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There are 7 ways to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Galway by plane, bus, train, bus and ferry, car or car ferry

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Recommended option

Fly to Knock, bus  •  4h 20m

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

88€ - 280€

Cheapest option

Fly to Shannon, bus  •  4h 10m

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

34€ - 217€

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Fly to Dublin, train  •  5h 18m

  1. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Dublin (DUB) LGW - DUB
  2. Take the train from Heuston to Galway

44€ - 233€

Train, bus and ferry  •  17h 35m

  1. Take the train from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria
  2. Take the bus and ferry from London Victoria to Dublin 871
  3. Take the train from Heuston to Galway

43€ - 73€

Train, bus and ferry, bus  •  17h 36m

  1. Take the train from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria
  2. Take the bus and ferry from London Victoria to Dublin 871
  3. Take the bus from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay to Galway City, Coach Station 720

Train, bus and ferry, bus via Dublin  •  18h 13m

  1. Take the train from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria
  2. Take the bus and ferry from London Victoria to Dublin 871
  3. Take the bus from Temple Bar, Crampton Quay to Galway City, Coach Station 763 / ...

38€ - 67€

Drive, car ferry  •  11h 33m

  1. Drive from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Fishguard
  2. Take the car ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare
  3. Drive from Rosslare to Galway

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Galway is 1850 24 1850.

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Questions & Answers

The cost-effective way to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Galway is to train and bus and ferry and bus via Dublin, which costs £30 - £60 and takes 18h 13m.

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The quickest way to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Galway is to fly and bus which costs £28 - £190 and takes 4h 10m.

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The distance between London Gatwick Airport (LGW) and Galway is 649 km.

The best way to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Galway without a car is to train and bus and ferry which takes 17h 35m and costs £35 - £65.

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It takes approximately 4h 20m to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Galway, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from London Gatwick Airport to Knock Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 35m.

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Aer Lingus offers flights from London Gatwick Airport to Knock 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 London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Galway.
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  • Distance: 649.2 km
  • Duration: 4h 20m

What companies run services between London Gatwick Airport (LGW), England and Galway, Ireland?

There is no direct connection from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Galway. However, you can fly to Knock, take the walk to Knock Airpork, stop 553081, then take the bus to Galway. Alternatively, you can fly to Dublin, take the walk to Dublin Airport, take the line 784 bus to Tara Station, Bus Stop at Train Station, take the walk to Abbey Street, take the tram to Heuston, take the walk to Heuston, then take the train to Galway.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
15€ - 210€
Flights from London Gatwick to Shannon
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
22€ - 210€
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Knock
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 270€
Flights from London Gatwick to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday
Estimated price
35€ - 150€
Train operators
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 Knock Airpork, stop 553081 to Galway Bus Station, stop 555041
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
11€ - 16€
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
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 London Victoria to Dublin
Ave. Duration
12h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
14€ - 19€
Website
National Express
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
Citylink
Phone
+353 91 564 164
Email
info@citylink.ie
Website
citylink.ie
Bus from Temple Bar, Crampton Quay to Galway City, Coach Station
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
13€ - 22€
Website
Citylink
Standard
16€ - 22€
Web Fare
13€ - 20€
Ferry operators
Stena Line

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