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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 Bike Festival (13th - 21st June 2015)
The 5th annual Galway Bike Festival from 13th - 21st June and promises to be a wonderful event for all cycling enthusiasts.
Connemara Bog Week (22nd May - 01st June 2015)
Connemara Bog Week celebrates its 31st anniversary this year with lots of special events planned.
Galway African Film Festival (22nd - 24th May 2015)
The 8th year of this festival will screen a selection of films from various countries in Africa showcasing the wealth of talent in African cinema.
Galway Early Music Festival (14th - 17th May 2015)
Enjoy this wonderful medieval festival with concerts, film, family events and workshops in the lively medieval centre of Galway.
Connemara Adventure Challenge (09th May 2015)
The Connemara Adventure Challenge takes place on the 09th May, and covers 3 separate disciplines - trail/mountain running, kayaking and cycling.
Galway Theatre Festival (01st - 09th May 2015)
The 7th annual Galway Theatre Festival promises an expanded programme with more venues this year.
Connemara Mussel Festival (01st - 03rd May 2015)
A celebration of Killary Mussels harvested on the glorious Renvyle Peninsula in North Connemara.
Fleadh na gCuach (01st - 04th May 2015)
The Cuckoo Fleadh in the village of Kinvara has become a showcase for the best in traditional music, attracting musicians from all over Ireland and...
Cúirt International Festival of Literature (21st - 27th April 2015)
Cúirt International Festival of Literature is an annual celebration of the very best of contemporary writing in poetry, fiction and memoir.


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