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Galway from Shannon Airport

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Galway from Shannon Airport

What is the best way to get to Galway from Shannon Airport? Bus? Train? Taxi? If possible, what should I expect to pay and how long should it take to get there?

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1. Re: Galway from Shannon Airport

Bus is best www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1360753025-051.pdf

This timetable will give you details of the length of time expected. It shouldn't cost any more than €20. It should take less than 2 hours.

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2. Re: Galway from Shannon Airport

If you are arriving early the first bus to Galway is 1/4 past 8 so perhaps grab some breakfast at the Café above arrival/departure concourse. Single fare is about €15 or 14.25 if you pre book.

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3. Re: Galway from Shannon Airport

As Bean says, bus is the best way to get to Galway.

There is no train service from Shannon to Galway and taxi would be expensive.

The bus service is hourly and very convenient and will drop you right in Galway city centre.

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4. Re: Galway from Shannon Airport

Thanks to you all for your prompt reply. I appreciate it.

While in Galway, is it necessary to rent a car? I will be there approximately 4 days and would like to visit the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and, possibly, the Aran Islands.

However, if I decide not to rent a car while in Galway, are there any good tour operators that can take me to those places?

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6. Re: Galway from Shannon Airport

There are a number of Good local tour operators in Galway with very little to chose between them, Tours run to all places you list but my general comment would be self drive is better.

There is only one car hire in Galway City centre, Budget who I have always had on my recommend list other operators go from various locations outside the centre.

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Id be wary of that O'Neactains website, nothings been updated in a long time and i know for a fact they didnt operate in 2013. Galway Tour Company, Healys, Lallys and Faherty or Aran Ferries(for Aran), these are the main tour operators and are all of a very good standard.

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Thanks Rojo. I will ask for my post to be removed.

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9. Re: Galway from Shannon Airport

Bus Eireann has a ticket machine in the Arrivals hall

Shannon airport where you can purchase tickets with

credit / debit cards and cash (bank notes)

Bus 51 timetable is online simply -

Google " BUS EIREANN 51 "

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10. Re: Galway from Shannon Airport

Galway city or county where abouts are you going ?

use Google MAPS to locate your destination.

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