Located in the northeast of the country close to the Northern Irish border, Dundalk is serviced via the N52, N53, and M1 motorway. Quayside Business Park, where the test venue resides, is a couple of kilometres northeast of the town centre. Therefore, as parking is not facilitated on-site, car park options are somewhat limited. Please consider the parking sites listed below. If these aren’t viable on the day, then please consult the relevant Parkopedia page for further alternative facilities.
Rampant Lane Car Park
Rampant Lane is situated approximately 1km from the theory test centre and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Parking is only chargeable between the hours of 8.30 am-5.30 pm, Monday-Saturday, with stays outside these times not incurring a fee.
Regardless of the time spent parked here, you’ll only be charged at a fixed rate of €2, and is therefore one of the area’s cheapest car parks. Payments for parking can be made via cash or card, however, this site unfortunately does not facilitate contactless transactions.
Disabled parking spaces are available, and electronic vehicle charging is offered here.
Given the onwards distance to the venue, it may be worth taking advantage of the local bus network. The 916 St. Patricks Cathedral service originates outside the cathedral and will take you within a two-minute walk of the test centre. To reach the cathedral, turn right out of the car park and progress for around 20m, before turning left up Distillery Lane. Continue to the end of this road, and again turn left, this time onto Jocelyn Street. Head westbound until you arrive at the cathedral bus stop. Exit at Seatown Place, and head north up Sraid Na Ce, turning left onto Mill Street at the first junction. Continue 20m, and you’ll see Quayside Business Park appear to your right-hand side. This full journey will take just over ten minutes.
To walk, follow the same guidance as above up to Jocelyn Street, but this time turn right, heading in the opposite direction from the cathedral. Advance for around 50m, before turning left onto Castle Street. Continue until the first junction, and then turn right onto Mill Street. The business park is around 150m from here, on your left-hand side.
St. Patrick’s Car Park
This car park is positioned adjacently to the St. Patrick’s Cathedral bus stop, so, if you’re looking to use the number 916 bus, please follow the instructions above for your onwards journey to the test centre. If walking, simply head eastbound for around 750m, which will see you navigate both Jocelyn Street and Seatown Place. On arriving at the bus stop on Seatown Place, please once again refer to the notes on the 916 service within the Rampant Lane Car Park section.
Parking is here capped at four hours, which will be more than enough time to travel to the venue, conduct your test, and the return to your vehicle. It will cost €1.10 per hour to park here, and chargeable/operational hours are identical to the ones in place at Rampant Lane Car Park. However, please be aware that this is a cash-only site. Disabled parking is accommodated here.
Dundalk is positioned on two main external bus routes, the number 100X and the Rotunda, Cumberland Street North – Marshes Shopping Centre service. Both transit lines are fixed between Dublin and Dundalk.
100X: If using this service, please alight at ‘The Long Walk’ bus stop, situated just beyond the town’s Market Square. Although this stop is circa 1.5km away from the test venue, there are unfortunately no connecting buses that travel in close proximity to Quayside Business Park. If you would prefer not to walk this considerable distance, it may be worth ordering a local taxi prior to your journey. We’ve listed several possible cab firms below:
- Fives Dundalk Cabs: 10A Francis Steet, Townparks, Dundalk, Co. Louth A91 RV09 (Contact No. +353 42 935 5555)
- Sevens Taxi Service: 2 Francis Street, Townparks, Dundalk Co. Louth A91 WRF2 (Contact No. +353 42 937 7777)
- Ur Taxi: 2 Anne Street, Townparks, Dundalk, Co. Louth A91 YY45 (Contact No. +353 932 6666)
If comfortable accessing the theory test centre by foot, then please head southbound on ‘The Long Walk’, turning left at the first junction onto Crowe Street. Continue 50m, before heading left up Clanbrassil Street. Progress for another 50m, and then turn right onto Market Street. Please then advance for roughly 1km, walking the full length of Market Street and Seatown, and most of the way down Mill Street. After reaching this distance, the business park will be on your left-hand side.
Rotunda, Cumberland Street North – Marshes Shopping Centre: Please stay on this service until it terminates at Marshes Shopping Centre. Leave the shopping complex by taking the Aldi entrance/exit and head onto Rampant Lane. You’ll emerge around 100m east of the Rampant Lane bus stop, so whether walking or looking to utilize the number 916 bus service, please just slightly tweak the guidance given under the Rampant Lane Car Park commentary.
If residing in Dundalk and using an alternative local bus route, please head for one of the aforementioned bus stops. These are the closest available stops to the test centre.
Dundalk (Clarke) Train Station is situated to the west of the town centre, around 2km from Quayside. Therefore, if arriving via train, there is a lengthy onwards journey in wait. Walking will take approximately 25 minutes, but public transport won’t be much quicker, as you’ll still need to head to St. Patrick’s Cathedral to secure a connecting bus service. If this is further than you would like to walk, please refer to the taxi options above.
To get the bus, head to Jocelyn Street by exiting the station and turning left, before advancing 100m and going straight ahead at the roundabout. Please then take the slip road (heading north-east) up to Park Street. After progressing for another 500m, you’ll reach the Crowe Street Triangle. Turn right here, and see the St. Patricks Cathedral bus stop straight ahead. If walking, continue eastbound on Jocelyn Street, converging with the route taken from St. Patrick’s Car Park.
This station runs services between Dublin and Belfast, stopping at various towns on either side of the Irish border. For further information on departure and arrival times, please visit the Irish Rail website, by clicking the following link.
Test centre information
Unfortunately, Dundalk’s theory test venue does not advertise its operational hours. Therefore, please visit the centre in alignment with your testing time slot.