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West of Ireland Bicycle Tours - Travel to the Region

The most convenient international airports are Shannon Airport and Dublin Airport.

There are regional airports at Galway and Knock.

Galway, Westport and Ennis have direct rail links with Dublin (Heuston Station) operated by Irish Rail.

Bus Eireann operates intercity and regional bus services throughout Ireland.

Citylink and GoBus run buses between Galway and Dublin Airport. Citylink also operates a service on the Galway to Clifden route

Booking

It is generally not necessary to book in advance during the week on buses or trains – if you turn up 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time you can buy your ticket on the spot. At weekends it may be advisable to book in advance for some journeys – you can book online (see links below).

Bikes

Bikes (boxed or unboxed) are carried free of charge on buses in the luggage compartment beneath provided there is space.
Bicycles (boxed or unboxed) can be carried in most (but not all) intercity trains – either in the guard’s van (if there is one) or in a designated space in the carriage. A ticket is required – cost is dependent on distance travelled. There are normally up to six spaces, allocated on a first come, first served basis.
It is advisable to contact the station of origin the day before you travel to check the bicycle status of the train that you plan to take.

TRAILHEAD - GALWAY

Shannon Airport

There are frequent buses (Bus Eireann) from Shannon Airport to Galway’s Eyre Square Bus Station (90 mins/every 2 hours).

Dublin Airport / Dublin City Centre

Citylink and GoBus run direct services from Dublin Airport to Galway.

Dublin Bus runs an airport shuttle from Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre, calling at the main bus station (Busaras) and railway stations (Heuston and Connolly).

From Dublin Heuston Station there are direct trains to Galway.

Bus Eireann runs intercity buses from Dublin Bus Station to Galway.

Galway Airport

Take a taxi from the airport to your accommodation, or to Galway Bus Station, and continue your journey by bus (approximately 5 km from airport to Eyre Square).

TRAILHEAD – OUGHTERARD

Oughterard is 15 miles west of Galway City on the main Galway to Clifden road. Use the information for getting to/from Galway. From Galway Bus Station in Eyre Square Bus Eireann and Citylink run buses to Oughterard (Galway - Clifden services). Alternatively, take a taxi.

TRAILHEAD – ENNIS

Shannon Airport

Bus Eireann runs a frequent service from Shannon Airport to Ennis (45 mins/every hour).

Dublin Airport / Dublin City Centre

Dublin Bus runs an airport shuttle from Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre (30 mins/ every 15 mins), calling at the main bus station (Busaras) and railway stations (Heuston and Connolly).

From Dublin Heuston Station there are trains to Ennis via Limerick Junction and Limerick run by Irish Rail (3½ hours/ every 2 hours).

Bus Eireann runs buses from Dublin Bus Station to Ennis via Limerick (5 hours /every 2 hours).

TRAILHEAD – WESTPORT

Shannon Airport

Bus Eireann has services to Galway. From Galway take a Bus Eireann or Citilink bus to Shannon Airport

Dublin Airport / Dublin City Centre

Irish Rail runs several direct trains daily to Dublin Heuston Station. Dublin Bus runs airport shuttle buses from Heuston Station to Dublin Airport. Bus Eireann operates several buses daily to Dublin Bus Station.

Galway / Galway Airport

Take a Bus Eireann bus to Galway (2 hours), then a taxi to Galway Airport.

Knock Airport

Transport links are not good. Bus Eireann runs a shuttle bus to Charlestown several times a day. From Charlestown there are infrequent Bus Eireann buses to Westport.

Links

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