Aviva Stadium

Since opening in May 2010, the stadium has forged an indelible mark on the event landscape of Dublin City. In the seven short years since opening it not only played host to major international sporting fixtures and concerts but has become one of the most popular conference and events venues in the city.

The spectacular event spaces can transform from plenary sessions of 800 to gala dinners of 1140 and world street food events for 3,600. Aviva’s catering team design and create diverse food offerings all within the Stadium.

Aviva Stadium is the home of Irish Rugby and Irish Football. It is a place of gathering, it encapsulates the heartbeat of a nation and inspires great victories. It's the essence of this that the venue strives to instil in each conference and what makes Aviva Stadium the perfect venue for ESSD 2018.

Aviva Stadium sits on the grounds of the oldest sports stadium in Europe. It was founded by Henry Dunlop in 1872 as a multi- purpose athletics grounds. Six years later, in 1878 the first international rugby match was played between Ireland and England which also makes it the oldest rugby international test venue in the world. Aviva Stadium proudly stands on this hallowed turf and continues to forge its own legacy hosting world class events throughout the year. 


Aviva Stadium provides limited first come first serve parking for meetings and events attendees only. Please note where the event is being held and follow relevant car parking signage. The stadium's main car park is located under their Tour Centre on Lansdowne Road. The main car parking rates are €2.00 per hour, to a maximum of €10.00 for the day is 24 hours accessible.

Getting to Aviva

Arriving by Rail

The easiest way to travel directly to Aviva Stadium is to take the DART. The train line actually runs under the West stand of the stadium and stops at Lansdowne Road Station itself. From Dublin city centre, visitors to Aviva Stadium can take the DART southbound from Pearse Station on Westland Row, Tara Street Station or Connolly Station. Connolly Station provides a link with the city's tram system, the LUAS. A single ticket costs €2.30 or €4.10 return. 

Arriving on Foot

To reach the stadium by foot from St Stephen's Green, the attendees can walk up Merrion Row, Baggot St Lower, Baggot St Upper and cross the Grand Canal at Baggot St Bridge. They then walk straight on down Pembroke Road and cross the road at the junction of Northumberland and Merrion Roads where the Ballsbridge Hotel is prominently located. Continue on to Lansdowne Road and follow this to the Aviva Stadium. The total journey time by foot is 25-30 minutes.

Arriving by Bus

The main Dublin Bus routes that serve Ballsbridge from the city centre are the 4 & 7 from O'Connell Street and O'Connell Bridge. A single ticket costs €2.85. Correct change is required.

Arriving by Road

Square and Lower Mount Street. Cross the canal and continue along Northumberland Road to the second set of lights. Turnleft onto Lansdowne Road. Continue through the next junction. Aviva Stadium is on your left. From outside the city, travel through the M50 roundabout towards city centre. Follow south city signs to the Grand Canal. Travel alongside the canal to the Baggot Street Bridge. Turn left onto Upper Baggot Street, through Pembroke Road to traffi c lights. Straight over Lansdowne Road, cross over the DART lines and the stadium is on the left.

Arriving by Air

Dublin Airport is 14.8 km from Aviva Stadium. The Air Coach provides a 24 hour coach service from Dublin Airport to the nearby Ballsbridge Hotel on Lansdowne Road only a short walk from the stadium. A single ticket is €8 and €13 return. Taxis are available outside the arrival hall at Dublin Airport. The cost of a taxi is approx. €25 - €30 to Aviva Stadium. For those
travelling by car from Dublin Airport, follow all directions for Dublin City as you exit Dublin Airport. Cross the motorway and take the slipway down onto the M1. On the motorway stay in right hand lane and take Port Tunnel (charges vary depending on time of day - ensure you have Euros) after the toll, continue past the 3 Arena on right and cross East Link Toll Bridge. Soon after passing through the toll booths turn right at the roundabout. Continue to the second set of traffic lights. Travel straight across this junction to another T junction. Turn left, then take an immediate right onto Newbridge Avenue. Continue to the mini roundabout on the right and you will see the stadium. 

Arriving by Ferry Dublin Port 

There is a free courtesy coach to take you to Dublin city centre stopping at Connolly Station, where you can take the DART ( For those travelling by car from Dublin port, follow the signs for the Eastlink and continue past 3 Arena on your right and cross East Link Toll Bridge. Soon after passing through the toll booths turn right at the roundabout. Continue to the second set of traffic lights. Travel straight across this junction to another T junction and turn left, then immediately right onto Newbridge Avenue. Continue to a roundabout and take a right to the stadium.