Getting to Galway
Dublin to Galway
From Dublin Airport to Galway – Direct
This is the most convenient way to reach Galway. The companies Bus Éireann, Citylink and GoBus all operate frequent direct bus services to Galway, departing from Terminal One of Dublin Airport. The direct bus journey takes about 3 hours.
From Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre
Dublin Airport is situated around 10 km north of Dublin City. If you wish to visit the city before coming to Galway, you can take the ” Airlink” bus, which leaves from directly outside Terminal One: departures are every 15 – 20 minutes. It connects the Airport with Busáras (the central bus station). Check the Dublin Bus website for timetables and further information.
From Dublin City to Galway – by Train:
There is a frequent train service from Dublin (Heuston Station) to Galway each day. The journey takes just over two-and-a-half hours.
From Dublin City to Galway – by Bus:
There is a regular Bus Éireann service from the Dublin central bus station (Busáras) to Galway. Some of the routes of the private bus operators Citylink and GoBus also stop in Dublin City en route from the Airport to Galway. Please check the websites for full details.
Shannon Airport to Galway
There are regular bus services between Shannon Airport and Galway, run by Bus Éireann. The journey takes approximately one and a half hours.
Arrival in Galway
Upon your arrival at Galway Bus and Rail Station you can hire a taxi to take you to your final destination. Or you can use the journey planner app mentioned at the top of this page, or the corresponding website, to find public transport options.
You should try to arrive in Galway on a weekday and preferably not too late at night, especially if you still have to arrange accommodation. If long-term accommodation has not already been secured before your arrival it is advisable to pre-book temporary accommodation. See the accommodation section for further details. Please note that University offices are not open on Saturdays or Sundays, and that office opening hours from Monday to Friday are 09.15 – 17.00, with many offices closing for a period over lunchtime between 13.00 and 14.00.
Useful Web Addresses
Iarnród Éireann train timetables can be found at: http://www.irishrail.ie/
Bus Éireann timetables can be found at: http://www.buseireann.ie/
Dublin Bus timetables can be found at http://www.dublinbus.ie/
Dublin Airport Website: http://www.dublinairport.com/
Shannon Airport Website: http://www.shannonairport.com/
Knock (Ireland West) Airport Website: http://www.irelandwestairport.com/