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There are 11 ways to get from Edinburgh to Galway by bus, car ferry, train, car or plane

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Bus, car ferry  •  14h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Buchanan Bus Station 900 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal 923
  3. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
  4. Take the bus from Belfast, Glengall Street to Dublin Airport
  5. Take the bus from Dublin Airport to Galway Coach Station 760 / ...

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Fly Edinburgh to Cork, bus  •  8h 12m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Cork (ORK) EDI - ORK
  2. Take the bus from Cork Airport to Eyre Square, Galway Bus Station

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Bus, car ferry via Dublin  •  16h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Buchanan Bus Station 900 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal 923
  3. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
  4. Take the bus from Belfast Europa Bus Centre to Dublin Busaras Bus Station X1
  5. Take the bus from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay to Galway City, Coach Station 720

Train, bus, car ferry  •  17h 2m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal 923
  3. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
  4. Take the bus from Belfast City Centre, Jury's Inn to Letterkenny, Ramelton Road 931
  5. Take the bus from Letterkenny, Bus Station to Eyre Square Galway 964

Train, bus, car ferry via Londonderry County Borough  •  17h 55m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal 923
  3. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
  4. Take the train from Yorkgate to Londonderry
  5. Take the bus from Ulsterbus Depot, stop 158131 to Galway Bus Station, stop 555041 64

Drive, car ferry  •  8h 20m

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Cairnryan
  2. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
  3. Drive from Belfast to Galway

Train to Glasgow, fly to Dublin, train  •  7h 27m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Dublin (DUB) GLA - DUB
  3. Take the train from Heuston to Galway

Fly Edinburgh to Dublin, train  •  7h 39m

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

Fly Edinburgh to Shannon, bus  •  6h 28m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Shannon (SNN) EDI - SNN
  2. Take the bus from Shannon Airport, stop 609581 to Galway Bus Station, stop 555041

Fly Edinburgh to Knock, bus  •  6h 27m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Knock (NOC) EDI - NOC
  2. Take the bus from Knock Airport, stop 553081 to Galway Bus Station, stop 555041

Fly Edinburgh to Belfast City, train  •  9h 55m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Belfast City (BHD) EDI - BHD
  2. Take the train from Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place to Connolly
  3. Take the train from Heuston to Galway

Edinburgh to Galway by bus, car ferry and walk

The journey time between Edinburgh and Galway is around 14h 41m and covers a distance of around 663 km. This includes an average layover time of around 4h 9m. Operated by Scottish Citylink, Stena Line, Translink UK and others, the Edinburgh to Galway service departs from Edinburgh, Princes Street and arrives in Galway Coach Station. Typically 21 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

21 Weekly Services
14h 41m Average Duration
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Galway is 1850 24 1850.

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Last updated: 26 Sep 2022
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The cost-effective way to get from Edinburgh to Galway is to fly and bus, which costs £20 - £110 and takes 8h 12m.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Galway is to fly and bus which costs £30 - £260 and takes 6h 27m.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Galway is 480 km.

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Galway without a car is to bus and car ferry which takes 14h 41m and costs .

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It takes approximately 14h 41m to get from Edinburgh to Galway, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Glasgow Airport to Dublin Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Ryanair and Aer Lingus offer flights from Glasgow Airport to Dublin Airport.

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There are 104+ hotels available in Galway. Prices start at €100 per night.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport is to tram which takes 32 min and costs £1 - £6.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Galway.
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  • Distance: 480.2 km
  • Duration: 14h 41m

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Galway, Ireland?

There is no direct connection from Edinburgh to Galway. However, you can take the bus to Buchanan Bus Station, take the bus to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal, take the walk to Cairnryan, take the car ferry to Belfast, take the walk to Belfast Stena Line Terminus, take the line 96 bus to Belfast CastleCourt, take the walk to Belfast, Glengall Street, take the bus to Dublin Airport, then take the bus to Galway Coach Station. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Edinburgh to Galway via Buchanan Bus Station, Cairnryan, Stena Terminal, Cairnryan, Belfast, Belfast Stena Line Terminus, Belfast Donegall Place, Belfast Europa Bus Centre, Dublin Busaras Bus Station, and Dublin City South, Burgh Quay in around 16h 5m.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Glasgow to Dublin
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€10 - €250
Flights from Edinburgh to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€13 - €260
Flights from Edinburgh to Shannon
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€35 - €420
Flights from Edinburgh to Knock
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€22 - €240
Flights from Edinburgh to Cork
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€14 - €140
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Glasgow to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €340
Flights from Edinburgh to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €320
Flights from Edinburgh to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €210
Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
€12 - €35
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
€12 - €17
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
€26 - €35
Translink UK
Phone
+44 28 9066 6630
Email
feedback@translink.co.uk
Website
translink.co.uk
Train from Yorkgate to Londonderry
Ave. Duration
1h 58m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€14 - €20
Schedules at
translink.co.uk
Irish Rail
Phone
+353 1 836 6222
Email
digital@irishrail.ie
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Heuston to Galway
Ave. Duration
2h 19m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€17 - €24
Website
Irish Rail
Semi Flexible
€17 - €20
Flexible
€21 - €24
Train from Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place to Connolly
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€15 - €22
Website
Irish Rail
Semi Flexible
€15 - €18
Flexible
€19 - €22
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€11 - €16
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€15 - €22
Website
Scottish Citylink
Aircoach
Phone
+353 1 844 7118
Website
aircoach.ie
Bus from Belfast, Glengall Street to Dublin Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€14 - €17
Website
Aircoach
Bus from Dublin Airport to Galway Coach Station
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€16 - €20
Website
Aircoach
Citylink
Phone
+353 91 564 164
Email
info@citylink.ie
Website
citylink.ie
Bus from Dublin Airport to Galway Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€13 - €21
Website
Citylink
Standard
€15 - €21
Web Fare
€13 - €19
Bus from Cork Airport to Eyre Square, Galway Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€12 - €21
Website
Citylink
Standard
€14 - €21
Web Fare
€12 - €18
Eireagle
Phone
+353 91 564 164
Email
info@citylink.ie
Website
eireagle.com
Bus from Dublin Airport Arrival Terminal 1 to Galway Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€18
Website
Eireagle
Translink UK
Phone
+44 28 9066 6630
Email
feedback@translink.co.uk
Website
translink.co.uk
Bus from Belfast Europa Bus Centre to Dublin Busaras Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€20 - €26
Schedules at
translink.co.uk
GoBus.ie
Phone
+353 (0)91 564600
Email
info@gobus.ie
Website
gobus.ie
Bus from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay to Galway City, Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
GoBus.ie
Patrick Gallagher
Phone
+353 1 879 8300
Website
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Belfast City Centre, Jury's Inn to Letterkenny, Ramelton Road
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
Patrick Gallagher
Bus Eireann

Bus and coach operator Bus Éireann operates local bus services throughout Ireland, including city bus services in Cork, Galway, Limerick, and Waterford, as well as commuter and intercity bus services throughout the country. Fares vary by region and distance; purchase tickets with cash on the bus or use a Leap Card.

Contact Details
Phone
1850 836 611
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from Ulsterbus Depot, stop 158131 to Galway Bus Station, stop 555041
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€21 - €30
Website
Bus Eireann
Bus from Shannon Airport, stop 609581 to Galway Bus Station, stop 555041
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €16
Website
Bus Eireann
Bus from Knock Airport, stop 553081 to Galway Bus Station, stop 555041
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€11 - €16
Website
Bus Eireann
Ferry operators
Stena Line

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