The best way to find a cheap bus ticket from Dublin to Galway is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
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2 h 24 m
2 h 24 m
Buses per day
Of the 5 buses that leave Dublin for Galway every day 5 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
|Average coach duration||2 h 24 min|
|Average coach ticket price||€14 (€14)|
|Coach frequency||36 a day|
|Direct coach||Yes, there are 36 direct coaches a day|
|Coach companies||GoBus, Irish Citylink, AirCoach or Infobus|
Coaches from Dublin to Galway cover the 186 km long journey taking on average 2 h 24 min with our travel partners like GoBus, Irish Citylink, AirCoach or Infobus. Normally, there are 36 coaches operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest coach tickets for this route for as low as €14, but the average price of coach tickets is €14. Travellers depart most frequently from Dublin, Airport (Terminal 1 - Zone 2) and arrive in Galway, Coach Station.
Getting to Galway from Dublin is as easy as hopping on a bus - thanks to local services such as Gobus and Citylink. If you’re looking to head straight to Galway from Dublin Airport, then there are also buses that run the Dublin Airport to Galway route direct. Our guide below will let you all you need to know about getting buses from Dublin to Galway.
If you are heading straight from Dublin Airport to Galway, then you need to exit the terminal buildings and make your way to zone 13, which is where all bus services from Dublin Airport to Galway leave from.
If you are leaving Dublin City for Galway, the pickup point can vary. For Gobus, the pickup point is between Jaffa on the Quays and the Immigration Offices on Burgh Quay. For Citylink, the departure point is located on Aston Quay between O'Connell Bridge and Ha‘penny Bridge just in front of the Forbidden Planet comic store and Eden Recruitment.
The bus journey from Dublin to Galway is a popular one so it is recommended to buy your tickets before your departure. For example, if you book with Citylink or gobus via Omio it is cheaper than buying tickets on the day.
If you book online, a single ticket from Dublin to Galway costs around £12 one way compared to the £14 if you book on the day. Similarly, a return is around £21 pounds and £23 respectively.
The same notion works for buses from Dublin Airport to Galway, although these tickets are generally a bit more expensive. A single cost £16 if bought online and £18 if bought on the day whereas a return is £26 online and £28 if bought in person.
From Dublin to Galway the journey time is approximately 2h30m whereas from Dublin Airport to Galway the journey time is 3 hours.
All buses run by gobus are white with the blue and red gobus logo on the side. Once you have found your bus the driver will check your ticket, either printed or mobile, to make sure you are boarding the correct bus. Please arrive 15 minutes before departures so to avoid missing your bus.
Each passenger is allowed to take two medium-sized bags of no more than 20kg each, as well as one small item of hand luggage. Depending on available space, larger objects such as bicycles and surfboards can be accommodated for an extra charge of €5. Pets are not allowed except fully certified guide dogs.
All gobuses are equipped with WiFi, aircon and toilets. All seats come with seatbelts and must be worn at all times when the vehicle is moving.
Ciylink buses have a yellow and royal blue exterior with the Citylink logo visible on the side. Once you have located your Citylink bus, you must present your ticket to the driver before boarding.
Each passenger can carry on two rucksacks or two medium-sized suitcases that must not exceed 20kg each. Passengers can also bring on one piece of small carry-on luggage at no additional cost. Passengers need to be aware that carry-on luggage must either be placed under the seat in front of you or in the overhead luggage rack.
If a passenger brings additional luggage, they may be required to pay an extra €5 per item. Citylink advises those travelling on its coaches to keep their valuables (passport, electronic equipment etc.) on their person at all times.
Passengers can bring their bicycles onboard but these must be stowed in the undercarriage of the bus if space permits. Bicycle spaces cannot be reserved beforehand and there is a fee of €5 if you wish to bring it onboard.
All Citylink buses are equipped with reclining seats, air conditioning, on-board toilets and free wifi.
When departing from Dublin, you have various coach station options to start your journey from including Dublin, Airport (Terminal 1 - Zone 2), Dublin, Clifton Court Hotel and Dublin, Burgh Quay (Coach Station). When arriving in Galway, you can end your route in coach stations like Galway, Coach Station, Galway, GMIT (Old Dublin Rd) and Galway, Bus Station.
Passengers board the coach most frequently from Dublin, Airport (Terminal 1 - Zone 2), which is located around 9.4 miles (15.1 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the coach at Galway, Coach Station, located 0.6 miles (897 m) away from the city centre.
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