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Ireland - Galway - Sligo

Hi. I'm flying into Shannon and was recommended to stop over in Galway and then bus in to Sligo. Any thoughts on this route? How long are the drives, or is there a train? And would love current recommendations on convenient hotels/B&Bs. I'm just now beginning the planning so any help is appreciated. Thx!

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You can take a direct bus from Shannon to Galway, runs hourly, under two hours. The closest train station to the airport is at Ennis (bus #51, takes half an hour). See schedules for those and beyond at Sligo also is not served by train.