Long Distance Travel, Galway
When I visited Ireland in 2013 I went directly from Dublin airport to Galway. There are several express buses each day and in February 2013 they left a quarter past every hour.
To get to the Galway bus you go to the right when you exit the arrival hall (Terminal 1), cross the street and walk through the car park. When you exit the car park the Galway bus is to your right.
I had seen on Internet that the ticket was 16.50 Euro, but on the bus I paid 15 Euro (February 2013). Later I saw that it said single student on the ticket, so that’s probably why it was cheaper than the price stated on Internet.
The bus also stopped on Crampton Quay (near Ha’penny Bridge) in Dublin city centre before it continued to Galway. After that stop in Dublin the bus didn’t stop until it came to the coach station in Galway. The journey from Dublin Airport to Galway took 3 hours.
The coach station in Galway is situated one block northeast of Eyre Square and only two blocks from Kinlay House Hostel where I was going to stay.
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.
City Link has got a few buses from Galway to Letterfrack daily. I visited in February/March so in high season there might be more frequent buses.
The bus was supposed to leave from the coach station in Galway at 9.00. The bus was there but the chauffer wasn’t and when he finally arrived it took a long time for him to make the bus ready. We left Galway 20 minutes late. I bought the ticket as I bordered the bus and it was 14 Euro (February 2013). Between Clifden and Letterfrack the bus also went to Cleggan. From Galway to Letterfrack it took 2 hours. Letterfrack was the end stop of the bus so there it turned around to go back to Galway.
There is a very useful service run by Feda o Donnell coaches of Donegal.
It's a service mainly aimed at students, but is useful to the budget tourist. They usually leave morning and afternoon from Galway, but check their exact departure point and time on the website, and ring them.
It takes over five hours to get all the way up to Gweedore, but you could use the service up to Donegal town where there are a number of other connections that can be made.
At the train station in Galway you can get train service to all points east. The Galway to Dublin train is very popular with tourists and takes about 2.5 hours.
We took he train from Athenry to Galway and it took about 20 minutes.
Below is a link for Citylink which opertates trains and buses to points all over Ireland
A budget way of reaching Galway is via a company called Citylink.
They operate directly from the arirport. If you walk over the road from departures and through the multistory carpark / shopping arcade you will find a signpost to the coachstop.
They run about every hour and take about four hours. The traffic is however a big factor and can add a couple of hours to the journey.
It works out about the same as Bus Eireaan (unless you are using an Ireland bus pass type ticket) and much cheaper than the train.
The drawback is that Bus Eireann operate from the centre of Dublin (Busaras) so you have to get there first - see airport tip on Dublin from Sourbugger.
In fact by taking a local bus to Dublin first (1.60 Euro) and then picking up citylink from the city centre you will save about 7 Euro.
You can always visit Dublin on the way back.
Also try Bus Nestor who have a similar service.
There´s an airport on Galway but on autuum there´s not fly to Málaga. The nearest airport where you can arrive is on Shannon airport. With ryanair you can fly from Málaga to Shannon and from there take the bus to Galway.
At the moment the local council of Galway has decided to rip up the center square and redo it.
It only the center of town, but that's where the train and bus station. so be papered for the building site that's going to greet you.
The far said of the square is where the shopping district of Galway is, on Shop Street.....
I went to Galway by train from Dublin. Frecuent trains are from Dublin Heuston train station. I bought the open return ticket, it cost 39 Euros. It takes 3 hours aprox.