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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.
Written Aug 25, 2002
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.
Written Aug 25, 2002
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.
Written Aug 24, 2002
The only train line from Galway goes to Dublin, which takes about 3-3.5 hours.
To get to any other Irish town from Galway (apart from Dublin), you'll have to either hire a car or get a bus.
Updated Sep 18, 2002
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