Travelling to the Hospital

Travelling to the Hospital

The hospital is located in Dublin’s southwest inner city, between James’s Street and the South Circular Road. It is readily accessible by car and by public transport and O’Connell Street in Dublin’s city centre is approximately 3 kilometres from the hospital. 

A number of developments related to St. James’s Hospital are on-going at present.  These developments will bring about substantially improved healthcare facilities and services for our patients. The development of the National Children’s Hospital has commenced on the St. James’s site. By 2021, the site will be home to a new healthcare campus incorporating St. James's Hospital and the National Children’s Hospital.

Patients, relatives and members of the public are asked for their co-operation and understanding during this period as we work towards developing a world class healthcare campus.

Detailed below is information for our patients and visitors that will aid your journey to our hospital. 


Parking is limited and we experience high demand for parking at certain times during the busy weekday periods and delays may be experienced accessing our carparks.  At busy times our staff are on the ground policing and directing traffic.  Their directions and instructions must be adhered to and followed accordingly. 

demand for parking

Where feasible, you may wish to consider accessing our campus by alternate means which are outlined below.      

Parking Facilities

If you wish to drive to the hospital there is onsite parking available for our patients and visitors in the underground carpark with direct access to main entrance foyer. There is also a smaller surface carpark for patients and visitors adjacent our Out Patients Department.

Parking costs:

0 - 10 minutes free
0 - 1 hour €2.50
1 - 2 hours €5.00
2 - 3 hours €7.50
3 - 4 hours €10.00
4 - 5 hours €12.50
5 - 6 hours €15.00
6 - 24 hours €15.00

There are two payment machines; one is located inside the main entrance to the concourse and the second is in the underground car park next to the lifts. You may also pay at the desk near the exit of the underground car park.

GPS Co-ordinates - 53.3397° N, 6.2950° W

Patient Drop off / Collection

There is a set down area for the drop off and collection of patients and visitors at the main concourse entrance, outside Hospital 1 and outside the MISA building. These areas are strictly for set down only and for a maximum duration of 10 minutes.         


Parking enforcement measures apply to all vehicles parking on the St. James Campus.   Please ensure you park appropriately and in parking designated for the general public only. Failure to do so will result in your vehicle being clamped and a release fee of €24 applies.  You are liable to be clamped if your vehicle is;

  • Causing a hazard or obstruction on the campus e.g. on a clearway.
  • If your vehicle is illegally parked, e.g. on a double yellow line or a set down area.
  • Parked in designated staff parking.

This is in the interest of safety and to ensure the free flow of traffic around the hospital. 

Disabled Parking  

The disabled parking spaces are reserved for those patients and visitors with a valid disabled person’s parking permit only.  The permit must be displayed in the vehicle when utilising these spaces.  Any vehicle parking in a disabled parking space without the appropriate permit on display is liable to be clamped.

Disabled parking is available at the following locations: 

  • 6 disabled parking spaces adjacent to the lifts in the underground carpark. 
  • 10 disabled parking spaces at the entrance to our Out Patients Department.
  • 4 disabled parking spaces outside Hospital 5 – the Diabetic Day Care Centre.
  • 4 in the surface public carpark.       

Park + Ride

The Luas Red Line offers direct access to St. James’s Hospital from the Red Cow, Tallaght and Cheeverstown Park + Ride facilities. 

Numerous Irish Rail stations also have Park + Ride facilities. In order to find information on car parking availability, please go to find a station section, input your station name and the parking information will be under ‘Parking & Transport Links’.     


The hospital has a number of free taxi courtesy phones in the main concourse, Discharge Lounge and the Emergency Department.

This service is available on a 24/7 basis with no call out charge.

Public Transport Options

St. James Hospital has excellent public transport connectivity with direct access to all the major transport hubs in the city; Heuston Station, Connolly Station and Busáras  The hospital’s proximity to the city centre enables access to a host of local, regional and national transport services. The Red Luas line and the 123 bus route serve the hospital directly.

Real time commuting information is available in the main concourse of the hospital.         

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Link to a larger version: Main Travel Map 

Train & Luas  

The train and Luas network provides a convenient and efficient way of travelling to the hospital. The Red Luas Line serves the hospital directly, offering a high frequency service to Heuston Station, Connolly Station, Busáras, the city centre and the Green Luas Line.  

Heuston Station and Connolly Station offer access to commuter rail/DART and intercity rail services.  

Click here for more information.

Useful Websites:   


Dublin Bus offers a high frequency, accessible and easy to use service from all over Dublin.  The hospital is easily accessed by a number of bus routes and the 123 bus serves the campus directly. The 13, 17, 27, 40, 56a, 68, 77a and the 151 have stops conveniently located near the campus.  A short journey to the city centre provides access to wide range of bus routes that serve the city and beyond. 

Bus Stop



St. James’s Hospital


Walkinstown - Marino

James’s Street


Harristown  - Clondalkin



Finglas – Liffey Valley SC

South Circular Road


Rialto – Blackrock



City Centre - Newcastle



Drimnagh - Ashington

Cork Street


Clarehall - Tallaght



Ringsend Rd - Tallaght



Ringsend Rd  - City West



Docklands - Foxborough

Some Bus Éireann services are available locally from Heuston Station including the 115,120, 123,124,126 and the 130. All Bus Éireann commuter and Expressway services are available from Busáras which can be accessed directly via the Red Luas Line.    

See map above for the location of the bus stops in close proximity to the hospital. 

Useful Websites:           


The hospital is readily accessible to cyclists and can be accessed via various routes from across the city. Ample cycle parking is available at the main concourse entrance and at a number of other locations around the campus.

Two Dublinbikes stations are located on the campus and a number of others located nearby in close proximity to the hospital. Dublinbikes provide a convenient and efficient means of accessing the city centre, Luas Green Line, Heuston, Connolly and Busáras stations.    

Click here for cycling times to and from the campus.

Useful Websites:


The hospital is located in close proximity to the city centre and a range of transport services.  O’Connell Street is a 30 minute walk. Busáras and Connolly Station are 30/35 minute walk and Heuston Station is a 10 minute walk. The Green Line Luas stop at St. Stephen’s Green is a 25 minute walk from the hospital.   

A host of amenities such as the Phoenix Park, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and the Islandbridge Memorial Gardens are located in close proximity to the hospital and within a short walking distance. 

See map above for an indication of walking times.   

Useful Apps

Download these free apps to help you travel to and from the hospital.

  • National Journey Planner
    To find the best route and options for your journey to and from the hospital, just type in your location and destination.

  • Real Time Ireland
    Enter your bus stop, train or Luas station into Real Time Ireland to find when your next bus, train or Luas is due. 

  • Cycle Planner
    The Cycle Planner app provides information on the best routes based on an individual’s capabilities.    

App for finding your way in St. James's


St. James’s Hospital is delighted to present a new way-finding mobile App that has been designed to assist patients, visitors, and staff find their way around the hospital campus.  The St. James’s Campus Guide FREE App contains maps, pictures, and text directions on how to get from A to B in the hospital; and also includes short videos showing a person walking between main areas of the hospital – like from the Luas to the Main Hospital Concourse/Lounge.
The App is available on Android and iOS (Apple) devices. Just search the app stores for “SJH Campus Guide” or use the direct links below.

Apple App Store:  
Google Play Store:

Tabacco Free Campus