Rugby World Cup travel information
August 30, 2015 12:00 am client
The Rugby World Cup takes place throughout England and Wales during September and October. The OLSC has prepared travel information for those heading across that we hope will help in the road to Twickenham for the final on Saturday 31 October.
Getting to Dublin airport
Aircoach operate regular services to/from Dublin airport with onward connections to Cork and Belfast, bookings can be made on line here. For those driving, avail of the OLSC offer of 10% on long term car parking by using the code ‘OLSC1516’ here
As expected accommodation is already either booked out completely or limited in most venue locations for the tournament, at this late stage you could try www.laterooms.com, www.hostelworld.com (covers B&Bs, shared facilities and private rooms) or the special rugby offers with Airbnb
Those still needing accommodation in Cardiff should also check out the temporary hotel being established 20 minutes walk from the Millenium Stadium. Joe Walsh Tours also has late availability on rooms only at the centrally located Maldron Hotel.
Getting to the venue city
If you expect to use a train book early to avail of the cheapest fares. Regardless of which rail operator you end up using you can search timetables and book online here without being subjected to any of the usual booking fees.
For certain matches the tournament organisers may run cheaper trains exclusively for ticket holders, the person who purchased the match ticket(s)will be emailed.
Special buses from London to Cardiff
For the Ireland fixtures in Cardiff, the Munster Rugby Supporters Club (MRSC) has kindly extended their members offer to Leinster supporters, priced at £30 return (half price for children), bookings must be made by email using the details here
Getting around London with the tube/buses
If in London for just a few days, use contactless on tubes, buses etc (just as you do at home with your ATM or credit card). Alternatively you could purchase an Oyster card, load it with credit and just swipe as and when you travel (the fares are the same regardless). Cappings apply each day so you won’t spend more than you need too.
If you are in London for a week or longer, consider the more economical weekly travel pass that covers a number of transport options including the tube. buses and DLR, these can be purchased at any tube station using cash or debit/credit card.
See the Transport for London website for more (they also have a handy journey planner).
Getting to the ground
In most cases, public car parking will not be possible in getting to the ground. Public transport arrangements will be in place and match ticket holders should plan their journey well in advance here. Information for each of the match venues can be found here
Located in each of the cities hosting games, these are free for the public to enter. Capacity ranges from 5,000 -15,000 people and with the exception of Milton Keynes and Trafalgar Square in London games will be shown on a big screen. Check the details here
Events around the Ireland games
Special ticketed events in London and Cardiff have been arranged featuring supporter Q&As, live music from Hermitage Green and much more. For details see here
Buying match tickets
Avoid the temptation of buying tickets from any unofficial sources; you run the risk of paying money for counterfeits/stolen tickets. Keep an eye on the official ticketing website leading up to and throughout the tournament for any last minute tickets being returned and put on sale.
Get your green gear!
Don’t forget that Leinster Season ticket holders get 10% off store wide at LifeStyle Sports, this includes all the green gear you need for games. From jerseys, t-shirts, jackets, scarves, hats, get yourself kitted out for whether you are supporting at the ground, home or pub.
Have a second team?
LifeStyle Sports will also be stocking the home RWC jerseys of every team playing so if you have a second team you can get yourself kitted out for that too. Not all jerseys will be in all stores so order using their free click and collect service online to have delivered to home or your nearest store (you can return it free of charge if you are not happy with it).
Keeping track of all the games
TV3 in Ireland will be covering every game in the Rugby World Cup live, keep track of all the fixtures by downloading their free match planner here
Official Rugby World Cup travel guide
Save £3 when you purchase the glossy 300 page guide for just £6.99 online quoting ‘IND30’ and you’ll also get free worldwide delivery. Get your copy here