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

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Fly to Shannon, bus  •  4h 16m

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

50€ - 177€

Cheapest option

Bus, bus and ferry  •  18h 19m

  1. Take the bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Birmingham to Dublin 871
  3. Take the bus from Temple Bar, Crampton Quay to Galway City, Coach Station 763 / ...

32€ - 47€

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Fly to Dublin, train  •  5h 23m

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

44€ - 226€

Fly to Cork, bus  •  5h 40m

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

117€ - 297€

Bus, bus and ferry, train  •  17h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Birmingham to Dublin 871
  3. Take the train from Heuston to Galway

37€ - 53€

Bus and ferry, bus  •  18h 4m

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

Drive, car ferry  •  10h 13m

  1. Drive from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Holyhead
  2. Take the car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin
  3. Drive from Dublin to Galway

103€ - 140€

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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • 14-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
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Domestic travel is restricted

  • Face masks are mandatory
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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 mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Galway is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1850 24 1850.

No, but conditions apply when returning to United Kingdom from Ireland.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Galway is to bus and bus and ferry which costs £27 - £40 and takes 18h 19m.

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The quickest way to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Galway is to fly and bus which costs £40 - £160 and takes 4h 16m.

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No, there is no direct bus from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Galway station. However, there are services departing from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 and arriving at Galway City, Coach Station via London Victoria and Dublin City South, Burgh Quay. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18h 4m.

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The distance between London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Galway is 617 km.

The best way to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Galway without a car is to bus and bus and ferry and train which takes 17h 41m and costs £30 - £45.

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It takes approximately 4h 16m to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Galway, including transfers.

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London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Galway bus services, operated by National Express, depart from London Victoria station.

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

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London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Galway bus services, operated by GoBus.ie, arrive at Galway City, Coach Station.

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Aer Lingus offers flights from London Heathrow Airport to Shannon Airport.

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Map of how to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Galway.
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  • Distance: 616.7 km
  • Duration: 4h 16m

What companies run services between London Heathrow Airport (LHR), England and Galway, Ireland?

There is no direct connection from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Galway. However, you can fly to Shannon, take the walk to Shannon Airport, stop 609581, 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
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Shannon
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
100€ - 360€
Flights from London Heathrow to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 230€
Flights from London Heathrow to Dublin via Manchester
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
50€ - 210€
Flights from London Heathrow to Dublin via Newcastle
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
20€ - 280€
Flights from London Heathrow to Dublin via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
20€ - 280€
Flights from London Heathrow to Cork
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
210€ - 410€
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Shannon
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
100€ - 360€
Flights from London Heathrow to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 230€
Flights from London Heathrow to Cork
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
210€ - 410€
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 Shannon Airport, stop 609581 to Galway Bus Station, stop 555041
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
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€
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€
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 from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
8€ - 11€
Website
National Express
Bus and ferry from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express
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
Ferry operators
Irish Ferries
Phone
+353 818 300 400
Email
info@irishferries.com
Website
irishferries.com
Car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
33€ - 37€
Website
Irish Ferries
Car
120€ - 140€
On Foot
33€ - 37€

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