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Getting to Galway

From the Airport

Ireland West Airport in Charlestown, Co. Mayo is approximately 1 hour drive from Galway City.

From Knock Airport take the N17 south past Knock Town, Claremorris and Tuam to Galway City. Ireland West Airport has daily services to most major UK cities, along with chartered flights to holiday destinations in mainland Europe.

Shannon International Airport in Co. Clare is also about 1 hour drive from Galway City.

Driving from the airport, take the N18 north from Shannon to Galway City through Ennis, Gort, Kilcolgan and Oranmore. Shannon Airport offers a wide range of direct flights from Dublin, the UK, continental Europe and North America.

If you are coming from Dublin Airport take the Galway exit (M6) off the M50 southbound from the airport. The drive from Dublin to Galway on the M6 motorway is 140 miles and will take approximately 2.5 hours.


By Car

Car hire companies operate from Eyre Square in Galway City and at all main airports. It is important to remember that driving in Ireland is on the left hand side of the road.

From Dublin take the M6 motorway west to Galway which will take approximately 2.5 hours.

From Cork take the N20 north and follow the signposts to Galway. This route will take you through Cork, Blarney, Mallow, Buttevant, Charleville, Limerick. Take the N18 north at Limerick which will take you into Co. Galway and then onto Galway City.


By Rail

Galway Train Station, officially called Ceannt Station in Galway City is just off Eyre Square in the centre of Galway city.

Irish Rail run regular daily train services to Dublin stopping off at major towns such as Ballinasloe, Athlone, Tullamore, Kildare and Heuston Station in Dublin. Advance booking is recommend as services can be busy.


By Coach

There are a number of good value bus services to/from Dublin, and other major towns. These include Bus Éireann which leave from Ceannt Station (also the railway station) just off Eyre Square.

Citylink and GoBus offers regular, express coach services between Galway and Dublin and Dublin Airport. Citylink also provide express services to Limerick, Cork, Clifden and Letterfrack in Connemara.

Upcoming Events
Galway Film Fleadh (05th - 10th July 2016)
Ireland's leading film festival, the Galway Film Fleadh is a six-day international event welcoming a diversity of films from around the world.
Galway Garden Festival (02nd - 03rd July 2016)
The 8th annual Galway Garden Festival will take place on Saturday 02nd and Sunday 03rd July and promises to be a very special weekend.
SeaFest - National Maritime Festival (02nd - 03rd July 2016)
SeaFest is Ireland’s national maritime festival taking place in Galway from Saturday 2nd to Sunday 3rd July 2016.
Traidphicnic (01st -03rd July 2016)
Traidphicnic is a wonderful festival, celebrating the vibrant culture and traditions of Ireland and taking place in the scenic village of Spiddal.
Connemara Green Festival (19th - 21st June 2016)
The ecology & biodiversity of the Connemara region to be celebrated with this new festival in Letterfrack, Co. Galway.
The Galway Sessions (12th - 19th June 2016)
The Galway Sessions is the annual festival of Irish trad, promoting the cultural links between Ireland and Scotland.
Connemara Bog Week (29th May - 05th June 2016)
Connemara Bog Week celebrates its 32nd anniversary this year with lots of special events planned.
Féile Scannán na Réabhlóide (27th - 29th May 2016)
Féile Scannán na Réabhlóide 2016 is part of the 100 year commemorations to mark the 1916 Easter Rising.
Galway African Film Festival (27th - 29th May 2016)
The 9th year of this festival will screen a selection of films from various countries in Africa showcasing the wealth of talent in African cinema.
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Connemara Day Tours

Connemara Day Tour

Discover Connemara, a beautifully scenic region just north of Galway City with Lally Tours. This tour includes stops at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Gardens, Leenane Village, Killary Fjord and the village of An Spidéal overlooking Galway Bay.


Connemara Tours


Cliffs of Moher Day Tours

Cliffs of Moher & The Burren Day Tour

The unmissable Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour with Lally Tours includes up to 2 hours at the cliffs and includes stops at the lunar-like Burren region, Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Caves & Birds of Prey Centre and the charming village of Doolin overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.


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Cliffs of Moher Express Bus

Cliffs of Moher Express Bus

A Non-Stop Express Shuttle Service to the Cliffs of Moher with Lally Tours. Experience Ireland’s natural, mysterious, 214m (702 ft) high cliffs and interactive visitor centre. You’ll have 2 full hours to explore on your own before heading back to Galway.


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Galway City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Galway City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Explore Galway with one of Lally Tours' friendly guides to learn about this colourful city and see it from the best vantage point: an open top bus! You’ll see everything from medieval walls in the city centre to the sandy beaches of Salthill. Hop on and off as much as you’d like and your ticket is valid for 24 hours.

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