There are 4 ways to get from Kilkenny to Galway by train, bus or car

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Train  •  3 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Kilkenny MacDonagh to Kildare Kildare/Waterford Service
  2. Take the train from Portarlington to Galway Galway Service

$52 - $77

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Bus Citylink  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre to Dublin, Arlington Hotel 600
  2. Take the bus from Temple Bar, Crampton Quay to Galway Coach Station 761 / ...

$22 - $39

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Bus Bus Eireann  •  5 h 16 min

  1. Take the bus from Kilkenny, Outside Train Station to Athlone, Athlone Bus Station 73
  2. Take the bus from Athlone, Athlone Bus Station to Eyre Square, Galway Bus Station X20 / ...

Drive  •  2 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Kilkenny to Galway 110.8 miles

$24 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from Kilkenny to Galway is to drive which costs 20€ - 30€ and takes 2 h 18 min.

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The quickest way to get from Kilkenny to Galway is to drive which costs 20€ - 30€ and takes 2 h 18 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Kilkenny to Galway station. However, there are services departing from MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre and arriving at Galway Coach Station via Temple Bar, Crampton Quay. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 23 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Kilkenny to Galway. However, there are services departing from Kilkenny MacDonagh and arriving at Galway via Kildare and Portarlington. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 53 min.

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The distance between Kilkenny and Galway is 139 km. The road distance is 177.3 km.

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The best way to get from Kilkenny to Galway without a car is to train which takes 3 h 53 min and costs 45€ - 70€.

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It takes approximately 3 h 53 min to get from Kilkenny to Galway, including transfers.

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Kilkenny to Galway bus services, operated by Eurobus, depart from MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre station.

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Kilkenny to Galway train services, operated by Irish Rail, depart from Kilkenny MacDonagh station.

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The best way to get from Kilkenny to Galway is to train which takes 3 h 53 min and costs 45€ - 70€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 18€ - 35€ and takes 4 h 23 min.

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Map of how to get from Kilkenny to Galway.
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  • Distance: 86.6 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 53 min

What companies run services between Kilkenny, Leinster, Ireland and Galway, Ireland?

You can take a train from Kilkenny to Galway via Kildare and Portarlington in around 3 h 53 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Kilkenny to Galway via Dublin, Arlington Hotel and Temple Bar, Crampton Quay in around 4 h 23 min.

Train operators
Irish Rail
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Kilkenny MacDonagh to Kildare
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Portarlington to Galway
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
irishrail.ie
Bus operators
Eurobus
Website
transportforireland.ie
Bus from MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre to Dublin, Arlington Hotel
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $15
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie
Dublin Coach
Website
dublincoach.ie
Bus from MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre to Dublin, Arlington Hotel
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
dublincoach.ie
Citylink
Website
citylink.ie
Bus from Temple Bar, Crampton Quay to Galway Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $24
Schedules at
citylink.ie
Standard
$17 - $24
Web Fare
$14 - $21
Bus Eireann
Website
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Kilkenny, Outside Train Station to Athlone, Athlone Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Athlone, Athlone Bus Station to Eyre Square, Galway Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie

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Kilkenny to Galway bus services, operated by Citylink, arrive at Galway Coach Station.

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Kilkenny to Galway train services, operated by Irish Rail, arrive at Galway station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kilkenny to Galway is 177 km. It takes approximately 2 h 18 min to drive from Kilkenny to Galway.

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The nearest airport to Galway is Shannon (SNN) Airport which is 65 km away. Other nearby airports include Cork (ORK) (162.7 km) and Dublin (DUB) (187 km).

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There are 386+ hotels available in Galway. Prices start at $86 USD per night.

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