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Getting around Galway, Ireland by public transport, bus, taxi, car

Getting around Galway

To the city center you can easily move on foot. Between Eyre Square, Salthill, Claddack or Black Rock you can take long walks and admire the beautiful landscapes that the Irish city offers. Taxis and public transportation are ideal for getting around Galway and reaching medium / long-haul distances.


In the central square of Eyre Square, and on Bridge Street, you will find the main taxi ranks. Generally the prices are not exorbitant.
Taxis are easily identified by the sign, the license number, and the taximeter clearly visible. City Taxis, Pro Cabs and Big O Taxis are the main companies with which to travel to Galway by taxi.
Make sure beforehand of the applied rate.

Getting around Galway


A means absolutely to be avoided. Traffic and, above all, the difficulty of parking (especially in the center) are the main reasons why the car should be avoided.
It is preferable to leave your car at the hotel where you are staying. Otherwise, it is preferable to leave the car at the Dyke Road parking lot, just off Headford Street; from here, in just 5 minutes walk you can reach the central Eyre Square.


Bus Éireann and CityDirect sleep companies that manage public transport in the city and neighboring municipalities. In the latter case, you can use the regional lines.
In Galway there are 9 active lines, running every day from Monday to Sunday, identified from 401 to 412. Lines 410, 411 and 412 are managed by CityDirect while the remaining 6 (from 401 to 409) by Bus Éireann.
Buses operate every day, with schedules that vary by line. On the main ones, they work from Monday to Saturday, from 06:05 to 23:45, and Sundays and holidays from 07:25 to 23:45. The frequencies vary from 20 to 30′.
Eyre Square, one of Galway’s main squares, is also the most important interchange hub for road lines.


The price of bus tickets throughout the Region is calculated based on the fare zones. With a ticket valid for the Red Zone it will be possible to move around Galway along the most tourist areas and main points of interest.

Tickets can be purchased in cash, directly from the driver or via app. The price also varies depending on the transport company.

On Éireann buses, the ticket for a single journey per adult costs €1.90 at standard fare, and €2.20 for Outer Zone. Children from 3 to 12 years old pay the reduced rate of €0.90 for all areas.
For those who travel with a certain frequEncy, a day ticket is available at a cost of €3.80 per adult, €3.20 for children aged 13 to 16 and €2.20 per child. The weekly pass, however, costs €16.80 per adult, €13.40 for children and €7.80 per child.

The ticket for a ride on buses 410, 411 and 412 costs €2.70 in cash for adults, €1.50 for teenagers and €1 for children.

The Leap Card is a special rechargeable card that allows you to travel on the entire network with a 30% discount. You can buy it at the ticket office in Eyre Square, where the main station is located.

*all information contained herein, including timetables and prices, is for informational purposes only and is not to be considered official. All names and trademarks herein belong to their respective owners.

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