Getting to Galway

Getting to Galway is easy

Galway is well connected to other parts of Ireland and it is easily accessible from all airports in the country. You can choose to fly into any of the four airports at Dublin, Shannon, Knock or Cork and within an hour or two reach Galway, your final study destination.  

To get from the airport directly to Galway, you can take a bus, a train or a taxi. You can also choose to hire a car, which is remarkably affordable.

The easiest way to get from Dublin, Shannon, Knock or Cork airports to Galway is by bus. It is cheap, regular and efficient.

We can book your preferred transfer option for you once you send us your flight arrival times.


If you want, we can handle booking a bus for you. If you wish to avail of this, please send us your flight details with your flight number, departure and arrival times. It costs €30 one way.

If you prefer to do it yourself, you can get the bus directly to Galway Coach Station or Ceannt Station, depending on the bus operator you use. 

From Dublin Airport

Buses from Dublin airport to Galway city centre (Galway Coach Station) run every half hour almost all day. The journey lasts 2.5 - 3 hours. You get on the first stop and get off at the last stop (Galway Coach Station). Dublin airport bus service to Galway is both cheap and easy, and there are lots of buses to choose from. Gobus is our preferred bus operating partner ( You can also choose or

From Shannon Airport

From Shannon airport to Galway you can take a bus with  and it lasts 1.5 hours. This bus service arrives into Ceant Station in the City Centre. 

From Knock Airport

If you are travelling from Knock airport, you can take a bus with and it lasts about 1.5 hours. This bus service arrives into Ceant Station in the City Centre.

From Cork Airport

If you decide to fly into Cork airport, then you can get the Citylink bus service, ( and the journey lasts roughly 3.5 hours. 


If you would like to get a train, you need to get from Dublin Airport to Hueston station and you will travel with the national rail company, Irish Rail, Please be advised that there is no direct train from Shannon or Cork airports to Galway and we recommend that you get the bus instead. 


Ireland is an island, so if you do not like flying or you would like to take your car with you, the best option is to travel by boat. Irish Ferries, or Stena Line, have regular sailings from the UK and from France to Ireland. 

Meet & Greet & Private Taxi Transfer Services

Meet & Greet Service

  1. We can organise a Meet & Greet Service for you on your arrival. A GCI representative meets you at Arrivals Hall in the Airport and accompanies you to the bus station at airport terminal. Once on the bus, you will continue your journey to Galway city and on arrival to Galway Coach Station you will be welcomed by our designated taxi driver and brought to your selected accommodation.
  2. A Meet & Greet Service is obligatory for under-18 year olds (This is required according to Irish law).
  3. You must send us your flight arrival times in advance for us to organise a transfer option.

Private Taxi Transfer

Galway Cultural Institute organises a Private Taxi Transfer from Dublin, Cork or Shannon Airports directly to your accommodation in Galway. Please check our pricelist for further details. 

If we organise your transfer for you, we need your mobile number is case of any delay or change.

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