Travelling to Dublin
Visa Request Process
Delegates travelling to Ireland from countries outside the Schengen Area may require to obtain a visa to attend the European Conference of Health Workforce Education & Research. Some may also request a letter from the International Network for Health Workforce Education to verify the attendance at the event. Embassies may need to verify that registration fees have been paid in full and may require applicants to appear in person for an interview, causing delays in the application process. We strongly recommend interested parties to apply for a visa no later than three months prior to the event. As the Conference organiser, we are keen to provide delegates with a visa invitation letter to verify their intent to attend the event.
Travelling to Dublin, Ireland
Dublin is the major infrastructural hub of Ireland, which is why it can be easily reached by a variety of means of transport. Dublin Airport is conveniently located approximately 10km north of Dublin City Centre, near the M50 and M1 motorways. When you arrive at Dublin airport, there are three main ways you can get to the city centre:
> Express public coach (Airlink, route number 747): the Airlink is an express service that goes from the airport to Dublin's main bus station Busaras, then to O'Connell Street and finally to Heuston. It is not always faster than the regular bus but it has a big advantage during high traffic periods as it goes via Dublin Port Tunnel. Even if traffic is busy above ground, vehicles usually zip through the tunnels. The Airlink buses are frequent, departing every 15 or 20 minutes, from 5am to 11.30pm. It stops just outside the exit to Terminal 1, Arrivals level. The cost is 6,00 EUR one-way for adults, 10,00 EUR return (exact cash is not required).
> Express private coach (Aircoach, route number 700): the Aircoach is a privately-operated coach service that takes passengers from the airport to the city centre. The official journey time for the Aircoach to the city centre is 30 minutes. This can increase to up to 45 minutes with heavy traffic. It does not go through the Port Tunnel, but it does not make many stops, and it uses the bus lanes and the motorway. The Aircoach departs every 15 minutes between 3.15am and 11.55pm (every 30 minutes after that, until 3.15am). It stops just outside the exit to Terminal 1, Arrivals level. It also departs from just outside the main door of Terminal 2 Departures level. The adult fare from the airport to Dublin city centre (O'Connell Street) with the Aircoach is 7,00 EUR, 12,00 EUR return (exact cash is not required).
> Taxi service: the taxi rank is just outside Terminal 1 Arrivals level. The fare will be around 25,00 EUR, depending on time/distance (the taxi will be metered). Most taxis can take a maximum of four passengers. If you have four passengers it can be a cost-effective way to get to the city centre, especially if you have to go to a specific location, and you have luggage.
The Leap Visitor Card
The Visitor Leap Card gives unlimited city travel (including the Airlink) for 72 hours and costs 19,50 EUR at the airport SPAR shop (a small grocery shop) in the arrivals hall in Terminal 1 or Terminal 2, or at the Travel Information desk in Terminal 1. Note: the Leap Visitor Card is different to the standard Leap Card used by Dublin's daily commuters. Do not buy a Leap Card anywhere except in the airport: only the airport sells the Leap visitor card.
Accommodation reservation is done directly between the hotels and the participants. If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, we strongly recommend to do it as soon as possible through the online search engines. The International Network for Health Workforce Education is unable to sell any accommodation directly but will try to help if there is a situation that you don’t have accommodation upon your arrival in Dublin.