Venue and Times

Opening Times: 0900 – 1600

Just minutes from Dublin City Centre, the RDS is well located and easily accessible via public transport links, by foot or bike. With ample parking available onsite, arriving by car is also an alternative option.

Hall 2 (Shelbourne Hall)
Royal Dublin Society,
Merrion Road, Ballsbridge,
Dublin 4,
D04 AK83 Ireland

Getting here

Directions From Dublin City Centre By Car

Dublin City Centre is approximately a twelve-minute drive from The RDS. For traffic information updates around Dublin and city centre visit  AA roadwatch

The RDS is located on Merrion Road (R118) which is a main artery into Dublin city centre. The RDS is within easy reach of the M50 north and south bound. There is ample parking available onsite at the RDS.

Parking at the RDS

Except for Members of the RDS, all car parking facilities at the RDS are operated on a fee-paying basis.

Public Bus Routes

The RDS is serviced locally by Dublin Bus and Go-Ahead Ireland from Dublin City Centre, with a number of routes:

Dublin Bus Routes

4    From Harristown To Monkstown Avenue via Ballsbridge (Anglesea Rd.)
7    From Mountjoy Sq. Towards Loughlinstown/ Cherrywood via Ballsbridge (Anglesea Rd.)
7a  From Mountjoy Sq. Towards Loughlinstown
27X  From UCD Belfield To Clare Hall Via RDS Ballsbridge

Go-Ahead Ireland Bus Routes

18   From Palmerstown (Old Lucan Rd.) Towards Sandymount via Ballsbridge (Anglesea Rd.)

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 information on local Dublin Bus routes visit 

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

Heuston Station/Connolly Station to RDS: please visit Transport for Ireland for options.

The RDS is linked to the train stations by the DART at Connolly Station. Connolly Station is linked by the DART service to Lansdowne Station and Sandymount Station both of which are approximately a 5-minute walk from the RDS. 

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 is approximately a 30-minute walk from the RDS.

Directions From Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport is a dual terminal international airport conveniently located approximately 10km north of Dublin City Centre, near the M50 and M1 motorways.  Serviced by direct routes to/from Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Canada and North America with US Pre-clearance at the airport. There are public transport links to/from the airport by bus and taxi. Taxis are readily available for hire outside the airport. For your journey to the RDS, the Aircoach bus stops directly outside the grounds. For information on Dublin Airport flight routes or for arrivals and departures visit Dublin Aiport flight information.