Getting to Galway

Getting to Galway

The city of Galway is well connected to all the four airports in Ireland, Dublin, Shannon, Knock and Cork. It will take you between an hour and three hours to reach Galway from any of these airports. The easiest and cheapest way to travel to the city is by bus but you can take a taxi or the train.

Travelling to Galway by Bus

The Galway Business School can assist you in booking a ticket for the bus from the airport to Galway City. You must send us an email with the flight details containing your flight number and arrival times before we can book for you.

Buses from Dublin Airport

Buses from Dublin Airport to Galway City run every half an hour and takes between 2.5 – 3 hours. There are two bus companies which you can choose from to book your ticket before your journey Citylink ( and GoBus (

Buses from Shannon & Knock Airport

Buses from Shannon and Knock take about 1.5 hours. If you wish to take a bus from Shannon or Knock airport to Galway you will need to take the Bus Eireann bus and you can view times and book your ticket on their website (

Buses from Cork Airport

A bus trip from Cork airport will take about 3.5 hours. You can take a Citylink bus that will bring you to Galway City. You can view Citylink bus times and buy tickets at

Train from Dublin City

There is no direct train route from Dublin Airport to Galway City so if you would like to take a train you must first take a bus from the airport to Heuston Station in Dublin city. This bus journey usual takes a half an hour. Trains from Heuston station to Galway City take between 2.5 – 2.45 hours. You can view times and purchase tickets at

Boats to Ireland

If you wish to travel to Ireland by boat you can choose two companies who have regular sailings during the day, Stenaline ( and Irish Ferries ( They depart from France or the United Kingdom to Dublin and Rosslare harbour. 

Private Taxi Service

The Galway Business School can arrange for a Private Taxi transfer to pick you up at the airport and drop you at your accommodation. The costs from Shannon or Knock airport is €160, and the cost from Dublin or Cork airport is €390.

Meet & Greet Service

The Galway Business School can arrange for a GBS representative to meet you at the arrival gate of the airport to assist you and accompany you to Galway City where you will then be taken by taxi to your accommodation. You must send you flight details to GBS in order for us to arrange this service for you.

Please note, it is obligatory under Irish Law for all under 18 year old students to avail of the Meet and Greet service.