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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
Cúirt International Festival of Literature (17th - 24th April 2016)
Cúirt International Festival of Literature is an annual celebration of the very best of contemporary writing in poetry, fiction and memoir.
Connemara International Marathon (10th April 2016)
2016 is the 15th Connemara Marathon, taking runners past stunning mountains and beautiful glacial lakes.
Clifden Traditional Music Festival (31st March - 03rd April 2016)
A weekend of the very best of Irish music, song and dance with concerts, sessions, workshops and outdoor entertainment.
Galway Food Festival (24th - 28th March 2016)
Exceptional food producers and renowned Galway chefs will host a variety of events throughout the city over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
St. Patricks Festival (17th March 2016)
St Patrick's Festival in Galway is a platform to showcase local artists and community groups through an inclusive programme of events.
Tedfest - Fr. Ted Festival (25th - 28th February 2016)
Tea and sandwiches and all of the usual high jinx activities are being prepared for the 10th Annual Fr. Ted Festival.
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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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