On Internet I had seen that there were a few buses daily from Clifden to Dublin and I decided to take the 9:15 bus. The bus stop in Clifden is on Market Street, not even a minute away from Clifden Town Hostel where I stayed.
The bus arrived in time and I left my luggage in the compartment below (large bags must be put there). On the bus I paid for the ticket to Dublin and it was 23 Euro (March 2013). After 1h 45min the bus arrived in Galway and there the passengers for Dublin had to change bus, but the bus for Dublin didn’t leave until 30 minutes later, at 11:15. It can be good with half an hour in Galway if you need to go to the bathroom at the coach station (it cost 20 cents) or need to go to the convenient store across the road to buy something to eat and drink.
The bus was full when it left Galway for Dublin. It was an express bus and it only stops in Dublin at the railway station, the city centre and the airport. From Galway to Dublin city centre, a bus stop on Bachelor’s Walk, it took 2.5h. From the bus stop it was only a one-minute walk to Abbey Court, the hostel where I was going to stay, so very convenient.
I decided to take the 8.45 bus from Letterfrack to Clifden as the next bus wouldn’t leave until 11.00. The ticket was 5 Euro (March 2013) and it took only 20 minutes as the bus didn’t go to Cleggan on the way ( it had done that when I travelled the other way a few days earlier). The bus stop in Letterfrack is by the road opposite Letterfrack Country Shop. In Clifden the bus stopped at the bus stop on Market Street, which is just a few metres away from Clifden Town Hostel where I was going.
Due to an act of gross stupity and dedicated vandalism over 60 years ago Clifden is not mart of the national rail network.
At least the rather excellent Citylink company provide quick, reliable modern coach travel five times a day. The journey takes 90 minutes and can also extend past Clifden into the even more remote settlements of Cleggan and Letterfrack.