuck with the old reliables of land, sea or air.
We would advise you to do some research and check out which works best for you. It will depend on factors such as where you are coming from, whether you intend to travel with others and whether you are wanting to do further travel in and around Ireland or the UK.
For certain, wherever you are coming from, Limerick has fantastic international transport links and we very much look forward to seeing you at the Congress.
travel by: air | ferry | rail | car | bus | taxi
You can fly into Shannon, Dublin or Cork airports and then get transport to Limerick University. You can get a ferry (with or without a car) from the UK or France. Or you could combine modes of transport, for example by linking up your ferry journey with the train network. On this page you will find information to help you get started, with details and links for the various options.
Transport information for traveling within Ireland is available from the Tourist Information 'Discover Ireland' website.
Please also visit the University of Limerick's website here for directions to the university.
The best flight connections to and from the Congress are via Shannon airport which is only a twenty minute drive away from Limerick City and thirty minutes from the Congress venue. You can also fly into Dublin or Cork airports. Though a little further away from Limerick, they both have direct buses to Limerick City. See further details below. In fact there are direct buses from Dublin airport into the University of Limerick itself.
Ryanair should be cheapest in Europe and Norwegian should be cheapest on North Atlantic. They are generally reliable and really not much worse that the others, but you should bring your own sandwiches. (Oh, and a blanket if you fly Norwegian.) They fly to and from out of town airports with the exception of Shannon, Dublin or Cork. Everyone else flying into Ireland professes to be quality, but you should still bring your own sandwiches.
According to the Summer 2014 timetable, you can currently fly into Shannon via the following airports:
Cork is the next nearest airport, approximately 2 hours' drive away. Destinations served from Cork are shown on the home page.
The third alternative is to fly into Dublin Airport, which is about 3.5 hours' drive from Limerick. Dublin aiport serves most countries in the world.
Click for further information about Dublin Airport. For the latest information on routes see the Dublin Airport Destinations & Airlines page.
The taxi fare from Shannon airport direct to the AT Congress 2015 campus is around €50 - please visit www.shannonairportcab.com for details.
For bus information from the airports, please see below.
You may also wish to hire a car from the airport you fly into. For car hire or other ground transportation information please go to one of the following:
Ferry routes between Ireland and UK & France from ferry operators Stenaline and Irish Ferries serve Irish ports from the UK and France. You can also find information on ferry services between France and Ireland, or other general information on relevant ferry services.
At present it is intended Irish Ferries will run services between Dublin and Cherbourg. You can travel to Cherbourge and then by ferry from Cherbourg to Dublin and drive to Limerick University. This makes it economical for 3 or 4 people sharing.
ferry and car
The ferry services above all provide for bringing your car.
ferry and rail
You can get special fares when combining ferry and rail services from the UK via Dublin, Belfast or Rosslare.
The nearest railway station to the University of Limerick is Limerick (Colbert) station, Parnell Street, a distance of about 5km from the Congress venue. There is a taxi rank at Parnell Street.
Direct train services operate from Limerick to Dublin and Galway, and to Cork and Waterford via Limerick Junction.
If you have a car it’s just a matter of getting onto the M7 for Limerick. Takes about 2hours 30mins from Dublin.
From Limerick City - Take the Dublin Road out of the city and travel approximately 3km to the Parkway roundabout. Go straight through at this roundabout. At the next roundabout, turn left and follow the signs for the university.
From Dublin/Nenagh - After the village of Annacotty, turn right at the first roundabout you meet as you approach Limerick (Sign for the National Technological Park). Follow the road for one mile through the Technological Park until you see the sign for the University entrance on your right.
From Cork/Kerry - Before Patrickswell, take the Limerick exit off the Croom Bypass. Follow the ring road and take the exit for Limerick City. Turn right at the T junction and follow the signs for Dublin and the University.
From Galway/Sligo - On entering Limerick, follow the signs for Dublin and the University. (This will take you round the north of the city, passed Thomond Park rugby ground and over the Shannon past St John's Castle, and onto the Dublin Road – see above 'directions from Limerick City')
You can also find directions for travelling by road to the University of Limerick from various cities around Ireland, and for up to the hour road conditions please visit the Irish AA page.
Bus Eireann and JJ Kavanagh both provide services to the University from around the country. You can also search for details of local bus routes serving the University of Limerick.
If you are already in Dublin without a car you can get intercity buses from Connolly Station to Limerick bus station. Then get Limerick-University bust to campus. Alternatively you can get regular intercity trains from Hueston Station to Limerick Station. The bus station is next door, so you can get the Limerick-University to campus.
from shannon airport
Shannon Airport has an hourly Bus Éireann service to Limerick bus station which takes about 20 minutes (service 51 or X51), and from there you can catch a bus or taxi to the University of Limerick, which is only 3 miles from the city centre. For Bus Éireann timetables visit Bus Eireann Shannon routes.
J J Kavanagh provides another (less frequent but direct) bus service (route 735) from Shannon Airport to the University of Limerick campus. Alight at the UL Campus Stables stop (this is a two-minute walk to the Congress registration). See timetable here.
from cork airport
Cork airport has frequent buses to Limerick operated by Citylink and Buseireann. Get the intercity bus from Cork Airport to Limerick bus station. Then get the Limerick-University bus to campus. The journey time is about 1 hour 45 minutes. Click for more details.
from dublin airport
Go to zone 14 of the airport coach and bus park.
From there, choose one of these services:
Dublin Coach N7 Express (every hour) to Red Cow Luas (20 minute journey). From there, take the Dublin Coach M7 Express service direct to the University of Limerick (every 30 to 60 minutes).
JJ Kavanagh operates a direct but less frequent bus service to the University of Limerick (route 735). Alight at the stop 'UL Campus Stables', which is a two-minute walk to Congress registration. See timetable here (scroll down to second page).
Citylink (Eireagle) operates a service to Limerick city every two hours or so - see timetable here.
from dublin city centre
The Dublin Coach M7 Express service goes from Westmoreland Street direct to the University of Limerick (every 30 to 60 minutes). You may find the Dublin Coach journey planner useful.
Local taxi companies include Castletroy Cabs. Here is an additional list of local taxi companies. Smartphone users can download the Swifty Taxi or Hailo app for fast access to booking a taxi in Limerick.