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Galway, Ireland. How to get there by car and bus from Dublin and Shannon


Charm. Suggestion. History. And, a lot of culture. It is no coincidence that beautiful Galway was elected European Capital of Culture 2020.

Fifth largest city in the Republic of Ireland, it is among the most popular destinations in the country. It is located on the Irish west coast, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Galway represents the perfect combination of art, history and culture. Eyre Square, a splendid eighteenth-century square, is its real beating heart, between shops and traditional pubs.
The perfect place to relax, stroll through winding alleys, listen to folk music, and sip excellent Irish beer.

And don’t forget to taste the oysters. They say they are the best in all of Ireland and, for this reason, they deserved a special festival in September. A great way to combine culture and gastronomy!

Galway, European Capital of Culture



The small city airport has been closed to the public since 2012 and there are therefore no direct air links to the city.
Car, bus and train are the only viable solutions to get to the Irish city. Dublin and Shannon, in this sense, represent the best starting points, for medium / long range distances.

Ceannt Station is the central railway station, from where trains pass through Limerick and Dublin. It is located near Eyre Square, and the Bus station.


Shannon International Airport, one of the busiest in the country, is located just under 100 kilometers from Galway.

By car, cross the M18 to the north, then take the M6 ​​for a total of approximately 95 kilometers.
By public transport, you can use line 51 to Limerick and Cork. The bus runs every day, from 07:00 to 20:00, with departures every hour, and a journey time of about two hours. The ticket costs € 9.50.
From the center of Shannon, the X51 bus, which runs an express service, also leaves and arrives in just over an hour. Keep in mind, however, that the X51 line does not run from / to Shannon airport.


The capital, although more distant from Shannon, is a more suitable solution thanks to the high number of direct flights to Europe.
From Dublin airport, by car, you will have to travel about 215 km, on M4 and M6, to arrive at your destination.
Citylink and Go Bus, on the other hand, offer bus connections to Galway. The ticket costs from 16 to 18 € per person.

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