Coming from overseas? From Dublin Airport or Dublin City itself there are a few options.
From the Airport: Bus (Company: Bus Éireann)
Direct from the airport to the event location. A comfortable 90 minute journey on the X20 coach costs EUR 24 and includes WiFi. Large luggage can be stored underneath the coach. Just make sure you get off in Athlone station as it continues on!
You can book a seat on the X20 up to one month in advance at this link. Use Dublin Airport as the origin (there are four stands but they are all adjacent, so choose any) and set destination to Athlone.
View the full timetable at this link.
Returning to the Airport: Bus (Company: City Link)
The CityLink bus leaves Athlone for Dublin Airport at 2:30am, 6:30am and continue from 9am. This bus takes longer than the X20 because it stops along the way. Here is the January timetable:
The pickup point is not the same as the X20 drop-off point(20 minute walk from the event or 7 minute drive, due to the one-way traffic system):
Competitive rates are possible using this service for ~EUR 20 per day.
From Dublin City: Train
From the airport, the 748 bus goes to Heuston train and bus station but can take up to an hour in heavy traffic. 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.
Finding us at Amiga Ireland
The venue is The Prince of Wales Hotel in Athlone.
The venue is a three minute drive / ten minute walk from Athlone station where the bus or train will leave you and taxis are available. Map. Phone the organiser, Iarla on +353 87 993 2250 and we might be able to send a driver to get you. Provided the wine isn’t flowing yet 🙂
If you drove, the carpark has a capacity for 43 cars and anyone booked into the hotel can avail of these if there are free spaces, but this isn’t guaranteed. If you’re arriving later in the day and the carpark is full then the best option is Athlone Towncentre carpark which is a 5 minute walk from the venue. This is paid parking at a rate of EUR 3 for every 24 hours. Make sure you choose the Long Term parking area (Level B) to avail of this. Whatever day you’re leaving you just need to get your ticket validated in their office on Level A. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/HiGNVtN9FLQ2