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There are 7 ways to get from Inverness to Galway by bus, car ferry, train, car or plane

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Bus, car ferry  •  16h 58m

  1. Take the bus from Inverness to Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station M10
  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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Train, train to Glasgow, fly to Dublin  •  10h 32m

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

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Train, bus, car ferry  •  20h 41m

  1. Take the train from Inverness 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  •  10h 31m

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

Fly Inverness to Shannon, bus  •  8h 53m

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

Fly Inverness to Dublin, train  •  7h 54m

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

Fly Inverness to Belfast City, train  •  10h

  1. Fly from Inverness (INV) to Belfast City (BHD) INV - BHD
  2. Take the train from Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place to Connolly
  3. Take the train from Heuston to Galway
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Galway is 1850 24 1850.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Galway is recommended.

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Last updated: 18 Sep 2022
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The cost-effective way to get from Inverness to Galway is to fly and train, which costs £65 - £230 and takes 7h 54m.

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The quickest way to get from Inverness to Galway is to fly and train which costs £65 - £230 and takes 7h 54m.

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The distance between Inverness and Galway is 558 km.

The best way to get from Inverness to Galway without a car is to bus and car ferry which takes 16h 58m and costs .

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It takes approximately 16h 58m to get from Inverness to Galway, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Inverness Airport to Shannon Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 20m and has one stopover.

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Ryanair UK, Loganair, British Airways and three other airlines offer flights from Inverness Airport to Shannon 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 Inverness to Inverness Airport is to line 11 bus which takes 32 min and costs £4 - £5.

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Map of how to get from Inverness to Galway.
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  • Distance: 558.1 km
  • Duration: 16h 58m

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

There is no direct connection from Inverness to Galway. However, you can take the bus to Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station, take the walk 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 Inverness to Galway via Glasgow Queen Street, Buchanan Bus Station, Cairnryan, Stena Terminal, Cairnryan, Belfast, Belfast Stena Line Terminus, Belfast Ulsterbus, Yorkgate, Londonderry, and Ulsterbus Depot, stop 158131 in around 20h 41m.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Inverness to Shannon via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €700
Flights from Glasgow to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €340
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Inverness to Shannon via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€70 - €420
Flights from Inverness to Shannon via Manchester
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday
Estimated price
€280 - €850
Flights from Glasgow to Dublin
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€10 - €250
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Glasgow to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €340
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Inverness to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€130 - €600
Flights from Inverness to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€100 - €490
Ryanair UK
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Inverness to Shannon via Manchester
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€60 - €350
Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Inverness to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€40 - €130
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
€40 - €65
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
€100 - €130
Train from Inverness to Perth
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€28 - €85
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
€28 - €40
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
€65 - €85
Train from Perth to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€14 - €45
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
€14 - €21
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
€35 - €45
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
€20 - €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
€18 - €22
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Inverness to Perth
Ave. Duration
2h 1m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€17 - €160
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
€17 - €24
Anytime Day Single
€70 - €100
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
€110 - €160
Bus operators
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Inverness to Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€14 - €23
Website
Megabus UK
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station Stance 3 to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€30 - €50
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€18 - €25
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
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
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
Ferry operators
Stena Line

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