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Transfer Options from Dublin Airport to Galway

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Transfer Options from Dublin Airport to Galway

Galway is a town located on the far-west side of Ireland, where ground transportation options are limited in comparison to other European countries. To get from Dublin to Galway, you have 2 transport options; you can either take a private taxi transfer or the CityLink Airport Express bus. Both options take around 2 hours and 30 minutes, in normal traffic conditions. However, due to the long distance between Dublin airport and Galway (214 km), a taxi ride costs €350 on average. Taking the Express bus is a lot cheaper, with a one-way ticket costing only €18.

Comparison of the options

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

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How to get from Dublin airport to Galway by taxi

First and foremost, it is important to note that regular local taxi drivers at Dublin airport will most likely decline a taxi ride to Galway. Therefore, in order to ensure a taxi ride, it is recommended that travellers book their Dublin airport taxi transfer in advance. The car ride takes 2 hours and 30 minutes, and prices are around €350.

Taxi fare from Dublin airport to Galway

Due to the long distance, taxi fares from Dublin airport to Galway can be as high as €350. It is important to book a taxi transfer in advance from taxi services that do long haul distances, thus, ensuring affordable fixed prices.


Due to the long distance between Dublin airport and Galway city centre, finding a local taxi can be quite challenging. Moreover, the travel time is similar to that of a regular bus, making this transfer option less desirable. However, not having to wait at the coach station, not having to travel in public transportation with your luggage, and being in the comfort of your own private vehicle, is highly valued, especially for such a long journey to Galway.

Editor’s Note

It is best to either book a private airport transfer online, in advance or to ask the airport taxi staff to help you book a private taxi transfer, as regular Dublin taxis rarely accept trips to Galway.

Useful Tips

Regardless of the company, you should always be given a receipt. The printed receipts should include a phone number and your driver's licence plate.
Regular Dublin taxis are black and are easily recognisable by their black and yellow "TAXI" roof sign. Prices and additional information should be displayed on the taxi doors.

How to get from Dublin airport to Galway by bus

CityLink is the only bus network from Dublin airport to Galway city centre. The bus service offers 68 daily trips to and from Dublin airport. The CityLink coaches take around 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach Galway, under normal traffic conditions. Although tickets can be purchased on board, it is highly recommended booking your ticket in advance, thus ensuring a seat on the bus. 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 ages:

ADULT ONLINE - Single €18 - Return €28
ON-BOARD - Single €21 - Return €32
CHILD ONLINE - Single €12 - Return €18
ON-BOARD - Single €15 - Return €22
STUDENT ONLINE - Single €19 - Return €24
ON-BOARD - Single €20 - Return €28
FAMILY ONLINE - Single €50 - Return €80
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 at Dublin airport from 06:15 to 01:15.

Where do I get it from?

The CityLink coach station is located on the back side of the two parking lots in front of terminal 1. After leaving the terminal, you will need to walk straight across the road, and the station will be on your right.


CityLink coach services are widely recognised as the only viable ground transportation method from Dublin airport to the city of Galway. Their buses are very modern, offer free Wi-Fi and lots of luggage storage, for only a fraction of a taxi price.

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 to the next available bus, free of charge.

Useful Tips

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

Frequently asked questions

Is there a direct train from Dublin International airport to Galway?

Unfortunately there are no direct trains from Dublin airport to Galway. You would need to take a bus (line 784, 782 or 783) from the airport to Tara Station; the bus ride takes 15 minutes and a ticket costs €8. From the station you will then need to walk to Abbey Street (5 minute walk) and take a small tram ride to Heuston station, this will cost €3 and finally take a connecting train in order to reach Galway station. This last train ride costs €24 and take 2 hours 25 minutes. If choosing this option, your overall trip will take 4 hours with a total cost of €34.

Is there an airport in Galway?

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?

Galway is located is 214 kilometres away from Dublin airport, on the opposite side of Ireland. To get to Galway city from Dublin airport, you can either take a private taxi or a CityLink bus.

Do taxis in Ireland accept credit cards?

Not all taxis accept credit cards, however, if you wish to pay by card, you can download the 'Mytaxi' mobile application, where you can order and directly pay for your taxi.

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