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There are 10 ways to get from Poole to Galway by train, bus and ferry, bus, car, car ferry or plane

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Train, bus and ferry  •  17h 30m

  1. Take the train from Bournemouth to Birmingham New Street
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Birmingham to Dublin 871
  3. Take the train from Heuston to Galway

127€ - 309€

Cheapest option

Train, bus, bus and ferry  •  19h 53m

  1. Take the train from Poole to Southampton Airport Parkway
  2. Take the bus from Southampton Airport, Parkway Station to Birmingham, Navigation Street M34
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Birmingham to Dublin 871
  4. Take the bus from Temple Bar, Crampton Quay to Galway City, Coach Station 763 / ...

57€ - 97€

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Bus, bus and ferry  •  20h 39m

  1. Take the bus from POOLE, Dorset to London Victoria Coach Station
  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

Drive, car ferry  •  11h 1m

  1. Drive from Poole to Fishguard
  2. Take the car ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare
  3. Drive from Rosslare to Galway

Train to Southampton, fly to Dublin, train  •  8h 17m

  1. Take the train from Poole to Southampton Airport Parkway
  2. Fly from Southampton (SOU) to Dublin (DUB) SOU - DUB
  3. Take the train from Heuston to Galway

98€ - 315€

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Shannon, bus  •  9h 8m

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

112€ - 343€

Train to London Gatwick, fly to Knock, bus  •  8h 56m

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

153€ - 419€

Train, train to Bristol, fly to Dublin  •  10h 37m

  1. Take the train from Poole to Southampton Central
  2. Take the train from Southampton Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  3. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Dublin (DUB) BRS - DUB
  4. Take the train from Heuston to Galway

99€ - 675€

Train, train to Bristol, fly to Cork, bus  •  11h 18m

  1. Take the train from Poole to Southampton Central
  2. Take the train from Southampton Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  3. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Cork (ORK) BRS - ORK
  4. Take the bus from Cork Airport to Eyre Square, Galway Bus Station

124€ - 340€

Train, train to Bristol, fly to Knock, bus  •  9h 33m

  1. Take the train from Poole to Southampton Central
  2. Take the train from Southampton Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  3. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Knock (NOC) BRS - NOC
  4. Take the bus from Knock Airpork, stop 553081 to Galway Bus Station, stop 555041

84€ - 265€

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Poole to Galway is to train and bus and bus and ferry which costs £45 - £85 and takes 19h 53m.

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The quickest way to get from Poole to Galway is to train and fly which costs £80 - £280 and takes 8h 17m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Poole to Galway station. However, there are services departing from POOLE, Dorset and arriving at Galway City, Coach Station via London Victoria and Dublin City South, Burgh Quay. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 20h 39m.

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The distance between Poole and Galway is 561 km.

The best way to get from Poole to Galway without a car is to train and bus and ferry which takes 17h 30m and costs £100 - £270.

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It takes approximately 17h 30m to get from Poole to Galway, including transfers.

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Poole to Galway bus services, operated by National Express, depart from POOLE, Dorset station.

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The quickest flight from Southampton Airport to Dublin Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Poole to Galway bus services, operated by GoBus.ie, arrive at Galway City, Coach Station.

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Eastern Airways and Blue Islands Limited offer flights from Southampton Airport to Dublin Airport.

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Map of how to get from Poole to Galway.
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  • Distance: 560.9 km
  • Duration: 17h 30m

What companies run services between Poole, England and Galway, Ireland?

There is no direct connection from Poole to Galway. However, you can take the train to Bournemouth, take the train to Birmingham New Street, take the walk to Birmingham, take the bus and ferry to Dublin, take the walk to Busáras, take the tram to Heuston, take the walk to Heuston, then take the train to Galway. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Poole to Galway via Southampton Airport Parkway, Southampton Airport, Parkway Station, Birmingham, Navigation Street, Birmingham, Dublin, and Temple Bar, Crampton Quay in around 19h 53m.

Airlines
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 Gatwick to Knock
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 270€
Flights from Bristol to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 170€
Flights from Bristol to Cork
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
130€ - 470€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bristol to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
11€ - 90€
Flights from Bristol to Knock
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
16€ - 160€
Eastern Airways
Website
easternairways.com
Flights from Southampton to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
70€ - 220€
Blue Islands Limited
Website
blueislands.com
Flights from Southampton to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
45€ - 160€
Train operators
South Western Railway
Phone
0345 6000 650
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Train from Poole to Southampton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
20€ - 40€
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Day
20€ - 26€
Anytime Day 1st Class
30€ - 40€
Train from Poole to London Waterloo
Ave. Duration
2h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
55€ - 120€
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Day
55€ - 75€
Anytime Day 1st Class
95€ - 120€
Train from Poole to Clapham Junction
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
55€ - 110€
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Day
55€ - 75€
Anytime Day 1st Class
90€ - 110€
Train from Poole to Southampton Central
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
17€ - 35€
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Day
17€ - 23€
Anytime Day 1st Class
30€ - 35€
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Southampton Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
gwr.com
Anytime Day
30€ - 45€
Anytime Day 1st Class
55€ - 80€
Bus operators
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 Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express
Bus from POOLE, Dorset to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
7€ - 10€
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
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Southampton Airport, Parkway Station to Birmingham, Navigation Street
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
13€ - 22€
Website
Megabus UK
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€
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€
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
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 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
Ferry operators
Stena Line

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