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Heading to Electric Picnic? Here's all you need to know about getting there and back

Thousands are heading down to Stradbally for the weekend, which will inevitably mean delays.

Electric Picnic festival Source: PA WIRE

IF YOU’RE ONE of the lucky ticket holders heading to Electric Picnic this year, you better take heed of the gardaí’s traffic advice.

Those kidders operating the gardaí Twitter account have a sense of humour about it all, but they also have all the info.

Inevitably, as thousands converge on Stradbally, delays will be inevitable, but here’s what you need to know.

What time to gates open? 

The arena opens of Friday from 12pm - 4am. On Saturday and Sunday opening hours are between 8am - 4am. 

Campsites will open at 9am today and will close at 1pm on Monday.

The General Campervan site opens at 4pm on Thursday 3 September.

The Family Campervan site opens at 9am today.

Can I park? 

Parking is free at the festival. Parking for weekend ticket holders is located in Red Car Parks A, B and C on the Abbeyleix Road and the Green Car Parks V, W, X, Y and Z which are off the N80.

Day parking in provided in the Green Car Parks and Family Weekend ticket holders can park their cars in the GAA field on Timahoe Road.​

No roadside parking will be permitted.

Coaches and camper vans are requested to follow the specific “Coach & Camper Van” signs. Vehicles displaying accredited ‘Disabled Parking Permit’ should also follow this route.

I have a lift, where do I go? 

The taxi/small bus drop off point is located on the Stradbally/Portlaoise Road (N80).

Fine, how do I get there anyway?

Here are the routes:

• M7 Southbound – All event traffic travelling south on the M7 will exit at Junction 16 and on to Broomfield Roundabout on the Stradbally road.  Follow the signage.

• M7 Northbound - Exit at Junction 17 and follow signage.

• Via Portlaoise – Use relief road and follow signage.

• M8 Northbound - Exit at Junction 3 and follow signage through Ballacolla, Abbeyleix, Ballyroan and on to site

• N80 – via Carlow – proceed straight to Stradbally.

• R428 – via Athy – proceed straight to Stradbally.

strad Source: Google Maps

What about public transport?

Bus Eireann is operating transport from Dublin to Stradbally from €20 return (€25 on the day). Buses leave from Custom House Quay every 30 minutes today from 8am-6pm, and every hour on the hour on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-1pm.

There will be one bus service departing Dublin Airport today at 2pm.

Buses back to Dublin will operate on Saturday every hour on the hour from 11pm-1am and every 30 minutes on from 8.30pm-2am. The service will operate every 30 minutes from 5am-1.30pm on Monday.

Bus Éireann will also operate a special service from Cork and Galway to Stradbally to facilitate passengers travelling to Stradbally.

There are also a number of private operators. More details can be found here.

Whatever way you get there, stay safe and enjoy!

Source: parlophone/YouTube

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