Aran Island Ferries
We stayed in Galway the night before arriving on Inis Mor. We bought a ticket from the office near Eyre Square (25 euros). The bus left Galway around 9am for a 10:30 ferry out of Rossaveal.
I took a dramamine for motion sickness, but the ride wasn't too bad. It was slightly grey and we sat on top with windbreakers on.
In the summer months of July and August, a ferry leaves directly from Galway. There are also ferry services from Doolin. But, we were going to be in Galway already and had heard that the Doolin ferries are cancelled for rough seas more often than the Rossaveal Ferry.
Added bonus: the bus trip from Galway to Rossaveal follows the coast road and is a beautiful ride through fields and villages. It let me get used to the route - and the feeling of driving on the left side of the road - before our trip to Connemara on the same road.
The ferry ride takes a little over 30 minutes. It can get kind of bumpy. The ferry leaves from Rossaveal. We were able to walk up and purchase tickets when we were there, but you can also purchase them in advance online.
We took a ferry boat from Rossaveal to Inishmore. (About 1 hour by bus from Galway to Rossaveal.) It was about 30min. ride from Rossaveal to Inishmore. I've heard that the ride could be rough, but it wasn't bad at all. (ok, I grew up near the ocean and am used to be on a boat... but really, it wasn't too bad, especially in the rain.)
There are only 1 or 2 ferry in the morning and another 1 or 2 in the afternoon. If you miss the last one (around 6pm), you'll have to spend a night on the island.
The ferry also goes to the other 2 Aran islands, Inishmaan and Inisheer.
If you are in Galway, book bus and ferry at the tourist office (down stairs of Kinlay Hostel on Merchants Rd). The 1st bus leaves by the office at 9:30am.
We took the ferry from Rossavael towards Kilronan on Inishmore. In the summer months they have almost every half hour a ferry towards the islands. The ferries only carry people towards the islands, no cars are allowed.
The prices for a round trip are for adults €19.00 per person for Students / Senior Citizens €15.00 per person and for Children @ €10.00 per person. For the most recent prices please check their website.
When you present your Youth hostel card, you get the student price instead of the adult price, so don't forget to ask for that discount.
When you drive towards the first ticket office of the Aran ferries think about the following. There is a parking next to the ticket office and it cost you a few euro for a day, but 100 metres further on your left hand side there is a free parking. Use that one instead. There is also a ticket office at that parking lot.
The ferries (only for passengers, no cars) go from Galway, Rossaveal, and also from Doolin in neighbouring County Clare. There is also a flight service from a little airport near Galway.
When I last went to Inishmore in May 2003 we took the ferry from Doolin. This ferry has no fixed timetable and you will have to ring the ferry company a day in advance to ask about the timetable for the next day. The journey took 1.5 hours, and it also stopped at Inisheer.
By ferry from Rossaveal, Connemara, Co. Galway. A return ticket is 15 IEP and the trip only takes 30 minutes with the fastest new boat 'Draiocht na Farraige' and a bit more with the slower boats.