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Bus from Galway to Dublin Airport

At the end of our Ireland trip we will be coming back from Aron Islands to Galway and then taking the bus to a Dublin airport hotel for departure the next day.
Is it necessary to have a reservation for the bus and, if so, can we take the next bus if we miss our reservation? The thing is, I don't really know for sure when we will be at the bus station and it looks like buses leave every 45 minutes so there should be a lot of options. Because we aren't flying out until the next day, it's not critical that we take a specific bus there.
I'd rather just pay for the bus when we get to Galway, if possible.

Posted by
8216 posts

You go to the Galway Coach Station where you get on a bus. It's 2 1/2 hours non-stop to the Dublin Airport.

Just make sure the bus is going to the airport and not to the Dublin Heuston Rail Station.

Posted by
8216 posts

You go to the Galway Coach Station where you get on a bus. It's 2 1/2 hours non-stop to the Dublin Airport.

Just make sure the bus is going to the airport and not to the Dublin Heuston Rail Station.

As far as reservations go, I do not know if they're required.

Posted by
1 posts

Hi, yes, you can get a bus from Galway to Dublin airport. It is a really good idea to buy your tickets online. You can go to https://www.citylink.ie/ And pay with credit card. You will get an sticker immediately. Just save the document and you are set to go. Not only are the tickets cheaper online but you can be sure to get the bus at the time you want. Cheers!

Posted by
6516 posts

The best thing is to book on line on Aran when you know for certain that your ferry or flight is running, and not affected by weather.
It's never the ideal plan to be on any island anywhere in the world at the end of a trip in case of weather or mechanical problems affecting transport- that can be flights just as much as ferries.

Posted by
2883 posts

Per isn31c, it is a bit risky to try to get from any of the islands back to Dublin the same day and on a tight schedule, though I think the risk is greater if planning to take the ferry which will be more subject to the vagaries of weather and sea states than by airplane.
I think I'd hedge my bet a little by booking a plane ride back ... and probably on the way over too just for the comfort and convenience involved. The odds aren't great that a particular day's ferries will cancel due to weather, but it sure would spoil your trip if it happened
to you.

Posted by
162 posts

I'm really not too concerned about the return short flight from Inishmore getting cancelled. I'm more concerned about trying to guess which bus from Galway to Dublin Airport to book since there are so many of them. I guess the best way would be to book a later bus than we should need and just hang out in Galway for awhile since we're in no hurry to get to the airport hotel for the night.