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There are 10 ways to get from Edinburgh to NUIG by bus, car ferry, train, 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.

Recommended option

Bus, car ferry  •  14h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal 923
  2. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
  3. Take the bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to Dublin 400
  4. Take the bus from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay to Galway City, Coach Station 720

Cheapest option

Fly Edinburgh to Dublin, train  •  7h 52m

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

€35 - €173

8 alternative options

Train, bus, car ferry  •  17h 11m

  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 Galway Cathedral 964

Bus, car ferry, train  •  17h 39m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal 923
  2. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
  3. Take the train from Yorkgate to Londonderry 3
  4. 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 NUIG

Train to Glasgow, fly to Dublin, train  •  8h 8m

  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

€52 - €281

Fly Edinburgh to Shannon, bus  •  7h 14m

  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

€73 - €118

Fly Edinburgh to Cork, bus  •  8h 39m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Cork (ORK) EDI - ORK
  2. Take the bus from St. Patricks Quay to Galway City, Coach Station

€55 - €256

Fly Edinburgh to Belfast (Aldergrove), bus, train  •  9h 47m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Belfast (Aldergrove) (BFS) EDI - BFS
  2. Take the bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to Dublin
  3. Take the train from Heuston to Galway

€83 - €218

Fly Edinburgh to Belfast City, bus, train  •  9h 17m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Belfast City (BHD) EDI - BHD
  2. Take the bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to Dublin
  3. Take the train from Heuston to Galway

€72 - €298

Edinburgh to NUIG by bus, car ferry and walk

The journey time between Edinburgh and NUIG is around 16h 58m and covers a distance of around 666 km. The fastest journey normally takes 13h 45m. Operated by Scottish Citylink, Stena Line, Translink UK and others, the Edinburgh to NUIG service departs from Edinburgh, Bus Station and arrives in NUIG. Typically 13 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
16h 58m
Fastest journey time:
13h 45m
Journey distance:
666 km
Services per week:
13
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
85 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
11:00
Last service departs at:
15:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Edinburgh to NUIG bus, car ferry and walk schedules

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  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
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  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in NUIG is 1850 24 1850.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in NUIG is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in NUIG is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1850 24 1850.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to NUIG is to fly and train which costs £30 - £150 and takes 7h 52m.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to NUIG is to fly and bus which costs £60 - £110 and takes 7h 14m.

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The distance between Edinburgh and NUIG is 480 km.

The best way to get from Edinburgh to NUIG without a car is to bus and car ferry which takes 14h 35m and costs .

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It takes approximately 14h 35m to get from Edinburgh to NUIG, including transfers.

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

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

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There are 124+ hotels available in NUIG. Prices start at €75 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 NUIG.
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  • Distance: 480.4 km
  • Duration: 14h 35m

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and NUIG, IE-G, Ireland?

There is no direct connection from Edinburgh to NUIG. However, you can 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, Europa Bus Centre, take the bus to Dublin, take the walk to Dublin City South, Burgh Quay, take the bus to Galway City, Coach Station, then take the walk to NUIG. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Edinburgh to NUIG via Glasgow Queen Street, Buchanan Bus Station, Cairnryan, Stena Terminal, Cairnryan, Belfast, Belfast Stena Line Terminus, Belfast CastleCourt, Belfast City Centre, Jury's Inn, Letterkenny, Bus Station, and Galway Cathedral in around 17h 11m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €200
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€12 - €90
Flights from Glasgow to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€10 - €60
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €220
Flights from Glasgow to Dublin
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €210
Flights from Edinburgh to Shannon
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€180 - €480
Flights from Edinburgh to Cork
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€270 - €650
Flights from Edinburgh to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €290
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Shannon
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€180 - €480
Flights from Edinburgh to Cork via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€270 - €650
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
49 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€12 - €35
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
€12 - €18
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
€27 - €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
€15 - €21
Schedules at
translink.co.uk
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€27 - €40
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€18 - €26
Website
Scottish Citylink
Dublin Coach
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
Every 3 hours
Website
GoBus.ie
Transport for Ireland
Phone
+353 1 879 8300
Email
info@nationaltransport.ie
Website
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Belfast City Centre, Jury's Inn to Letterkenny, Ramelton Road
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€11 - €15
Website
Transport for Ireland
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
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€11 - €16
Website
Bus Eireann
Citylink
Phone
+353 91 564 164
Email
info@citylink.ie
Website
citylink.ie
Bus from St. Patricks Quay to Galway City, Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€12 - €20
Website
Citylink
Standard
€14 - €20
Web Fare
€12 - €17
Ferry operators
Stena Line

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