Getting to Galway from abroad
The main international airport in Ireland is Dublin Airport (DUB). Galway does not have a local airport.
From there you will have to take ground transportation to Galway city (about 3hr by bus or 2.5hr by train). Dublin and Galway are 200 km apart, with Dublin on the East coast and Galway straight across the island on the West coast. For details on ground transport from Dublin Airport to Galway, see below.
Another airport option is Ireland West Airport, Knock (NOC). This airport is slightly closer to the city of Galway (about 2hr by bus). Note that there are fewer flights and fewer buses per day.
Bus information from Ireland West Airport can be found here.
There are direct ferries to Dublin from Liverpool, UK (8hr / approx €75 round trip), Holyhead, UK (2hr / approx €75 round trip), and Cherbourg, France (18hr / approx €150 round trip).
Booking available on www.directferries.com. This option allows you to bring your own vehicle to Ireland.
Ground transportation from Dublin Airport to Galway
The simplest transport option from Dublin Airport to Galway city is bus, since it stops at the airport and doesn’t require you to travel in to the city centre.
Citylink and GoBus offer regular express coach services between Dublin Airport and Galway. Bus tickets can be purchased upon arrival at the airport, or online for a slight savings (about 3hr each way / €36 round trip.) Both Citylink and GoBus drop off points are 6 minutes walking distance through Galway’s downtown to Tribeton Venue.
Ground transportation from Dublin Centre to Galway
Irish Rails runs regular daily train service from Heuston Station in Dublin to Ceannt Station in Galway. Ceannt Station is just off Eyre Square in Galway’s city centre, about 5 minutes walking distance to Tribeton Venue.
There are direct trains as well as services with stops in major towns such as Ballinasloe, Athlone, Tullamore and Kildare. Advance booking is recommended as services can be busy. Direct trains are about 2.5 hours and €40 round trip.
There are a number of good value bus services to/from Dublin and other major towns. These include Bus Éireann which takes you to Ceannt Rail Station just off Eyre Square in Galway.