Getting to Galway… Dublin or Shannon?

Most international students arrive in Ireland via either Dublin Airport or Shannon Airport before taking a bus to Galway.


by Thomas Becker (Flickr)

We’re often asked which is the better option. It’s difficult to say, as both airports are generally convenient, with good bus links to and from Galway. Also, it can obviously depend on where you’re travelling from.

While a cheapest flight may be the deciding option for most, one other factor you may wish to consider, if you’re deciding between the two airports, is the ease with which you can get to (and from) Galway.

Shannon Airport is approximately 85 kilometres from Galway and is well served by flights from North America, the UK and a number of European destinations.


by Fred Dean Jnr (Flickr)

Bus Eireann currently operates a service between Shannon Airport and Galway. The journey takes almost two hours as it’s not a direct service. However, there are no late night/very early morning services, so you’ll need to check you can get back to Shannon in good time, if you have a morning departure for your flight back home.

Dublin Airport is approximately 200km from Galway. It is the largest airport in Ireland, with services to and from North America, the UK and mainland Europe.

Citylink, GoBus and Bus Eireann provide frequent services between Galway and Dublin Airport, pretty much 24hrs a day, including late night/early morning services, which are convenient if you have an early arrival time or departure back home. The direct bus journey to Galway takes approximately 3 hours, with buses departing from outside the Terminal 1 building.

For more information about travel within Ireland, please refer to the International Student Pre Arrival Guide.


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