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Getting Around Galway

Galway City is compact enough to tour on foot, and many visitors hire bicycles to assist in getting around. Public buses from Eyre Square circumvent the city and make trips to nearby communities, while taxis hired from Bridge Street or the bus and train stations will take passengers to any area destination.
There are two companies currently running city bus services in Galway City.

City Direct Bus Company

Direct is a private company running frequent (every 15 minute) servcies in the north of  Knocknacarra, and also services in the Salthill / Barna area.
Contact details:
Telephone: 091 860 814

Bus Èireann

A state-owned company, and part of the CIÉ group, Bus Éireann run city-bus services in most other areas of the city, including the south of Knocknacarra.
Contact Details:
Customer / passenger services are provided by Galway Bus Station / Galway Travel Centre, in Ceannt Station.
Telephone: (091) 562-000

Galway is situated on the West Coast of Ireland and is easily reached by air, ferry, train, bus or car or a combination of these. As a major tourist attraction, there are many well-developed transport options available.

• Ireland West Airport (c. 1 hour to city centre)
• Shannon Airport (c. 1 hour to city centre)
• Dublin Airport (c. 2 hours to city centre)
• Cork Airport (c. 1 hour 40 minutes to city centre)

1 hour from Galway

Ireland West Airport Knock is just under an hour drive from Galway, offering convenient – and often low cost – access to the UK and European destinations.


Direct Flights to Ireland West

Alicante, Barcelona (Girona), Birmingham, Bristol, Cologne, Croatia, Düsseldorf, East Midlands, Eindhoven, Faro, Fatima, Frankfurt, Gatwick, Glasgow, Gran Canaria, Kaunas, Lanzarote, Liverpool, London Luton, London Stansted, Lourdes, Malaga, Manchester, Medjugorje, Milan (Bergamo), Paris, Spain, Tenerife

2 hours from City Centre

Most UK airports, Europe, USA, Middle East. Dublin Airport is one of Europe’s busiest airports, with more than 98 airlines flying to over 185 destinations including regular direct flights from North America. Dublin Airport now offers services to 29 airports in the UK and the ever expanding European network now covering 100 airports.

Terminal 2 opened at Dublin Airport in November 2010 and now allow Dublin Airport to comfortably handle up to 35 million passengers per year while creating a vibrant modern airport and efficient gateway to Ireland.

Dublin International Airport is only 2 hours on the M6 motorway from Galway city centre and manages an average of 60,000 passengers per day, rising to 80,000 during the peak season, with more than 600 aircraft movements every day.

Dublin Airport has two terminals. Terminal 1 is the arrival and departure point for airlines including Ryanair, Air France,, Germanwings, Iberia, Lufthansa, Norwegian and SAS. Terminal 2 is the hub for Emirates, Etihad and transatlantic flights by American, US Airways, United Airlines, Delta, Air Canada and Aer Lingus (Ireland’s national airline, whose UK and continental flights are also based in T2).

1 hour from Galway

Shannon airport is the second largest airport in Ireland and offers easy access to European cities and transatlantic
destinations. The Shannon region itself is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland.

Direct Flights to Shannon

From US

Boston, Chicago, NY JFK, NY Newark

From Europe

Alicante, Barcelona Girona, Berlin Schonefeld, Brussels, Carcasonne, Dusseldorf Weeze, Faro, Frankfurt Hahn, Fuerteventura, Gdansk, Katowice, Krackow, Lodz, Malaga, Milan Bergamo, Minsk, Paris Beauvais, Paris, Charles de Gaulle, Tenerife, Turin, Wroclaw

From UK & Ireland

Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow Prestwick, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stanstead, Manchester, Newcastle

Under 3 hours from Galway

Cork Airport is the ideal gateway to the South West of Ireland. Ease of access and a quality passenger experience in a state of the art new terminal are hallmarks of this Airport.

Direct Flights to Cork

From Europe

Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast, Berlin, Faro, Gdansk, Geneva, Katowice, Lanzarote, Lisbon, Malaga, Munich, Nice, Paris, Poznan, Rome, Rennes, Tenerife, Warsaw.

From UK & Ireland

Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stanstead, Manchester, Newcastle, Newquay, Plymouth.

Bus travel is the most frequent and cheapest transport to/from Galway thanks to healthy competition between Bus Éireann (a state owned bus company) and private operators such as CityLink and GoBus. There are regular services throughout the day, every day, from Galway to all other major cities in Ireland.

Bus Eireann Galway

Telephone: +353 91 562000
Bus Éireann is part of CIE (a state owned transport company that also owns Irish Rail). Bus Éireann services cover the entire country. Most services are frequent (eg Galway/Dublin is every hour). Timetables available from their web site.

Irish City Link
(Non-Stop service between Galway and Dublin)

Go Bus Travel
(Non-Stop service between Galway and Dublin)

The train is the ideal way of traveling from Dublin to Galway. The journey time is about 3 hours. A bar and restaurant service is available on most trains. Return trip tickets vary from €25 – €40 depending on the the time of week.

The Dublin/Galway train departs from Heuston Station Dublin and terminates at Ceannt Station in Galway (located near Eyre Square behind the Meyrick  Hotel). Towns serviced on the route include Kildare, Tullamore, Athlone, Ballinasloe and Athenry.

Book rail tickets online.

Contact Information


Phone: +353 91 577109

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