Where to stay
Maynooth is a small university town 25km from Dublin. There are very few places to stay (approximately one AirBnb location) so we have arranged a number of rooms on the University campus.
These are en suite rooms, five to an apartment, with a shared kitchen. They cost €39 per night. Please inform Richard Hadden as soon as possible if you wish to take one of these rooms (and give your arrival and departure dates). The cost of the room can be paid on arrival.
Maynooth has a couple of smaller supermarkets and a Gigantic Tesco that, quite honestly, scares me a little.
Not in Maynooth
If you would prefer to stay elsewhere, Dublin is probably the best option. There are a wide range of hotels, hostels and AirBnb rooms and apartments. See the section below on how to travel to Maynooth, as you may want to find somewhere convenient for transport.
Alternatively, you could stay in some of the other lovely villages: Celbridge, Leixlip and Lucan are on convenient bus routes (though this is entirely at your own risk!)
Flying to Dublin is almost certainly the best option. AerLingus, Ryanair and a variety of other airlines fly to Dublin, so it should be relatively easy to get here.
If (and, realistically, only if) you are in the UK, Irish ferries operates a Rail > Sail service from any city in the UK to Dublin (via Holyhead). The train from London Euston to Holyhead takes around four hours, and the ferry two or three hours (depending on whether you get the quick ferry or not). The cost is around €45 each way, and includes the cost of the train on the UK side. From Dublin Port, there is a bus service to Dublin bus station (Busáras) and to Heuston railway station for €3 or 4.
From within Ireland
If you are travelling from elsewhere in Ireland, I assume you’ll already have a good idea of the best way to travel to Maynooth or Dublin (though let me know if you need some help).
To Dublin from the Airport
To get to Dublin from the aiport, there are three options:
Dublin Bus 747 service leaves every fifteen minutes from outside both airport terminals. It costs €10 return, and will take you on an elaborate winding route through the centre of town (so you can get off anywhere), terminating at Heuston Station.
Taxi. Maybe a good idea if there are four people. The cost is around €30, depending on where you are going exactly.
To Maynooth from the Airport
A taxi is possible for around €40 (though potentially more).
Alternatively, there is the Airport Hopper service for €10 return (with a student card) or €15 (without). If you are staying in Maynooth, this is easiest option, though check the timetable as the bus only runs once every two hours, with the last service at 1850. The bus leaves the airport from a curious bit of the airport car-park called “Coach Park Zone 14” — follow the signs, or ask for directions as it’s not the easiest thing to find.
To Maynooth from Dublin
If you decide to stay in Dublin, or will arrive at the airport too late for the Airport Hopper to Maynooth (see above), there are two ways to travel to Maynooth.
Trains run every half-hour to an hour (depending on the time of day) from Connolly Station and slightly less frequently from Pearse Station. The timetable is here. The cost of a single journey is €4.70.
Bus 66 or 67 run from Merrion Square, past Trinity College and Heuston Station. The 66 is slightly quicker, and will take you to Main Street in Maynooth (whatever you do, don’t get off before this!) The 67 takes a slight detour via Celbridge, and will take you to outside the Glenroyal Hotel. Either bus costs €3.30 — pay the driver in cash.
If in doubt
Use Google Maps. I’ve never had any problem with it in Dublin or Maynooth — in a triumph of linked open data, Google Maps will tell you the quickest means of transport from wherever you happen to be.
Or else, call Richard (phone number to be emailed nearer the time).
If you’ve made it this far down the document, congratulations! I have every confidence that you’ll reach Maynooth.
Beware, the north campus is something of a building site at the moment, so you may have to take a circuitous route.
It is a ten minute walk from the station and from the bus stops for the 66 or 67 buses. If you are staying on campus, you can probably make it in three or four minutes.