The 706/706X lines from the airport take you the closest to the event location. You can book in advance. It is recommended that you get off at the second stop in Athlone, the one opposite B&Q Arcadia Centre – even though it will still be a 17-minute walk from here, the other one will drop you too far from the venue!
For those used to taking the Bus Éireann X20 service,
please note that it has been discontinued.
The earliest 706X bus returning to Dublin Airport from Athlone Arcadia Centre on Sunday morning is 7:30am. If this is not early enough, consider using CityLink for returning (see below). Use Dublin Airport (any terminal) as the origin – there are four stands but they are all adjacent, so choose any – and set destination to Athlone B&Q Arcadia Centre.
If you need to leave early in the morning, the CityLink bus leaves Athlone Arcadia for Dublin Airport at 2:30am, 6:30am, 9am and later. Journey time is usually 2 hours 30 minutes. Here is the December 2021 timetable:
Confusingly, the 706X pickup point is the same as the drop-off point! – You must get this from the Arcadia (17 minute walk from the event or 5 minute drive). Map
Competitive rates have been reported using this service starting at ~EUR 20 per day.
Note: There are risks with car rental companies in Europe. They are notorious for unfounded charges. Take photos before you leave for your journey and be sure they see you taking them. Here is more important consumer information to read before hiring a rental car
From Dublin City: Train
The train leaves from the city, not the airport. From the airport, the 748 bus goes to Heuston train and bus station but can take up to an hour in heavy traffic to reach the city. It costs EUR 10 return. Alternatively, a taxi to Heuston station could cost over EUR 30.
The train service leaves Heuston station and stops in Athlone before continuing on. The train costs EUR 30 return and takes 90 minutes. If you are coming directly from the city center rather than the airport, the train is the fastest way to arrive.
ParkingThe best option is Athlone Towncentre carpark, directly beside the venue. The rate is EUR 3.00 for every 24 hours. Make sure you choose the Long Term parking area on Level B to avail of this rate. When leaving, you must get your ticket validated in their office on Level A. Parking is available on a first-come first-serve basis and availability is not guaranteed by the venue.