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There are 6 ways to get from Johannesburg to Galway by plane, bus or train

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Fly to Shannon, bus  •  25h 12m

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

524€ - 1531€

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Fly to Kerry, bus, train  •  25h 30m

  1. Fly from Johannesburg (JNB) to Kerry (KIR) JNB - KIR
  2. Take the bus from Kerry Airport, stop 350001 to Colbert Station, stop 635031
  3. Take the train from Limerick to Galway

266€ - 698€

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Fly to Cork, bus  •  21h 16m

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

575€ - 1536€

Fly to Dublin, train  •  20h 19m

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

346€ - 951€

Fly to Knock, bus  •  26h 1m

  1. Fly from Johannesburg (JNB) to Knock (NOC) JNB - NOC
  2. Take the bus from Knock Airpork, stop 553081 to Galway Bus Station, stop 555041

384€ - 1031€

Fly to Belfast City, train  •  23h 39m

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

400€ - 1272€

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The cheapest way to get from Johannesburg to Galway is to fly and bus and train which costs R 4 700 - R 13 000 and takes 25h 30m.

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The fastest way to get from Johannesburg to Galway is to fly and train which takes 20h 19m and costs R 6 000 - R 17 000.

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The distance between Johannesburg and Galway is 9535 km.

It takes approximately 25h 12m to get from Johannesburg to Galway, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Johannesburg Airport to Shannon Airport. The quickest flight takes 20h 15m and has one stopover.

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Galway is 1h behind Johannesburg. It is currently 11:07 AM in Johannesburg and 10:07 AM in Galway.

Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Egyptair and four other airlines offer flights from Johannesburg Airport to Shannon Airport.

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There are 198+ hotels available in Galway. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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Map of how to get from Johannesburg to Galway.
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  • Distance: 9535.1 km
  • Duration: 25h 12m

What companies run services between Johannesburg, South Africa and Galway, Ireland?

There is no direct connection from Johannesburg to Galway. However, you can take the train to Marlboro, take the train to OR Tambo Airport, take the walk to Johannesburg airport, fly to Shannon, take the walk to Shannon Airport, stop 609581, then take the bus to Galway. Alternatively, you can take the train to Marlboro, take the train to OR Tambo Airport, take the walk to Johannesburg airport, fly to Cork, take the walk to Cork Airport, then take the bus to Galway.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Johannesburg to Shannon via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
21h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
500€ - 1600€
Flights from Johannesburg to Shannon via London Heathrow, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
20h 15m
When
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
500€ - 1600€
Flights from Johannesburg to Shannon via Cairo, London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
20h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
650€ - 1900€
Flights from Johannesburg to Shannon via Tel Aviv, London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
20h 15m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
900€ - 1400€
Flights from Johannesburg to Shannon via Zurich, London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
22h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
500€ - 1500€
Flights from Johannesburg to Cork via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
17h 10m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
500€ - 1600€
Flights from Johannesburg to Dublin via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
13h 45m
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
300€ - 900€
Flights from Johannesburg to Dublin via London Heathrow, Newcastle
Ave. Duration
15h 45m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
310€ - 900€
Flights from Johannesburg to Kerry via London Heathrow, Dublin
Ave. Duration
17h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
220€ - 700€
Flights from Johannesburg to Kerry via Zurich, Dublin
Ave. Duration
19h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
230€ - 650€
Flights from Johannesburg to Knock via Istanbul, London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
21h 20m
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
400€ - 1100€
Flights from Johannesburg to Knock via Paris CDG, London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
20h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
340€ - 1100€
Flights from Johannesburg to Belfast City via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
14h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
350€ - 1100€
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Johannesburg to Shannon via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
21h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
500€ - 1700€
Flights from Johannesburg to Shannon via Cairo, London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
20h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
650€ - 1900€
Flights from Johannesburg to Shannon via Tel Aviv, London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
20h 15m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
900€ - 1400€
Flights from Johannesburg to Shannon via Zurich, London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
22h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
500€ - 1500€
Flights from Johannesburg to Kerry via London Heathrow, Dublin
Ave. Duration
18h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
230€ - 750€
Flights from Johannesburg to Kerry via Zurich, Dublin
Ave. Duration
19h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
230€ - 650€
Flights from Johannesburg to Knock via Istanbul, London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
21h 20m
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
400€ - 1100€
Flights from Johannesburg to Knock via Paris CDG, London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
20h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
340€ - 1100€
Flights from Johannesburg to Belfast City via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
14h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
350€ - 1200€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Johannesburg to Kerry via London Heathrow, Manchester
Ave. Duration
17h 35m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
220€ - 650€
Flights from Johannesburg to Kerry via Zurich, Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
18h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
250€ - 700€
Flights from Johannesburg to Kerry via Frankfurt, Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
18h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
260€ - 650€
Flights from Johannesburg to Kerry via Zurich, Manchester
Ave. Duration
19h 20m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
230€ - 650€
Flights from Johannesburg to Knock via Zurich, Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
24h 45m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
360€ - 1000€
Flights from Johannesburg to Knock via London Heathrow, Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
23h 25m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
370€ - 1200€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Johannesburg to Cork via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
14h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
500€ - 1600€
Flights from Johannesburg to Cork via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
19h 50m
When
Friday
Estimated price
500€ - 1700€
Flights from Johannesburg to Cork via Paris CDG, Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
18h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
550€ - 1700€
Flights from Johannesburg to Dublin via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
16h 30m
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
290€ - 950€
Flights from Johannesburg to Belfast City via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
16h 35m
When
Monday
Estimated price
340€ - 1100€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Johannesburg to Cork via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
19h 50m
When
Friday
Estimated price
500€ - 1700€
Flights from Johannesburg to Dublin via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
19h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
300€ - 950€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Johannesburg to Cork via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
22h 45m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
550€ - 1500€
Flights from Johannesburg to Dublin via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
16h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
320€ - 850€
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from Johannesburg to Dublin via Addis Ababa
Ave. Duration
15h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
390€ - 1100€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Johannesburg to Dublin via Zurich
Ave. Duration
16h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
310€ - 900€
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Johannesburg to Dublin via Istanbul
Ave. Duration
16h 30m
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
350€ - 900€
Egyptair
Website
egyptair.com
Flights from Johannesburg to Dublin via Cairo
Ave. Duration
17h 35m
When
Friday
Estimated price
390€ - 1100€
Train operators
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 3 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 25€
Website
Irish Rail
Semi Flexible
17€ - 20€
Flexible
21€ - 25€
Train from Limerick to Galway
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
12€ - 17€
Website
Irish Rail
Semi Flexible
12€ - 14€
Flexible
14€ - 17€
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
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 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 Kerry Airport, stop 350001 to Colbert Station, stop 635031
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
11€ - 16€
Website
Bus Eireann
Bus from Knock Airpork, stop 553081 to Galway Bus Station, stop 555041
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
11€ - 16€
Website
Bus Eireann
Citylink
Phone
+353 91 564 164
Email
info@citylink.ie
Website
citylink.ie
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€

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