Photo credit: Dara Munnis
Longitude Festival returns to Marlay Park in Rathfarnham, south Dublin, for its fifth instalment from July 14–16. The three-day festival features a mix of international stars like The Weeknd, Mumford & Sons and Stormzy, with a sprinkling of up-and-coming Irish talent including Picture This, Dermot Kennedy and Aine Cahill. Plus, as there’s no camping you can sleep in your own bed every night and arrive at the festival each day feeling fresh – winner!
‘But how will I get there?’, we hear you ask! Worry no more – read on for travel advice whether you plan to travel by bus, coach, car, taxi or Luas.
Traffic is likely to be very slow on all routes to the festival site, so we recommend that you use public transport.
The following Dublin Bus routes serve the Grange Rd entrances of Marlay Park.
The Dublin Bus routes below serve Ballinteer shopping centre, which is around 20 minutes’ walk from the festival site:
Timetables and real-time info are available from the Dublin Bus website and mobile app.
The closest Luas stations are Ballaly and Dundrum on the Green Line, but he prepared for a trek – each one is about half an hour on foot from the festival site. You can check the Luas website for routes and timetables.
Marathon Travel are running shuttle buses to Longitude from Custom House Quay in Dublin city centre. The buses leave every half hour between 1pm and 6pm inclusive, and can be booked in advance from the Marathon website. Return buses will depart from 10:30pm until midnight each evening and will work on a first come, first served basis.
Kelly Travel are running buses from Cork (departs 9am, goes via Mitchelstown, Cahir and Portlaoise), Tipperary (departs 10am, goes via Cashel and Portlaoise), Limerick (departs 10am, goes via Pallasgreen, Nenagh and Roscrea), Ennis (departs 9am, goes via Shannon) and Birr (Saturday only, departs 10am, goes via Tullamore and Kilbeggan). Book here.
Travelmaster’s services leave Patrick’s Quay in Cork at 9am each day and make several pick-ups along the way – check their website for a full list and to book.
Fans in the west can book with Galway Bus Hire – their service leaves Galway Cathedral at 10am each day and can be booked here.
Alternatively, Irish Concert Travel are running buses for all three days from Sligo (departs 9:30am, goes via Carrick on Shannon, Longford and Mullingar), Castlebar (departs 9am, goes via Claremorris, Castlerea, Roscommon and Athlone) and Galway (departs 10:30am, goes via Galway Plaza). Full details and online booking are available here.
If you’re coming from Belfast, Translink are running a direct service to the festival each day, leaving at 12:30pm. The return buses leave at 11pm – make sure to check the departure point with the driver on arrival at Marlay Park. More info here.
Buses To Concerts are also running a service from Belfast, with pick-ups in Lisburn, Banbridge and Newry. The buses leave Belfast at 12pm each day of the festival, and they leave 30 minutes after the end of each day’s concert. Book here.
There will be a taxi pick-up area at Supervalu on Ballinteer Ave. That’s around 20 minutes by foot from the Grange Park entrance.
Traffic will be very heavy in the area so if you do decide to drive, Gardaí advise you to leave at least three extra hours’ travel time to and from the venue. Parking is available off College Rd in Marlay Park from 12:30pm. Here are the best routes:
Drive via Harold’s Cross Rd, Terenure Rd North, Rathfarnham Rd, Grange Rd and College Rd. Alternatively, use Ranelagh Rd, Milltown Rd, Dundrum Rd, Wyckham Way, Ballinteer Ave, Grange Rd and College Rd.
Exit the M50 at J12 Firhouse and follow Scholarstown Rd, Taylor’s Lane, turn right onto Whitechurch Rd and then left onto College Rd. Entrance to the car parks is off College Rd.
ACCESSIBLE CAR PARKING
The festival can issue you with a pass to the disabled car park, which is the closest car park to the site. Spaces will be available to attendees who have pre-registered to use the facility. Car parking passes will not be issued until approx. one week prior to the festival.
To arrange access, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0818 903001 (from ROI), 0333 321 9996 (from UK including NI) or 00 353 818 903001 (from anywhere else).
AA Membership is available for as little as €8.25 per month and offers 24/7 emergency cover so we’ll never see you stuck. See here for more.