While there is a small airport in Galway, the only flights which fly into and out of the terminal are Aer Lingus commuter flights to Dublin. So, for those of you arriving in the country by air or by ferry, a commute by bus or train is inevitable.
The majority of flights to the country arrive in Dublin or Shannon, with an increasing amount now also flying into Cork. Travel from any of the terminals to Galway is very straightforward as numerous rail and bus services travel between all the destinations (bus only from Shannon). Bus is the more popular option as it is a good deal cheaper than the country’s rail service. Furthermore, as well as the national service Bus Eireann, there are also numerous private companies in operation which are usually even cheaper again.
The best and easiest way to get around the city is on foot because while the city has become much more spread out in recent years, the majority of the attractions, pubs, clubs and restaurants are located in a very small area.
Bus #1 serves Salthill, #2 travels to Knocknacarra or Renmare, #3 serves Castlepark and #4 serves Newcastle and Rahoon. These services operate between 8.00am and 9.00pm from Monday to Saturday and from 11.00am until 9.00pm on Sundays.
There are also numerous taxi services in operation in Galway and while there are official ranks at Eyre Square, you can usually just pick one up about the city if the yellow sign is switched on. Galway Taxis which is located on Mainguard Street operate a twenty-four hour service and can be reached on 091 561111. Other popular companies include Big O Taxis (091 585858) and Abbey Cabs (091 569369). A cheaper alternative to taxis are the city’s hackneys which are run by Claddagh (091 589000) and Eyre Square (091 569444). They have a waiting office three doors from the tourist office.