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 (just a 2.5 hour drive). 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. Direct buses are available every half hour from Dublin Airport to the Galway Coach Station.

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)

Direct buses are available every half hour from Dublin city centre to the Galway Coach Station.


mytaxi is GIAF’s official taxi partner for 2018. mytaxi operates across Galway city, and is Ireland’s only nationwide taxi provider. Check out their website here for full information or download the app.


Iarnrod Eireann 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.


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.  

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.