Cheap Bus Option
If you're on a budget and want to get to Galway from Dublin, you can get the City Link bus line which leaves from Supermacs fast food 'restaurant' from O'Connel St bridge. There are also direct buses from Dublin Airport to Galway city
There are city services for the suburbs.
Fly to Galway
Galway does have a small airport which services the Aran Islands and Dublin. You would be best advised to book a flight to Shannon airport and get a bus/hire a car to Galway (no train service between Shannon/Limerick City to Galway yet)
It is best to do Galway city by foot
If you are driving, park your car and walk. It really is the best way to see the city, and the city is very compact and easy to manage on foot. You can pick up a map at the tourist office on Forster Street, as well as a little guide book free of charge which comes with this map of a walking tour.
Wanna go by airplane to Galway? Have a look in the homepage of the Galway Airport:
If you want to get around by car, these websites might be helpful:
Car Hire In Galway
Windsor Rentals, Galway
The best way is to fly. Aer...
The best way is to fly. Aer Arran do several flights each say form Dublin to Galway. At the moment (Jan 2002) you can only fly to and from Dublin from Galway but there have been various schemes to get flights to/from the UK which have all been stopped in the past. The runway is too short for jets to land so Aer Arran use 50 seater turbo props which are fine - I use them all the time when I go to Dublin.
Failing that you can get a train from Dublin to Galway which will take anything from two and a half hours to three and a half hours depending on what service you get.
You can also get a bus from Dublin or many other parts of the country to Galway which is cheaper than the train and plane but they are pretty bad - I hate busses. You can get a bus directly from Dublin Airport to Galway if you want to then you don't have to go through Dublin if you don't want to.
Aer Arran - http://www.aerarann.ie/
Bus Eireann - http://www.buseireann.ie
Ianrod Eireann (trains) - http://www.irishrail.ie
If you get a hotel in the center of Galway then you can walk anywhere in the city center within five or ten minutes which is handy late at night as getting a cab can ake quite a while, especially at teh weekends.
For taxis I always use Big O Taxi Company. Their number is (091) 585858 - don't use the 091 when in galway - that's the galway city dialing code.
Rent a car - there are a few places to rent cars from - you can see all of the offices together at Carnmore (Galway) airport and compare the prices directly but the rental offices only seem to be open when flights arrive as it's a very quiet airport.
The bus service in Galway city is pathetic - I tried to use it once but after about 45 minutes of waiting a flagged down a taxi - that was three years ago and I've never tried a bus again.
Use a bike at your peril - you won't believe the things people do on the roads here. I wouldn't feel safe on a bicycle.
Flying, Ryanair is quite cheap...
Flying, Ryanair is quite cheap or you can catch a ferry.
It was advisable to hire a car and after our trip we have decided that next time a four wheel drive would be more appropriate as we managed to kill the suspension on the hire car and it was a brand new car as well. The roads in Ireland are pretty rough and narrow.
There are many bus lines From...
There are many bus lines From Dublin Airport and from Dublin City and al other big cities. The main station in Dublin is close to O'Connel bridge. There's also train service.
Try the trip to the Aran Islands. Even if very touristic it's marveous. Don't talk any jokes to the local people - they know them all. And they speak a language you do not as well.
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