Travel to Galway

Travel to Galway

Galway is situated on the West Coast of Ireland and is easily reached by air, ferry, train, bus or car or a combination of these. As a major tourist attraction, there are many well-developed transport options available.

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 recommended as services can be busy.