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There are 12 ways to get from Cardiff to Galway by train, car ferry, bus, bus and ferry, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train, car ferry  •  14 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Holyhead
  2. Take the car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin
  3. Take the train from Heuston to Galway

$177 - $246

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Bus, bus and ferry  •  14 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Birmingham to Dublin 871
  3. Take the bus from Temple Bar, Crampton Quay to Galway Coach Station 761 / ...

$46 - $66

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Train, car ferry, bus via Kildare  •  15 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Fishguard Harbour
  2. Take the car ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare
  3. Take the bus from Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Harbour to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station 40 / ...
  4. Take the train from Waterford to Kildare
  5. Take the train from Kildare to Galway

$161 - $220

Train, car ferry, bus  •  15 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Fishguard Harbour
  2. Take the car ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare
  3. Take the bus from Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Harbour to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station 40 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Waterford, Waterford Bus Station to Glentworth, Limerick Bus Station 55
  5. Take the bus from Glentworth, Limerick Bus Station to Eyre Square, Galway Bus Station 51 / ...

$141 - $175

Drive, car ferry  •  8 h 54 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Fishguard
  2. Take the car ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare
  3. Drive from Rosslare to Galway

$99 - $135

Fly Cardiff to Dublin, train  •  7 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Dublin (DUB) CWL - DUB
  2. Take the train from Heuston to Galway

$91 - $247

Train to Bristol, fly to Dublin, train  •  8 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Dublin (DUB) BRS - DUB
  3. Take the train from Heuston to Galway

$99 - $270

Train to Bristol, fly to Knock, bus  •  7 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Knock (NOC) BRS - NOC
  3. Take the bus from Lurga, Knock Airport to Eyre Square, Galway Bus Station

$84 - $378

Train to Bristol, fly to Cork, bus  •  8 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Cork (ORK) BRS - ORK
  3. Take the bus from Cork Airport Car Park, Cork Airport Car Park to Galway Coach Station

$110 - $326

Train to Birmingham, fly to Shannon, bus  •  8 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Shannon (SNN) BHX - SNN
  3. Take the bus from Shannon Airport to Eyre Square, Galway Bus Station

$122 - $383

Fly Cardiff to Cork, bus  •  7 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Cork (ORK) CWL - ORK
  2. Take the bus from Cork Airport Car Park, Cork Airport Car Park to Galway Coach Station

$115 - $964

Fly Cardiff to Belfast City, train  •  10 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Belfast City (BHD) CWL - BHD
  2. Take the train from Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place Train Station to Connolly
  3. Take the train from Heuston to Galway

$126 - $323

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Galway is to bus and bus and ferry which costs £35 - £55 and takes 14 h 59 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Galway is to train and fly and bus which costs £60 - £290 and takes 7 h 12 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff station to Galway station. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens and arriving at Galway Coach Station via Birmingham and Temple Bar, Crampton Quay. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h 59 min.

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The distance between Cardiff and Galway is 278 miles.

The best way to get from Cardiff to Galway without a car is to train and car ferry which takes 14 h 2 min and costs £130 - £190.

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It takes approximately 14 h 2 min to get from Cardiff to Galway, including transfers.

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Cardiff to Galway bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens.

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The quickest flight from Cardiff Airport to Dublin Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Cardiff to Galway bus services, operated by Citylink, arrive at Galway Coach Station.

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Flybe offers flights from Cardiff Airport to Dublin Airport.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Galway.
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  • Distance: 278.3 miles
  • Duration: 14 h 2 min

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Galway, Ireland?

There is no direct connection from Cardiff to Galway. However, you can take the train to Holyhead, take the walk to Holyhead, take the car ferry to Dublin, take the walk to Tolka Quay, Irish Ferries Terminal, take the line 53 bus to Connolly Station, Amiens Street, take the walk to Busáras Luas Stop, take the tram to Heuston Luas Stop, take the walk to Heuston, then take the train to Galway. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Cardiff to Galway via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth, Birmingham, Dublin, and Temple Bar, Crampton Quay in around 14 h 59 min.

Airlines
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Cardiff to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Flights from Bristol to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $300
Flights from Bristol to Cork
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $480
Flights from Birmingham to Shannon
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $450
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Cardiff to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Flights from Cardiff to Cork
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $360
Flights from Cardiff to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Flights from Cardiff to Belfast City via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bristol to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$27 - $240
Flights from Bristol to Knock
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $300
Train operators
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Holyhead
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$40 - $60
Anytime Day Single
$90 - $140
First Anytime Day Single
$150 - $220
Train from Cardiff Central to Fishguard Harbour
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$22 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $75
First Anytime Day Single
$75 - $110
Irish Rail
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Heuston to Galway
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Waterford to Kildare
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Kildare to Galway
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place Train Station to Connolly
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
irishrail.ie
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$13 - $20
Advanced Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$20 - $40
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$24 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$20 - $30
Train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Single
$55 - $85
Off-Peak Single
$45 - $75
Bus operators
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus and ferry from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $26
Website
nationalexpress.com
Citylink
Website
citylink.ie
Bus from Temple Bar, Crampton Quay to Galway Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $24
Schedules at
citylink.ie
Standard
$17 - $24
Web Fare
$14 - $21
Bus from Cork Airport Car Park, Cork Airport Car Park to Galway Coach Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $24
Schedules at
citylink.ie
Standard
$16 - $24
Web Fare
$14 - $20
Bus Eireann
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Harbour to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $19
Schedules at
buseireann.ie
Bus from Waterford, Waterford Bus Station to Glentworth, Limerick Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $23
Schedules at
buseireann.ie
Bus from Glentworth, Limerick Bus Station to Eyre Square, Galway Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $22
Schedules at
buseireann.ie
Bus from Lurga, Knock Airport to Eyre Square, Galway Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $16
Schedules at
buseireann.ie
Bus from Shannon Airport to Eyre Square, Galway Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
buseireann.ie
Ferry operators
Irish Ferries
Phone
+353 818 300 400
Email
info@irishferries.com
Website
irishferries.com
Car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$38 - $42
Schedules at
irishferries.com
Car
$140 - $170
On Foot
$38 - $42
car
$115
Passenger
$41
Stena Line
Website
stenaline.co.uk
Car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $160
Schedules at
stenaline.co.uk
Passenger
$46
Small Car
$155
Car ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
stenaline.ie
Book at
directferries.co.uk

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