Getting to Galway

Sitting on the edge of Europe on the rugged west coast of Ireland, Galway is situated 209km (130 miles) west of Dublin (just a 2.5 hour drive), 90km north of Shannon, 85km south of Mayo and 157km north of Cork.

No matter where you’re joining us from this summer, your journey to Galway can be a safe and easy one. Sitting on the edge of Europe on the rugged west coast of Ireland, Galway is situated 209km (130 miles) west of Dublin (just a 2.5 hour drive), 90km north of Shannon, 85km south of Mayo and 157km north of Cork.

Air

Dublin Airport is located approximately 200 km (124 miles) from Galway, with numerous connections from the UK, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Direct buses are available every half hour from Dublin Airport to the Galway Coach Station.

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 from a number of UK destinations.

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

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

Road

Galway is accessible via the following routes:

M6 from the East (Dublin & Athlone)
N18 from the South (Shannon, Limerick and Cork)
N17 from the North (Sligo and Donegal)

If you’re arriving by car, Galway City lies on the cusp of the stunning wilds of Connemara, with the equally breathtaking Burren to the south in County Clare. Direct buses are available every half hour from Dublin Airport and Dublin city centre to the Galway Coach Station.

Rail

Irish Rail operates 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.

Ferry

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. See the Irish Ferries website for more information.

Coach Hire

We recommend Festival Patron Lally Tours for all your Private Coach Hire needs. From day charters to overnight trips, no matter where you want to go, you’ll get there stress-free and on time.

You can also check out Travel Direct, a family-owned business specialising in small to medium sized groups.