Getting Around

Galway is well served by bus, road and rail. But with so many attractions just a few minutes’ walk apart, why not explore on foot?

Getting Around – It is now possible to travel to Ireland and get to Galway faster than you ever could before, and there is a much greater choice of public transport than was previously available. Once you arrive in Galway you will find that it is extremely easy to get around too. On this page you will find details of bus, rail, ferry and air services to and from Galway City in the west of Ireland. This page also features details of the transport available around the city.

Galway Buses

The bus is probably the easiest way to get around the city. The travel network is pretty extensive with routes serving all suburbs of Galway city from early morning until night. Most journeys are relatively short and inexpensive, but note that drivers only accept coins as a rule. Most buses depart from Eyre Square and The Spanish Arch.
Ticket prices average at about €1.90 for an adult and €1.00 for a child with children under 3 years old going free.
You can find more comprehensive information on timetables and a complete breakdown of pricing by visiting the websites listed below.

The Train

Galway city and county benefit from a regular rail service that serves the main commuter towns on the Dublin to Galway line and the Western Rail Corridor. Ceannt Station is Galway’s only train station. It is located just off Eyre Square in the very centre of Galway City.
Commuter services in the Athenry-Galway corridor consist of the following:

  • Early morning and late evening services between Athlone and Galway serving the County Galway towns of Ballinasloe, Woodlawn , Attymon, Athenry and Oranmore.
  • Morning and evening Intercity service originating from Limerick serving the County Galway towns of Gort, Ardrahan and Craughwell
  • Evening services which continue to Athlone and Heuston Station, Dublin

Between these routes there are 14 services in each direction each weekday in this section, with 11 services from Galway and 10 services from Athenry on Sundays.

A full list of prices and scheduled information can be found on Iarnrod Eireann’s website which is listed below.

Galway Ferries

The Aran Islands are easily accessible by ferry and only a short hop across Galway bay.
Aran Island Ferries depart from Ros a’ Mhíl a port 23 miles west of Galway City centre. They sail three times a day between April and September and then twice a day from October to March. There is also a shuttle bus that runs from Galway City Centre to take passengers to the port. More detailed information is available from the website listed below
The unique Island of Inishbofin is located off the coast of Connemara, and is only one and a half hours west of Galway city. Cleggan is the point of departure for the ferry service to the Island. It is a 30 minute crossing from Cleggan to Inishbofin. There are three crossing everyday during the summer season with prices from €12 per adult. For a complete list of prices and crossing times please visit the website below.

Galway Bike Hire

There is no better way to truly discover Galway than peddling through it’s narrow streets and across it’s beautiful landscape. With a public bike scheme on the way in the Autumn, you will be able to hire a bike from one of several docking stations across the city.
If you would like a more comprehensive range of bike riding services and cycling tours, and want to explore the best of what Galway has to offer please see the companies listed below.