Getting Here

Finding your way to the heart of the Festival magic couldn't be easier!


Sitting on the edge of Europe on the rugged west coast of Ireland, Galway is situated 209km (130 miles) west of Dublin. Galway City lies on the cusp of the stunning wilds of Connemara, with the equally breath-taking Burren to the south in County Clare.


Shannon International Airport is located 90 km (56 miles) from Galway, and has routes servicing numerous destinations in Europe, the US and Canada.

Ireland West Airport Knock , just 85 km (53 miles) from Galway, also has direct connections to Dublin and a number of UK destinations.

Dublin Airport is located approximately 200 km (124 miles) from Galway, with numerous connections to UK, Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Cork Airport is located approximately 157km (98 miles) from Galway and has numerous connections to UK and Europe.

Check out Ryanair and Aer Lingus for the latest flight schedules and offers.


Galway is accessible via the following routes:
N17 from the North (Sligo and Donegal)
M6 from the East (Athlone & Dublin)
N18 from the South (Shannon, Limerick and Cork)


Iarnrod Eireann operate return services daily from Galway to Dublin. Galway's Ceannt Station is located right in the city centre, adjacent to Eyre Square. Book online here.


Our Festival Partner offer some great deals and run up to 19 daily services to and from Galway city with all their coaches offering free wifi and sockets.


The closest ferry ports include Dublin and Dun Laoghaire (2 hours travel time by road), Rosslare (4 hours) and Cork (3.5 hours). If you are traveling via Great Britain, Belfast and Larne are worth checking out. Check out the Irish Ferries website for more information.  

Car Rental

Most major car hire companies operate from airports and seaports in Ireland. We recommend Festival Friend Europcar. Don’t forget to mention the Galway International Arts Festival 2015 when booking to avail of Europcar's special 10% discount.

Coach Hire

We recommend Festival Friend Travel Direct, a well established family-owned business specialising in small to medium sized groups focusing on personal and efficient service.

Taxi Company

Call Festival Friend Big O Taxis for all your travel needs, 365 days of the year.