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Getting to Galway
Aer Lingus - International Flights to Dublin, Cork and Shannon. Delegates should note that the cheapest Aer Lingus flights are available on the Aer Lingus website. Aer Lingus is now operating as a "low-fares" airline, which means that meals and/or drinks must now be paid for on many flights.
Aer Arann - Daily flights to Galway from London, Dublin, and Manchester.
Ryanair - International flights to Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock from a variety of European locations. Ryanair is also a low fares, "no frills" airline.
Bus Eireann - busses to and from Galway to all major Irish destinations
Irish Rail - trains from Galway to Dublin, with connections to Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Belfast, etc.
Citylink - busses from Dublin and Shannon Airports to Galway
Car-Hire - car hire is widely available; we recommend that you book in advance with your travel agent.
Travel to Galway from within Ireland by:
Galway Airport is served by Aer Arann. It is possible to fly direct to Galway from Dublin, London, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh.
Once at Galway Airport, you can take a taxi direct to your hotel. Taxi fares are likely to be in the region €20-€25, depending on luggage and the number of passengers.
View the Galway Airport Website
View the Aer Arann website
Aer Arann also offer flights to the Aran Islands.
Option A: Travel direct to Galway from the Airport
You can travel direct from Dublin Airport to Galway by catching a CITYLINK coach. These leave between 8.15 am and 9.15pm (approximately) from the Dublin Airport coachpark. Coaches are airconditioned. Journey time varies according to traffic and other considerations, but normally your journey should not last longer than 4 hours.
A return ticket from Dublin Airport to Galway costs €26.
Visit the Citylink website to book online and view timetables.
Option B: Travel to Galway by TRAIN
The train from Dublin to Galway runs from HEUSTON STATION.
Dublin Bus runs a direct bus service from Dublin Airport to HEUSTON STATION. Take ROUTE 748 from Dublin Airport to Heuston (view all timetables for Dublin Bus airport services here).
Once you reach Heuston Station, you may take a train direct to Galway. View timetables and fares on Irish Rail. Journey time is typically 2.5 - 3 hours from Dublin to Galway, and the service is usually reliable. A return train fare from Dublin to Galway should cost €35.
Option C: Travel to Galway from Dublin by Bus Eireann
Take the appropriate Dublin Bus service to Busaras, the central bus station- a full listing of Dublin Bus services from the airport may be viewed here.
Once you arrive at Busaras, you can take a coach to Galway. Busses leave on the hour from 8 am to 8 pm. Journey time is typically 4 hours. Fares vary. At present, Bus Eireann provides discounted fares on its website. Return fares for tickets bought at the station will cost up to €18-€20.
Option D: Fly from Dublin to Galway
Aer Arann offers flights from Dublin to Galway, frequently at low prices. Journey time is usually less than 45 minutes.
There is no train service from Shannon Airport to Galway.
Depending on traffic, the journey from Shannon Airport to Galway by car takes approximately 2 hours.
Galway is a relatively compact city, and it is possible to walk to most destinations. If you travel to Galway on a Bus Eireann coach or an Irish Rail train, you will arrive at Ceannt Station in the city centre. Citylink coaches arrive at the Galway Tourist Office. Both locations are close to Eyre Square, in the centre of Galway.
Detailed information on getting to Galway is available here: http://www.nuigalway.ie/about/getting_to_nuigalway.html
Accommodation information is available here: http://www.irelandwest.ie
Campus maps are here: http://www.nuigalway.ie/about/maps/map_ie.html