Galway to Dublin

Galway to Dublin

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Posted Wed 20 Mar 2024 5:46 PM
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I am just starting to investigate how to navigate Ireland and Northern Ireland.  We will be flying into Shannon and staying a night in Galway, then traveling to Dublin.  Is rail or bus the best mode of transportation from Galway to Dublin?  Thanks for the help.
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Posted Thu 21 Mar 2024 11:12 AM
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Hi Lynne,

It's lovely to hear that you are planning to come and visit us on the island of Ireland!

We have some helpful information on public transport on our website covering both bus and train travel. Dublin and Galway are lucky in that they are connected by both train and bus, so really it is all about preference in mode of transport. Both take about the same time, 2 1/2 hours and cost about the same too €15-€25. CityLink and  Aircoach, both have direct services by bus and Irish Rail by train.

Once in Dublin, the same would apply to get up to Belfast although the train is slightly quicker.

Shannon airport has a website with information on transport options. Bus Éireann has a direct bus service 51 which would be suitable depending on time of arrival at the airport. Transport for Ireland has a handy journey planner to get around with information on routes and providers available  while you are here.

Have you plans for what you want to see and do during your time with us?

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Martin,
Thank you so much for the information.  Our  trip is 2025.  Our stop in Galway is to look for connections to my ancestors on my father's side.  Our stop in Dublin is because it's Dublin.  Then onto Belfast and County Antrim to look for connections to my ancestors on my mother's side.  From Belfast we will head to Derry/Londonderry where we plan to stay will attending The Open at Royal Portrush.
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Hello Lynne,

Your trip sounds fascinating, with such rich historical and ancestral connections.

Exploring Galway for your father's side and delving into County Antrim for your mother's ancestors adds another layer of discovery.
Also, attending The Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club will be an exciting highlight! ⛳

It sounds like an incredible journey filled with history, culture, and some amazing experiences.
If you need any further tips or recommendations along the way, feel free to ask!

Safe travels and enjoy every moment of your exploration. ☘️
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Hi Lynne,

It's lovely to hear that you are coming to County Antrim to explore your mother's side of the family's roots.  I wish you every success with your search!  You might like to take a look at the Public Record Office web site (if you haven't already done so):  https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/public-record-office-northern-ireland-proni 

If you are using public transport when visiting Northern Ireland, the web site for trains and buses is: https://www.translink.co.uk 

 We are very much looking forward to The Open being hosted by Royal Portrush Golf Club in 2025.  It's great to hear that you plan to be there!

If you would like to find out more about the Causeway Coast and Glens region before your trip next year, please take a look at our web site: https://www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com  This will show you the many attractions in the area and also give ideas of activities and highlights not to be missed when you're here.   

Happy planning!
Anne


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