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There are 10 ways to get from Galway to Edinburgh by bus, car ferry, night bus, train, bus and ferry, car or plane

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Bus, car ferry  •  14h 19m

  1. Take the bus from Galway City, Coach Station to Dublin Airport 720 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Dublin Airport to Belfast, Europa Bus Centre X1
  3. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
  4. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Edinburgh, Bus Station 923

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Train to Dublin, fly to Edinburgh  •  7h 5m

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

£38 - £177

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Night bus, bus, car ferry, train  •  16h 2m

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

Bus, car ferry, train  •  19h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Galway City, Coach Station to Outside Heuston Train Station 763 / ...
  2. Take the car ferry from Dublin to Bootle
  3. Take the train from Liverpool Lime Street to Edinburgh

£140 - £307

Bus, bus and ferry  •  22h 56m

  1. Take the bus from Galway City, Coach Station to Dublin, Eden Quay 720
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Dublin to Birmingham 871
  3. Take the bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Edinburgh

Drive, car ferry  •  8h 29m

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

Train to Dublin, fly to Glasgow, train  •  7h 5m

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

£55 - £294

Bus to Shannon, fly to Edinburgh  •  5h 57m

  1. Take the bus from Galway Bus Station, stop 555041 to Shannon Airport, stop 355331
  2. Fly from Shannon (SNN) to Edinburgh (EDI) SNN - EDI

£91 - £309

Bus to Cork, fly to Edinburgh  •  7h 28m

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

£67 - £223

Train, train to Belfast City, fly to Edinburgh  •  9h 13m

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

£84 - £194

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The cheapest way to get from Galway to Edinburgh is to train and fly which costs 40€ - 210€ and takes 7h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Galway to Edinburgh is to bus and fly which costs 100€ - 360€ and takes 5h 57m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Galway station to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from Galway City, Coach Station and arriving at Edinburgh via Dublin and Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22h 56m.

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The distance between Galway and Edinburgh is 300 miles.

The best way to get from Galway to Edinburgh without a car is to bus and car ferry which takes 14h 19m and costs .

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It takes approximately 14h 19m to get from Galway to Edinburgh, including transfers.

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Galway to Edinburgh bus services, operated by GoBus.ie, depart from Galway City, Coach Station.

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

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Galway to Edinburgh bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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

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Map of how to get from Galway to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 300.2 miles
  • Duration: 14h 19m

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

There is no direct connection from Galway to Edinburgh. However, you can take the bus to Dublin Airport, take the bus to Belfast, Europa Bus Centre, take the walk to Belfast Wellington Place, take the line 94 bus to Belfast Heron Road, take the walk to Belfast, take the car ferry to Cairnryan, take the walk to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal, then take the bus to Edinburgh, Bus Station. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Galway to Edinburgh via Letterkenny, Ramelton Road, Letterkenny, Ramelton Road, Belfast City Centre, Jury's Inn, Belfast Queen Street, Belfast Stena Line Terminus, Belfast, Cairnryan, Cairnryan, Stena Terminal, Buchanan Bus Station, and Glasgow Queen Street in around 16h 2m.

Airlines
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Dublin to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £300
Flights from Dublin to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £170
Flights from Shannon to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£80 - £290
Flights from Cork to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£55 - £200
Flights from Belfast City to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£50 - £160
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Dublin to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
£16 - £75
Flights from Dublin to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£16 - £85
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £30
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Liverpool Lime Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
£85 - £130
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
£30 - £45
Off-Peak Day Single
£65 - £100
Anytime Day Single
£85 - £130
Irish Rail
Phone
+353 1 836 6222
Email
digital@irishrail.ie
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Galway to Heuston
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£14 - £21
Website
Irish Rail
Semi Flexible
£14 - £17
Flexible
£18 - £21
Train from Connolly to Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£13 - £19
Website
Irish Rail
Semi Flexible
£13 - £16
Flexible
£16 - £19
Bus operators
GoBus.ie
Phone
+353 (0)91 564600
Email
info@gobus.ie
Website
gobus.ie
Bus from Galway City, Coach Station to Dublin Airport
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£11 - £16
Website
GoBus.ie
Bus from Galway City, Coach Station to Dublin, Eden Quay
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Website
GoBus.ie
Citylink
Phone
+353 91 564 164
Email
info@citylink.ie
Website
citylink.ie
Bus from Galway City, Coach Station to Dublin Airport
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£11 - £18
Website
Citylink
Standard
£13 - £18
Web Fare
£11 - £16
Bus from Galway City, Coach Station to Outside Heuston Train Station
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£11 - £19
Website
Citylink
Standard
£13 - £19
Web Fare
£11 - £16
Bus from Galway City, Coach Station to Cork Airport
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£10 - £18
Website
Citylink
Standard
£12 - £18
Web Fare
£10 - £15
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 Galway Bus Station, stop 555041 to Zone 21, stop 111911
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£15 - £21
Website
Bus Eireann
Bus from Galway Bus Station, stop 555041 to Heuston Station, stop 135421
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£15 - £22
Website
Bus Eireann
Bus from Galway Bus Station, stop 555041 to Shannon Airport, stop 355331
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£9 - £14
Website
Bus Eireann
Aircoach
Phone
+353 1 844 7118
Website
aircoach.ie
Bus from Dublin Airport to Belfast, Europa Bus Centre
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£12 - £15
Website
Aircoach
Translink UK
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Edinburgh, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£23 - £35
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£16 - £23
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus Feda Teoranta
Transport for Ireland
Phone
+353 1 879 8300
Email
info@nationaltransport.ie
Website
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Letterkenny, Ramelton Road to Belfast City Centre, Jury's Inn
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£9 - £13
Website
Transport for Ireland
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 and ferry from Dublin to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£9 - £12
Website
National Express
Bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
9h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£13 - £17
Website
National Express
Ferry operators

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