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Transfer Options from Dublin Airport to Galway

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Transfer Options from Dublin Airport to Galway

Galway is located on the far-west side of Ireland and the ground transportation options are relatively limited compared to other advanced European countries. The trip from the airport is only available through a private taxi transfer or a CityLink Airport to Galway non-stop Express bus. The journey with a car or a bus takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes under minor traffic. Due to the long distance between Dublin airport and Galway (214km), taxi rides cost 350€ on average. Lastly, the bus is a much cheaper option with one-way tickets at 18€.

Comparison of the options

Bus €36 150min 06:15–01:15
Taxi €350 150min 24/7

How to get from Dublin airport to Belfast by bus

The bus network from Dublin airport to Galway is operated by CityLink, offering 68 daily services to and from Dublin Airport. The CityLink coaches need around 2 hours and 30 minutes under light traffic to reach Galway. Tickets can be purchased from the driver or in advance and the price for a regular one way trip from Dublin airport to Galway costs 18€.

How much is the bus from Dublin airport to Galway?

The CityLink bus connection offers various rates for all group ages.

ADULT ONLINE Single 18€ Return 28€ CHILD ONLINE Single 12€ Return 18€
ON-BOARD Single 21€ Return 32€ ON-BOARD Single 15€ Return 22€
STUDENT ONLINE Single 19€ Return 24€ FAMILY ONLINE Single 50€ Return 80€
ON-BOARD Single 20€ Return 28€ ON-BOARD Single 64€ Return 104€



Trip Duration

2 H 30 Min.

Waiting time is 30 minutes at most during operating hours.

Value for Money

The CityLink coach is available from 6:15 am until 1:15 am from Dublin airport.

Where do I get it from?

The CityLink bus station is located on the back side of the two parking lots in front of Terminal 1. After getting out of the exit doors just follow the pathway straight across the street and parking lots until you see the station on your right.


The CityLink bus connections are widely recognized as the only official viable ground transportation method from Dublin airport to the city of Galway. The buses are generally very modern with numerous amenities and conveniences. Moreover, tickets are just a fraction of the price compared to private transportation options.

Editor’s Note

No need to worry if you book a seat for a particular time and your flight is delayed; Citylink will put you on the next available service free of charge.

Useful Tips

Please note that no changes are permitted to promotional fares purchased online, including date and time changes.
You can bring two medium-sized suitcases or rucksacks (no more than 20kg each) and one small piece of carry-on luggage free of charge.

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How to get from Dublin airport to Galway by taxi

First and foremost, it is important to note that regular taxi drivers from Dublin airport will most likely decline a service to Galway, due to the long distance which is impractical for drivers. Therefore, in order to ensure a ride travellers are urged to always book their Dublin airport taxi transfers in advance for long journeys. The trip is estimated to last around 2 hours and 30 minutes at most, while prices can be found around 350€.

Taxi fare from Dublin airport to Galway

Since this method of transportation is not very common from Dublin airport to Galway, prices can be as high as 350€. Always try to book a taxi transfer in advance to ensure affordable fixed fares from companies that are known to offer long distance connections.


Due to the Long distance between Dublin airport and Galway, finding an instant regular taxi transfer can be challenging. Moreover, the travel time is similar to a regular coach bus making the taxi option impractical compared to other transportation options. Nevertheless, the comfort of a private vehicle is highly valued especially for a two and a half hour ride.

Editor’s Note

Try to avoid getting a regular taxi straight from the rank, instead head to the airport taxi service staff to ask for a much better taxi option with one of the private taxi companies.

Useful Tips

Regardless of the operator, receipts must always be printed. All companies should include a phone number and the current driver's licence plate.
All taxis are normally dark colored and can be easily distinguished by their black and yellow flashing roof sign. Additional fare information is also displayed on the side-doors in most cases.

Frequently asked questions

Does Galway have an airport?

Although there are currently no direct flights to Galway, the city is well served by Dublin Airport, Ireland West International Airport at Knock and Shannon International Airport.

How far is Dublin airport from Galway?

The airport is located on the opposite side of Ireland 214 kilometers away. Private taxis and CityLink buses can be used to travel.

Do taxis in Ireland take credit cards?

Not all taxis will accept credit cards, but if you wish to use your credit card, you also have the option of downloading the 'Mytaxi' app, where you can order and pay for taxis.

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